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WTOP Welcomes New Station Voice

Tune in to WTOP 103.5 and you’re likely to hear someone new going forward. Meet Scott Fisher, the man behind the station’s latest sounders, promos, and liners.

Fisher is replacing Pat Garrett, who recently left WTOP to work with several CBS sports stations.

As part of the change, the station is introducing new, fresh verbiage and says of the switch that “WTOP will sound a little different, but better. Production will be tighter and faster-paced.”

Welcome to the “Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center,” Scott!

Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO

Via the press release:

The board of directors of NPR announced today that it had selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. Mohn is currently chairman of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and has had a life-long career in media, including serving as founding president and chief executive officer of Liberty Digital and president and chief executive officer of E! Entertainment Television…

…Mohn, 62 years old, will begin his term at NPR in July and will succeed Paul G. Haaga Jr., who has been acting chief executive officer and president since last year.

“This is not a job for me.  It is a mission.  I love public radio and NPR.  It is a national treasure and more important now than ever,” said Mohn. “I want to make sure the staff of NPR, the Member Stations and the others who make it happen have everything they need to do their best work.”

Andy Shallal Gets a Radio Gig

Pacifica owned radio station WPFW announced this week that former mayoral candidate Andy Shallal will host a new show focused on entrepreneurship and social justice called “Business Matters.” Beginning this week, the station is introducing a whole crop of new shows to coincide with it’s return to 50,000 watt power. For most of the last three years, the “Jazz and Justice” station (they air jazz and world music as well as progressive talk) has been broadcasting at as little as 16,000-watts, barely audible in Alexandria or far Southeast DC. Upon its return to full-power last week, the Station can once again be heard as far as Delaware and Richmond.

Along with “Business Week,” other news shows debuting include “The Collision: Sports and Politics” co-hosted by former Washington Wizard Eton Thomas and sports essayist Dave Zirin; and “Arise,” a labor program hosted by longtime trade unionist and labor leader Bill Fletcher.

DC Journalism Awards Round Up

It’s award season and, as always, DC journalism is receiving top accolades from all corners. Here’s a run down of the Washington journos and outlets that have been honored most recently:

Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic has won the Sidney Hillman Award for Excellence in Reporting in Service of the Common Good in Magazine Journalism for his story, “The Hell of American Daycare.” The award will be presented on May 6th at the Times Center in New York City.

George E. Condon Jr. of the National Journal  has won the newly created President’s Award from the White House Correspondent’s Association. The award will be presented on May 3rd at the WHCA Dinner.

The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University has inducted a new batch of honorees including William Eaton, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former President of the Washington Press Club, who will be honored posthumously. Mary Pat Flaherty of The Washington Post was also honored. They will be officially inducted at a ceremony on May 15 at the Chicago History Museum.

And WTOP has been awarded five Regional Edward R. Murrow awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association, including one for Overall Excellence and one for Breaking News for their coverage of the Navy Yard shooting. WTOP’s Kristi King was also  recognized for feature reporting, Jonathan Warner for Sport Reporting, and Lori Lundin for Hard News Feature Reporting.

WTOP To Award $30,000 to Local Non-Profits

WTOP announced today that it will sponsor an online contest called “Click for a Cause” which gives D.C. area non-profit organizations the chance to vie for one of three $10,000 grand prizes. Runners-up will each win $5,000 worth of commercials to advertise their organizations on WTOP.

From the press release:

The prizes will be awarded in three categories, based on an organization’s annual expenses – large (over $13.5 million), medium ($3.5 – $13.5 million) and small (up to $3.5 million).  Winners are based on the highest number of votes (likes) received during the contest…

Voting will take place April 21 through 5 pm on Friday April 25.  Voting is accomplished by visiting the Click for a Cause page at wtop.com/clickforacause, and clicking “like” on the charity you wish to vote for.  Listeners must have a Facebook account to participate and people can vote for as many charities as they wish, but only once per charity.

Obama Says Most Deportations Happen Because Congress Beefed Up Border

Facing questions on his deportation policy while making an appearance this morning on a Spanish-language radio show, “El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo,” President Obama shifted the blame to Congress.

“Keep in mind that most of these deportations are actually at the border,” Obama said. “So it’s people who are just being stopped.  The reason that the numbers are high is because Congress doubled the number of ICE agents and custom border patrol.”

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson acknowledged as much earlier this month.

“It’s not because this is something that I think is necessarily a kind thing or a helpful thing for many of these families,” the President added.

Obama also fielded questions about whether Latinos from “mixed status” homes would risk triggering deportations of their loved ones if they signed up for Obamacare. Obama replied that “there is no sharing of the data of information with… immigration officials,” and encouraged Latinos to sign up, “even if it’s just for some the members of their family.”

The appearance on the radio program, which mainly features Mexican music, was the latest in a string of appearances by the President on Spanish-language media outlets. Obama has been making a major push to both Latinos and young people to sign up for Obamacare ahead of the March 31st sign up deadline.

Ron Swanson to Headline RTCA Dinner (Megan Mulally Will Be There Too)

The Radio and Television Correspondent’s Association announced today that actor Nick Offerman, of “Parks and Recreation” fame, will headline their 70th Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner. Offerman’s wife, “Will & Grace” actress Megan Mulally (Karen) will be his guest for the evening.

According to the press release the RTCA Dinner is known “as the ‘fun’ black tie dinner,” which promises lots of “surprises” and “craft beer.” My, that does sound fun.

But they don’t let things get too crazy, like some other correspondents dinners.

“The dinner is also focused on our core mission: celebrating Washington journalists and the issues we cover,” the press release said. “This is not a dinner for Hollywood.”

Well, except for Nick Offerman and Megan Mulally. You guys are cool.

Afternoon Lede Check, 3.18.14

A man was shot and killed when he fires on officers; the U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; and a Navy Yard review suggests DOD handed out too many security clearances.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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FBDC Tweeterboard: National On-Air Talent

It’s that time of the month again to check out the social standing of DC’s stable of national correspondents and anchors. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of the top 20 on-air journalists including broadcast, cable, and radio. Here’s what we found:

1.) George Stephanopoulos* ABC 1,936,395
2.) David Gregory NBC 1,651,521
3.) Newt Gingrich* CNN 1,493,576
4.) Scott Simon NPR 1,251,445
5.) John Donvan ABC 1,232,606
6.) Wolf Blitzer CNN 697,050
7.) Bret Baier FOX 453,195
8.) Chuck Todd MSNBC 415,265
9.) Greta VanSusteren FOX 406,677
10.) Jake Tapper CNN 324,883

Catch 11 – 20 after the jump…

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Chief WH Correspondent Slams VOA in Retirement Letter

Voice of America, the official external media of the US government, has been in decline of late. They have been hemorrhaging reporters and apparently suffering from a crisis in management. Now, after 34 years, Chief White House Correspondent Dan Robinson has had enough. According to a letter obtained by BBG Watch to the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the International Broadcasting Bureau -the agencies that oversees VOA – Robinson and other veteran reporters have been leaving because of “exceptionally bad and hostile management.” From the letter:

At one point, correspondents in Washington bureaus were discouraged from filing on breaking news. In its place, they were often tasked with producing “TV” reports that inevitably consumed numerous additional hours.

Due to staffing and technical problems in Central News, particularly relating to the production process, final “TV” products ended up being completed late, well after other media organizations had put out several layers of reports on a breaking news event.

Reporters too often ended up being mired in hours of email exchanges, phone conversations, and copy and paste exercises to produce scripts that “dumbed down” breaking events. 

Read Robinson’s whole letter after the jump…

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