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C-SPAN Simulcasts O'Connor - 1/16 - DC-based C-SPAN features a video simulcast of Larry O'Connor's show from WMAL today. From 3 PM to 6 PM.....

Ockershausen Talks To Brotman - 1/16 - 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," with local personalies. Including media figures, politicans and community leaders, sports heroes, business and charitable influencers, and many more. Ockershausen's latest interview is with Charlie Brotman, the longtime official Inaugural Parade announcer who won't be doing that this year. Each half-hour podcast, which is recorded at WMAL, can be heard at ourtowndc.com.....

Crowley Drops Out Of Trump Administration - 1/16 - The Washington Post is reporting that former Fox News contributor and Washington Times editor Monica Crowley has opted out as a spokesperson for the Trump administration due to allegations of plagiarism in her new book.....

Trump Planning Big Changes At FCC - 1/16 - Tom Taylor Now tells us that the Trump transition team has agreed on a fundamental makeover of the Federal Communications Commission. "That could mean stripping away the agency's competition and consumer protection functions, handing those watchdog chores to another agency like the Federal Trade Commission." Some favor the "traffic cop" model of regulation, where the FCC would mostly ensure that frequencies were handed out efficiently. Taylor adds that "Republicans in Congress clearly haven't liked the Obama FCC's notions about net neutrality - keeping the internet open to all on the same basis)." The GOP also dislikes Chair Tom Wheeler's tough attitude toward television joint sales agreements. "What does it mean for radio, which is mostly regulated by the Audio Division branch of the Media Bureau, and the Enforcement Bureau? As with other Trump-era takeovers, buckle up for potential significant changes - the most in generations," Taylor adds.....

Support DCRTV In 2017 - 1/16 - Did you help support DCRTV in 2016? It's not too late to help keep your favorite local media news and commentary website running strong into 2017. 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 our 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. Visit our Support page for more donation options. Just added to Plus: Memories from dozens of smaller AM stations throughout the years in the DC-Baltimore area, including WAYE, WYRE, WFMD, WPIK, WPRW, WLMD, WSID, WUST, WDON, WFAX, WPWC, WANN, WARL, WEBB, and more. A tribute page for longtime Baltimore TV newsman and talk radio host Ron Smith, a memory page for sports talker WJFK, which used to be an easy listening outlet and carried Howard Stern for many years, plus a new photo page for legendary DC rocker DC101.....

Bill Plante Joins WaPo Inauguration Coverage - 1/14 - The Washington Post will host live coverage of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, January 20, beginning at 9 AM. It will be streamed on the Post's website, its national news app, and via Facebook and YouTube. The day-long broadcast will be anchored by Ed O'Keefe and Elise Viebeck from the Post's new outdoor set at its K Street headquarters. Bill Plante, retired CBS White House correspondent who has covered every inauguration since 1977, will offer commentary and historical analysis. The Post will have two live blogs running during the day, one focused on providing updates on logistics, security, and the crowd. The second live blog will offer political analysis, historical background, and context as events unfold.....

WaPo Expands Video Team - 1/13 - The Washington Post says that it is expanding its video team with the addition of 30 positions - with a full staff of more than 70. The Post adds that its annual website-based video views grew 139% in 2016. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NC8 To Show MLK Parade - 1/13 - Sinclair's NewsChannel 8 will show DC's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 16, from noon to 2 PM. Sam Ford, a news veteran of NC8's sister, Channel 7/WJLA, will serve as parade emcee and broadcast host. The parade will begin at 2700 MLK Avenue, SE, and continue to Anacostia Park.....

Cox Signs Up For WaPo's Nat'l Weekly - 1/13 - The Washington Post's National Weekly, with analysis of politics, policy, national and world events, lifestyle, and arts coverage, has partnered with the Cox Media Group. With this deal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Austin American-Statesman, Cox Media Group Ohio (the Dayton Daily News, the Journal-News, and the Springfield News-Sun), the Palm Beach Post, and the Palm Beach Daily will feature the electronic version of the National Weekly via their websites. More at washingtonpost.com.....

