Bisciotti Hits the Airwaves
By Barry Silverman
Kudos to Anita Marks, who hosts the 3-7 p.m. drive-time slot on ESPN Radio 1300 WJFK. After plenty of persistence, her show, which is also simulcast on MASN, landed a one hour in-studio interview with Ravens majority owner Steve Bisciotti.
Bisciotti, who is not a regular on Baltimore airwaves, was charming and candid. When asked whether a deal would get done between the Ravens and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, Bisciotti went through the whole negotiating process and predicted it would happen next spring.
Bisciotti also gave his views on the NFL’s franchise rule, which has led star linebacker Terrell Suggs to be a no-show at Ravens’ training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster. He said he can’t see the wisdom of a rule that tells “the player he doesn’t have to show up for something he doesn’t want to do” and then in the long run winds up “hurting himself” by not being ready for the final year on his contract.
Bisciotti agreed that Suggs is doing “what he’s supposed to be doing” as far as getting in shape. But he emphasized, “it’s not football.”
As far as the negotiations between the NFL Players Association and the NFL to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement and whether there could be a work stoppage in two years, Bisciotti felt strongly that there would not be a work stoppage. It seems there is just too much money involved.
And when asked about the possibility of Brett Favre coming to Baltimore, Marks couldn’t get the whole question out before Bisciotti gave an emphatic “no.”
Hopefully this interview with Bisciotti will be available on podcasts and kept in the archives for listeners who missed it. Altogether there were good questions, good answers and great radio.
Speaking of owners, how about a big boo of the week to the Redskins’ Dan Snyder, who keeps buying up sports talk radio stations in Washington, D.C. -- apparently so he can control who says what.
The owner got rid of the likable and knowledgeable Phil Wood from Snyder-owned WTEM. It seems Wood was talking too much baseball, which is his forte, and not enough football. He probably would have talked more Redskins if was asked too, but Snyder pulled the plug.
While the way the Nationals season is going down the tubes may make it seem like there isn't any reason to talk baseball in Washington, Wood at least deserved to be informed about the issue at hand.
Wood can still be heard locally on Saturday mornings on ESPN Radio 1300 WJFK AM with Tom Davis and former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson.
Also joining the above threesome this past Saturday was former Baltimore Sun columnist/blogger Roch Kubatko.
Kubatko will now be all over the place appearing on "O’s Xtra" and "Ravens Xtra" for MASN. He’ll also be doing reports on WJFK and the flagship station, WHFS, plus guest hosting the Anita Marks Show. He will of course blog about the O’s and just about anything else on www.masnsports.com.
Kubatko's blog on MASN was supposed to be under the same moniker he had on the Sun website, “Roch Around the Clock,” but at the last minute it got changed to “School of Roch.” Maybe the Sun was willing to give up the intellectual property of “Roch Around the Clock” but not the Chicago Tribune, which owns the Sun.
Regardless, here's betting Kubatko likes seeing his name and “intellectual property” mentioned in the same sentence.
Kubatko can also take more kudos for being voted “Baltimore’s Best” in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” issue.
Other sports media personalities named “Baltimore’s Best” are MASN’s Amber Theoharis, who also writes for PressBox, O’s play-by-play stalwart Joe Angel on WHFS FM and WJZ TV’s Mark Viviano.
Some not so good news is the so-called list of CBS radio stations “likely” to be sold.
According to radio trade magazine ALL ACCESS, Baltimore’s five CBS stations will be for sale. Among them are WJFK AM 1300 and WHFS FM 105.7.
CBS is taking a bath nationwide and is looking to cut some losses by selling 50 stations from mid-size markets, of which Baltimore is at No. 21. Possible buyers for the Baltimore stations which also include WMMX (106.5 FM), WQSR (102.7 FM), WLIF (101.9FM) is Clear Channel owner of WCAO and WPOC, Greater Media from Philadelphia and Red Zebra owned by Snyder in Washington.
Issue 3.32: August 7, 2008