WJZ-FM Leads Baltimore Market In November Radio Ratings
By Dave Hughes
The monthly November radio ratings for the Baltimore market, full-week, ages 12 and older, have CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, tied for fifth place with rocker WIYY, 98 Rock.
WJZ-FM's team of Ed Norris and Steve Davis placed third in the morning drive radio ratings for the month.
News talker WBAL-AM, 1090, which does feature sports programming in the evenings, placed fourth.
WJZ-FM's sister, ESPN 1300, ranked 28th, with Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, at 44th.
Washington, D.C., sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, ranked 39th in the Baltimore market.
Baltimore sports media veteran Amber Theoharis did the Thanksgiving evening sportscast on D.C.'s Channel 4/WRC.
"Odd that (NBC's WRC) would get someone from MASN," one viewer said, "instead of from their (Comcast) new sister station -- Comcast SportsNet."
The Ravens' Thanksgiving evening victory against the 49ers was the most-watched Thanksgiving cable TV game ever and the most-watched game during the eight-year history of the NFL Network.
The game was seen by 10.7 million viewers nationwide, not including viewers who watched over-the-air on broadcast stations in Baltimore (WBAL-TV) and San Francisco.
The NFL network is available in only 60 million homes, about half of all US TV households.
Esquire magazine talked to Channel 11/WBAL sports anchor Gerry Sandusky about the hate mail he's received from people mistaking him for Jerry Sandusky, the Penn State football coach accused of molesting boys.
"My name is Gerry Sandusky -- Gerry with a G," Sandusky told Esquire. "His name is Jerry Sandusky -- Jerry with a J. He works in football. I work in football. My dad's name is John -- spelled J-O-H-N. Jerry Sandusky's son is named Jon -- spelled J-O-N. His son works for the Cleveland Browns. My father used to play for the Cleveland Browns.
"I was boarding the Ravens charter plane, as I do for every road game, when a couple of the team personnel guys casually asked me if I was related to the Sandusky who had 'the assault charges.' That's how they phrased it -- 'the assault charges.' I said, 'No. I'm sure if one of my relatives were arrested for assault, I would have known by now.' Then they said, 'The guy who used to be the defensive coordinator at Penn State.'
"I told them -- as I had with the many fans who've asked me if he and I were cousins in the past -- 'No, no. Not related. Same name, different spelling. Different Sandusky.' Then, as the flight took off, I had more and more guys -- players -- coming up to me. Haloti Ngata said, 'Hey, dude, you related to that guy?' At that point, I realized these weren't typical 'assault charges.' "
We hear that Washingtonian magazine's new editor-at-large, Carol Joynt, is working on a print piece that will attempt to determine the most influential sports radio show in the Washington market. And the finalists are WJFK's Sports Junkies and WTEM's Tony Kornheiser. Stay tuned.
Redskins and WTEM owner Dan Snyder made Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney's list of D.C.-area "Turkeys Of The Year."
"The Redskins owner miraculously avoided being listed last year," McCartney wrote. "He's here now for filing a lame libel suit in February against Washington City Paper over a lengthy article enumerating his missteps.
"The suit overreached in several ways, but especially by claiming that the weekly's cover illustration was anti-Semitic. The scribbled drawing merely made Snyder look like a child's version of a devil. The accompanying article didn't mention he was Jewish. Snyder withdrew the suit just in time for the fall football season. Result: The lawsuit drew vast additional attention to the offending article."
For the first time, The Comcast Network, TCN, carried the Safeway Turkey Bowl, which pit D.C.'s Dunbar High against Coolidge High on Thanksgiving. It was the 42nd annual Turkey Bowl game.
Posted Dec. 2, 2011