45 Cuts Karen Campbell - 1/13 - Reporter Karen Campbell is reportedly among cuts Sinclair has made at Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF, where she's been working since October 2015. Before that, she'd been at cross-town Channel 11/WBAL, Harrisonburg's Channel 3/WHSV, and Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC.....

MPT To Air Potomac Documentary - 1/13 - Maryland Public Television will broadcast the new documentary "Keeping The Potomac: The Politics Of Water" on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 PM. Produced by graduate film students at American University's School Of Communicationís Center For Environmental Filmmaking, the film examines efforts of three local river keepers to hold polluters accountable along the Potomac River watershed. The film looks at efforts to stem agricultural nutrient pollution along the Shenandoah River in Virginia and West Virginia, a major tributary to the Potomac; a pipeline in Allegany County that pumps effluent from a Westernport wastewater treatment plant into the upper Potomac River; and coal ash disposal ponds at Possum Point Power Plant in Dumfries, Virginia and their impact on the lower Potomac. Mike English, MPT senior executive producer, served as executive producer on the project.....

Cox Might Drop 9 - 1/13 - It looks like Tegna's Channel 9/WUSA, DC's CBS affiliate, could go missing from Cox, which has cable TV systems in Fairfax County and the Fredericksburg area. Another dispute over carriage fees. More at wusa9.com.....

Lucas & Hastings To Host NC8 Middays - 1/12 - Sinclair announces that veteran NewsChannel 8 journalists Dave Lucas and Melanie Hastings (right) will anchor the Washington-area cable news station's new midday show, which launches February 1 at 11 AM. Both are original NC8 anchors who have been with the channel since it launched in 1991.....

Sponsored: Charlie Brotman Talks To Thom Loverro - 1/12 - Charlie Brotman is a Washington legend who has been the presidential inaugural parade announcer since 1957 - from Eisenhower to Obama. But Donald Trump has "fired" Charlie, which has created a controversy known as "paradegate," as people are outraged about the decision. 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.....

Bezos Buys DC's Biggest House - 1/12 - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, pays $23 million for the largest house in DC. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Ratings Up For "Full Measure" - 1/12 - Sinclair is touting a ratings rise for Channel 7/WJLA's Sunday morning political talker, "Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson." The program is shown on many Sinclair stations nationwide and has seen a 76% rise in total household viewership in the past year. With a 116% jump in the key age 25-to-54 demographic. Also, according to Sinclair release, "Full Measure" is "now regularly outperforming cable news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, HLN, and CNBC based on viewership data in the 81 markets where the program is seen." On average, the WJLA produced show is now now seen in nearly 700,000 homes on a weekly basis.....

DePuyt Leaves Sinclair's NC8, Lucas Staying - 1/12 - UPDATED: NewsChannel 8 mid-morning news anchor Bruce DePuyt is the latest to leave Sinclair's DC TV operation, also home to Channel 7/WJLA. DePuyt's final show will air January 31. He joined NewsChannel 8 in 1993. More: We hear that a Thursday report from FTVLive that NC8 afternoon anchor Dave Lucas is also on the way out is not true. "In fact, I'm continuing to anchor four hours of live news every weekday, and will shortly take on a new and exciting assignment at the anchor desk," Lucas tells us.....

"Business Casual" On CSN - 1/12 - Ties are gone. As many of Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet's on-camera talent are dressing with "business casual attire." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Michael Birchenall Dies - 1/11 - Michael Birchenall, 68, the editor and publisher of restaurant industry publication Foodservice Monthly, died January 9 at a hospital in Fairfax County. He wasa resident of Bowie. During his career, Birchenall wrote restaurant and theater reviews for the Times Community Newspapers chain in Northern Virginia and worked for a publication run by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. Soon after he started Foodservice Monthly, he sold it to Silver Communications but remained its driving force as editor and publisher. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Tribute Planned For Robert Goldstein - 1/11 - A tribute concert is planned Saturday at the 9:30 Club for Robert Goldstein, who played guitar for the Urban Verbs, a local rock band. Goldstein died of cancer in October at age 66. He was also the longtime music librarian, researcher, and archive manager at DC-based NPR, where he helped select the musical interludes between stories on "All Things Considered." More at washingtonpost.com.....

