Washington DC

Toby Knapp Moves To Mornings At WASH

iHeartMedia Washington DC continues its week of announcements with the move of Toby Knapp from afternoons at CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT to mornings at AC 97.1 WASH. Knapp, who has spent the past eleven years as APD/Afternoon Host at WIHT, will join incumbent co-host Chilli Amar starting on Monday, December 4. He fills the void created by the departure of Loo Katz in early November. He will also remain in afternoons at WIHT through the end of the year. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Toby Knapp has been named as the new co-host for the morning show on 97.1 WASH-FM, Washington’s Variety of the 80’s, 90’s and Today, effective Monday, December 4, 2017. The 97.1 WASH-FM morning show broadcasts weekdays from 5 – 10 a.m. Knapp will join current co-host Chilli Amar to bring ...Read More

Jill Kempton Joins WASH Washington As Program Director

iHeartMedia continues its revamp of the programming department at its Washington DC cluster with the appointment of Jill Kempton as Program Director of AC 97.1 WASH Washington. Kempton has spent the past five and a half years as Assistant PD/Music Director/Imaging Director for AC “106.7 Lite-FM” WLTW New York after also working for eight years at Jerry Lee Broadcasting AC “B101” WBEB Philadelphia. She takes the WASH programming reins from Tommy Chuck, who programmed WASH and sister CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT until moving to Tampa as Senior VP/Programming earlier this month. Rob Cruz was appointed WIHT Program Director yesterday. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Jill Kempton has been named Program Director for 97.1 WASH-FM, Washington’s Variety ...Read More

Rob Kruz Returns To Hot 99.5 Washington As Program Director

iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC has appointed Rob Kruz as Program Director. Kruz, who has programmed 93.3 WFLZ Tampa since October 2016, previously hosted nights at WIHT and programmed CHR “Z104.3” WZFT Baltimore. His appointment follows Monday’s promotion of James Howard to Vice President of Programming for the Washington DC market. Kruz replaces Tommy Chuck, who just made the reverse move from Washington back to Tampa as SVP/Programming for that market. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Rob Kruz has been named Program Director for HOT 99.5, D.C.’s No. 1 Hit Music Station, effective December 18. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast...Read More

Radio Sputnik Adds Second Washington DC Signal

Radio Sputnik, the international broadcasting arm of the Russian Federation government, is expanding its programming in Washington DC to a second signal. Way Broadcasting’s 1390 WZHF Capitol Heights MD has dropped its brokered Regional Mexican “Fiesta 1390” programming to carry the mix of Russian news and Washington based talk shows that began broadcasting on Reston Translator LLC’s 105.5 W288BS Reston VA/Washington DC in July via an HD subchannel of Urban One’s 93.9 WKYS. In a filing with the Justice Department upon which it needed to register as a “Foreign Agent”, Reston Translator, owned by renowned broadcasting and communications attorney John Garzliglia, disclosed that Sputnik is paying $900,000 to lease W288BS through the end of 2019. In their announceme...Read More

James Howard Rises To iHeartMedia Washington DC VP/Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted James Howard to Vice President of Programming for its Washington DC cluster. Howard will continue to serve as Program Director of Classic Rock “Big 100” 100.3 WBIG-FM and Alternative “DC 101” 101.1 WWDC while continuing to report to Washington Region Senior VP/Programming Jeff Kapugi. He began his career with iHeartMedia in 2001 and has held programming positions WJRR Orlando, WXTB Tampa, WBZY Atlanta, WQSR Baltimore and WRAK Albany GA during his career. iHeartMedia announced today that James Howard has been named Vice President of Programming for Washington, D.C., effective immediately. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — inclu...Read More

Ty Bailey Joins WMZQ Washington As Assistant Program Director

Ty Bailey is returning to iHeartMedia as Assistant Program Director at Country 98.7 WMZQ Washington DC. Bailey most recent served as Program Director/Morning Host at “98 Rock” WXTB Tampa from 2012 until her exit in July. She previously served as midday host at Alternative “DC 101” WWDC Washington and APD of Alternative “Channel 104.3” WCHH Baltimore. During her previous tenure at iHeartMedia, Bailey was a prolific voice trackers for the company’s Alternative, Classic Rock, and Rock stations. iHeartMedia announced today that Ty Bailey has been named Assistant Program Director for 98.7 WMZQ in Washington, D.C., effective November 27, 2017. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform presence and includes a number of iconic brands and franchise...Read More

