94.3 Washington DC

FCC Report 5/13: DC Area Translator Shut Down For Failing To Cure Caused Interference To LPFM

Dismissals Win Radio Broacasting's License To Cover filed for 99.3 W257BW New Tripoli PA to complete its move to 94.3 in Potomac MD rebroadcasting 950 WCTN Potomac-Cabin John MD was dismissed due to interference objections filed by Historic Takoma's 94.3 WOWD-LP Takoma Park. WOWD-LP, in its objections, found multiple violations in W257BW's application including: omitting WOWD-LP from its application as an impacted station, being built with an unauthorized antenna, and failing to respond to any of its interference complaints.

Tony Kornheiser To Exit WTEM; Launch Podcast

Tony Kornheiser is exiting Red Zebra Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington and simulcasters 92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD and 94.3 WWXX Buckland VA at the end of this month. Kornheiser has been part of the lineup at WTEM on and off since its launch on 570 in 1992 including during his six year run while syndicated nationally by ESPN Radio. While part of the Monday Night Football booth, his show moved to the short-lived “Washington Post Radio” 1500 WTWP and “3WT” WWWT and XM Satellite Radio in 2007 and 2008. He returned to WTEM for 10am to 12pm in 2010. After his usual summer hiatus from the radio show, Kornheiser will launch a new podcast in September. He will also continue as the co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption. Red Zebra Broadcasting announc...[Read More]

ESPN 980 Washington DC Announces New Lineup

Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA will launch a new lineup heavy on local hosts on Monday, May 2. While nearly all dayparts will see a change, the centerpiece of the new lineup is the new morning show hosted by Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan that will run from 7-11am daily. Cooley had been co-hosting afternoons and Sheehan at 12-2pm. “Cooley and Kevin” will be preceded by Al Galdi from 5-7am. Tony Kornheiser will move back an hour to 11am-1pm, while “Inside the Locker Room” with Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell and Scott Jackson expands to three hours from 1-4pm. Andy Pollin will reunite with longtime co-host Steve Czaben to resurrect “The Sports Reporters” from 4-7pm, while “DMV Gam...[Read More]

Another PD Exits WTEM Washington

Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland VA is on the hunt for its third Program Director in less than a year. The Washington Post reports Dan Zampillo announced his resignation on Monday, but will remain through a transition period. Zampillo joined WTEM last April from SiriusXM. He filled the position made available when Chuck Sapienza resigned during the tumult created by the postponement of the station’s short lived “Man Cave” morning show. WTEM is currently undergoing restructuring as the parent Washington Redskins combine the management of the stations and the NFL franchise. Redskins EVP Terry Bateman is running the stations following the exit of Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean last month.

Dan Zampillo Named PD Of Red Zebra’s WTEM Washington

Red Zebra Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA has named Dan Zampillo as its new Program Director. Zampillo replaces Chuck Sapienza who exited the station during the odd drama surrounding the launch of the station’s new “Man Cave” morning show last month. He joins the station from SiriusXM where he was Executive Producer of Sports and Director of Programming of the company’s NBA and Bleacher Report channels. He previously programmed CBS “97.1 The Ticket” WXYT Detroit, Dispatch’s 1460 WBNS Columbus, and was APD of Tribune’s 720 WGN Chicago prior to joining SiriusXM in 2010.

Man Cave To Debut On WTEM After All

The on-going soap opera surrounding the will they or won’t they air “The Man Cave” takes another turn as Red Zebra’s “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington, DC/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick, MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, VA will debut their new local morning show on Monday, March 30. While not indicating what led to the delay surrounding the show’s launch and the exit of Program Director Chuck Sapienza, The Washington Post reports another twist in the saga. Apparently someone called WTEM management impersonating ESPN President John Skipper and threatened legal and financial ramifications if the new show replaced ESPN’s Mike & Mike as WTEM’s morning show. Original Report 3/15: The new “Man Cave” morning show on Red Zebra’s “ESPN 9...[Read More]

Redskins Trademark Battle Spreads To Radio Holdings

The debate over whether the Washington Redskins NFL franchise should change its name is spreading to the radio holdings of Red Zebra Broadcasting. While stating that any use of the name by a broadcaster should be considered indecent, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt told Indian Country Today Media Network that the commission should should reevaluate whether or not Daniel Snyder is fit to hold station licenses. Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, owns Sports “ESPN 980” WTEM Washington/92.7 WWXT Prince Frederick MD/94.3 WWXX Buckland, “SportsTalk 570” WSPZ Bethesda MD, and “ESPN 950” WXGI Richmond (and LMA’s simulcaster 100.5 WZEZ Goochland, VA). The stations operate as the flagship for the team’s broadcasts. The FCC should consider whether Mr. Sn...[Read More]

FCC Applications 8/9

With Life On The Way Communications applying to relocate 91.1 K216FM Valley Village, CA southward within Los Angeles to a tower near Culver City, 91.9 K220HC Sun Valley is now applying to relocate to K216FM’s currently licensed site in the Hollywood Hills where it will operate with 10 watts. Clear Channel continues its slow move of 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD towards Washington DC. After completing its previous move, the translator has applied to relocate to a tower off of I-370 between Gaithersburg and Rockville with 235 watts. Common Frequency, Inc. has applied to move silent 91.1 KXRY Portland to 101.5. The Class D had been bumped from 97.9 (then KRRC) to 91.1 by the move-in of 97.9 KXPC into the market. The move will see the station operate with 63 watts at 28.7 meters. Cox has exe...[Read More]

FCC Applications 5/9

Chicago Public Media’s 91.3 W217BM Chicago has applied to move to 91.1. The translator will continue to operate with 99 watts from the John Hancock Center and rebroadcasting an HD subchannel of 91.5 WBEZ. The translator’s coverage should cover much of the city of Chicago. Radio-One’s 97.5 WUMJ Fayetteville, GA which serves as part of the Urban AC “Majic 107.5/97.5” Urban AC simulcast has applied for a very minor change to its signal. The station will increase power from 7.9 to 8.5kW while dropping antenna height from 175 to 165 meters. No major changes in its coverage as it moves to a new tower less than half a mile from its current one. Clear Channel’s 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD continues its slow move towards Washington, DC. Its newest application cross...[Read More]

Translator Report 11/22

Clear Channel continues to be active moving translators into major markets. First in the nation’s capital where they are moving 94.3 W232CB Frederick, MD down I-270 towards Washington. The translator has applied to move to Clarksburg, MD where it will operate with 60 watts. The move will place it approximately 30 miles northwest of Washington in what appears to be the first step towards the Capital. In Cleveland, CC has amended its application to move 99.7 W259BI Lorain, OH to 99.1 Cleveland. As Ohio Media Watch stated, there doesn’t appear to be any difference with the previously rescinded. 640 WGST Atlanta has signed on its translator. 92.3 W223AF covers the north and east sides of Atlanta proper with 99 watts. Way Media’s 105.1 W286BK Birmingham, which is leased to Cle...[Read More]