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Media Guide: Conn Chosen To Replace Marks

By Dave Hughes,

CBS Radio Baltimore sports talker, 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM has picked Jeremy Conn to be the top contributor to its afternoon drive show with Scott Garceau. Conn replaces Anita Marks, whose contract with the station was not renewed earlier this year.

Conn has been hosting the evening "Playmakers" show on WJZ-FM. He's also a radio producer and fill-in for 105.7 morning man Ed Norris as well as Garceau.

Dave Labrozzi, who heads CBS Radio's Baltimore cluster, said the show will still be called "The Scott Garceau Show."

Labrozzi also said he hired Jen Royle from NYC's YES sports network to be the Orioles beat reporter for 105.7. She will also contribute to WJZ-FM's shows.

As has been widely rumored, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network officially announced Mike Flanagan will join the Orioles TV broadcast team as a color analyst.

Flanagan, who spent more than 30 years with the Orioles as a player, coach, front office executive and broadcaster, will debut April 15. He will join Gary Thorne in the TV booth for approximately half of the Orioles games during the 2010 season, replacing Buck Martinez, who jumped to the Toronto Blue Jays' TV team.

Jim Palmer will continue to provide color commentary for the remaining Orioles games on MASN.

Chick Lang, 83, passed away March 18 at a medical care center in Easton after battling lengthy multiple illnesses. For many years, Lang was WBAL radio's racing analyst. He ran Pimlico Race Course for 27 years, holding the positions of director of racing, vice president and general manager. It was Lang's idea to open the infield to fans during the Preakness.

Local radio vets Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller have made it into the week nightly rotation at 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, in the 6-10 p.m. slot. Also, look for the pair to be doing Sundays from 4-7 p.m. on the CBS station.

More 105.7 news: If you’re in the D.C. area and have a digital HD Radio, you can listen to the Baltimore sports talker via CBS sister sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.

WJZ-FM’s signal is now carried on one of WJFK’s digital subchannels, along with fellow CBS sports talkers from Philadelphia (WIP) and NYC (WFAN).

There are no plans for 105.7 to do the same thing, a la relaying WJFK on one of its digital HD Radio subchannels.

The Baltimore Ravens are among the NFL teams which get the best radio ratings according to a report from Arbitron.

The Chicago Bears top the list with a PPM-estimated 626,600 radio listeners for the average game. The Ravens make the list of top teams for in-game listening to a radio flagship with averages more than a 40 share among men ages 25-54.

In Washington, D.C., the Nationals return to WFED, whose 1500 AM signal covers Baltimore. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler return for their fifth year together. New this season will be the addition of D.C. and Baltimore sports radio veteran Phil Wood.

During the regular season, Slowes and Jageler will once again co-host "Nats On Deck," which will now feature a manager's show with Jim Riggleman. The postgame show, "Nats Talk Live," will be hosted primarily by Wood.

Cycling champ Lance Armstrong has attacked Tony Kornheiser, who recently jested on his ESPN 980, WTEM show that motorists should run down cyclists.

Armstrong branded Kornheiser a "complete f---king idiot" on his Twitter page, saying the comments were "disgusting,” “ignorant" and "foolish."

Kornheiser launched into a radio rant about cyclists while discussing a new cycle lane in Washington. "The last time I looked, the roads were made for automobiles," he said.

Veteran D.C. TV and radio personality Frank Herzog, 65, said he'll be retiring from his current gig as a WTOP radio morning news anchor. The longtime radio voice of the Redskins, who also served as a sports reporter and sports anchor for Channels 7 and 9, said he wants to spend more time with his wife and grandchildren.

Posted March 19, 2010