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Politico’s Mike Allen Welcomes Kindergartener to Golf Tourney

Autumn VandeHei, wife of Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, rounded up Washington journalists, political types and pundits on Monday for a golf tournament to raise money for Cornerstone School. Cornerstone is a private school in NE D.C. The fundraiser was held at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va. Clay Hanna, brother to Autumn, is the school principal.

The event raised $100,000.

Politico‘s Mike Allen did not play in the tournament. But he did play with the children for two hours. He did what he’s known to do at most parties in D.C., which is to say he warmly welcomed the kids to the event (as photographed here).

The winning foursome included QGA’s Manny Oritz and John Feehery, Rick Dibella, a producer for CNN’s Candy Crowley, and David Hobbs. Other participants: Bob Wood, President, BGR group and former Tommy Thompson Chief of Staff; Tim Berry, COS to House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy; Kyle Nevins, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s Director of Floor Operations, and WTOP’s Mike McMearty. Tommy McFly, of 94.7, donated cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake. There “in spirit” were QGA’s Jack and Susanna Quinn, who volunteer at the school.

But the real stars of the show were members of Cornerstone’s Kindergarten Class: Henry, Darius, Miracle, Mikayla and Mikaya and Lacy who got to practice hitting golf balls.

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WTOP Wins Four Murrows

murrow77.jpg The National Edward R. Murrow Awards are being announced today.

For the second year in a row, WTOP wins more than any other radio station with four awards. In the “Major Market” radio category, no other station won more than one national award. WJLA ABC 7 was the only TV winner in Washington. WBAL Radio also won a national Murrow award.

Jim Farley, WTOP’s VP of News had this to say: “This is a tribute to (WTOP) News Director Mike McMearty and a newsroom full of hard-charging, competitive people. Any reports on the demise of Radio Journalism are entirely premature.”

Congratulations to WTOP, WBAL, and WJLA.

> Update: NPR has won four Edward R. Murrow in the category of networks. (FYI: WTOP competes locally.) The awards for NPR recognize; NPR’s news and talk show Tell Me More, on its weekly commentary series, “Can I Just Tell You?”; sports reporting for the series “Friday Night Lives”; and news coverage of the bombing of a U.S. Stryker vehicle in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

WTOP: Self-Proclaimed “Lazy Asses” (With Good Hearts)


This has to make for awkward office dynamics.

WTOP’s morning drive team today wore pajamas to work. And this Saturday when thousands show up on the mall for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, most of TEAM WTOP will be sleeping in. Today was a dress rehearsal as the station had listeners vote for the best pajamas while encouraging them to contribute online to fight breast cancer. This is the second consecutive year that WTOP has worn pajamas to work for the cause.

WTOP’s Bob Madigan is the long-time “STARTER” for the actual race. “He’ll be out there Saturday morning starting the race and doing live hits with us,” WTOP News Director Mike McMearty told FishbowlDC. “We’ll also have a reporter out there covering the race.

“In true radio form… we’re lazy asses and will be sleeping in. We’re representing lazy butts… but, last year we were in the top ten in team fundraising.”

More Media Softball (And More Talking Smack)

It’s not just the Hacks vs. Flacks softball tournament that’s heating up… there’s also smack being thrown around WTOP this week.

The radio station’s newsroom and sales teams will face off Friday, August 7th in an annual softball game.

Playing for the newsroom: sprawl-n-crawl reporter Adam Tuss, Virginia reporter Hank Silverberg, national security correspondent JJ Green and sports anchor George Wallace, online news director Mike Gartell and writers Emily Eckland, Greg Otto, and Jason Fraley. WTOP editor Thomas Warren (who we hear has some minor league baseball experience) is the team’s star.

And on the sales side: director Matt Mills, director of local sales Harry Quast, director of national sales and sports sales manager Jeffrey Wolinsky, manager Ralph Renzi, general sales manager Steve Goldstein and others.

And the smack? Check out this email from WTOP News Director Mike McMearty to the sales department, who we also hear is typically referred to as “sales slime” (how professional):

Subject: GAME ON!

Game on…

WHAT: Softball game… WTOP Newsroom vs. WTOP Sales.

WHEN: Friday August 7th from 3pm-5pm

WHERE: Norwood Field (4700 Norwood Drive)… Drive on Wisconsin avenue north for about 2.8 miles until you take a left at Norwood Drive (just before Bradley Blvd). Drive to the end of the road.

WHY: To give you bums a chance to get revenge for last year’s spanking.

Happy 40th WTOP!

Syndicated columnist and broadcaster Cal Thomas, WRC-TV and WAMU-FM reporter Tom Sherwood and WTOP investigative reporter Mark Seagraves. Photo from R&R.

WTOP celebrated a 40th anniversary Tuesday with a party at the Newseum. It’s the top-rated radio station in the DC market.

In attendance: WTOP’s Mike McMearty, Mike Gartell, CBS Radio’s Harvey Nagler, Jim Bohannon, Dave McConnell, NPR’s Ann Taylor, and Bob Madigan, who served as the evening’s emcee.

The guest list wasn’t as star-studded with DC media types as WTOP as planned. R&R reports: “The President had the audacity to call a news conference tonight,” said a top network news executive who was only half joking.

DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, who declared Tuesday “WTOP Day” also made an appearance.