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Chris Johnson To Rejoin ESPN 980

February 12, 2016

Chris Johnson will rejoin Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, as program director Feb. 15. 

Johnson worked in various positions at WTEM from 1996-2008, serving as program director during his last three years. Most recently, Johnson worked as a reporter covering the Nationals for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. 

During his career, he's also worked as a producer for Westwood One, helping the network air national broadcasts for the NFL and NCAA. 

"We are excited to have someone with Chris's experience and skill to help us build and grow ESPN 980," Terry Bateman, Red Zebra's chairman, said in a statement. "We have a great lineup of talent and great content, and [we] look forward to putting it all together to give our listeners the best sports talk radio in the Washington market." 

In his new job, Johnson will also oversee WTEM's game broadcasts via the Redskins Radio Network.

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Jim Gallant, the operations manager of WMAL radio in the 1990s, died Jan. 30. He was 77.

"He helped run one of the most successful radio stations in the country and produced the Redskins Radio broadcasts for years," Frank Herzog, the former radio voice of the Redskins who was a sports anchor at Channel 7/WJLA and Channel 9/WUSA, said. "He was 'thrifty' but fair, friendly and a good person."

Gallant died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Bethany Beach, Del.

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The D.C. City Council officially proclaimed Feb. 2 as "Glenn Harris Day" in honor of the longtime D.C. sportscaster.

Harris retired from NewsChannel 8 in December. He was a nightly sports talk show host for 25 years. 

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ESPN 980, WTEM's Tony Kornheiser has been named No. 1 by Barrett Sports Media for "Top 20 Local Sports Midday Shows of 2015." 

"Tony Kornheiser has been one of sports radio's premier personalities for nearly three decades," Barrett Sports Media president Jason Barrett said. "He continues to host one of ESPN 980's top-performing radio programs in the nation's capital, and his content is highly sought after digitally."

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Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to buy the Tennis Channel for $350 million. 

Sinclair, which also owns D.C.'s Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8, will acquire the assets of the cable network, which currently has 30 million subscribers. 

On the sports side of things, Sinclair already owns the college sports-based American Sports Network, which is carried by many of the firm's broadcast TV stations.

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CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, placed 17th in the holiday radio ratings period, the four weeks the Nielsen ratings firm places between its December and January periods. 

Red Zebra sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, ranked 20th.

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