6 episodes

On the DCRTV Podcast, Dan Lane interviews current and former Washington and Baltimore radio and TV personalities about their successes, failures, and hard-earned lessons.

You'll get a breakdown of what happens behind the scenes at local radio and TV Stations.

DCRTV Washington Radio And TV Podcast Dan Lane

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On the DCRTV Podcast, Dan Lane interviews current and former Washington and Baltimore radio and TV personalities about their successes, failures, and hard-earned lessons.

You'll get a breakdown of what happens behind the scenes at local radio and TV Stations.

    The Launch Of A New Radio Station - WBIG "Oldies 100" With Steve Allan (Ep 6)

    The Launch Of A New Radio Station - WBIG "Oldies 100" With Steve Allan (Ep 6)

    Steve Allan was the Program Director who launched Oldies 100 (WBIG) when Colfax Communications bought the radio station in 1993.

    On this episode, Steve talks about the other formats they considered and why they decided on Oldies.

    Steve shares his strategy to beat direct competitor Extra 104 (WXTR), how he hired the original airstaff before the station's launch, and how they kept the new format a secret with two other radio stations in the building.

    Word eventually leaked to DCRTV and The Washington Post.

    Steve shares how he orchestrated a false story leak that the station would flip to a Country format, a strategic move to keep the actual format change under wraps.

    He also shares the backstory of hiring his morning team, Jim London and Mary Ball from WMZQ, and how he hired Loo Katz from Mix 107.3 (WRQX) when he was PD of WASH.

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    • 27 min
    Behind The Scenes Of WMAL & Mix 107.3 With David Sproul (Ep 5)

    Behind The Scenes Of WMAL & Mix 107.3 With David Sproul (Ep 5)

    David Sproul retired from WMAL & WRQX in 2014 after 41 years with the radio stations.

    On this episode, David shares inside stories about what was happening behind the scenes at the radio stations.

    Our conversation covers a range of fascinating topics, including the old NABET union, in which DJs weren't allowed to hit a record button or run their own board.

    We also talk about the technical intricacies of the WRQX-EMF transition, the surprising news of the WMAL tower sale, and the subsequent challenges of moving WMAL to the new tower location.

    We also talk about what was involved with getting 105.9 integrated into the cluster when ABC bought WJZW.

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    • 28 min
    How Joe Thomas Bought WTON in Staunton (Ep 4)

    How Joe Thomas Bought WTON in Staunton (Ep 4)

    On this episode of the DCRTV Podcast, Joe Thomas shares his story of buying WTON in Staunton.

    We discuss his being fired from his previous radio station when they found out he was buying the radio station.

    We also talk about how he found out WTON was for sale, how he raised the money for the purchase, and his plan to use local programming.

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    • 19 min
    Why A Radio Station Failed – The Rise And Fall Of WOOK With Mike Burke (Ep 3)

    Why A Radio Station Failed – The Rise And Fall Of WOOK With Mike Burke (Ep 3)

    Back in the days of AM radio, WOOK was a legendary urban radio station. The station had huge ratings and a loyal local following.

    In the 1970s, the station was involved in an illegal gambling scheme, and it ended up losing its AM license.

    Undeterred by the loss of its AM license, Bill Parris at United Broadcasting seized on the opportunity to move the format to United Broadcasting's FM frequency when the AM signed off.

    In the following years, WOOK enjoyed even better ratings as FM began to take off in Washington.

    However, at some point, the station lost its way and became one of the area's lowest-rated stations.

    On this episode, Mike Burke, a fifteen-year veteran of the station, guides us through the changes the station implemented in its quest to reclaim its glory days.

    We also speculate on what the station could have done differently to rise back to the top.

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    • 36 min
    From Overnights In Hartford To A 40 Share At WPGC With Albie Dee (Ep 2)

    From Overnights In Hartford To A 40 Share At WPGC With Albie Dee (Ep 2)

    On this episode of the DCRTV Podcast, Dan Lane sits down with the legendary Albie Dee as he recounts his remarkable journey from doing overnights in Hartford to becoming a powerhouse personality with a 40 share at WPGC.

    Albie landed at WPGC, as the station was changing from a failed AC format to Rhythmic CHR

    After 10 years at WPGC, he was ready for a new challenge, which led him to work mornings in Baltimore.

    After a year in Baltimore, he returned to Washington, embarking on another decade-long tenure, this time at 99.5, where he helped launch Jammin’ Oldies and later Hot 99.5.

    Since then, he's worked at several stations in the Washington/Baltimore area and even spent 3 years as the PD at OC 104 in Salisbury.

    On this episode, we talk about the inside story of each of his career moves, and Albie talks about how to survive in one market for so long.

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    • 31 min
    The Epic 1980’s Washington Radio Battle Between WAVA And Q107 With Loo Katz (Ep 1)

    The Epic 1980’s Washington Radio Battle Between WAVA And Q107 With Loo Katz (Ep 1)

    The DCRTV Podcast interviews current and former Washington and Baltimore radio and TV personalities, sharing what happens behind the scenes at local stations.

    The first episode features Washington radio legend Loo Katz.

    Loo hosted mornings on WASH-FM for 14 years. Before that, he spent 10 years in afternoons at Mix 107.3, he did middays at WAVA, plus stops at other local stations.

    On this episode, Loo Katz shares unique insights about the epic 1980’s Top 40 battle between Q107, WAVA, and B106.

    Loo shares the story of the famous WAVA reverb and why he got fired from the station.
    We also talk about why Q107 gave up on the Top 40 fight and the technical problems they had launching Mix 107.3.

    Loo also shares the backstory of how he ended up hosting afternoon drive on Mix 107.3.

    We also talk about how he crossed the street to WASH-FM, and he takes us behind the scenes on how he picked his co-hosts Lori Brooks, and later Chilli Amar.

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    • 44 min

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