Comcast SportsNet Expands Offseason Ravens Coverage
By Dave Hughes
Comcast SportsNet launched a weekly Baltimore Ravens offseason program, "Ravens Nest."
Starting April 8, the 18-week series airs at 9:30 p.m. each Sunday, with encores at 5 p.m. Mondays and 12 a.m. Tuesdays, through the beginning of NFL training camp in early August.
Hosted by Brent Harris, "Ravens Nest" will provide news, interviews and features surrounding the Ravens throughout the offseason.
The half-hour program will cover the team through the remainder of free agency, the NFL draft, mini-camps and other team activities as they prepare for training camp and the coming NFL season.
The series premiere featured an interview with head coach John Harbaugh. The debut episode also included feature segments on Morgan Cox, the team's long snapper, and Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' longtime director of player personnel.
Comcast SportsNet will continue its offseason coverage of the Ravens and Redskins on "Geico SportsNet Central," and team-related debate and commentary on its daily sports entertainment show, "SportsTalk Live."
Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, has added Damon "The Bulldog" Yaffe to its midday schedule.
Starting April 9, Yaffe joined Paul Mittermeier and Greg Marsh in the 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. slot.
Yaffe used to be heard on CBS sports talker, WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan.
Thryl Nelson will continue to host a two-hour version of "The Mobtown Sports Beat" from 12-2 p.m. on WNST, along with other behind-the-scenes duties at the Nestor Aparicio-owned station.
We'll have more about Yaffe in the April print edition of PressBox and here at PressBoxOnline.com.
Comcast SportsNet will be carrying the Washington Capitals-Boston Bruins Eastern Conference quarterfinal games locally, starting on April 12, along with the April 16 and April 19 matchups.
NBC Sports Network, which is carrying the games nationally, is exclusively carrying the April 14 game.
NBC Sports Network coverage will be blacked out in the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas April 12, 16, and 19.
Area sports radio veteran Tod Castleberry has been named program director at Miami sports talker WAXY, 790 The Ticket.
He helped launch -- and, for many years, manage –- Washington, D.C. sports talker WTEM (originally on 570 AM and later on 980 AM), when it was owned by Clear Channel.
One of Castleberry's most recent gigs was producing Redskins great John Riggins' show for the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. That program ended its run in late 2011.
Sarah Kogod joined the Washington Post as a blogger for the D.C. Sports Bog. Paired with Dan Steinberg, she'll expand its local sports coverage.
Previously, Kogod was a sports writer for Channel 4/WRC and its Web site.
Kogod and Steinberg will write "Morning Pixels," which is a daily roundup of the previous day's best highlights, plus a new feature, "The Ten," which will feature quirky facts about area athletes.
CBS' D.C. sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, made some schedule changes. Mike Wise will solo host the noon to 2 p.m. slot, with his until-now partner Holden Kushner teaming up with Danny Rouhier in the 10 a.m. to noon slot.
For the past two years, Wise and Kushner had been hosting the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. slot.
Channel 7/WJLA and NewsChannel 8 sports reporter Britt McHenry heads to San Diego to be sideline reporter for Fox Sports San Diego's coverage of the Padres.
McHenry, who also hosted NC8's "High School Sports Final," started her career in Washington as a community reporter for NC8, where she anchored weekend morning shows.
Posted April 9, 2012