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April Ryan To Do "Q&A Cafe" - 4/23 - White House correspondent April Ryan will be the May 11 guest on Carol Joynt's "Q&A Cafe." At 11 AM at the George Town Club. Ryan works for American Urban Radio Networks and is the author of "At Mama's Knee" and "The Presidency In Black And White." Reservations can be made at 202-333-9330.....

Big Changes Coming To DCRTV - 4/23 - There are some changes coming to DCRTV in the next few weeks. Your DCRTV webmaster will be moving from Reston, Virginia, in the DC area, to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I've got a new media-related job lined up and the "outside" income will be most helpful. More about that later. But DCRTV, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will continue to be freely available - updated multiple times daily with the latest DC and Baltimore area media news, commentary, and your Mailbag posts. I'll also be expanding my Facebook and Twitter posts, as well as my YouTube channels, including some new video adventures. The next few weeks, through mid-May, will be a busy time and I may not be updating DCRTV quite as often as usual. I do have some expenses associated with the move and your support would be most welcome at this time. Make your donation $39 or more and get a full year of access (including extensions and renewals) to totally revised DCRTV Plus 2.0, the best place to find nostalgic and historical stuff about DC and Baltimore radio and TV. Send your donation via PayPal to my dcrtv@hotmail.com address. Or pop a check in the mail. Make it payable to "Dave Hughes" and send it to Dave Hughes, 1981-B Villaridge Drive, Reston VA 20191. That address should continue to work for at least a month after my move. Thanks! - Dave.....

WaPo's Costa To Moderate "Washington Week" - 4/21 - Channel 26/WETA names Robert Costa, who is a political reporter for the Washington Post, as the new moderator of "Washington Week," the PBS weekly news analysis series. Produced at the WETA studios in Arlington since 1967, the show features a roundtable of journalists discussing the current political landscape. Costa becomes the eight moderator of "Washington Week," following the death of Gwen Ifill, who had served in the role since October 1999. Several guest moderators, including Costa, had filled in on a temporary basis in the interim. Costa will continue in work with the Post and as a political analyst and contributor to many network television news programs. More at weta.org.....

NBC To Relocate News Bureau Downtown? - 4/21 - DCRTV hear rumors that the NBC's Washington news bureau could be moved downtown or to Capitol Hill as soon as end of year. Sources are telling us that execs at Comcast-owned NBC want a more prestigious location, possibly at the Hall Of States, where Fox News is located. Right now, NBC News is based in upper northwest DC, at 4001 Nebraska Avenue, spacing shared with NBC's WRC-TV. NBC's move downtown would allow NBC-owned Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic to relocate from Bethesda to Nebraska Avenue. More as we hear it.....

More: Sinclair Eyeing Tribune - 4/21 - The Baltimore Business Journal reports that talk of a deal between Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group and Chicago's Tribune Media are reportedly heating up again, drawing criticism from Congressional House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Sinclair is looking to finalize a deal in early May when Tribune reports its first-quarter earnings. The possibility of a deal first became public last month when Reuters reported Sinclair had engaged in "preliminary talks" to acquire the Chicago-based media company. Bloomberg says Sinclair and Tribune have not agreed to final terms and a deal could still fall apart. The acquisition could have a per-share price in the high $30s. A Sinclair spokeswoman said the company does not comment on rumors.On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission approved restoring the UHF discount, which allows broadcasters to exceed a cap that limits them to coverage of 39 percent of US homes. Sinclair currently owns 39% of stations nationwide, so any potential deal hinged on the FCC's action. DCRTV adds: If the deal happens, Sinclair would add Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW to its Washington TV cluster, which already includes Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8.....

DCRTV Job Ad - 4/21 - The latest DCRTV Job Ad: "WNAV Radio in Annapolis is seeking enthusiastic news anchors with flexible schedules to fill part-time vacancies. Some on-air experience, news writing and digital editing is preferred for the candidate. The skill set must include multi-tasking. Please email your resume and an air check to News@WNAV.com, ATTN: Jane." Reach many thousands of area media movers and shakers for just $49 with a DCRTV Job Ad.....

