More NFL On Baltimore Airwaves

Posted on June 18, 2009

By Dave Hughes

While Hearst’s WBAL/98 Rock have the Ravens, CBS’s new WJZ-FM will still have its share of pro football this fall.

Sports talker 105.7 The Fan has signed a deal with Westwood One to carry the NFL's primetime package of pro football games this season including the Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night games, the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

“The NFL along with the Orioles, the Terps and our game-day Ravens coverage have made 105.7 The Fan the leading sports radio station in one of America’s most passionate sports towns,” said Robert Philips, senior vice president of CBS Radio Baltimore. “Our plan was always to make 105.7 The Fan the consummate sports radio station in Baltimore, and I believe that with the addition of the NFL, we have more than achieved our goal.”

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It's been reported that former Sun sports reporter Rick Maese, who got word he was being laid off while at the Camden Yards press box covering the Orioles, will be joining the Washington Post as a Redskins beat writer come mid-July.

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Johnny Holliday's 10-year-old grandson, Jack, has been diagnosed with a malignant tumor on his pituitary gland. It cannot be removed by surgery and he must undergo chemotherapy and radiation. So, the local sports media veteran who’s been the longtime “Voice Of The Terps” sponsored a "buzz-a-thon" at the Kentlands Barber shop in Gaithersburg this week, proceeds going to the brain cancer center at the National Children's Medical Center, where Jack is undergoing treatment.

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Washington Post sports media columnist Len Shapiro thinks local sports broadcasters spend too much time doing on-air cheering for the home teams.

"During the Washington Capitals recent playoff run, I heard more than one local broadcaster end sportscasts or individual reports on the team with an emphatic 'Let's Go Caps!' If you want to scream your lungs out for the home team in the privacy of your own den, knock yourself out. But up in the press box, broadcast booth or your station's studio, knock off the cheerleading and act like a professional," Shapiro wrote.

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The amusement park company Six Flags is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying it needs to reorganize and shed $1.8 billion of debt. Six Flags is owned by Dan Snyder, who also owns the Redskins and DC-based Red Zebra Broadcasting, which runs ESPN 980, WTEM.

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More rumors of CBS getting closer to giving Washington a second sports talker by flipping “guy talker” WJFK (106.7 FM) to sports come July. The Post reported CBS has been talking with former Redskin LaVar Arrington and Post sports columnist Mike Wise about hosting daily programs.

If CBS does that, maybe it could co-market or co-brand its DC sports talker on 106.7 with its Baltimore sports talker on 105.7 The Fan. Stay tuned.

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For more local media news from Dave Hughes, go to www.DCRTV.com.

Posted June 18, 2009

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