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Orioles' Radio Move Still Making Waves

By Dave Hughes,

The tremors are still being felt in the Baltimore media world following the Orioles' recent announcement that the team is moving radio homes -- from CBS Radio's WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, back to the Birds longtime perch of Hearst's WBAL-AM, 1090. But all sides are staying silent on just why the team made the move.

Bob Philips, senior vice president of CBS Radio Baltimore, said he fully expected the Orioles to be back on his station this season.

“No question, we were surprised,” Philips said. “We worked hard to cover the team. It was not a personnel decision.”

Philips also says that the decision to remove 105.7 afternoon man Scott Garceau from the TV simulcast on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is owned by Orioles owner Peter Angelos, had nothing to do with the radio flagship change.

That change had been in the works long before the Orioles' jump to WBAL.

Losing the team could actually benefit 105.7, Philips says, giving the sports talker more time, especially in evenings, to talk local and national sports, including the Orioles.

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The Orioles and WBAL-AM have announced that 16 Orioles spring training games will be broadcast in 2011.

The schedule includes the spring opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday, Feb. 28 as well as the first-ever game at the new Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Tuesday,
March 1. A total of 12 of the 16 broadcasts will feature 30-minute pre-game and post-game shows.

WBAL radio will also broadcast all 162 Orioles 2011 regular season games. Longtime Orioles Radio Network broadcasters Joe Angel and Fred Manfra will again team up to call the action.

The WBAL spring training schedule includes:

Monday, February 28 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 1 vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 vs. Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 7 vs. New York Yankees at 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 10 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 vs. Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 vs. Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16 vs. New York Yankees at 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 18 vs. Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 vs. Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 24 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.

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The Orioles will again be heard on the Washington, D.C., market's ESPN 980, WTEM.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting has inked a two-year deal to continue broadcasting Orioles games on ESPN 980 and sister SportsTalk 570, WSPZ.

The ESPN 980 games can also be heard on WTEM's Northern Virginia relay on 94.3 FM and its Southern Maryland relay on 92.7 FM.

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Longtime Washington Post sports columnist Leonard Shapiro is joining Comcast SportsNet, where he will serve as a contributor to and

Shapiro recently retired from the Washington Post, where he served as a sports reporter, editor and columnist.

"Len is an institution with a loyal following because of his unique gift for telling stories with passion, insight and color," said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President/General Manager Rebecca Schulte. "He is part of the region's sports culture and a significant addition to our expanding team of leading reporters, analysts and insiders serving Washington and Baltimore sports fans.”

Posted Feb. 18, 2011