105.7 The Fan Fares Well In January Radio Ratings

Posted on February 20, 2013

By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

CBS sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, took fifth place in the Baltimore market monthly radio ratings for January. The station's morning show with Ed Norris and Steve Davis soared to second place.

Hearst news talker WBAL-AM, which carried the Ravens' playoff games and Super Bowl victory, actually took a drop for the month, to 11th place.

Washington, D.C., sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, placed 38th in the Baltimore market, with ESPN's "Mike and Mike" placing 35th.

CBS's WJZ-AM, 1300, which started running the new CBS Sports Radio Network in January, ranked 45th for the month, tying with the Internet stream of sister sports talker 105.7.

Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, didn't make the ratings.

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Actor Josh Charles, a Baltimore native who is the nephew of PressBox founder and publisher Stan Charles, was a guest on Jimmy Fallon's late-night NBC show on Feb. 15.

He showed an ad he took out in PressBox's February print edition, which celebrated the Super Bowl champion Ravens.

Charles got his acting start in 1988 via John Waters' comedy "Hairspray," which was shot in Baltimore. He currently stars on CBS' "The Good Wife."

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The Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announced that its Washington Nationals broadcast TV partner this season would be Gannett's Channel 9/WUSA, which will air 20 games.

The lineup includes the April 1 home opener, along with 19 select weekend games.

"WUSA 9 was the best fit for MASN," said Jim Cuddihy, MASN's head of marketing, "because of its renewed emphasis on sports programming and its quality news operation, which will help promote MASN and Nationals baseball throughout the region."

During past seasons, the Nationals' TV broadcast partner had been Tribune's Channel 50/WDCW.

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Shelby Whitfield died on Feb. 5 at age 77.

During the 1960s, Whitfield was the morning sports guy on Johnny Holliday's morning show on D.C.'s WWDC radio. He was also the radio play-by-play man with Tony Roberts and Ron Menchine for the last years of the Washington Senators during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"Shelby also did one of the first sports talk shows on Washington radio Saturday evenings from Franny O'Brian's restaurant," Holliday said.

Whitfield also was sports director of ABC Radio Sports for more than 20 years with well-known voices such as Dan Lovett, Fred Manfra and Holliday as his anchors on the ABC networks.

"He was a terrific broadcaster and one of the nicest people in a very tough business," Holliday said.

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Longtime D.C. Channel 4/WRC news anchor Jim Vance went on the record against the Washington Redskins' allegedly racist name on the NBC-owned station's Feb. 15 newscast.

"Back in the day, if you really wanted to insult a black man, attack a Jew, an Irishman, and probably start a fight, you threw out certain words," Vance said. "You know what they are. They were, and they are, pejoratives of the first order, the worst order, specifically intended to injure. In my view, 'Redskin' was and is in that same category. The name sucks. We need to get rid of it."

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Tommy Griffiths, formerly the morning man on D.C. classic rocker WBIG, jumped to D.C. all-news station WTOP to do sportscasts.

Griffiths does have a sports background, having been a walk-on football player at the University of Florida when current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was offensive coordinator of a team that included Cris Collinsworth, Wilbur Marshall, David Little and others who became NFL stars.

Posted Feb. 20, 2013

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