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FBDC Tweeterboard: Local Broadcast News

Earlier this month we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications and Washington-based national anchors. Now it’s time to turn our attention to local broadcasters. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of DC’s TV and radio stations, as well as those of the top on-air talent. Here’s what we found:

Top 10 Local Television and Radio Stations

1. NBC 4 (WRC)  - 68,947
2. CBS 9 (WUSA) - 52,733
3. WTOP 103.5 FM  - 51,723
4. ABC 7 (WJLA) - 46,702
5. Fox 5 (WTTG) – 32,080
6. WAMU 88.5 FM – 10,630
7. WFED 1500 AM – 9,629
8. PBS 26 (WETA) – 4,666
9. Univision 14 (WFDC) – 3,160
10. NewsChannel 8* – 2,466

Top 15 Local Broadcast Personalities

1. Angie Goff (NBC 4) – 25,576
2. Nikki Burdine (CBS 9) – 21,108
3. Britt McHenry (ABC 7) – 18,342
4. Doug Kammerer (NBC 4) – 16,936
5. Bruce Johnson (CBS 9) – 13,554
6. Shomari Stone (NBC 4) – 10,961
7. Julie Wright (Fox 5) – 10,789
8. Danella Sealock (NBC 4/WPGC) – 9,010
9. Tom Sherwood (NBC 4/WAMU) – 8,859
10. Russ Ptacek (CBS 9) – 8,811
11. Eun Yang (NBC 4) – 8,561
12. Jacqui Jeras (ABC 7) – 8,129
13. Jim Handly  (NBC 4) – 7,744
14. Chuck Bell (NBC 4) – 6,906
15. Jim Vance (NBC 4) – 6,747

The takeaway: NBC 4 is the most socially engaged of the local stations overall. They claim the number one spot among broadcast stations and their staff accounts for 9 of the top 15 local personalities on Twitter. CBS 9 comes next, with a solid second place in the station rankings and 3 of the top 15 personalities. And ABC 7 comes in third place overall -the station has less followers than WTOP, but they do contribute 2 personalities in the top 15.

*NewsChannel 8 is DC’s local cable channel.

WTOP Expands Online Entertainment Coverage

Long-time WTOP web writer (and producer/director of awesome metal doc Welcome to DeathfestAlicia Lozano has been named the editor of a new entertainment section on the station’s webpage.  She will focus on managing the section and creating original digital content as well as on-air contributions.

The section is the latest in WTOP’s online expansion, following the launch of the Living and Technology sections in November of 2012 and August of 2013, respectively.

“As WTOP evolves into a Digital News Operation, we are continuing to dedicate resources to original digital content that will feed not only our website but also our radio and mobile platforms,” Director of Digital Media John Meyer said. “The Washington area is rife with local stories concerning the arts, music, movies and more. Our entertainment section will bring these stories to life online and on-air.”

With Fornicola Hire, Federal News Radio Invests in Sponsored Content

WFED 1500 AM, better known as Federal News Radio, announced yesterday the hiring of Jason Fornicola as the station’s first ever Director of Custom Media. In the new position, Fornicola will be tasked with creating sponsored content for advertisers and placing it on air, as well as on the WFED website. The hire is indicative of a trend among DC publications -Politico and The Washington Times, for example -who are moving towards using sponsored content, also called “native advertising” or “custom media,” as a source of revenue.

Fornicola is not exactly new to WFED. He was formerly the Communications Specialist for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).  Since 2006, he has been the host and producer of “Inside Government,” AFGE’s award-winning weekly radio program on Federal News Radio.

Federal News Radio is targeted towards an audience of federal managers and contractors seeking news and information about the business of the federal government.  Its website, FederalNewsRadio.com, features local and national federal news, original content, blogs and audio archives of all its programming. Federal News Radio and its sister station WTOP are owned and operated by Hubbard Radio.

Pres. Obama Calls on Texas Latinos to Pressure Republicans on Immigration Reform

Raul BrindisIn an call-in interview yesterday on the “Raul Brindis and Pepito Show” -a Spanish-language radio show broadcast out of Houston -President Obama called on Latinos to pressure their Congressmen and Senators to support immigration reform legislation.

“The main thing people can do right now is put pressure on Republicans who have refused so far to act,” Obama said.  “Obviously in the State of Texas, you got two Senators, Mr. Cruz and Mr. Cornyn.  So far they have not supported it.  But you also have many Congressmen, members of the House of Representatives on the Republican side that have not supported it yet.  And I think sending a strong message to them that this is the right thing to do.”

This comes as immigration activists across the country are beginning to switch tactics, according to a recent report on Politico. Previously, both politicians and activists who support immigration reform had been holding their fire against Republicans in an effort to give the fractious party space to put forward their own reform plan. However, with both John Boehner and Mitch McConnell making statements recently that seem to throw cold water on the idea of passing any legislation this year, a decision has been made to get more vocal.

The rest of the interview was very sympathetic to the President, as he and Brindis discussed why Latinos should sign up for the affordable care act and what Obama’s favorite Mexican food is. Obama said he and his daughter Malia decided that if they had to eat one kind of food every day for the rest of their lives, it would be Mexican.

Conservative Talkers Get Columns at TWT and The Hill

David Webb

David Webb

It’s a good day to be a conservative, syndicated radio show host. Both The Hill and The Washington Times announced today the addition of conservative radio personalities to their stable of opinion columnists.

David Webb‘s first column for The Hill starts running today and will alternate every Wednesday with a column from James Carville. Webb is a Fox News contributor, host of his own SiriusXM radio show, and a spokesman for the National Tea Party Federation.