Armstrong Williams Settles Sexual Harassment Suit - 1/11 - Erik Wemple at washingtonpost.com reports that Armstrong Williams last month settled a sexual harassment and retaliation suit filed by a former salesman at a DC outlet of Jos. A. Bank. The complainant alleged that Williams, a SiriusXM radio host and owner of seven television stations, had sought sexual favors after befriending and mentoring him. Also, Williams hosts a weekend political talk show at Sinclair-owned Channel 7/WJLA.....

Brotman To Cover Inauguration For 4 - 1/11 - Following the recent news that 89-year-old Charlie Brotman wasn't asked to reprise the role he's carried out for 11 different presidents as inaugural parade announcer at the White House end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Tom Taylor Now tells us that Brotman's landed a new gig - with NBC's Channel 4/WRC, as a commentator during their coverage iof the inauguration. "I will be working for Channel 4 as the 'make-believe' announcer," he says, "and I'm really looking forward to it." Also, "There are several live crowd announcers for the Presidential Inaugural Parade," says DC-based radio vet Jim Bohannon - and he's one of them. He'll be stationed at the beginning of the procession, near the Capitol.....

Bohannon Extends Radio Deal - 1/11 - More news about DC radio vet Jim Bohannon. Westwood One is renewing his national night talk radio gig - a multi-year deal. "The Jim Bohannon Show" is in its 33rd year and airs on more than 250 stations, including DC's WFED, 1500. Also, Jim's adding a podcast, and there will be a new weekly "Best Of Bohannon" show.....

WaPo Creates Rapid Response Team - 1/11 - The Washington Post has created a rapid response investigative team that will "work closely with all departments in the newsroom, particularly the National staff." The team "will be expected to move quickly, mine digital sources of information, and dig deeply as breaking news provides targets of journalistic opportunity," accordin to a Post release. It includes five reporters, an assignment editor, a database reporter, and a graphics reporter. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Dave TV: Why Maureen Bunyan's Leaving WJLA - 1/10 - My thoughts on why longtime DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan is leaving Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. It has a lot to do with the changing TV news business, the amazing amount of debt that Sinclair is servicing, and the lack of news ratings that WJLA has gotten over the years, particularly since Sinclair bought it.....


WBAL Back On DirecTV - 1/10 - DirecTV subscribers can again watch Channel 11/WBAL. Hearst and DirecTV have reached a retransmission consent agreement, ending a week-long blackout of channels in 26 markets. Hearst channels went dark to DirecTV customers at midnight on January 1 after the parties could not reach a retrans agreement. Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. More at multichannel.com.....

Greta Debuts On MSNBC - 1/10 - From NewsBlues: Former Fox Newser "Greta Van Susteren signed on at MSNBC Monday night with a beautiful new set, in a small studio less than a mile from the Capitol Building. Senator John McCain was her first guest. She has now worked at all three cable news networks... CNN, Fox, and MSNBC." She said: "Yes, I'm back. Why? Several reasons. But, in part, unfinished business," she explained. "Returning to news gives me the opportunity to play a small part in trying to help." Before joining Fox and CNN, VanSusterern worked in the local DC TV market.....

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Confirmed: Michael Baisden Back To HUR - 1/9 - DCRTV tipped you last week and now we get the official word from WHUR, 96.3, that Michael Baisden (right) will return to the Howard University adult urban contemporary outlet starting January 16, airing from 3 PM to 7 PM weekdays. From 2005 to 2013, Baisden was heard doing afternoons on WHUR until he had a dispute with his national syndicator, Cumulus. Baisden will be joined on his new show by sidekick George Willborn. He'll be syndicated by Superadio Networks, in conjunction with Urban Radio Networks. So far, Baisden has been picked up in about 40 markets. No official word on the fate of WHUR's current locally-based afternoon show, "Afternoons With Tony, Mo, & George," hosted by Tony Richards, Mo Ivory, and George Willborn.....

