CSN Airing Terps' Basketball Tipoff
By Dave Hughes
Comcast SportsNet will broadcast "Maryland Madness," covering the University of Maryland's annual basketball tipoff event Oct. 12.
The show, which will air live on CSN Plus at 7:30 p.m. with an encore at 9 p.m. on CSN, will feature head coaches Mark Turgeon and Brenda Frese.
The event, which was first held 41 years ago, will feature the unveiling of the teams' new uniforms.
CSN's Rob Carlin, Christy Winters Scott and Chris Knoche will host the program.
Baltimore viewers are tuning into TBS to see the Orioles in the postseason in big numbers, according to The Baltimore Sun.
An average audience of 370,783 Baltimore market viewers watched the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers during a one-game wild-card showdown Oct. 5.
The Oct. 8 game drew an average local audience of 317,598 viewers.
But the biggest Orioles postseason audience is still only about 60 percent of the average Ravens regular-season TV audience, The Sun reported.
The Sun media critic David Zurawik got upset after TBS misidentified Baltimore Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. as "Carl" during the Oct. 5 wild-card game between the O's and Rangers. Ripken was providing game commentary for TBS, and Zurawik wrote that the "one careless mistake … [diminished] an otherwise strong performance" by the TBS TV team.
CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, placed 13th in the September monthly Arbitron radio ratings. The station's morning show with Ed Norris and Steve Davis ranked eighth in the age 12-and-up demographic in the Baltimore market.
CBS's sister station, WJZ-AM, 1300, which carries ESPN's radio network, placed 35th, while Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, placed 50th.
News talker WBAL-AM, 1090, which carries sports talk in evenings and is the flagship for the Orioles and the Ravens, placed fourth for the period.
Benjie Kaze joins Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet as executive producer of its news department.
He spent four years as senior coordinating producer for Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain in Denver after five years as coordinating producer for Fox Sports Networks.
Previously, he spent seven years as a producer for ESPN.
The Georgetown University men's basketball team will have 11 games carried on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, with five non-league games and six Big East conference games airing on the Baltimore-based regional sports network.
That includes the Hoyas' Big East opener at Marquette Jan. 5, Providence Jan. 16, Seton Hall Jan. 30 and DePaul Feb. 20.
The five non-conference games include matchups with Liberty Nov. 14, Towson Dec. 8, Longwood Dec. 10, Western Carolina Dec. 15 and American Dec. 22.
The Hoyas open the 2012-13 season Nov. 9, when they take on Florida in Jacksonville aboard the USS Bataan in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic.
Posted Oct. 11, 2012