Snyder Sells 92.7 To Radio One For MMJ Relay - 4/20 - DCRTV broke the news last week, reporting rumors that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm is in talks to sell some of its DC and Richmond area stations to Radio One. Now, we get the official word from Radio One that it has purchased WWXT, 92.7, in Prince Frederick. No price announced. On May 1, Radio One will flip the Southern Maryland station, which currently simulcasts the sports talk format of Snyder's WTEM, ESPN 980, to a simulcast of adult urban contemporary WMMJ, 102.3. Says Jeff Wilson, the senior vice president of Radio One's DC radio cluster, "I'm thrilled by this acquisition and unique opportunity to immediately expand the footprint of our heritage station, WMMJ-FM. My team is going to keep doing what we do best, programming the most entertaining, inspiring and well informed listener experiences in urban radio and be proud knowing that even more people are impacted." The new 92.7 signal will improve WMMJ's coverage in portions of Charles County and southern and eastern Prince George's County. As DCRTV first reported last week, Radio One is also in talks to buy more of Snyder's signals, including the Warrenton area's WWXX, 94.3, which also relays WTEM. More: In Richmond, Radio One picks up Snyder sports talker WXGI, 950, and maintains the format with the new Richmond ESPN Radio, also on 1240 and 102.7.....

Leon Harris Joins 4 - 4/20 - Leon Harris (right) joins NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC. A veteran news anchor who spent 13 years covering the Washington area at Channel 7/WJLA, he will anchor weekend editions of "News4" at 6 PM and 11 PM with Erika Gonzalez. During the week, Harris will contribute to coverage of breaking news and special events and handle other reporting duties. "Leon has been an incredibly well-respected journalist, both in Washington and on a national stage for many years," says Jackie Bradford, president and general manager of WRC. "We are very glad he has agreed to join our team and continue his career here." The former CNNer ended his long career with Sinclair-owned WJLA last fall, when he contract was not renewed. While there, he anchored evening newscasts, hosted specials and weekly shows, and did his "Harris' Heroes" segment that covered outstanding members of the DC area community. "As a long-time admirer of the quality of the work and reputation of the 'NBC4' news team, I am beyond thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside some of the very best in the field," Harris says. "Being able to continue to cover and serve this incredible Washington region is a real treat and an absolute honor." DCRTV wonders: Is high-profile Harris being groomed by WRC management to be the replacement for legendary weekday evening anchor Jim Vance, who is rumored to be retiring from WRC later this year? Stay tuned.....

Tommy Chuck Adds Programming Duties At WASH - 4/20 - Tommy Chuck has been named program director for iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1. Currently he's been programming WASH's DC sister contemporary outlet WIHT, Hot 99.5, which he will continue to do. Chuck has been with iHeart since 2000 and has overseen radio stations in Chattanooga, Birmingham AL, Orlando, and Tampa. He spent the past two years programming Hot 99.5 as well as country WPOC, 93.1, in Baltimore.....

WQLL Hunts For Afternoon Host - 4/20 - Baltimore oldies outlet Q1370 is in the hunt for an afternoon drive host who will "create excitement in the Baltimore radio market and complement 'The Rouse And Company' morning show... The decision on the hiring will be made very soon and the talent will be instantly recognizable to the market," according to WQLL's general manager, Marc Beaven. "This is an on going effort to bring the best talent to Q1370." WQLL can be heard on AM 1370 and in Harford County on 99.9 FM, plus heard online at q1370.com.....

WCBM & WQLL Gear Up For Preakness Balloon Fest - 4/20 - Baltimore news talker WCBM and sister oldies outlet WQLL have sold all of the sponsor and vendor spaces for the Preakness Balloon Festival at Howard County Fairgrounds. The festival, which has always taken place prior to the commencement of Baltimore's Preakness horse race, is the only one of its kind on the East Coast and is the largest display of hot air balloons in Maryland. It takes place May 18 to 20. WCBM's Sean Casey, Frank Luber and Bruce Elliott will be on hand for a live radio broadcast on May 18th from 3PM to 6 PM and WQLL's "Rouse And Company" will be broadcasting live on May 19 from 3 PM to 6 PM. "We are expecting a large family turnout," says Marc Beaven, general manager of WCBM, producer of this year's festival. Admission is free and parking is $20. Pre-event parking can be purchased at wcbm.com.....

Linda Vilardo Leaves Radio One - 4/20 - Radio One Chief Administrative Officer Linda Vilardo will step down in December. She says it's time to "take a break and see what the future holds... I've been working non-stop for many years." She had been Radio One's outside counsel with the firm of Davis Wright Tremaine until she joined the DC area-based urban media giant as general counsel in 1998. She rose to chief administrative officer in 2004.....