Maureen Bunyan Leaves Sinclair's 7 - 1/9 - Veteran DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan (right) is the latest to leave Sinclair's Channel 7/WJLA. According to washingtonpost.com, WJLA management told Bunyan last week that it intends to exercise a "window" in her contract that enables either party to end the agreement before its full term. Bunyan will leave the ABC affiliate in February. Bunyan, 71, has been delivering news on DC TV for almost five decades. In the early 1970s, she started as a reporter and then became an anchor at what was Washington Post-owned Channel 9/WTOP, now WUSA. She was among the first African American women in the nation to anchor a local evening newscast. Bunyan jumped to Allbritton-owned WJLA in 1999. Allbritton sold the station to Baltimore-based Sinclair two years ago. Since then, many of the station's longtime personalities have left, most recently anchor Leon Harris, whose contract was not renewed last fall. He was joined by news anchor Gordon Peterson in late 2014 and sports anchor Tim Brant in early 2016. More: In another cutback, the station laid off several other news employees, including Alex Parker, its executive sports producer and a host of a sports-talk program on WJLA sister NewsChannel 8.....

Nat Hentoff Dies - 1/9 - Nat Hentoff, a journalist, author, champion of jazz music and passionate defender of civil liberties in columns he wrote for the Washington Post and Village Voice, among other publications, died January 7 in Manhattan. He was 91. More washingtonpost.com.....

Ray Replaces Brotman As Inaugural Parade Announcer - 1/8 - DC-basded freelance announcer and audio engineer Steve Ray will replace Charlie Brotman behind the microphone at America's biggest political extravaganza. Brotman, 89, has announced every inaugural parade since Dwight Eisenhower's second term in 1956. And he was hoping to do the same for the 45th president January 20. But President-elect Donald Trump's Presidential Inaugural Committee has tapped a new lead announcer, instead naming Brotman "announcer chairman emeritus." According to washingtonpost.com, an inaugural committee official told Brotman in an email that the group would also offer him a prime seat at the parade and honor him for his decades of gratis service. Over the years, Ray has worked for WMAL, WTOP, the Washington Nationals Radio Network, the Washington Caps network, and TRN's "America's Morning News" and "America's Radio News".....

Dave TV: Some Thoughts On WMAL's Changes - 1/6 - Cumulus righty talker WMAL made some line-up changes with the arrival of 2017 - including ditching syndicated Michael Savage and splitting up locally-based morning team of Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor - keeping Wilson in mornings but moving O'Connor to afternoons. My thoughts - the changes are not making me happy. In today's DC media edition of "Dave TV".....


Tucker To Replace Megyn On Fox News - 1/6 - DC-based Tucker Carlson has been promoted at Fox News to replace Megyn Kelly at 9 PM. NewsBlues tells us that, less than two months ago, Carlson was co-hosting the weekend edition of "Fox & Friends," his long career in television apparently on the downswing. But on November 14, he was named to fill Greta Van Susteren's vacancy at 7 PM on Fox News and "instantly began attracting eyeballs with his aggressive, right-leaning interrogation of guests." Earlier this week, Kelly revealed she's jumping to NBC.....

Confirmed: Van Susteren To MSNBC - 1/6 - The rumors of earlier this week have proved true. Greta Van Susteren is joining MSNBC, taking over the channel's 6 PM time slot with a new show called "For the Record." DC-based Van Susteren's show will feature both news and analysis, working as a bridge from MSNBC's dayside news shows into its more opinion and analysis-focused primetime. The former Fox Newser starts on January 9. More at politico.com.....

Sponsored: Rob Carson Finishes Studio - 1/6 - DC radio veteran Rob Carson (right) updates us on his new studio. He's started live video and audio podcasts, airing live at 5 PM. Watch them on his YouTube channel. The WRQX, Mix 107.3 veteran tells us, he is also adding subscribers via his Patreon channel. Also, Carson's on Facebook as @Carsonshow and Twitter via #robcarson.....

Sponsored: Joe Theismann Talks To Thom Loverro - 1/5 - Redskins Super Bowl quarterback and former NFL MVP Joe Theismann talks about the Washington Redskins devastating loss to the New York Giants and whether or not they should sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a long term contract. 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.....

