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Spotted: WMAL’s Brian Wilson at Bob Evans

Sighting: Morning man and co-host of  105.9 FM/630AM WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall,” Brian Wilson. He was seen eating breakfast this morning at a Germantown, Md. location of Bob Evans. Our spy didn’t catch his order, but reported that he spent a good chunk of time tapping away at his iPhone with the sound ON. Someone should tell Wilson to keep that phone on vibrate in the middle of a restaurant. The loud noises didn’t deter someone from snapping this photo of him reading on his phone.

Our spy also remarked that Wilson was, “shockingly tall.” It appears that he is wearing a “Sun Records” baseball cap, which earns him high marks in our book.

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Justice Scalia: Big Fan of WMAL Morning Radio

Supreme Court Justices are apparently people too.

Case in point: As it turns out, Justice Antonin Scalia is a big fan of WMAL’s morning drive radio show. Host Brian Wilson attended a Ricky Skaggs concert this weekend. He ran into Scalia, who wore a Stetson and attended with his “lovely” and “absolutely charming” wife Maureen.

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WMAL Taps Breitbart.com For New Hire

Larry O’Connor, talk host and Editor-In-Chief of the Breitbart.tv website, joins Brian Wilson as co- host of Cumulus News/Talk WMAL/Washington’s morning program, “Mornings On The Mall”.  O’Connor, who has regularly guest-hosted the nationally-syndicated “Dennis Miller Show” and programs on WMAL, WABC and WOR/New York, WPHT/ Philadelphia, and WLS/Chicago (among others), began his talkradio career by creating the highest-rated nightly news show on Blog Talk Radio.

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.

Taking Out the Trash 08.19.11

What we almost missed this week…

  • Since they own us, you might as well start reading China Daily.  It lands in DC next week.
  • This is what ‘wealth’ looks like. With $294 Million, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) tops Roll Call’s list of the 50 Richest Members of Congress.  Corresponding article here.

Another Journo Behaves Badly

WJLA-TV has fired Doug McKelway for allegedly behaving badly earlier this summer. Reasons for the firing included insubordination and a shouting match. No doubt newsrooms can be volatile and tense. McKelway’s firing comes in the same week that we learn that Fox News’s Brian Wilson left Fox News – officially he resigned but clearly the feeling was mutual and he was shown the door. He was known for temper issues.

WaPo‘s Paul Farhi has the scoop. Interesting details about the long line of McKelway family  journalists and potential book come at the end of the story.

An excerpt:

McKelway said that he is currently working on a book about his family’s history in journalism in Washington. McKelway’s grandfather, Benjamin, was the longtime editor of the Washington Star; his great-uncle St. Clair was a writer and editor for the New Yorker for 30 years; and his late uncle John was a columnist with the Star and the Washington Times.

> UPDATE: A reader writes in to suggest that if McKelway’s  journalism career wanes he can always rely on his banjo playing. He has been known to play at the Tiffany Tavern in Old Town. McKelway is passionate about his Bluegrass. Watch the WMAU-FM Country video of him with The Lisa Kay Band here.

Brian Wilson’s Undoing at Fox News Part of ‘White Men Behaving Badly’ Culture

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FishbowlDC obtained further details about what happened inside Fox News that led to Brian Wilson‘s suspension. Wilson was an anchor and reporter at Fox News. He allegedly has not been at work for two months, sources say.

As of last week, insider reports reveal that Wilson went haywire when a producer tried to replace a shot in one of his TV packages. Wilson reportedly “yelled” and “kicked a chair.” The producer then went to Human Resources to report the incident. Next thing you know, Diane Brandi, of legal affairs in New York, comes to Washington. Sources say Fox News employees said they wouldn’t feel comfortable if Wilson returned to Fox News. One woman told HR that “it’s the corporate culture that covers up for these white men behaving badly.”

> UPDATE: More clues as to why Wilson is parting ways with Fox News. In July 2007, a story in Politico by Anne Schroeder Mullins reports that after less than six months into his stint as Bureau Chief, Wilson had to write a letter of apology to Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), for using B-roll of him that was supposed to be B-roll of then-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) (who, as some recall, hid $90,000 in cash in his freezer.).

Coverage Plans For Obama Address

From TVNewser

Every network will cover President Barack Obama’s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET. Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Republican response.

Each network’s coverage plans after the jump.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, House Minority Leader John Boehner and a roundtable with New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, NPR’s Michele Norris and Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.

  • This Week: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a roundtable with former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman along with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: Vice President Joe Biden (Live).

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) will be interviewed by David Lightman, Congressional Corrspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, and Perry Bacon of the Washington Post.

  • State of The Union with John King: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jeff Zeleny, White House reporter, The New York Times, Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent, CBS News and Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News; Howard Fineman of Newsweek; and Anne Kornblut, Washington Post White House correspondent.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Finance Minister, Barnett Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, Steve Coll, New American Foundation, Rory Stewart, author, “The Places In Between”, Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution and David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Pete Williams of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine and Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

  • Huckabee: Nina Gilbert and her 70 students from Ivy Preparatory Academy will share video of their trip to DC. Also, FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman and Tracy Byrnes, Financial Advisor Dominick Tavella.

  • Dahl Leaving Fox News

    FishbowlDC has learned that Fox News Senior Producer Heather Dahlknown as Brian Wilson‘s #3 in the DC bureau while Wilson sat atop the bureau — plans to leave the network.

    This does create one outstanding question: How will this affect Dahl’s leadership as chairwoman of the Radio & TV Correspondents Association and her role in this spring’s dinner?

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