Sinclair's Purchase Of Tribune Could Happen Soon - 4/19 - Wall Street thinks Baltimore-based Sinclair's buyout of Chicago-based Tribune's TV stations is about to happen. Sinclair's stock price shot up today. That's according to Marketwatch. Bloomberg reports that Sinclair is aiming to acquire Tribune for a per-share price in the high $30s and hopes to finalize a deal on or before the same day Tribune reports first-quarter earnings, which is slated for the week of May 8. Locally, Sinclair owns Channel 7/WJLA, NewsChannel 8, and Channel 45/WBFF, and also operates Channel 24/WUTB and Channel 54/WNUV. Tribune owns Channel 50/WDCW.....

Tucker Replaces O'Reilly At Fox News - 4/19 - DC-based Tucker Carlson takes the 8 PM weeknight slot at Fox News with the canning of Bill O'Reilly due to a long list of sexual harassment charges against him. More at thehill.com.....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings For March - 4/19 - The Washington market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH and WBIG, 6) WMMJ, 7) WIHT, 8) WIAD and WMAL, 10) WPGC and WPRS, 12) WKYS and WMZQ, 14) WGTS, 15) WWDC, 16) WRQX, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WLZL, 20) WOL, 21) WAMUHD2 and WFED. Stations from Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this list.....

WAMU Tops Male Demo For March - 4/19 - The March radio ratings for the Washington market. Male age 25-54. Full-day: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WBIG, 4) WWDC, 5) WJFK-FM and WGTS, 7) WIHT, 8) WMZQ, 9) WPGC, 10) WMAL and WMMJ, 12) WASH, 13) WKYS and WIAD, 15) WHUR, 16) WRQX, 17) WTEM, 18) WPRS and WLZL, 20) WERQ and WETA-FM. Mornings: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WWDC, 4) WJFK-FM, 5) WBIG, 6) WGTS, 7) WMZQ, 8) WMMJ, 9) WIHT, 10) WIAD. Afternoons: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WBIG, 4) WMZQ, 5) WJFK-FM, 6) WIHT, 7) WGTS, 8) WMAL, 9) WWDC, 10) WPGC and WASH.....

WWIN-FM Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings For March - 4/19 - The Baltimore market radio ratings for the month of March. Full-day, age 6+: 1) WWIN-FM, 2) WERQ, 3) WPOC, 4) WLIF, 5) WIYY, 6) WQSR, 7) WJZ-FM, 8) WBAL-AM, 9) WZFT, 10) WWMX, 11) WCBM, 12) WRBS-FM, 13) WZBA, 14) WYRP, 15) WEAA, 16) WBJC, 17) WCAO, 18) WLIFHD2, 19) WQLL, 20) WJZ-AM and WWIN-AM, 21) WOLB and WWMXHD2. Stations from Hagerstown, Frederick, and DC are not included in this list.....

Sinclair Hires Former Trump Spokesman - 4/18 - NewsBlues tells us that Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcasting Group has hired former White House spokesman Boris Epshteyn as its "chief political analyst." He'll appear regularly on Sinclair's 173 owned-and-operated television stations, including DC's Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8. Epshteyn abruptly left the White House in March, without explanation.....

20 To Become Fox 5 Plus - 4/17 - From broadcastingcable.com: The Fox station group is making changes at Channel 20/WDCA, DC's MyNetwork affiliate, to more closely align it with its primary sister station, Channel 5/WTTG. Starting July 17, WDCA will be branded Fox 5 Plus, a tie-in to the name WTTG goes by - Fox 5. WDCA also will be home to a nightly 8 PM newscast called "Fox 5 News On The Plus," anchored by WTTG's Tony Perkins and Shawn Yancy. The station will add breaking news updates when pertinent. "Given Fox 5's brand recognition, this extension gives us the ability to build upon our strength in the marketplace and provide our viewers with additional opportunities to watch Fox 5 News," says Patrick Paolini, WTTG/WDCA's vice president and general manager. WDCA's syndicated programming, including "Judge Judy," "Big Bang Theory," and "Dr. Oz," will continue to air. The change comes as Fox prepares to move its programming from WDCA to WTTG's spectrum. Fox sold WDCA's spectrum in the broadcast incentive auction for $119 million. Stations will have 39 months to give up their spectrum and, as in the case of WDCA and most stations in the auction, start sharing spectrum with a station in the market with which a sharing agreement has been struck.....

