Two Local Radio Shows Make National List
By Dave Hughes
Two Baltimore radio shows made trade publication/Web site Talkers' recently released "Heavy Hundred" list of top radio sports talk shows nationwide.
105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM's afternoon team of Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn ranked 28th, with WJZ-FM's morning team of Ed Norris and Steve Davis in the 36th spot.
As for Washington, D.C., eighth place went to ESPN 980, WTEM's Tony Kornheiser; 47th to 106.7 The Fan, WJFK's Sports Junkies; 61st place to WTEM's Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro; 77th place to WJFK's LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes; and 96th place to WTEM's Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin.
Mike Francesa on NYC sports talker WFAN took the top spot.
The Ravens' preseason opener, at the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 9, will reportedly conflict with Channel 11/WBAL's NBC coverage of the London Olympics. The game will air on WBAL's 11.2 subchannel and also on the main signal of Channel 2/WMAR.
The Olympics end Aug. 12. Channel 45/WBFF will be carrying the Ravens' preseason home opener with the Detroit Lions Aug. 17. It's a national Fox telecast.
Oriole Taylor Teagarden said "shit" during a postgame interview July 14.
It occurred at the end of the Orioles' 13-inning victory against the Detroit Tigers, after the backup catcher hit a walk-off home run during his first-ever game for the Orioles.
As Teagarden stood on the field for a postgame interview with the Fox announcers in the booth, Bill Ripken and Kenny Albert, his teammates pelted him with shaving cream pies. His reaction was to say, "shit." It wasn't uttered in anger.
"The word just popped out as he tried to wipe the cream out of his eyes," media columnist David Zurawik wrote in The Baltimore Sun. "Do we want our popular culture so sanitized and white washed that a mild expletive triggered by the incredible emotion of such a moment is deleted?"
CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, placed 14th in the June radio ratings, full day, ages 12 and older. The station's morning team of Ed Norris and Steve Davis placed ninth in mornings for the same demographic.
Hearst news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, which carries sports talk in evenings, including Orioles play-by-play, ranked fifth overall.
WJZ-AM, ESPN 1300, ranked 32nd, with its morning show of "Mike And
Mike" in 29th.
Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, placed 50th, with its morning show in 45th.
Veteran NFLer Antwaan Randle El, who recently announced his retirement from the game, will be working with the Big Ten Network in the fall as both a color analyst on the football field and in the studio.
He will also be assisting with the Washington Redskins preseason games as an analyst on Comcast SportsNet. The games are also seen on Channel 4/WRC.
Posted July 20, 2012