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Ravens, CSNBaltimore Partnership Begins As Dibble's Career Ends

By Dave Hughes,

Comcast SportsNet kicks off its new deal with the Ravens, including postgame coverage online at

Head coach John Harbaugh's postgame press conferences, plus player interviews from the locker room, will be streamed live on the Web site. The coverage is led by CSNBaltimore beat reporter Brent Harris.

As the new official cable network of the Ravens after the split between the Ravens and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network in early August, CSN recently began broadcasting the team's full lineup of Rave TV programs, including five half-hour shows airing weekly throughout the season -- "1 Winning Drive," "The John Harbaugh Show," "Game Plan," "Ravens Report," and "Purple Passion."

CSN airs each Ravens show on their respective weekdays at 4:30 p.m. and midnight, as well as various other times throughout the week.

Ron Menchine died in early September. He was the last voice of Washington Senators, broadcasting their final game on WWDC radio. Menchine began his career broadcasting Navy football, and in the early 1960s, did the same for the Baltimore Orioles pre- and postgame broadcasts on WBAL radio. He also served as sports director of Washington's Channel 20/WDCA.

The Washington Nationals said farewell to Rob Dibble as TV analyst for the team's games, a split following the former player's critical comments of rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg via his Sirius XM radio show.

In August, Dibble lashed out at Strasburg for not pitching through pain. Strasburg has since been diagnosed with a torn elbow ligament and had surgery for it. He will be sidelined 12 to 18 months.

Two days after making those comments, Dibble was absent from the broadcast on MASN, the network that televises the games.

CBS sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, placed 10th in the August radio ratings for Baltimore, a few notches from July.

Washington's ESPN 980 WTEM ranked 32nd. WJZ-AM ESPN 1300 landed in 36th place. Fox 1370 ranked 44th, and WNST 47th in the full-week, age 12+ demo.

A restraining order against CBS Sports analyst and former Baltimore Raven Shannon Sharpe has been voluntarily dismissed. According to CBS News, a woman filed the order against Sharpe in early September, claiming he forced her into sex and threatened her life.

Sharpe, who was never been arrested or charged, decided to "step aside" from his gig as football analyst for "The NFL Today" until the matter was resolved, CBS reported.

Comcast SportsNet will carry 83 Washington Wizards games and 70 Washington Capitals games this season in high-definition, including all the games to air on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

On area Comcast systems, the CSN Plus-HD channel will most likely replace MASN2-HD on channel 844 through the winter months, but viewers need to check with local providers for the location of CSN Plus-HD on other area systems.

CSN's carriage of the Wizards kicks off Oct. 5 with a preseason outing against the Mavericks. The network's regular season broadcast schedule opens Oct. 30 when the Wizards play the Hawks. Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier will call the games, while Chris Miller handles sideline reporting work.

The Caps' open their season Oct. 8 versus the Atlanta Thrashers, with the home opener at the Verizon Center one day later against the New Jersey Devils. Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin and Al Koken return to the broadcast booth, along with Jill Sorenson, who was recently named CSN's Capitals beat reporter.

Ernie Baur, a veteran sports producer and director at a batch of D.C. TV stations plus Home Team Sports and most recently has been an executive producer at Comcast SportsNet, is retiring.

He was a copy boy for Sam Donaldson; directed Channel 7's "AM Washington" with Ed Walker; covered breaking news with GordonĀ  Peterson; directed Glenn Brenner, Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff; worked on the field for six national Super Bowl broadcasts; co-produced the "Warner Wolf Show;" and gave birth to Wolf's signature "Let's go to the videotape" call.

Redskins veteran John Riggins launched a postgame Redskins show on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, live after every Redskins game. "Riggo's Postgame Xtra" will also air on the digital HD3 channel of WTOP's 103.5 FM signal, where Riggins' weekday afternoon radio show airs. The new show will also be available at

Posted Sept. 17, 2010