Kenny King Leaves WASH & WQSR - 4/17 - DCRTV hears that Kenny King is out of his job as program director at iHeart's adult contemporary WASH, 97.1, in DC and adult hits WQSR, 102.7, in Baltimore. No word on why he's gone, his plans, or his replacement. More soon.....

WaPo Gets Disqualified For Emmys - 4/17 - From NewsBlues: The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences has disqualified the Washington Post from 12 Emmy categories because the Post has the "unfair advantage" of possessing "the resources a local TV station does not." Micah Gelman, the head of the Post's video operation, called the claim "ridiculous" and pulled the newspaper's remaining entries rather than "participate in a process that is so heavily weighted against us as to be considered a farce." The Post won 12 Emmys last year. "You know by the daily challenges we face how ridiculous a statement that truly is. We have no helicopter, no satellite or microwave truck, no fleet of news cars. We do not cover stories in teams, but almost always as one-person efforts working long hours against heavily-resourced competition to produce what used to be considered award winning coverage," says Gelman. "I'm sure our collecting numerous awards in recent years has been an embarrassment to the smaller local stations who couldn't compete." Fran Murphy, who co-chairs the Emmy awards committee, said she consulted with the New York regional chapter, which deals with occasional submissions from the New York Post and other national publications. She was told they typically "go straight to the national awards" to compete with the likes of "60 Minutes" and "Frontline." She noted the importance of preserving "an even playing field" among the entrants.....

Common Ownership For DC & Cap File Mags - 4/17 - Modern Luxury, which owns DC Magazine, is reportedly buying GreenGale Media, which owns Capitol File Magazine. More at nypost.com.....

Adrianna Hopkins To 7 - 4/17 - Adrianna Hopkins (right) will join the anchor team at Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8's "Good Morning Washington" program beginning May 29. She comes from WDSU-TV in New Orleans. "Washington DC is one of my favorite cities and I am thrilled to make it my new home," says Hopkins. Before New Orleans, she worked at WSVN-TV in Miami, WHAS-TV in Louisville, and WGXA-TV in Macon GA. She began her career working behind the scenes in the consumer investigative unit at WRAL-TV in Raleigh.....

FCC Vet Roy Stewart Dies - 4/16 - Roy Stewart, a DC-based Federal Communications Commission veteran, died April 10. He was 78. For many years, he was chief of the Mass Media Bureau. He also served as senior deputy bureau chief of the bureau. Stewart joined the FCC in 1965 and retired in 2009. More at legacy.com.....

50 To Stay On Air Despite Losing Channel - 4/14 - Yesterday, DCRTV reported that Tribune-owned Channel 50/WDCW will be surrendering its broadcast channel to the Federal Communications Commission in exchange for a $122 million payment from the spectrum auction, which has been taking place to make more space for cell phone and data services. Today, Tribune reveals that WDCW will stay on the air by entering into "a channel-sharing agreement with another local-area broadcaster. The agreement enables DCW50 to continue serving its viewers and the local community, just as it has for more than 35 years. " However, Tribune would not reveal details about that sharing agreement. "We're extremely pleased to continue providing our viewers and advertisers the same outstanding news, weather, CW Network, and syndicated entertainment programming they have come to rely on through the years,” says Vince Giannini, senior vice president and general manager of WDCW.....

Dave TV: Red Zebra To Be Put Out To Pasture - 4/14 - Looking at all the rumblings that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm, which runs ESPN 980, is coming to the end of road. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV'.....


Snyder To Sell 4 Signals To Radio One - 4/14 - DCRTV hears that Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra radio arm is close to a deal to sell as many as four stations in the DC and Richmond areas to urban radio giant Radio One. A source tells us that the first part of the deal includes Red Zebra selling 92.7 WWXT in Prince Frederick and 950 WXGI in Richmond to Radio One. And Red Zebra is also talking to Silver Spring-based Radio One about selling 570 WSPZ in Bethesda and 94.3 WWXX in Buckland/Warrenton. Our source says that the deal does not yet include DC's 980 WTEM because the price Snyder wants is too high. But talks are continuing. WWXT and WWXX are FM simulcasts of WTEM, ESPN 980's sports talk format. WSPZ has its own ESPN Radio-based sports talk format, while WXGI also has an ESPN sports talk format. Earlier this year, Red Zebra announced a deal with Cumulus news-talker WMAL to carry the Redskins this season on 105.9 and 630. Radio One already owns a batch of stations in DC and Richmond, including WKYS, WMMJ, and WPRS. More as we hear it.....

