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Ravens Find New Home On CSN

By Dave Hughes,

The Baltimore Ravens announced their seasonal television shows, produced internally by Rave TV, will be seen throughout the Mid-Atlantic region via Bethesda-based Comcast SportsNet.

The Ravens ended their TV deal with the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Sports Network in early August.

The weekly shows, including "1 Winning Drive," "The John Harbaugh Show," "Game Plan Wednesday," "Ravens Report Thursday," and "Purple Passion Friday" will air on CSN at 4:30 p.m. and midnight most weekdays.

As previously reported, the shows will also air on Channel 11/WBAL's WBAL Plus channel at 7:30 p.m. and midnight each weekday, starting Sept. 8. In addition, all five shows will also air on CSN periodically during primetime, when the network does not have a live event scheduled.

The Ravens and CSN are reportedly exploring a long-term deal.

Channel 45/WBFF news anchor Jennifer Gilbert will host a new one-hour Sunday morning sports show come September.

"The Real Score" debuts Sept. 12. While it’s being shot at WBFF owner Sinclair’s Hunt Valley facilities, it is an independent production. However, it will be shown by most of Sinclair’s 60 stations around the country, including WBFF at 10:30 a.m.

In Washington D.C. and other markets where Sinclair doesn't own stations, the program will air on stations owned by News Corporation/Fox, including Washington’s Channel 20/WDCA.

Channel 45/WBFF sports anchor Kristen Berset, a former Miss Florida beauty queen, was turned down for a sports gig by a Philadelphia TV station because its news director didn't think sexy pictures of her on the web were appropriate for a news personality.

According to TV news site, the sad fact of the matter is Berset has given up wearing those slinky bikinis. In 2009, four months after she started work at WBFF, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was just 27.

"Even then, I didn't expect the doctor to tell me I had cancer," Berset told NewsBlues. "It was definitely a tough day, so much information and so many emotions came rushing in at once. But I quickly realized that there was no reason to wallow in self pity."

She underwent a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, a procedure dramatically reducing the chance of the cancer recurring.

"It was the best decision," she said. "I bounced back rather quickly. In fact, I was back to work 10 days after my surgery." Last October, she had her final reconstructive surgery.

"This experience has been life-changing in a positive way," Berset said. "I learned a lot about myself. I am a stronger person than I realized. A couple of months ago, something inside me clicked. I realized I am still alive and healthy again. I have an amazing job that I truly enjoy.”

Ted Leonsis, owner of Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Verizon Center, has owning his own sports TV network on his mind.

"No one single sports owner in the region and few in the country have more entertainment content," Williams reported. "So it really is only a matter of time before he and his likely partner Comcast are working on something new."

CBS D.C. sports talker 106.7 The Fan, WJFK, has dropped sister Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, from among the three out-of-market CBS sports talkers it carries among its digital HD Radio subchannels. The WJZ-FM signal has been replaced with KRLD-FM, 105.3 The Fan, from Dallas.

"It's football season, so we shuffled our HD 'Fan Sports Network' to cover each city in the NFC East -- Washington, Dallas, NYC and Philly," said JFK program director Chris Kinard. WJFK continues its relays of Philadelphia's WIP and NYC's WFAN.

Posted August 26, 2010