Posts Tagged ‘WTOP’

The Needle: Inspecting the Inspector General

Much-Needed Inquiry: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has questions about the inspector general's handling of investigations into school cheating and the D.C. lottery contract. +3
"My Jihad": Ads promoting a peaceful approach to Islam's concept of "jihad" are going up on the Metro system. +2

NBC4 Snags WTOP’s Mark Segraves

Everybody's leaving WTOP! Just days after station vice president and format mastermind Jim Farley announced he's leaving the station at the end of 2013, news comes that WTOP local politics reporter Mark Segraves is headed to NBC4.
Segraves, who starts his job on Feb. 11, will work as a general assignment reporter for the station, where, [...]

The Needle: Brr!

Night Terrors: The temperature tonight could be the coldest in Washington in four years. -5
Too Old for That: Ex-WCP staffer Dave McKenna looks into Bishop O'Connell High School basketball star Junior Etou. The international basketball governing body says Etou will turn 21 this year and will be ineligible to play high school games. -2

The Needle: R.I.P., Joe

Mogul Passes: Joe L. Allbritton, whose Allbritton Communications was behind Politico, WJLA, and, uh, TBD, died today at 87. Allbritton's Riggs National Bank also laundered money for Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, which made for some interesting disparities in coverage between the Post and Allbritton-owned outlets. -4
Passenger Passed Over: Popular bar The Passenger will likely close [...]

The Needle: Sunday Crunkday

Lazy Sunday: The D.C. Council approved an alcohol regulations rewrite yesterday that would allow the District's liquor stores to stay open on Sunday. +5
Election Hijinks: The Washington Post reports that federal investigators have a new angle: whether Vince Gray's campaign workers offered to hide donors' names from disclosure forms. -2

D.C.’s Radio War Expands to the Web

At last, a salvo in upstart news radio station WNEW's sleepy siege of WTOP's glass-enclosed nerve center. WNEW may have shaved enough listeners from WTOP to pull it from its once unassailable No. 1 spot in the ratings—and left WTOP blaming its slip on British songstresses—but the six-month-old station is just treading water in its [...]

Atlantic Writer Says WTOP’s in Pepco’s Pocket, WTOP Responds: “It’s Bullshit”

Writer and Pepco customer Gregg Easterbrook lost power in Friday's derecho, and he isn't happy. In between trashing Pepco and Gov. Martin O'Malley in an article for The Atlantic, Easterbrook takes aim at D.C.'s WTOP.
With the power out, people rely on radios to get their news, Easterbrook writes, making a news radio station's role more [...]

Does Susan G. Komen Foundation Really Need WTOP’s Help?

Remember the flap over the Susan G. Komen Foundation's choice to pull funding from Planned Parenthood earlier this year? In January, Komen announced it would no longer give grants to organizations under federal investigation; at the time, House Republicans were investigating Planned Parenthood for providing legal abortions, which meant no grants for Planned Parenthood. That [...]

Drivers And Cyclists Should Probably Switch Places Occasionally

I was a little miffed that WTOP brought in a editor—the website for cars—to be the sole voice in a radio hit about the ongoing battle between cyclists and cars. Still, Carroll Lachnit, who says she also bikes, was pleasantly surprising in her comments. She offered good tips to drivers for how to avoid endangering [...]

The Needle: The Weasel With The News Edition

Now Hear This: For years, tuning your radio to 99.1 FM meant one thing, and one thing only—alternative rock. Lately, of course, it's meant bachata, merengue, bomba, and other Latin pop, as the former WHFS became El Zol on Jan. 12, 2005. The station's changing formats again at the beginning of next year—to all news, [...]

Last Train Home?

When it comes to late-night weekend ridership, Metro's most popular stops are not surprising: Dupont Circle, U Street, and Gallery Place. (If that raw data's hard to grasp, Greater Greater Washington made this very handy graph.) While that's probably not all late-night revelers, all those stops are inside the District—so some District officials don't want [...]

The Needle: Panda Power Edition

Pandas Stay Put: People think of the District as a transient place, but the dirty little secret of most people who move here for work is that once they arrive, they find they kind of like it. And they stick around (just ask former Sen. Byron Dorgan, who recently signed up with a D.C. law [...]

Another Day, Another Study: D.C. Has Courteous Drivers!

So, as we all know right now, the Bay Bridge in Maryland is one of the most "scary" bridges in all the world. That was according to a survey by Travel & Leisure magazine.
So what's the next fun ranking/list/survey that gives us a snapshot of where we live? According to WTOP, there's something called the [...]

Public Service Reminder: D.C. Has Bedbugs. Do You?

Ack! WTOP does a good job today freaking out people with its tips to avoid bedbugs. New York City seems to be in the midst in an uptick of bedbug paranoia: The blood-sucking critters have found homes at Abercombie & Fitch and Hollister! They not only strike poor hipsters in Brooklyn; the rich on Manhattan's [...]

WTOP Picks D.C.’s Best Blog

City Desk may as well hang it up now; we didn't finish in the top three in WTOP's "best local blog" contest. The radio station has been running a "best of" poll all summer; last week, they declared Ichiban, in Bowie, to be the best sushi spot in the region.
The winner of the blog contest, [...]