DC Production/Voice Vet Adrian Dannhauser - 4/14 - AdrianVoice.com is a website run by DC production vet Adrian Dannhauser. Adrian specializes is commercial production and voice-overs. Other services include digital audio/multitrack editing/arranging, imaging, podcast production, syndicated show production and more. Adrian Voice also provides a pool of voice talent for your needs. Adrian is looking to boost his portfolio and business plan in 2017. If you are looking for quality and professional work as well as competitive pricing, visit AdrianVoice.com or call 301-675-0166. Adrian's radio background includes 12 years of programming/production in Washington DC. Adrian has a dedication and passion for radio and commercial production and would love to work with you in 2017.....

WDCA & WDCW Join List Of DC TVers To Sell Spectrum - 4/13 - The Federal Communications Commission has released its list of DC TV stations that are planning to surrender their broadcast channels in the spectrum auction in exchange for big bucks. And, as DCRTV recently reported, Northern Virginia full-power public TV outlets WNVC/WNVT ($182 million) are on the list. In addition to several full-power commercial TV stations, including Fox-owned WDCA ($119 million) and Tribune's WDCW ($122 million). Most likely, WDCA will stay on the air by piggy-backing on the signal of sister WTTG. No word about what WDCW will do. Several commercial low-power TV stations are on the list, including WAZF ($513,000), WMDO ($58 million), and WZDC ($66 million). Most of the affected stations will probably make deals with other TV broadcasters to lease space within their spectrum when the FCC repacks the TV bands in the future.....

Michael Graham Talks To Thom Loverro - 4/13 - Former Hoyas national champ Michael Graham talks about teammate Patrick Ewing taking the Hoyas job, the firing of JT3 and recruitment of Graham, including letter of intent he signed to play for the Terps. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

Johnny Holliday Charity Tourney Coming - 4/13 - It's that time of the year again for DC radio and TV veteran Johnny Holliday's annual charity golf classic - coming up in June. It's raised over a $1 million for local kids charities during the past 11 years. More at helpingkids.org.....

CSN To Cover Wizards' Playoffs - 4/13 - Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide multiplatform coverage of the Washington Wizards' 2017 first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, highlighted by live coverage of the first six potential games, beginning with game 1 on Sunday, April 16, at 1 PM. The playoff coverage, along with pregame and postgame shows, will be available on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app. CSN will surround all first-round games with more than two hours of live Wizards news, analysis, commentary, and entertainment with one-hour editions of "Wizards GameTime" before games and expanded postgame coverage on "Wizards Extra" and the new "Wizards Overtime".....

WAMU Tops DC Radio Ratings - 4/12 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "third week" of March. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WASH, 5) WBIG and WMMJ, 7) WIHT, 8) WPGC, 9) WGTS, 10) WIAD, 11) WMAL, 12) WPRS, 13) WMZQ, 14) WKYS, 15) WWDC, 16) WRQX, 17) WJFK-FM, 18) WETA-FM, 19) WFMD, 20) WLZL, 22) WOL and WTEM, 25) WPFW, 28) WAVA-FM, 30) WACA and WFRE. Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg stations are not included in this list.....

Rolling Stone Settles UVA Suit - 4/12 - Rolling Stone has reached a confidential settlement with Nicole Eramo, a former University Of Virginia associate dean who had sued the magazine alleging that it defamed her in a 2014 story about an alleged gang rape on campus. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Hartel To Oversee Alpha Fredericksburg - 4/11 - Alpha Media has promoted Mike Hartel to the post of vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region. He will continue to serve as the senior vice president and market manager of the company's Columbia SC stations, but will now add oversight of the Fredericksburg radop cluster, which includes WFLS, WNTX, WVBX,and WWUZ. Hartel will also oversee stations in Bluefield WV, Greenville-New-Bern-Jacksonville NC, Myrtle Beach SC, and Savannah GA/Hilton Head SC.....

WaPo Profiles Brian Stelter - 4/11 - The Washington Post profiles Montgomery County native Brian Stelter, who at 31 is in his third year of hosting a Sunday morning show on CNN after a six-plus-year stint at the New York Times, which followed the sale of his CableNewser blog, which he started in college.....

