MASN's Amber Theoharis Headed To NFL Network
By Dave Hughes
Baltimore sports anchor and reporter Amber Theoharis will be joining the Los Angeles-based NFL Network to be a host on its "NFL Total Access" show, which airs at 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Since 2006, Theoharis has been an Orioles reporter for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. She also does Orioles-based guest stints on Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan.
Lately, she's also been doing fill-in sports anchoring for Washington, D.C.'s Channel 4/WRC.
Starting Sept. 21, Theoharis will co-anchor with Scott Hanson, Andrew Siciliano and Lindsay Rhodes on the NFL Network show.
Theoharis, a University of Maryland graduate, worked at Channel 45/WBFF from 2004-06.
She started her sports-media career at Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC. She's been on the Baltimore TV airwaves for almost a decade.
Speaking about leaving MASN and Baltimore, Theoharis told The Baltimore Sun, "It's like leaving part of your family. … I've been around these people more than my family sometimes, traveling with this team.
"One of the first people to email me to congratulate me was Jim Palmer. I don't take for granted that my childhood heroes are now colleagues and friends. As excited as I am to go to California and keep pursuing what I set out to do a long time ago, I'm just realizing how lucky I've been to be in my home market and covering teams I grew up loving."
CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, took 14th place in the August radio ratings for Baltimore. The station's morning show, with hosts Ed Norris and Steve Davis, placed ninth.
News talker WBAL, AM 1090, which carries the Orioles, placed seventh.
WJZ-AM, 1300, which carries ESPN Sports programming, ranked 35th.
Comcast SportsNet kicks off its coverage of the NFL with its returning batch of Ravens-oriented programs.
CSN's Ravens gameday shows -- "Ravens Kickoff" and "Ravens Postgame Live" -- debut Monday, Sept. 10, leading into the team's primetime opener.
The pre- and postgame shows feature Chris Miller, Brent Harris, Brad Jackson, Antonio Freeman and Matt Stover.
As it did last year, CSN will deliver live coverage of the Ravens' weekly head-coach news conferences as part of special half-hour shows the day after the games.
"SportsNetCentral: John Harbaugh Live" will feature Miller and Jackson and will air at 4 p.m. the day following each game.
Plus, CSN will also air a batch of weekly shows highlighting the Ravens at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays in the Baltimore market. They include "1 Winning Drive" on Mondays, "Ravens One On One" on Tuesdays, "Ravens GamePlan" on Wednesdays, "Ravens Report" on Thursdays and "Purple Passion" on Fridays.
Comcast SportsNet has started to incorporate the NBC peacock logo into its lower-right-screen logo, which airs during the Bethesda-based network's sports programming.
There have been rumblings that Comcast may rebrand its local CSN sports networks around the country with the NBC moniker since the two firms merged in early 2011.
Scott Smith is the new sports anchor for D.C.'s Channel 5/WTTG. He comes from KPHO-TV in Phoenix and will replace Dave Feldman on the Fox station's 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Feldman left WTTG in May for a gig at Comcast SportsNet's San Francisco operation.
Posted Sept. 7, 2012