CSN Extending Ravens Coverage For Playoffs
By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com
Comcast SportsNet is ramping up coverage for the Baltimore Ravens' AFC Championship Game at New England on Sunday.
Coverage will be highlighted by playoff editions of "Ravens Kickoff" at 5:30 p.m. and "Ravens Postgame Live" on game day.
Host Chris Miller will lead the show, and Brad Jackson, Matt Stover, Brent Harris, Rob Carlin and Antonio Freeman will provide analysis. Insider J. Michael will be live at Gillette Stadium with interviews and reports throughout the game, with Nicole Darin providing coverage and fan reaction from Baltimore.
The Bethesda-based sports network will also present half-hour editions of "SportsNet Central: Road To New Orleans," which airs at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Miller will host the show, which also features Jackson, Qadry Ismail, Harris and Carlin.
ESPN is on the verge of adding Ray Lewis to its talent lineup. Multiple sources told Sports Illustrated that the Ravens linebacker is close to signing a multi-year contract with the network. Lewis would reportedly have a significant role on the network's "Monday Night Countdown" program and be featured on multiple platforms, including ESPN Radio.
The Baltimore Sun reports that CBS' hot adult contemporary Mix 106.5, WWMX, is airing a musical tribute to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
Writer Wesley Case describes the tune, with a video, as featuring an "unshakable Bruno Mars hook, Taylor Swift's surprising dubstep leanings and even Britney Spears' voice. But with a twist that could only happen in a football-crazed city like Baltimore, you will likely also hear motivational sound bites from Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis laid over a Phil Collins classic."
The mash-up tune has become a hit on Mix 106.5.
It was created by Jon Boesche, a member of the morning show team, who told The Sun: "The reaction has been incredible, bigger than I thought. Somewhere between 30,000 and 50,000 hits on our pages, it's just been crazy."
Lewis, who has played for the Ravens during his entire 17-year career, announced that he would retire at the end of this season.
The Baltimore market TV audience peaked at 1.1 million viewers at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 during the Baltimore Ravens' double overtime victory against the Denver Broncos, according to The Sun.
That means that almost half of all potential Charm City market TV viewers were watching the game on CBS's Channel 13/WJZ.
Nationally, the game had the largest TV audience for an AFC divisional playoff in 26 years, drawing an audience of 35.3 million on CBS, with 40.8 million viewers peaking between 8 and 8:30 p.m. during the overtime periods.
The Jan. 6 Washington Redskins-Seattle Seahawks game on Fox drew 38.1 million viewers, ranking it as the most-watched non-Olympics telecast since the Academy Awards and the third most-watched NFL wild-card game ever.
The game was at the top among the most-watched shows on television for the week of Dec. 31 to Jan. 6.
Third on the list was the Jan. 6 Baltimore Ravens-Indianapolis Colts game on CBS, drawing 29.6 million viewers.
Vinny Cerrato and Rob Long from CBS's Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, have landed the Sunday midday slot -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- on CBS's new CBS Sports Radio network, which is heard on WJZ-AM, 1300.
Cerrato and Long will continue their local weekday show on 105.7.
During the weekend of Jan. 12-13, CBS temporarily changed the call letters of urban contemporary WPGC to "WRG3" to honor Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The FCC doesn't allow numbers in broadcast station calls, so the change was of a promotional nature, not a legal one. WPGC, 95.5, is a Washington, D.C., station, but has a sizeable listening audience in the Baltimore-metro area.
Posted Jan. 16, 2013