WaPo's Fahrenthold Gets Pulitzer - 4/10 - The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold gets awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his 2016 investigation of Donald Trump's claims of charitable giving and the questionable practices of the Trump Foundation. Also, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt was named a finalist for editorial writing for his coverage of the presidential race which included the Post's non-endorsement of Trump and the board's endorsement of Hillary Clinton. National reporter Eli Saslow was recognized for feature writing for his stories exploring pockets of impoverished white America. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Chelsea Ingram Leaves 13 - 4/10 - Weather personality Chelsea Ingram (right) has parted ways with CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ. April 5 was her last day at the Baltimore station. Via Facebook, she thanked her viewers and co-workers but didn't say why she left. "I have very exciting things on the horizon that I will be able to share very soon," she said.....

Anne Bentley To Tegna - 4/10 - Anne Bentley has been named vice president and chief communications officer of McLean-based Tegna, which was formerly Gannett's TV station arm. She comes from Arlington-based PBS where she was the head of corporate communications. Before that, Bentley was senior vice president of corporate communications at AOL. Locally, Tegna owns Channel 9/WUSA.....

CSN Ramps Up For Caps' Playoffs - 4/10 - CSN Mid-Atlantic will provide coverage of the Washington Capitals' 2017 first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, highlighted by live coverage of the first five potential games, beginning with game 1 on Thursday, April 13, at 7 PM, as well as Game 7, if necessary. CSN's live-game coverage, along with pregame and postgame shows, will continue to be available on CSNmidatlantic.com and the NBC Sports app during the playoffs. CSN will surround all games with more than two hours of live Capitals news, analysis, and commentary with one-hour editions of "Caps GameTime" before games and expanded postgame coverage on "Caps Extra" and the new "Caps Overtime".....

WaPo Talks To C-SPAN's Scully - 4/7 - Steve Scully, a senior executive producer, political editor, and on-air host for DC-based C-SPAN, gets Q&Aed by the washingtonpost.com.....

WAMU Tops Latest Batch Of DC Radio Ratings - 4/6 - The Washington market radio ratings for the "second week" of March. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WHUR, 4) WBIG, 5) WASH, 6) WMMJ, 7) WIHT and WMAL, 9) WPRS and WMZQ, 11) WKYS and WIAD, 13) WPGC, 14) WGTS, 15) WWDC, 16) WRQX, 17) WJFK-FM and WFMD, 19) WETA-FM, 20) WLZL and WTEM, 23) WAVA-FM, 25) WPFW, 28) WFRE and WOL, 30) WACA. Stations from Baltimore, Hagerstown, Winchester, and Fredericksburg are not included in this list.....

Phil Chenier Leaving CSN's Wizards Team - 4/6 - Phil Chenier will be ending his job as primary game analyst for the Wizards on Comcast SportsNet. No replacement has yet been named. Writes Dan Steinberg at washingtonpost.com: "This isn't your run-of-the-mill broadcasting transaction; it's a seismic change involving the only full-time color television analyst in Wizards franchise history. Chenier, the dean of Washington game broadcasters, got the Bullets color job without an audition when Home Team Sports began its first full season of coverage in 1984. (Wes Unseld had been Home Team Sports' television analyst for its less robust schedule the previous season.) And then Chenier stuck, through 33 seasons".....

Ollie Dunlap Talks To Thom Loverro - 4/6 - Boxing insider Ollie Dunlap takes us behind the scenes for one of the most controversial fighter of all time - Sugar Ray Leonard versus Marvin Hagler - 30 years later, including the story of how it started in DC restaurant. In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran Thom Loverro. Available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

Denise Koch Leaves 13's Late News - 4/6 - After three decades at the anchor desk for late news, Channel 13/WJZ anchorwoman Denise Koch (right) is leaving the late shift. Starting the last week of April, Koch will no longer anchor the 11 PM news on the CBS-owned station. She will still be at the anchor desk for the 4:30 and 6 PM weekday newscasts as well as doing more reporting for the station. Koch says she wants to spend more time with her family. Her 11 PM replacement has not yet been named. More at baltimoresun.com.....

WETA Announces DC Version Of "Check, Please!" - 4/5 - Last week, Channel 26/WETA announced the broadcast date of "Neighborhood Eats," the new companion series to "WETA Neighborhoods." Today, the WETA local television portfolio continues to grow with today's announcement of a new production that begins filming this summer, "Check, Please!," which is currently seeking the on-air culinary opinions of citizen guest reviewers of greater Washington. WETA is building on successful public television series in Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, and Arizona. In each episode, three guests each recommend one dining spot for review by the other two guests. After anonymously trying each restaurant recommendation, the guests join the show’s host in-studio to discuss their experiences together."Check, Please!" will begin filming this summer at the WETA studios in Arlington, and is accepting applications for guest reviewers via weta.org/checkplease.....

