Washington DC

WTEM Rebrands As The Team 980

For the first time since it moved off of 570 AM in 1998, Red Zebra Broadcasting Sports 980 WTEM Washington DC is utilizing “The Team” as its moniker. WTEM dropped its “ESPN Radio 980” name this morning in favor of “The Team 980“. No programming changes have accompanied the rebranding, as the station will still carry ESPN Radio network programming at night and on weekends. WTEM launched in 1992 as “570 The Team“. It moved to 980 in 1998 and was rebranded as “Sportstalk 980“. When Red Zebra purchased WTEM in 2008 and merged it with its “Triple X ESPN Radio” trimulcast, the combined operation was rebranded as “ESPN Radio 980“. Red Zebra sold off its other stations to Radio-One, Salem and EMF in 2017

Pacifica Foundation Secures Emergency Loan To Stave Off ESRT Seizure

With the deadline allowing Empire State Realty Trust to begin to seize assets in order to claim the $1,819,687.52 in unpaid rent coming this week, the Pacifica Foundation has secured a $2 million bridge loan from supporters of 90.7 KPFK Los Angeles. Interim Executive Director Bill Crosier told the San Francisco Chronicle, “This would be a short-term loan to pay off the judgment, then the plans are to repay it with another, longer-term loan.” The Chronicle states that they are shopping for an additional $3 million loan to pay off the first bridge loan, additional accrued tower rent, and pension payments. Pacifica is $8 million in debt between its five stations, has failed to fund its pension pool, has multiple properties with tax liens, and has been under investigation by the Californ...[Read More]

Tony Perkins Joins WMMJ’s Donnie Simpson Show

Urban One Urban AC 102.3 WMMJ Bethesda/92.7 WDCJ Prince Frederick MD has announced that Tony Perkins will join The Donnie Simpson Show starting January 16, 2018. Perkins previously served as Simpson’s producer and co-host from 1985 through 1992 when he made the move to television as meteorologist and later news anchor at Fox’s WTTG Washington. Perkins later served as weather forecaster on ABC’s Good Morning America from 1999-2005 before returning to WTTG where he currently serves as anchor for the station’s 10pm newscast. Upon joining WMMJ/WDCJ, Perkins will vacate that anchor seat and instead only anchor Friday and Saturday morning newscasts for the television station. WMMJ-FM, MAJIC 102.3 and 92.7 FM, The Real Sound of the DMV, announces the reunion of Tony Perkin...[Read More]

Elizabethany Rises To APD/Afternoon Host At Hot 99.5 Washington DC

iHeartMedia CHR “Hot 99.5” WIHT Washington DC has promoted night host Elizabethany to Assistant Program Director/Afternoon Host. Elizabethany takes both duties over from Toby Knapp who is moving down the hall to mornings at sister AC 97.1 WASH. She has hosted nights at WIHT since 2013 after previously interning at the station in 2008. In between she worked at Bryan Broadcasting’s “Candy 95.1” KNDE College Station TX and Max Media “Hot 100.5” WVHT Norfolk VA. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. announced today that Elizabethany has been named Assistant Program Director and Afternoon Show Host for HOT 99.5, DC’s No. 1 Hit Music Station & Home of “The Kane Show,” effective immediately. iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. has a strong cross-platform prese...[Read More]

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.