XMAS Boosts WASH To Top - 1/5 - Christmas tunes propel WASH to the top spot in the DC market radio ratings for the "second week" of the "Holiday" month (early December). Full-day, age 12+: 1) WASH, 2) WTOP, 3) WAMU, 4) WHUR, 5) WMMJ, 6) WIHT and WPRS, 8) WBIG, 9) WKYS, 10) WMAL, 11) WPGC, 12) WIAD, 13) WWDC, 14) WRQX and WMZQ, 16) WETA-FM, 17) WTEM and WGTS, 19) WLZL and WJFK-FM, 21) WERQ, 22) WFMD, 23) WDCN, 24) WAVA-FM and WQSR, 26) WFRE, 27) WFLS and WGRQ and WIYY and WLIF, 31) WOL and WTNT and WBQH and WBQB and WJYJ and WPFW and WACA.....

Gannett's Errant Exit Interviews - 1/5 - From NewsBlues: Hundreds of reporters at McLean-based Gannett newspapers were surprised to receive "Exit Interview" emails on their computers Tuesday, accompanied by the explanation, "You will be leaving the company in the near future." Many of the messages were sent in error, according to Gannett "Chief People Officer" David Harmon. How many were in error, he wouldn't say. In a follow-up email, Harmon kinda sorta apologized for the error, but didn't. "Please disregard any emails from ExitSurvey@Gannett," he wrote. "We are currently working to troubleshoot the issue and will have it resolved as soon as possible".....

El Zol Unveils New Line-Up - 1/4 - CBS Radio's Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol 107.9, will launch a new line-up on January 5 as the station celebrates its 12th anniversary with a new slogan, "LatinoÖ And Proud." Patricia De Lima and Chepe join Rey Parker in morning drive. They previously hosted WLZL's afternoon show, "El Meneo." Sandee Bonita comes from Las Vegas to do middays (as DCRTV previously reported). While Henry Flores' "Dale Con Flo" show moves from nights to afternoon drive. Omayra Martinez will join Flores in afternoons and then continue as host of WLZL's evening show.....

Michael Baisden Back To HUR - 1/4 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: "What's the deal with the Tony, Mo & George afternoon show on WHUR? Have they been canned? Some guy named Wes has been filling in for them, they are no longer on the WHUR website, and today they ran a promo regarding the return of Michael Baisden." Baisden (right) used to heard doing afternoons on WHUR until he had a dispute with his national syndicator, Cumulus. The latest news is that Baisden has a new afternoon show with a new syndicator that will be launching soon. And, apparently, on WHUR. More as we hear it.....

Jon Saraceno To Vegas - 1/4 - Former USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno joins the staff at the Las Vegas Review-Journal later this month. Saraceno, who accepted a buyout in 2013 from McLean-based USA Today after three decades at the national newspaper, will cover the NFL and boxing.....

Andrew Sullivan To Do "Q&A Cafe" - 1/4 - New York magazine writer and blogger Andrew Sullivan will be Carol Joynt's guest for the January 27 edition of her "Q&A Cafe" DC media celebrity interview series. The luncheon takes place at the George Town Club. The cost is $35. Reservations can be made at 202-333-9330.....

Kornheiser & Povich Buy DC Bar - 1/4 - DC sports media veteran Tony Kornheiser, TV host Maury Povich, and former University Of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams have purchased Chad's, the longtime Friendship Heights restaurant and bar that's a popular hangout for media types from nearby WTTG, WRC, WUSA, and WMAL. Kornheiser said the group plans to rename the former Chadwick's, soliciting naming suggestions from his podcast listeners, among others. He also said he would like to put a studio in the Wisconsin Avenue hangout, where he could record his podcasts and potentially host other local podcasters. More at washingtonpost.com.....

DCRTV's BW 2016 - 1/4 - The polls have closed. Thanks for your 2016 votes in DCRTV's annual Best/Worst list of local media - radio, television, web, print, whatever. Now, start making your list for 2017. Happy new year everybody.....

