MASN Preps For Beltway Battle
By Dave Hughes
The Orioles travel down I-95 to Washington, D.C., this weekend to battle the Nationals.
So, how will the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which airs both teams, cover the weekend series?
According to the D.C. Sports Bog blog at the Washington Post, Friday's 7:05 p.m. game and Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game will both be simulcast on MASN and MASN2. Both games will feature the joint booth that the network has used for Nats-O's games during recent seasons.
Bob Carpenter, the Nats' play-by-play man, will work the first two innings and the top of the third. Jim Hunter, the Orioles' play-by-play man, will work the next the bottom of the third and the next four innings. Then Carpenter will return for the eighth and ninth innings.
Mike Bordick and F.P. Santangelo, representing the Orioles and Nats broadcast teams, will join the play-by-play men throughout the games.
Saturday's 7:15 p.m. game is a Fox telecast, with play-by-play from Carpenter and color work by Billy Ripken, according to the Bog blog.
SFMSports.net will again be the broadcast partner of the Cal Ripken World Series.
The youth baseball tournament will be played in Aberdeen Aug. 10-19.
SFMSports.net will stream all 41 tournament games, including the championship series, at SFMSports.net and on smart phone and other devices via a mobile application. Listeners can access the streams at no charge.
This year's coverage will include pregame interviews, team features and on-demand content. Sid Zweigbaum, Stu Paul and Paul Taylor will call the games.
"I am thrilled to welcome this summer classic back to our network," said Steve Clendenin, president and CEO of SFMSports.Net. "Last year, we offered a limited broadcast schedule, but will be increasing our coverage to include all 41 games -- including championship weekend."
SFMSports.net has broadcast more than 350 high school games, 560 college games and 150 special events each year, covering Salisbury University, Stevenson University, University Of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Baltimore Catholic League and the historic City-Poly football rivalry.
CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, continued its downward slide in the April radio ratings, released this week.
The station placed 15th in April among the overall 12-and-older demographic, down from 14th in March, and 13th in February.
Its morning team of Ed Norris and Steve Davis was down to 12th place, from seventh place in February.
Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, 1090, which carries the Orioles, placed fifth.
CBS's WJZ-AM, 1300, which carries ESPN Radio fare, including "Mike and Mike in the Morning," placed 34th.
D.C. sports talker ESPN 980, WTEM, ranked 38th in the Baltimore market.
Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, was a no-show in the April ratings.
Speaking of WTEM, Tony Kornheiser said on his ESPN 980 show last week that he has re-upped for two more years.
He'll be off for the summer beginning at the end of June and be back in the fall, he said.
Former Washington Post sports columnist Kornheiser, who still does his late-afternoon "PTI" show for ESPN, is heard on Red Zebra sports talker WTEM daily from 10 a.m. to noon.
The seventh-annual Johnny Holliday Scholarship Classic was held May 7 at Bretton Woods Golf Club in Germantown to benefit the Youth Leadership Foundation.
Holliday, a long-time area sports radio and TV veteran, was not the only member of the media and sporting world at the charity event. Those in attendance Redskins great Larry Brown, University of Maryland head basketball coach Mark Turgeon, former Terps head coach Gary Williams, voice of the Washington Wizards Steve Buckhantz, former WPGC morning man Donnie Simpson, Washington Capitals voice Al Koken, WTEM's Rick "Doc" Walker, Montgomery County Police chief Tom Manger and more.
Posted May 18, 2012