The Answer Washington DC Makes Move To 570

Salem Media has completed its move of Conservative Talk “AM 1260 The Answer” WWRC Washington DC to 570 WSPZ Bethesda MD as the the work on its tower to allow 630 WMAL Washington to move onto its tower has completed. 1260 is currently running a loop redirecting listeners to 570. Original Report 9/21: Salem Media is preparing to rearrange its Washington DC assets. As Edward Atsinger and Stu Epperson’s AM 570 LLC has closed on its $2.1 million acquisition of “SportsTalk 570” WSPZ Bethesda MD from Red Zebra Broadcasting, the assets will now be split between two Salem Media subsidiaries. Salem will reimburse Atsinger and Epperson the $2.1 million as the station license goes to Salem Media of Virginia for $600,000 while the property assets goes to Salem Radio Properties f...Read More

WASH Makes Morning Change As Loo Katz Exits

After seventeen years with the station with fourteen of those in mornings Loo Katz is out at iHeartMedia AC 97.1 WASH Washington DC. Katz has spent 46 years on the air in the Washington market with runs at 95.5 WPGC, 105.1 WAVA, and “Mix 107.3” WRQX prior to joining WASH in 2000. Co-host Chilli Amar will remain in place while. Katz wrote on Facebook: Today, after 17 years, I was fired from my longtime job at 97.1 WASH-FM. The reason given to me was ‘poor ratings’ and ‘it was time for a change.’ I had just completed my 14th year of hosting Morning Drive along with the almost 3 years of doing afternoons.

Tommy Chuck Returns To Tampa As IHeartMedia SVP/Programming

iHeartMedia has promoted Tommy Chuck to Senior Vice President of Programming for its Tampa and Sarasota markets. Chuck has worked for iHeart since 2000 working his way through Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Orlando before spending 2007-2015 as Program Director of CHR 93.3 WFLZ and Hot AC “Mix 100.7” WMTX Tampa. He then moved to Washington/Baltimore as PD of CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC and Country 93.1 WPOC Baltimore before giving up WPOC and adding those duties at AC 97.1 WASH-FM Washington last year. In addition to overseeing programming in both markets, Chuck will serve as Program Director of Country “US 103.5” WFUS. iHeartMedia announced today that Tommy Chuck has been named the Senior Vice President of Programming for the Tampa-Sarasota Area. iHe...Read More

Washington DC Government Launches DC Radio

The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) of the city of Washington DC is launching “DC Radio” online and on Howard University’s 96.3 WHUR-HD4 Washington. Serving as the “official government radio station of the District of Columbia”, DC Radio programming will feature local music, specialty programming, and community affairs programming including a weekly program hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Broadcast professionals hosting programs include “94.7 Fresh-FM” WIAD night host Britt Waters’ “The Sound” local music show, KFOG San Francisco’s Rosalie Howarth’s “Putumayo World Music Hour”, former 93.9 WKYS host EZ Street, and programming originating from OCTFME’s DCN-TV and 20...Read More

Vince Coglianese Joins WMAL As Morning Host

Cumulus Conservative Talk 630 WMAL Washington DC/105.9 WMAL-FM Woodbridge VA has named Vince Coglianese as its new morning co-host along side Mary Walter. Coglianese joins WMAL from conservative website The Daily Caller where he replaced site founder Tucker Carlson as Editor-In-Chief when Carlson exited to focus on his Fox News Channel program last November. Coglianese has previous radio experience in Morehead City NC where he previously hosted a show on 107.1 WTKF. He replaces Brian Wilson on WMAL’s morning show following his exit in May. Walter joined the show in February after previous co-host Larry O’Connor moved to afternoons. Cumulus Media announces that it has named Vince Coglianese as Co-Host of NewsTalk WMAL’s “Mornings On The Mall” morning show, effective immediately....Read More

Sunni Joins Joe Clair In Mornings At WPGC

CBS Radio Rhythmic CHR 95.5 WPGC Morningside MD/Washington DC has announced that midday host Vildana ‘Sunni’ Puric is moving to mornings to join the Joe Clair Morning Show. Sunni will join Joe Clair and Guy Lambert on the WPGC morning show. She fills the long open vacancy created when Tati exited to join iHeartMedia’s “Jam’n 95.7” KSSX San Diego in May 2016. Sunni has been with WPGC since January 2011. WPGC 95.5 announced today that Sunni, the highly rated Midday air personality and “Sunni In The City” host for WPGC 95.5 is moving into mornings as part of the “Joe Clair Morning Show” (JCMS). WPGC 95.5 celebrated its 30th anniversary last month and continues to be one of the most listened to stations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. “Sunni is the perfect fit for t...Read More