Johnson Not Getting Rehm's Carriage - 1/3 - From DCRTV's Tuesday Mailbag: "The new WAMU program '1A' [hosted by Joshua Johnson] is no longer on for two hours at 10 AM on Baltimore's WYPR, the way Diane Rehm's program was. It's on in the late evening for only one hour... [NYC's] WNYC-AM is also carrying only one hour per evening of it, not on FM, and not both hours; and no carriage at all as far as WHYY in Philadelphia is concerned... Of course, it's been a grand total of two days; maybe six months from now, he'll be on more stations and fully carried. It's funny that after all those decades of Diane Rehm's slow and moderate speaking, the new guy sounds like he's just zipping along, when he probably is just talking normally. I listened on the Federal holiday (New Year's Day Observed) yesterday, and it still had a left-wing tilt, but I guess that's how NPR always does it".....

Sandee Bonita To El Zol - 1/3 - Sandee Bonita heads to CBS's Spanish contemporary WLZL, El Zol 107.9, for middays. She comes from CBS's urban oldies KXQQ in Las Vegas. Bonita debuts on Friday, January 5.....

Banks Says Aloha To Aloha Trust - 1/3 - Michael Banks leaves his gig as Frederick market manager for iHeart-connected Aloha Trust's news talk WFMD, 930, and country WFRE, 99.9, to return to Long Island, where he'd previously been a sales manager for the Connoisseur radio group. Banks will now be general sales manager.....

Radio One Stock Up In 2016 - 1/3 - Which radio stocks performed best in 2016? According to Tom Taylor Now, Silver Spring-based Radio One was among them with a 79% increase. Maybe some investors liked the odds on its $40 million investment in the just-opened MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino, Taylor adds.....

DirecTV Drops Hearst Stations - 1/2 - As of midnight January 1, dozens of Hearst-owned TV stations, including Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL, have been dropped by DirecTV due to a carriage contract dispute between the broadcaster and the satellite TV firm. More from TV Spy.....

Chris Plante Starts New Syndication Deal - 1/2 - With Chris Plante starting his new national radio syndication deal with Westwood One today, Breitbart profiles the WMAL-based late morning talker. And it looks at his new competition, NPR's nationally-syndicated Joshua Johnson, who replaces Diane Rehm at WAMU.....

Dave TV: DC & Baltimore Radio Wish List 2017 - 12/30 - My annual DC-Baltimore area radio wish list for 2017. What changes should come to WTOP, WMAL, WLZL, WRQX, WTEM, WBAL, WTMD, and much more in the coming year. Plus, a memory of former Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 news anchor Morris Jones.....


Borderstan Shut Down - 12/30 - Local News Now shuts down its Borderstan local news site due to lack of advertiser support. The site covered "hip" areas of DC, including Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, U Street NW, Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, NoMa, and H Street NE. In July, the site attracted 80,000 unique visitors, setting a traffic record. "Even though we are closing down, it's not a failure of journalism," Arlington-based LNN head Scott Brodbeck tells washingtonpost.com. "We can't stay in a place where we are losing business." Back in July, LNN shut down its HillNow Capitol Hill neighborhood news site. It still operates news sites covering Arlington and Reston.....

NSA Behind Drudge Denial? - 12/30 - From NewsBlues: The Drudge Report was shut down for nearly 90 minutes Thursday night in a denial-of-service attack, and Drudge suspects the feds may be behind it. "Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT?" he tweeted. "Biggest DDoS since site's inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing]. Attacking coming from 'thousands' of sources. Of course none of them traceable to Fort Meade," the Maryland home of the NSA.....

DirecTV Could Drop 11 - 12/30 - Hearst Television, which owns Baltimore's Channel 11/WBAL, and DirecTV are facing a January 1 deadline on renewal of their carriage agreement. Hearst controls 32 television stations, broadcasting 70 channels of programming.....

