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Marc Unger Joining 1090 AM Lineup

By Dave Hughes

Baltimore news talker WBAL, 1090 AM, is planning to start a new 9 p.m. to midnight talk show and sports radio veteran Marc Unger will do some tryout work in the slot, starting Nov. 8.

Unger and his brother were "The Fighting Ungers," which has been heard on sports talkers WNST and the old Fox 1370.

Marc, who is also an actor and comic, has been a regular on 98 Rock, WIYY's morning show. He said his WBAL show would deal with political and social issues, in addition to sports.


Mark Zinno is back in the Baltimore area after another military tour abroad.
We're told that he's headed back to sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan, but probably will be heard in a new time slot.


The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University Of Maryland announced the creation of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism to expand its sports news program.

Named for the late Washington Post sports writer and columnist Shirley Povich, the center will focus on research and debate in the public discussion of sports and society.

"Most important, the center will serve as a launching pad for students to learn, actively participate in and develop the journalistic skills they need to meet the challenges facing them as the next generation of sports journalists," said George Solomon, the former Washington Post assistant managing editor for sports who will become the center's

The center is made possible by a $1 million challenge gift from Povich's children, including national TV talk show host and area broadcasting veteran Maury Povich.
The center's advisory board includes WJLA's Tim Brant, NBC's Bob Costas, the Washington Post's Leonard Downie, WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi and WTEM's Rick Walker.


We tipped you that Jorge Andrés, Channel 25/WZDC Telemundo sports anchor and former Redskins play-by-play man for Dan Snyder's now-defunct Spanish sports talker WXTR, might become a national sports anchor at ESPN.

Now, we get confirmation. Andrés will host "SportsCenter," ESPN News and other shows for their English-language properties, as well as being an NFL analyst, along with duties at Spanish-language ESPN Deportes.

There's also a possibility he might be involved with ESPN's World Cup coverage in both languages.


Salisbury's Channel 16/WBOC has hired Lisa Rodriguez, a former spokesmodel for Miller Lite beer, to do weekend morning weather on its Fox 21 channel.


Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, came in sixth place in the monthly October radio ratings. Its morning show of Ed Norris and Steve Davis also placed sixth in the age 12+ demographic.


A Honda Civic hit the Fairfax, Va., building that houses the studios of Washington, D.C., sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan, on Oct. 27.

No injuries were reported. The driver, a man of about 60, was able to walk away.

"OMG a car just crashed into our building," morning show Sports Junkie Eric Bickel tweeted.

The accident occurred at 7:39 a.m. in rainy weather and damaged an office normally occupied by call screeners for the station.

Posted Nov. 3, 2011