iHeartMedia’s WWDC (DC101)/Washington, DC Music Director and afternoon personality Greg Roche exits the Alternative outlet after 22 years. He joined the station in 2001 for nights from WJSE-FM/Atlantic City, NJ, where he served as an afternoon talent. Roche was named Assistant MD in 2003, and moved to afternoons in 2006, reports Radio Online. Roche said, “After 22 years, my number finally came up. It was a helluva run and I’m heartbroken it has ended this way. Soon, I’ll be able to look back with pride and gratitude for so many years at a great radio station. But today, there is only confusion and sadness.”
Charlie Brotman is recovering from hip surgery. Brotman, who was born in 1927, has been inducted into 11 different Halls of Fame, including PRSA NCC’s National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame, during his more than 50 years in public relations and announcing. According to Wikipedia, in the 1960s, Brotman started his own public relations firm, Brotman|Winter|Fried, specializing in sports promotions. (His firm was acquired by Sage Communications in 2011.) He continued to announce on Opening Day for the Senators each year until the team moved to Texas following the 1971 season. When the Washington Nationals relocated to the city in 2005, Brotman returned to his Opening Day duties.[ Brotman joined LINK Strategic Partners, a strategic communications and stakeholder engagement firm based in Washington, DC, as a senior advisor in 2015. He advises the firm on its hyperlocal engagement work in DC and around the country.
William “Bill” Rolle has died. He was 89. Rolle had a long career in the D.C. communications community, including executive vice president, Earle Palmer Brown & Associates, 1959-1964; president and CEO of Bill Rolle & Associates, 1964-1984; managing director, Manning, Selvage & Lee, 1984-1989; and chairman of Rolle Communications, Inc.. After Rolle moved to the Eastern Shore. he was, for more than 14 year, In 1999, as part of PRSA NCC’s 50th anniversary celebration, the chapter inaugurated the National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame by inducting 50 leaders, including Rolle, with significant accomplishments in the communications field.