And Steve Deace, a rising conservative voice in the Midwest, is joining TWT as a regular contributor to its opinion team. Deace, will contribute to a re-vamped Washington Times’ Communities portal, which is slated to launch later this month. Communities was temporarily shuttered last month following a spate of incidents involving inaccurate reporting. Deace will also provide TWT readers with regular updates about the early stages of the 2016 presidential caucuses in his home state of Iowa, and there are plans to distribute his nationally-syndicated program to TWT audience later this spring.

Steve Deace

Steve Deace

Both hires come as several DC pubs attempt to diversify the platforms across which they distribute content. The Hill has started producing web videos to accompany much of their online content, for example. And TWT Editor John Solomon recently initiated a re-org at that paper which, among other changes, replaced their traditional Copy Desk with a “platform agnostic” Universal Desk. Moreover, tapping into the large talk-radio audience is smart business for an industry that’s seeing print circulation drop year after year.

Spotted Around Town: WJLA’s Scott Thuman and 95.5′s Sunni

Last night was the one year anniversary of the opening of restaurant Mari Vanna, the DC home of authentic Russian cuisine and vodka (lots and lots of vodka). Managers Victor Star and Sergii Andriushchenko threw a big ole’ party to celebrate, but we, alas, were unable to go. Apparently some other local media celebs were in attendance, however.

WPGC 95.5′s midday host Sunni popped by.

WPGC 95.5 Host Sunni  (center) with Dannia Hakki (left) and Maha Hakki (right) from MoKi Media.

WPGC 95.5 Host Sunni (center) with Dannia Hakki (left) and Maha Hakki (right) from MoKi Media.

As did WJLA’s Senior Political Reporter Scott Thuman.

ABC 7's Scott Thuman (left), DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss (center), and Rema Zadah (right)

ABC 7′s Scott Thuman (left), DC Shadow Senator Paul Strauss (center), and Rema Zadah (right).

Other notables at the big shindig: NBC News’ Danielle Leigh, DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry, newly appointed DC Office of Motion Picture and TV Development Director Pierre Bagley, Echostage Owner Antonis Karagounis, and GILT CITY Senior Curator Marissa Schneider.

Photo credits – Joy Asico.

CNN Beats Fox…at Donating Food

CNN may be chronically behind in the ratings, but at least in one area, they’ve managed to best Fox News -and every other DC media organization for that matter: collecting food for the homeless.

Since 2012, Washington media outlets have been participating in an event known as the annual “Feeding Frenzy,” where they compete amongst each other to see who can collect the most food and canned goods to donate to local hunger charity So Others Might Eat (SOME). The past two years, Fox News has dominated. Not so in 2014!

This year, CNN’s Washington bureau proved themselves charitable beyond compare, collecting a whopping  1,291 pounds of food for SOME. That’s compared to Fox News’ 1,014 pounds. CBS, ABC, and WTOP round out the top five food-raisers with 555 lbs, 529 lbs, and 300 lbs respectively.

Ah, victory is sweet. And sometimes savory.

Congrats to the good folks at CNN, and to everyone who donated food this holiday season.

ABC’s Ann Compton Receives WPCF Lifetime Achievement Award

The Washington Press Club Foundation will award ABC News Radio’s White House correspondent Ann Compton its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner on Feb. 5 here in Washington. The WPCF was founded in 1919 to ensure that women established an equal place in the newsroom. Their dinner this year will hosted by CNN’s Brianna Keilar and feature speeches from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).

From the press release:

Ann’s award-winning career in journalism, almost exclusively at ABC News, has brought her into the center of countless major news stories. Compton has covered national historic events and has reported on seven U.S. presidents. But to her fellow colleagues,Ann is known to always be willing to extend a helping hand. She has served as a generous mentor to scores of young journalists, graciously imparting her experience and wisdom so others can share in the success of a story well reported.

Congratulations Ann, from all of us here at FishbowlDC!

WaPo‘s Clinton Yates Gives WTOP His Take

Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates will join WTOP as a contributor with a daily commentary called “My Take,”  WTOP announced today. Yates, a DC native and frequent cable news commentator, will reflect on life in the DMV and beyond, addressing topics issues in sports, politics, and pop culture.

The feature will air at 5:35 AM and 8:35 AM Monday through Friday during WTOP’s morning program, anchored by Mike Moss and Joan Jones.

“Radio is the original journalism media that I fell in love with as a kid,” said Yates.  “The opportunity to work with a powerhouse station like WTOP is tremendous.”

“My Take” debuts Monday, February 3 at 5:35 AM and online at wtop.com. Congrats Clinton from FishbowlDC!

Today’s Top Stories – McDonnell Charges and DC Snow Storm

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Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s top stories.

The Washington PostMcDonnell, wife charged

Washington TimesHarry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

Washington Examiner: Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted in gifts scandal

Washington City Paper: How Does D.C. Keep Roads Clear of Snow? With $18,000 in Beet Juice

USA TodayEx-Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife charged in gift scandal

The Hill: Christie plummets in new poll, now trails Clinton in matchup

POLITICO: Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein

Roll CallGOP Frets About Year-End Fundraising Thanks to Shutdown

National Journal: One Congressman’s Secret Weapon in His Fight for Survival: Dentistry

Daily Caller: First Lady Throws It Down

WTOP: Visibility down to quarter-mile on roads

ABC 7: Live Blog: Snow falling in biggest storm of the year

NBC 4: Snow Falling Around Region; D.C. Could Get 4-7″

CBS 9: Quick winter storm update

Fox 5: Winter storm sweeps US, hits mid-Atlantic and Northeast, forcing flight chaos and government office shutdown

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