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Media Guide: Anita Marks Back In Baltimore?

By Dave Hughes,

Anita Marks is Baltimore-bound, but most likely won’t be doing another Baltimore radio show.

The former 105.7 The Fan afternoon co-host told Stan "The Fan" Charles on his PressBox radio show on Fox 1370 April 20 that her temporary three-month-long afternoon drive co-hosting gig at Miami sports talker WQAM ends at the end of April. She will be heading back to Baltimore for the month of May to plan her career.

She hinted she's entertaining offers from sports talkers in a number of major markets, including New York. CBS's 105.7, WJZ-FM, did not renew her contract in January.

A source said there’s a near-zero chance Marks will land a new Baltimore radio gig, although she might do another interview with Charles on 1370 while she's back in town.

Sports anchor Nick Charles, 63, who was the top sports guy Channel 13/WJZ back in the 1970s, is taking a break from his Showtime's "ShoBox" series to focus on his battle with cancer.

Charles, who worked at CNN and ESPN since leaving Channel 13, was diagnosed last year with bladder cancer. He has been undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy.

However, the results of a March checkup at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston were discouraging, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. The chemo had little effect on the cancer, and Charles is faced with beginning another round in May with even less hope for any real impact. The stage 4 cancer has spread to his lungs.

Chicago native Charles plans to do his final “ShoBox” show April 30, and then “Call it a career.”

Mike Hermann, director of athletics at Towson University, and Bob Pettit, general manager of sports talk Fox 1370, announced all of Towson University's football games for the next two seasons will be broadcast live on Fox 1370, WVIE.

In addition, 1370-AM will air coach Rob Ambrose's show every week during the season. Each of the Tigers' five home games will be preceded by a 90-minute pregame show.
The Tigers, members of the Colonial Athletic Association, open the season on the road against Indiana Sept. 2.  They will face Costal Carolina in the home opener Sept. 11.

Some Comcast systems lost the high-definition feed for Comcast SportsNet during the third period of the Washington Capitals playoff win against the Montreal Canadiens April 17. Comcast subscribers in Baltimore, Anne Arundel County and Howard County had to watch the rest of the game via the standard-definition feed of CSN.

Despite the glitch, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic said about 143,000 households tuned in to each of the recent Capitals playoffs games. On average, the games are attracting 120,000 in the Washington market and 23,000 in the Baltimore area, producing an average household rating of 5.1 in the Washington market. Ratings peaked at 7.4 in Washington and 3.2 in Baltimore, equating to approximately 210,000 total area households.

Amber Theoharis showed a flash of temper during the Orioles’ opening week in Tampa. Apparently, Jim Palmer had a throat problem and couldn’t do color commentary for one of the TV games. So MASN blogger and former Baltimore Sun sports writer Roch Kubatko filled in.

Theoharis reportedly was not happy about being passed over, and her reaction was “not pretty.” Since then, Theoharis has “buried the hatchet.”

Jests our source: “Yeah, she buried the hatchet in Kubatko’s head.” Ha ha ha.

The ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano messed up plans for Channel 11/WBAL sports director Gerry Sandusky, who has been vacationing in Austria.

Flights from Vienna have been cancelled for five days straight, forcing Sandusky to take a train to Switzerland, where he’s hoping to catch a flight out of Zurich.

Posted April 22, 2010