Eric Rich Gers WaPo Promotion - 4/4 - Eric Rich becomes editor of the Washington Post's new Rapid Response Investigative Team. He's been the Post's Universal News Desk editor since 2010. More at washingtonpost.com.....

WCBM & WQLL To Take Over Preakness Balloon Festival - 4/4 - Baltimore news talker WCBM, 680, and its sister oldies WQLL, 1370, will be taking over the Preakness Balloon Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds, formerly held at Turf Valley Resort. The festival, which has always taken place prior to the commencement of the Preakness, is the only one of its kind on the East Coast and is the largest display of hot air balloons in Maryland. Now in its 41st year, the annual festival will take place at its new location at 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship from May 18 to 20. Admission is free and early bird parking is $20. Presale parking will be available for sale starting February 17 at preaknessballoonfest.eventbrite.com. In addition to more than 25 hot air balloons launching each day, ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available. Sir Rod "One Sizzlin' Hot Rod Stewart Tribute" show will take the stage on May 19, with WQLL's "Steve Rouse & Company" and WCBM's Sean Casey, Frank Luber, and Bruce Elliott on hand for live radio broadcasts. Plus, there will a selection of Baltimore food vendors and a Beer Garden, plus a variety of events for kids. "We are really excited about the additions of a nighttime musical act and the live radio station broadcasts this year and are looking forward to the festival’s new and larger location at the Howard County Fairgrounds, plus with Howard County Public Schools closed on Friday, May 19th we are expecting a large family turnout," says Marc Beaven, general manager of WCBM and WQLL.....

2nd Season Of "Our Town" Coming Soon - 4/3 - DC media veteran Andy Ockershausen (right), a third-generation Washingtonian who has worked for the Evening Star Broadcast Group, the old WMAL-TV, WMAL radio, Channel 50/WDCW, and, most recently, Comcast/NBC Universal, last fall launched a podcast, "Our Town," featuring interviews with local personalies - media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. And the second season of interviews is due to debut on May 23rd. Guests will include Donald Graham, Doc Walker, Chris Plante, Joe Di Genova, Kathleen Matthews, Arch Campbell, Chick Hernandez, and many more. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com.....

NPR To Launch "Up First" Podcast - 4/3 - DC-based NPR launches "Up First," a 10-minute morning news podcast. Starting Wednesday, April 5, "Up First" will publish every weekday by 6 AM and feature the day's top news stories produced with "Morning Edition" hosts David Greene, Rachel Martin, and Steve Inskeep, who will talk with NPR journalists and correspondents to preview the news that will drive the day.....

Kapugi To Oversee iHeart's DC & Balto Clusters - 4/3 - Jeff Kapugi becomes senior vice president of programming iHeart's DC and Baltimore radio clusters, overseeing WASH, DC101, Hot 99.5, Big 100.3, WMZQ, WPOC, Z104.3, WQSR, 104.7 Cherry Blossom Radio, and Heaven 600. He will also serve as the program director for country WMZQ. Kapugi started his almost three-decade radio career at iHeart's predecessor Clear Channel, working in DC, Tampa, and St. Louis. More recently in Chicago, Kapugi worked for Tribune Interactive and CBS Radio. "I am very excited to head back to iHeartMedia Washington DC," says Kapugi. "While I may be leaving my hometown of Chicago, I feel as if I am coming back home".....

WAVA Chief David Ruleman To Retire From Salem - 4/3 - David Ruleman announces that he will retire at the end of June as vice president and general manager of Salem's DC radio cluster, which includes Christian talkers WAVA-FM/AM, 105.1/780, news talker WWRC, 1260/1250, and Family Talk SiriusXM-131. He'll be replaced by Tom Moyer, who is currently station manager of Salem's DC cluster. Ruleman will also be leaving his gig as regional vice president of operations for Salem in DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston. He's been head of WAVA since Salem bought it from Emmis in 1992. Says Salem CEO Edward Atsinger, "David Ruleman is in many respects one of the 'founding fathers' of Salem Media. His passion and impact for Salem in San Diego led to our decision to put him in Washington DC when we acquired WAVA, our most expensive acquisition at the time. He has been there ever since and has done a tremendous job in one of the most influential cities in the world, our nation's capital. Dave's daily presence will be missed, but the legacy of his leadership will last into future generations of leaders for Salem".....

