Media Guide: 'The Fan' Leads Baltimore Sports Ratings Race

Posted on March 26, 2010

By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

The Baltimore radio ratings for February in the age 12-plus demographic show WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan in the lead at 14th place. DC sports talker WTEM, ESPN 980, was the second most-listened to sports station in Baltimore, at 32nd place. WJZ-AM (1300) was 37th with Fox Sports 1370, WVIE, and WNST (1570) tied for 45th.

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The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will unveil its MASN2-HD channel April 7. It will be carried on Comcast channel 844 and broadcast all Orioles and Nationals games in high-def this season along with MASN-HD. MASN-HD is located on Comcast channel 845. 

When MASN2-HD is not airing live games, it will broadcast content from ESPNews. MASN2-HD due will also air on other video providers, including Verizon FIOS and on DirecTV.

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WBAL reports a Pennsylvania man who announces sports events on WTTR (1470 AM) in Westminster, Md., has been charged with five counts of unlawful contact with minors after he allegedly exposed himself online to a "victim," actually an agent with the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.

Bryan McLean, 44, of Hanover Pa., was charged, according to the Hanover Evening Sun. An agent reported McLean exposed himself online to her on a webcam while the agent was posing as a 13-year-old girl. McLean, reportedly posing as a teen himself, claims he thought the girl was older. McLean is listed as an employee with WTTR.

McLean posted $10,000 bond and was ordered to have no contact with minors and not use the Internet. A preliminary hearing is slated for April, WBAL said.

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Editor J. Montgomery Cook, who oversaw a reorganization of the Baltimore Sun's newsroom last year to merge print and online operations, is leaving the Tribune-owned newspaper in April for a job at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will head an experimental digital news and audience research effort at the university's journalism school.

Last year, under Cook's leadership, the Sun newsroom faced 61 layoffs, including a number of top sports writers.

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Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will recognize Phil Chenier's 25 years as the network's color analyst for the Washington Wizards by hosting "Phil Chenier Night" April 2 when the Wizards host the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m.

CSN will dedicate coverage of the game to celebrating Chenier's broadcasting career and host a pregame ceremony recognizing the milestone. Many of Chenier's family members, friends, co-workers and former teammates will be in attendance, including basketball Hall of Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld, fellow Bullets teammate Bobby Dandridge, and former broadcasting partner Mel Proctor.

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Ryan O'Halloran has joined Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. The former Washington Times sports reporter will focus on the Redskins, covering the team exclusively for the Bethesda-based regional sports network's digital media portfolio, highlighted by its CSNwashington.com Web site.

Posted March 26, 2010

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