Ravens' VP Burdett Joins WUSA
By Dave Hughes
Longtime Baltimore Ravens management official Mark Burdett is the new general manager at Channel 9/WUSA in Washington, D.C.
Burdett, the team's vice president for corporate sales, joined the Ravens in 2000.
"Mark brings proven leadership and strong management skills to WUSA-TV," said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting. "Under his marketing and sales leadership, the Baltimore Ravens are one of the top-producing NFL teams, despite Baltimore being a medium-size market.
"His innovative thinking, proven team-building and community expertise make him an ideal fit for WUSA. He brings back to broadcasting a fresh perspective on serving our viewers and the community at large."
Before joining the Ravens in 2000, Burdett served as senior vice president for the Washington Redskins.
Before that, he was vice president and station manager, and director of sales and marketing, at Channel 7/WJLA, in Washington, D.C.
DirecTV is now carrying Comcast SportsNet Plus in high-def.
The overflow game channel for Comcast SportsNet HD is already carried by Comcast, Cox, Dish Network, MetroCast and Verizon in the D.C.-Baltimore area.
There are 10 remaining Capitals and Wizards games scheduled to be on CSN Plus this season.
CSN Plus is also home to many other live sporting events, including D.C. United soccer, plus college basketball and football.
The Frederick Keys announced that WTHU, 1450 AM, The Source (out of Thurmont, Md.) will serve as the official flagship station for Keys baseball for a second consecutive season.
Along with broadcasting all 140 regular-season games live, WTHU will air any Keys postseason games, as well as a weekly 30-minute program, "The Keys Corner," every Saturday afternoon, beginning April 7.
Baltimore radio veteran Kirk McEwen is doing fill-in hosting work on WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan's morning show this week, with Steve Davis.
Ed Norris is out on vacation.
McEwen used to be heard on 98 Rock, WIYY, and the old 105.7, before it was a sports talker, with his old morning radio pal, Mark Ondayko.
J.P. Flaim, of WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies," penned a book about his alternate career as a professional boxer.
"Chasing Rocky," according to a press release, "presents an inside look at the brutal training boxers endure, from facing fears to the dealing with the pain of getting punched."
"Chasing Rocky" is available at Authorhouse.com, Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com, as well as for iBooks, Nook, Kindle and Kobo.
Bret Oliverio, a producer for WJFK, 106.7 The Fan's morning Sports Junkies, is leaving the CBS Radio sports talker to help run his family's business, Sup Dogs Bar And Grille in Greenville, N.C.
Oliverio, 30, who's been with the Junkies since 2004, was recently promoted to assistant program director of WJFK. But his younger brother, Derek, who ran the eatery, died in a fire this past fall. Oliverio told the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg that the move south "feels right for me to do."
Posted Feb. 17, 2012