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SPOTTED: The Mark Plotkin Edition

D.C. had a big college basketball weekend. While Georgetown destroyed Syracuse, George Washington University faced a big game, themselves with their final home game against the Dayton Flyers. After the game went into overtime, GW scored with a thunderous dunk, with less than 2 seconds remaining, that won the game.

As the happy crowd streamed out of the arena, our spy snapped a pic of former WTOP political commentator, Mark Plotkin. You may remember that Plotkin was canned from the station for his repeated angry outbursts.

Upon first viewing, we weren’t sure if it was actually Plotkin, since the subject in the photo seems to have less hair. Then again, the history of Plotkin’s rage issues may explain the balding.


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The Plotkin Thickens

While many are speculating that Mark Plotkin’s exit from WTOP has something to do with the new all-news station in town, 99.1 WNEW, we are hearing a much different story. We have heard from inside WTOP that the station’s “hand was forced” to terminate Plotkin. WaPo’s Erik Wemple confirmed with WTOP head boss, Jim Farley, that Plotkin was let go by the radio station.

Earlier this month, WTOP ran a story on it’s website reporting on a “screaming match” between D.C. Councilman Kwame Brown and Plotkin. A former colleague of Plotkin’s says that the political analyst’s temper was of major concern. We were told, “the worst kept secret in the building is that Mark has severe anger issues.” Another veteran of Washington D.C. radio reports that Plotkin “has a reputation of being a total motherfucker.” We have heard that Plotkin’s legendary temper dates way back to his days at WAMU where he displayed “major temper issues” and was considered “a loose cannon.”

We wrote Plotkin for comment.

Plotkin Out at WTOP

Mark Plotkin and WTOP are parting ways. Jim Farley, Vice President of News and Programming for WTOP, has confirmed to WaPo‘s Erik Wemple that Plotkin is no longer with the station. Farley also confirms that the decision was made by WTOP. Radio journalists around town are already suspecting that 99.1 WNEW, the new all-news station in town, is licking their chops at the opportunity to snatch up Plotkin. One radio executive wondered if he had already been talking to WNEW, which prompted his release from WTOP. FishbowlDC has reached out to Steve Swenson, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio Washington, D.C. for a comment.




Kastles Kick Off Waterfront Season

D.C. journos and other VIPs got a sneak preview of the Kastles’ new stadium last night at an event dubbed “Wimbledon on the Water.”  Owner Mark Ein and Washington’s winning tennis team treated guests like WUSA’s Brett Haber, HuffPo’s Stephanie Green, WTOP’s Mark Plotkin, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, K Street Kate Michael, FreeInDC’s Amy Melrose, DistrictTicket’s Steve Fox and CSN’s Joe Beninati to court-side cocktails and hors d’œuvres to kick off the upcoming season and celebrate their move from City Center to swanky new digs on the Southwest Waterfront.

The season starts next week with Venus Williams on Tuesday, July 5th and Serena Williams on Thursday, July 7th and ends July 21st.  For more info or to snag some tickets, click here.

WTOP Reels in Slew of Awards

WTOP received five awards over the weekend by the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters, including the best website award for  During a Saturday luncheon, the station received four top level awards in the Superior class and one Meritorious Award.

WTOP’s National Security Correspondent J.J. Green was honored with the Douglas Southall Freeman Award for Public Service through Journalism for his series titled “Dignity Denied.”  Political Analyst Mark Plotkin was recognized for his editorial work with the “Mark Plotkin Commentary.”  Reporter Brennan Haselton was awarded best in the Feature/Human Interest category for “Whiskey! Huzzah!” and Michelle Basch in the same category for “Jailhouse Rock!.”

Jim Farley, V.P. of News and Programming, said in a release: “The entire newsroom works incredibly hard and they work amazingly well together.  It’s great to see them get the recognition from their peers.”

Newseum Double-Header: Plotkin and Kindred


Looking for something to do this weekend? You’re in luck because the Newseum has lined up two great programs…

Saturday, Sept. 11 @ 2.30PM: WTOP political analyst Mark Plotkin

Mark Plotkin, WTOP political analyst and host of the weekly “Politics Program,” talks about the upcoming 2010 mid-term elections and the implications for the Obama administration. Plotkin, who has analyzed national and local politics at WTOP since 2002, will preview Washington, D.C.’s critical primary vote on September 14 and the fate of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.

The Chicago native will also discuss his journalism career and his continued advocacy for District self-governance and voter representation in Congress.

Sunday, Sept. 12 @ 2:30PM: “Morning Miracle” author Dave Kindred

Journalist Dave Kindred takes an in-depth look at the 21st century newspaper by spending time in the inner sanctum of The Washington Post. Kindred’s will discuss his new book “Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post,” a look at a newspaper and an industry in a moment of crisis and continual change.