XMAS Boosts WASH To 2nd - 12/29 - Christmas tunes boost WASH to second place, but not enough to dethrone WAMU from the top spot. WTOP slumps to third. In the "first week" of the "Holiday" month radio ratings (actually late November). Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WASH, 3) WTOP, 4) WHUR, 5) WPRS, 6) WIHT, 7) WMMJ and WBIG, 9) WKYS, 10) WMAL, 11) WIAD, 12) WPGC, 13) WWDC, 14) WRQX, 15) WGTS, 16) WMZQ, 17) WLZL and WTEM, 19) WJFK-FM, 20) WETA-FM, 21) WFMD, 22) WQSR, 23) WERQ, 24) WIYY and WLIF and WAVA-FM, 27) WDCN and WFRE and WFLS, 30) WJYJ and WBQB and WACA and WOL and WDCH and WBQH.....

WaPo To Add Newsroom Jobs - 12/29 - Politico reports that the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post plans to add 60 newsroom jobs in 2017 - bringing it up to more than 750 journalists in total, third among the national newspaper-based press and moving it closer to the New York Times, with which it increasingly competes for talent.....

Sponsored: Tim Ryan Talks To Thom Loverro - 12/29 - In the latest "Cigars & Curveballs" podcast with DC sports journalism veteran, Thom Loverro reveals his Baseball Hall Of Fame ballot that features no Barry Bonds and no Roger Clemens. And catch Thom's conversation with broadcaster Tim Ryan about his new book, "On Someone Else's Nickel." "Cigars & Cuveballs" is available for download free on iTunes and Google Play at apple.co.....

Dave TV: Biggest Local DC Area Media Stories Of 2016 - 12/26 - As we close out the year, I do my annual look at the year's top stories in the DC area media world for 2016. Including WAMU's ride to the top, the odd decline of Sinclair 7 (goodbye Leon Harris) and other local TV newscasts, the slow sinking of the WaPo, fatigue problems for WTOP, impotence problems for WMAL, nothing new format-wise for the region, the radio retirements of Tony Kornheiser and Diane Rehm, and the loss of some great media personalities, including Bill Parris, Johnny Dark, Tom Marr, and Gwen Ifill.....


Sponsored: DC Connections In "Sesame Street" Book - 12/24 - Joan Ganz Cooney is the creator of "Sesame Street" and has several DC connections. Cooney received $4 million for the development and promotion of "Sesame Street" from the then Department Of Education, Channel 26/WETA was one of the first stations to run the show, and she hired DC native Jim Henson when she saw some of his local commercials for products such as Wilkins Coffee. Read more in DC area native Gary Dreibelbis' book "The Gospel According To Sesame Street: Learning, Life, Love, And Death" (right). The book contains info regarding Henson's early days at Channel 4/WRC and an interview with WRC veteran and Henson's friend Willard Scott. More at gospelsesamestreet.com. Order the book at amazon.com.....

Diane Rehm Does Last WAMU Show - 12/23 - A year ago, DC radio legend Diane Rehm (right) announced that she'd be retiring from her long-running late morning nationally-syndicated public radio talk show at WAMU after the election in 2016. So, on December 23rd she kept her word and did her last show. To the well-wishes of a host of callers, from the average listener to the noted celebrity. "So now comes the time to say goodbye, having been in daily touch with you pretty much for the last 37 years, and having it come to an end is difficult for me," she said on her last show. "Physically, I know I'm ready. Emotionally, I only think I'm ready, because I know itís going to be a hard adjustment: changing habits, shifting thoughts from a daily deadline, missing being with wonderful colleagues. But there comes an end to all things." Rehm has emphasized that she is't really leaving the public venue completely - she plans to host a new podcast, "On My Mind," which she says will likely launch in late January. More at washingtonpost.com.....

Spicer Named WH Press Secretary - 12/22 - Sean Spicer, a top surrogate for Donald Trump's presidential campaign who's now a senior communications adviser for his transition, has been named White House press secretary. Spicer, who had been Republican National Committee communications director since 2011 and the party's chief strategist since 2015, was a forceful defender of Trump in the media. More at huffingtonpost.com.....

Jack Evans Talks To Thom Loverro - 12/22 - DC City Council member Jack Evans talks about the District's battle to bring the Redskins back to the city with a new stadium, the future plans to renovate the Verizon Center, and how baseball nearly put the Montreal Expos in Northern Virginia. 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.....

