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New Coast-to-Coast Show Produced In Baltimore

By Dave Hughes,

Jennifer Gilbert, a news anchor at Channel 45/WBFF, will host a new weekly hour-long sports show, debuting in September. Seen from coast-to-coast, 30 stations have joined the lineup so far.

"The Real Score," will be produced at Baltimore's WBFF and distributed to other stations owned by Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, headquartered in Hunt Valley.

The show "fundamentally believes that the viewer is much smarter than they are being given credit for," said David Hersh, the show’s creator and executive producer.

"We intend to give the viewer access to some of the best minds in the sports industry and have them discuss the issues of the day or use these leaders to provide an in-depth look at how the sports business works," he added. "We hope these behind-the-scenes looks will better enable the viewer to decide for themselves 'The Real Score.'"

Each edition of the show will feature a summary of the news of the week past and a view of the week ahead as presented by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. The show, produced by Joe De Feo, a media information expert and former vice president of a corporate news division, will also look at sports as seen through the eyes of Hollywood TV and film legend Garry Marshall.

"The Real Score" and Sinclair have entered into an agreement that places the program on 20 Fox affiliates preceding NFL football programming and on similar time slots on 10 ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and MyNetworkTV affiliates.

Subscribers to Verizon’s FiOS, know the Mid-Atantic Sports Network 2 channel in high-def is still not available on the cable TV service provider.

The second MASN channel features many Orioles and Nationals games. Verizon does carry MASN2 in standard def, while the main MASN channel is in HD. The Washington Post reports Verizon does have Baltimore-based MASN2-HD on its list of possible additions.

When? "Soon," said a spokesperson. MASN2-HD was launched in early April, carried by area cable TV giant Comcast from day one.

Former Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail has been named the new color commentator for the Ravens radio broadcasts, which are heard on newstalker WBAL and 98 Rock, WIYY.

Ismail will continue his work with WBAL radio's weekday evening "Sportsline" show with Brett Hollander.

The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network saw solid TV ratings for its telecasts of Stephen Strasburg's four starts for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in late May. The highly-touted Nationals prospect is 3-0 for Syracuse with a 0.39 ERA and 27 strikeouts in more than 23 innings of work.

The slumping Orioles are creating a bit of a ratings slump for the team’s flagship radio station, WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan.

The CBS sports talker ranked a so-so 14th place in the overall age-12-and-over radio ratings for Baltimore in April. That’s a tad lower than where the station was ranked last year at this time.

The good news for 105.7 is it remains the top-rated sports talker in Baltimore, well above WJZ-AM 1300 at 36th, Fox 1370 WVIE at 43rd and WNST at 50th.

Ron Weber, the radio voice of the Washington Capitals during the first 23 years of the hockey team's existence, won the 2010 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

Posted June 3, 2010