Kindred will sign copies of his book following the program.

*Both events will be held in the Knight TV Studio. For more info visit the Newseum website here.

Trying to Reach Mark Plotkin?

Don’t use email.

The WTOP political commentator may be the only journo in DC who does not use computers. Yes, you read that correctly- Mark Plotkin does not do computers, email, certainly isn’t on Facebook, doesn’t Tweet, no blackberry, no iPhone…

We hear his newsroom regularly jokes, “Funny… he doesn’t LOOK Amish…”

Plotkin Calls for WH Press Corps Rebellion

Yesterday morning, on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, WTOP’s Mark Plotkin ripped the President and press secretary Robert Gibbs for calling on their “front row favorites,” saying that “all the press people sit there as mannequins” to ask “questions of the day and never ask any surprising questions.”

He goes on to say that Gibbs only calls on the TV people who are enablers in allowing President Obama to dictate the topic of the day.”

Don’t Move That Dial– That Is Kojo on WTOP And Plotkin on WAMU

“Friendly rivals” WAMU 88.5′s Kojo Nnamdi and WTOP’s Mark Plotkin will appear as in-studio guests on each other’s radio shows tomorrow. Lets hope there isn’t any traffic downtown- Kojo will head to WTOP for Plotkin’s 10 am show, and Plotkin will return the favor on “The Politics Hour” at noon.

In the past Plotkin has told his viewers of Nnamdi, “If you want that NPR babbling-brook auditory stuff, please go hear him at noon.” Nnamdi’s no angel either- “His only claim to legitimacy is by association with me,” he has said of Plotkin, his former partner.

And just today Nnamdi described the pair as the “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid of the airwaves…” so this will be interesting, to say the least.

Morning Reading List 03.26.09

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Its day 66 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Happy Birthday to Bob Woodward (h/t Playbook). What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said yesterday it will cut its full-time news staff by about 90 people, or nearly 30 percent, to lower costs as it tries to regain profitability amid a severe revenue slump. The company will also eliminate distribution to seven more metro Atlanta counties.

Well somebody in this newspaper business is still doing well. WaPo Co. Chief Don Graham racked up his 18th year without a salary raise in 2008. But he earned a bonus nearly doubling the value of his total compensation package.


From Politico: The president at a DNC fund-raiser last night, channeling Dan Pfeiffer: “I know it can be easy especially in Washington to get caught up in the day to day chatter of cable television, to be distracted by the petty and the trivial, and to fall into the trap of keeping score about who’s up and who’s down. There will be days we may be declared the winner; days when the umpires say oh they lost that one; there will be days when the markets go up; there will be days when the markets go down.”

Speaking of cable, the top 35 ad-supported cable networks are up 7 percent in total viewers this season, according to a report based on Nielsen Media Research data. It shows Fox News and MSNBC among the cable networks posting large first-quarter audience gains in prime time.

NBC has instituted an across-the-board freeze on raises for its executives and talent, even those with contracts guaranteeing them salary bumps. NBC News — and probably all of NBC Universal — is discreetly calling around and asking its on-air and off-air employees to take one for the team.

With Mexico in the headlines of late, President Obama will talk directly to a massive Hispanic audience when he makes an historic appearance on Premio Lo Nuestro, Univision’s longest-running and most popular music awards show today.


WTOP’s Mark Plotkin got into it with Terry McAuliffe at the Capital Grille Tuesday evening, but all in good fun, Reliable Sources assures us.


NY Observer warns us of our competition. Dan Abrams wants in on the media blogging and aggregation business. For the past several months, Abrams has been meeting with various NY-based media reporters, editors, and bloggers about the potential editorial venture. To date, nobody has signed on.


Managing Editor Richard Stengel on Time’s cover story by Kurt Andersen “The End of Excess: Why this crisis is good for America,” via Playbook: “I believe Kurt’s cover this week will be the defining piece that comes out of this economic crisis. It is not only smart, but wise. He starts out by saying we all knew this was coming and then charts the cycles of American history in a way that historians can only envy… From when this all began, I thought Kurt could become the poet laureate of the crisis — he’s one of the few writers of our time who can unite popular culture, history, and economics and with this piece he proves it.”

There goes one of my vices. The consumer appetite for celebrity news has exploded in recent years, but shortsighted strategies, poor management, and the recession have hit traditional celebrity media hard — so hard experts say celeb mags may not survive the economic crisis.


Its the President v. the Press on the Daily Beast.

Jay Rosen: As the crisis in newspaper journalism grinds on, people watching it are trying to explain how we got here, and what we’re losing. Lately, the pace has picked up. Here are twelve links to recent pieces about this process that form a kind of flying seminar on the future of news, presented in real time.

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