John Sherwood Dies - 12/22 - John Sherwood, 84, a former features writer and columnist for the old Washington Star newspaper and for a variety of sailing and boating magazines, died December 7 at a care center in Millersville. He'd been suffering from colon cancer. In 1994, he wrote "Maryland's Vanishing Lives," which profiled people whose jobs and ways of life were fast headed toward obsolescence. More at washingtonpost.com.....

NPR's Mohn Talks Podcasts, More - 12/22 - Jarl Mohn, CEO of DC-based NPR, talks about the future of the podcast industry, why terrestrial radio isn't dying, and the role of public media in the news business. At wsj.com.....

Robin Gradison To NBC News - 12/21 - Robin Gradison becomes deputy chief of NBC's Washington news bureau. She'd spent the past two decades in Washington at ABC News, as a producer for "Nightline" and "Good Morning America," and at NPR, as a producer for "Morning Edition".....

WAMU Substantially Beats WTOP In December Numbers - 12/20 - American University public radio news talker WAMU takes a substantial lead, with an 11.5 share, over Hubbard all-newser WTOP, which posts a 9.7, in the December monthly radio ratings for the DC market. Which features data from mid-October through mid-November. Full-day, age 12+: 1) WAMU, 2) WTOP, 3) WASH, 4) WHUR, 5) WPRS, 6) WIHT, 7) WBIG and WMAL, 9) WMMJ and WPGC, 11) WIAD and WKYS, 13) WMZQ, 14) WGTS and WWDC, 16) WRQX, 17) WLZL and WFMD and WTEM, 20) WJFK-FM and WETA-FM, 22) WERQ, 23) WAVA-FM and WQSR and WDCN, 26) WFLS, 27) WOL and WBQB, 29) WFRE and WIYY and WACA and WDCH, 33) WBQH and WGRQ and WLIF and WAFY and WTNT and WRBS-FM and WPFW, 40) WJYJ and WILC and WKDV and WPOC and WWGB. Next week: The first numbers from the four-week "Holiday" month.....

WQSR Tops Baltimore Radio Ratings - 12/20 - The Baltimore radio ratings for the month of December, actually mid-October to mid-November. Full-day, age 6: 1) WERQ, 2) WLIF, 3) WWIN-FM, 4) WPOC, 5) WIYY, 6) WJZ-FM, 7) WQSR and WZFT, 9) WCBM, 10) WBAL-AM, 11) WRBS-FM and WWMX, 13) WZBA, 14) WYBR, 15) WBJC, 16) WCAO, 17) WLIFHD2, 18) WQLL and WWIN-AN, 19) WJZ-AM and WOLB. Only Baltimore market radio stations included in this listing.....

Dave TV: After Savage, What Should WMAL Do? - 12/20 - DC news talker WMAL is making changes in 2017. Michael Savage is going away with morning host Larry O'Connor airing from 3 PM to 6 PM. And a new co-host for Brian Wilson in mornings. So, what would I do if I was permitted to make changes to both of WMAL's locally-based drivetime shows? In today's "Dave TV".....


DCRTV Job Ads - 12/19 - Find the right radio, TV, or or other media employee. For just $39 you can reach many thousands of area highly-qualified movers and shakers in DCRTV's Job Ads.....

Ken Roberts Joins Cumulus - 12/19 - Ken Roberts has been named vice president of ad sales for Cumulus's DC radio cluster, which includes news talker WMAL and hot adult contemporary WRQX. He comes from iHeart, where he was senior vice president of ad sales for its DC and Baltimore radio clusters. Before that, he managed ad sales for Bonneville in Phoenix and Susquehanna/Cumulus in Dallas.....

45 Expands AM News - 12/19 - Sinclair's Channel 45/WBFF in Baltimore will be starting its weekday morning news 30 minutes earlier come January 16. The Fox affiliate's morning local news block will now run from 4:30 AM until 10 AM. No changes in the anchor line-up of Patrice Sanders, Tom Rodgers, and Megan Gilliland. "We've expanded the morning news multiple times in the past several years and each time Baltimore viewers have responded well," says WBFF General Manager William Fanshawe.....

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