- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006

After December, readers of DC Style no longer will be able to thumb through copies of the regional fashion and lifestyle magazine.

But don’t worry, it’s not going away — it’s going online.

Philadelphia-based publisher DLG Media Holdings LLC decided to pull the plug on the print bimonthly in favor of exclusive online content via dcstylemag.com.

DC Style was breaking even, according to a DLG spokeswoman. But, in an increasingly saturated print market — DC Style reached the stands in May 2005, around the same time as upscale publications Capitol File and DC magazine — the switch to a Web-only format gives the magazine an edge when competitors’ sites are bare by comparison.

Dcstylemag.com, which already features regular columns, podcasts, video links and lifestyle updates, will soon offer “Webinars” about food, fashion and dating.

Hot fallout

This week marks the debut of radio personality “Kane,” who was brought on to replace ousted “Hot Morning Mess” co-hosts Mark Kaye and Kris Gamble on Hot 99.5 WIHT-FM.

Kane, who comes to the District from Clear Channel Communications Inc.’s hit music station in Tampa, Fla. (WFLZ), is making himself at home at the Rockville Clear Channel outlet, where he now broadcasts weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. In addition to hosting a happy hour in Bethesda this Friday, he is giving out nearly $10,000 in cash to lucky callers.

But not everyone is happy about the new kid on the block.

A number of “Mess” loyalists — 1,950 of them to be exact — have signed a petition to bring back Mark and Kris.

Mr. Kaye, who co-hosted “Mess” for more than 5 years, said he is touched by the show of support.

“We’re still inundated,” he said. “Every morning, I wake up to five or six new e-mails. We expected a little bit of anger. but it was so amazing.”

Mr. Kaye said Clear Channel’s decision to drop the show came as a shock to him and Ms. Gamble, who in the summer ratings period ranked first among women aged 18 to 34, the show’s key demographic.

“They fired us at the top of our game,” Mr. Kaye said. “They’re willing to sacrifice their ratings to get a low-cost alternative, I guess.”

Mr. Kaye , who doesn’t have another gig lined up yet, said he and Ms. Gamble want to bring their show to another outlet in the area. But he didn’t rule out a move.

“We have to eat,” he said.

AAA in D.C.

Triple-A has come to Washington.

No, not the motorists’ advocate (they’re already here). In radio speak, an “adult album alternative” station refers to a sundry playlist composed of rock, folk, country and blues, hearkening back to the album-driven rock format of the 1960s.

D.C. public radio outlet WAMU 88.5 yesterday began broadcasting music from WTMD, a Towson-based public AAA station, on one of its three digital channels.

The partnership allows HD Digital Radio listeners to hear content from WTMD on WAMU 88.5 Channel 2.

Channel Surfing runs on Wednesdays. Kara Rowland can be reached at 202/636-3139 or krowland@washingtontimes.com.

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