Michelle Jaconi To WaPo - 4/3 - Michelle Jaconi joins the Washington Post's video team as executive producer, creative. She comes from Independent Journal Review, where she covered the 2016 election campaign. Before that, she spent six years at CNN where she served as executive producer on "State Of The Union" and "Inside Politics" before becoming the founding executive producer of CNN Politics' cross platform programming unit. Before CNN, Jaconi was a programming executive and political analyst at NBC's "Meet The Press".....

Northern VA's WNVC & WNVT To Be Shut Down - 4/1 - Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, which owns two Northern Virginia non-commercial TV stations - WNVC and WNVT - will take them off the air and shut them down in exchange for $182 million offered from the Federal Communications Commission's spectrum auction to allocate more space for cell phone and other data services. Channel 53/WNVT, licensed to Goldvein in Fauquier County, came on the air in the early 1970s and broadcast traditional public TV and educational fare. It was joined in the 1980s by Channel 56/WNVC, licensed to Fairfax. After many incarnations over the years trying to compete with the DC area's three well-established public TV outlets - WETA, WHUT, and Maryland Public Television, in 2009 WNVC and WNVT essentially became one digital TV operation known as MHZ Networks on channel 30, which airs a dozen standard-def relays of mainly English language foreign news channels, including China's CCTV and Russia's RT. Commonwealth plans to shut down WNVC/WNVT and use the spectrum auction funds to help fund traditional public TV and radio operations it runs in Central Virginia, including Richmond's Channel 23/WCVE. More at richmond.com.....

DCRTV Jobs Ads - 3/31 - The latest DCRTV Job Ads include sales positions available at Centennial Broadcasting, an account exec opening at Strauss Media Strategies, and a producer/board operator job at WCBM radio. DCRTV jobs ads cost just $49 a month and reach many thousands of DC-Baltimore area movers and shakers.....

Dave DeForest Dies - 3/30 - From DCRTV's Thursday Mailbag: "I am very saddened at the sudden news that longtime Washington area broadcaster and a good friend for almost 40 years, Dave DeForest passed away earlier this week. Dave was apparently in good health until being stricken very recently with a devastating illness. Dave and I worked together back in the late 1970s at WEZR radio in Fairfax VA. We were both announcers there. We also worked together at WGAY in the 1980s. And, we were both newscasters at VOA a few years back. Dave had spent close to 20 years at VOA until his tragic death. He was 64. As a quality broadcaster, he will be missed, and as a good friend, I will always miss him. Bob Gotkin".....

Bezos 2nd Richest - 3/30 - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, is now the second richest man in the world. With a $75.6 billion fortune. More at bloomberg.com.....

Lots Of Changes At WRNR-FM - 3/30 - DCRTV hears that eclectic rocker WRNR, 103.1, in Annapolis recently made a lot of changes in personnel. In February, they said goodbye to a long time-sales rep who was handling their digital sales as well - who had been been there for more eight years in two stints. Also, John Frenaye, who co-hosted the morning show with Rob Timm for almost two years after five years of doing a Friday morning segment, was shown the door in late February. Also among the changes, Tommy Haynie, who'd worked with Clear Channel and most recently the Baltimore Sun, was brought in back in October to be WRNR's sales manager, to replace former DC radio exec Michael Hughes, who left after many years there as well. We're told that the station is running on a skeleton crew with only three full-time people - Bob Waugh, Carrie Neuman, and Rob Timm, with Mike Ondayko and Dave Ziemer filling-in on weekends.....

Me-TV Moves To 5 - 3/30 - Classic TV show network Me-TV made the move Wednesday evening, March 29, to Channel 5/WTTG's 5.3 subchannel. The channel was recently dropped by Channel 7/WJLA's 7.2 subchannel in favor of the classic action show TV channel Charge! If you were watching Me-TV on cable, you'll get Charge! on that channel. No word on when area cable companies will add the 5.3 subchannel and restore Me-TV carriage.....

5 To Launch Nightly Political Show - 3/29 - TVSpy reports that Channel 5/WTTG is launching a nightly political show. With a working title of "The Final Five," the program will bump "TMZ" from its slot after the WTTG late news Monday through Friday. No word from Fox-owned WTTG about hosts, TV Spy adds. More as we hear it.....

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