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Nehman Signs Off WMAL For Last Time

WMAL’s Mornings with Brian and Brian, which runs form 5-9 AM, is down one Brian. This morning Brian Nehman signed off for the last time.

After 12 years with the station, he has taken a job at Baltimore’s WBAL where he will anchor their morning show. Word leaked out a month ago, but Nehman didn’t address it on air until his farewell message today.

WBAL is owned by Hearts Broadcasting, which also owns WBAL-TV, the local NBC affiliate, so don’t be surprised to see Nehman pop up on TV from time to time.

Nehman started out at WMAL as a reporter and gradually moved into hosting.

Program Director Bill Hess and Executive Producer Heather Smith will keep the show going with guest hosts to sit in with Brian Wilson while the search for a permanent replacement persists.

You can hear Nehman’s final sign-off here.

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Heather Smith Upped at WMAL

Heather Smith has been promoted to Executive Producer of WMAL’s “Morning Majority” program. She joined the station in August 2010. Program Director Bill Hess says Smith guided them through a confusing time without a ratings loss.

What you may not know about Smith…She has produced three top 10 nationally syndicated radio programs: The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Laura Ingraham Show and most recently, The Lars Larson Show. She began working in radio when she was just 17 by hosting a love and relationships talk show. She also founded a radio station at her high school. She was formerly a TV booker for FNC. In college, she studied film under the co-founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

Congratulations to Smith.

See the praise-filled internal memo after the jump…

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“Randi Rhodes” Comes To DC On Air America

Air America WZAA 1050AM launched in Washington last Wednesday and the network is rounding out its programming, announcing today Randi Rhodes will broadcast from 3-6pm beginning June 23rd. The program will also stream online at

The “Randi Rhodes” show already airs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver and Portland. In a release today, Air America Media’s senior vice president of programming Bill Hess said, “Randi’s ability to cover a variety of issues each day in an entertaining, aggressive style makes her the perfect fit for the ride home in Washington, D.C., where she’s now based.”

Check out Air America’s daily line-up after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 03.12.09

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Its day 52 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



NYT moves into the digital era. New plans include implementing technology to make the newspaper’s site easier to read on a cell phone.

Also on the NYT- executive salaries will remain the same they have since 2006.

McClatchy’s Miami Herald will cut about 175 jobs and reduce the salaries of the remaining staff. From AP: layoffs include 33 full-time and eight part-time positions in the newsroom and staffers who survive the layoffs will endure pay cuts- 5 percent for those making between $25,000 and $50,000, and 10 percent for those earning more- starting March 23.

Hearst papers is considering decreasing page numbers and increasing subscription prices.

From the Christian Science Monitor: “Newspapers failures are old news. It’s time to focus on solutions.”


More reality tv coming to DC? Producers are casting, says the Reliable Source.

From ABC, “As Economy Falls, Recession TV Revs Up.” Networks are apparently greenlighting more pilots about tough times.

Salon takes a look at bizarro CNBC in “Why is Jim Cramer shouting at me?” It was actually the first time writer Gabriel Winant had watched the cable business network.

In light of Jon Stewart v. Jim Cramer, the Daily Beast brings us 7 of the Best Cable-TV Feuds.


Radio Online reports: Air America Media has formed a syndication division to distribute programming outside of its Liberal Talk network offerings, under Senior VP/Programming Bill Hess. Air America Media Syndication will launch on March 22nd with its first offering, a weekend show entitled “Newsweek On Air,” a 27-year-old program from the staff of Newsweek magazine.


The future of investigative journalism is online, according to the Columbia Journalism Review.


DC Mayor Adrian Fenty opens up to Carol Joynt in the Q&A Cafe at Nathans in Georgetown.

America’s favorite pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger has landed a two-deal, $3 million book deal yesterday. And the second book is going to be poetry. More on the Daily Beast.


Atlantic Media Company is looking for a web operations analyst.

ACDI/VOCA is looking for a publications coordinator.

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