Media Guide: Charm City Says Goodbye to Buck

Posted on December 17, 2009

By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

Buck Martinez is leaving the Baltimore Orioles TV team on MASN for a gig with Rogers cable in Toronto to call the Blue Jays.

"He is a great broadcaster and will be missed, but Jim Palmer and Rick Dempsey will all no doubt fill in his spot. MASN has a talented and deep bench of broadcasters," Baltimore media guru and Examiner sports media columnist Jim Williams said.

MASN spokesman Todd Webster said of Martinez: "MASN appreciates Buck's years of service to MASN and the Orioles, and we wish him the best in Toronto. He is a true professional whose insights and experiences have enlightened and entertained Orioles fans for seven years." Martinez also worked with Comcast SportsNet back when it carried the Orioles..

“MASN is fortunate to have a deep bench of renowned broadcasters, and we will take this time to consider all of our options."

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MASN, the television home of the Orioles and the Nationals, will launch a high-definition overflow channel in the spring of 2010. MASN2-HD will allow the network to televise every Orioles and Nationals game live and in high-def throughout the season.

Nationals and Orioles game replays will still appear on the network's flagship high-definition channel, MASN-HD. "O's Xtra" and "Nats Xtra," the network's exclusive pregame and postgame shows, will be televised in HD live and on location from each team’s ballpark during every home game. In 2010, MASN2-HD will carry 130 live baseball games with another 190 on MASN-HD.

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The latest radio ratings claim Baltimore sports talker WNST (1570 AM) has almost no listeners. Station owner and host "Nasty" Nestor Aparicio isn’t taking the news lightly.
"I can now prove that (radio ratings firm) Arbitron is a decades-long sick joke," he said.

Web-wise, "we're ahead of every radio station in the market and two of the four TV stations," Aparicio said. His Web site is the fourth most-popular media website in Baltimore behind only the Baltimore Sun, Channel 13/WJZ and Channel 11/WBAL.

And in the latest Baltimore radio ratings, WNST doesn’t quite have no listeners -- it ranked 46th behind a bunch of D.C. stations and one from Philadelphia.

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WJZ-FM’s Scott Garceau made a list of Baltimore's top 10 "most notable broadcasters" in the "news and talk" department according to David Zurawik at BaltimoreSun.com. Garceau, a long-time veteran of Channel 2/WMAR, is the only local sports broadcaster to make the list.

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Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO's "Real Sports" and a former host of NBC's "Today," revealed he had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his chest but thankfully, he does not have lung cancer.

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Steve Czaban said his contract for his national sports show with Fox Sports Radio is not being renewed. He added there is new management at FSR and he's been informally told he sounds too much like ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike. His last FSR show will be on Dec. 23, with Steven A. Smith replacing him.

Czaban will continue to be heard during afternoon drives on DC’s ESPN 980, WTEM, which is the second most-listened-to sports talker in Baltimore behind WJZ-FM.

Posted: December 17, 2009

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