Redskins Great Riggins Leaving Local Airwaves

Posted on December 16, 2011

By Dave Hughes

Redskins great John Riggins is leaving his afternoon gig at the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and his daily WTOP radio appearances to do work for the Outdoor Channel. His MASN show has been mysteriously missing of late.

Riggins wrote on Facebook: "It's finally time to solve the mystery of the missing show. It's mixed with some bittersweet, but like my mother told me when I left football, every train must eventually come to the station. The John Riggins Show has made its last run, so the Diesel can roll on to 44 Outdoors, where I get to spend my time in the wild, doing what I like to do best ... fish, hunt, and explore.

"With the partnership of Curtis Fleming, producer and star of Fly Rod Chronicles, which is now on the Outdoor Channel, I'll be traveling the country looking for adventure and whatever comes my way. We'll 'range the field, rove the flood, and climb the mountain's crest' every week, looking for fur, fish, fowl, and fun. Then we'll take to the kitchen and let my 120,000 BTU Montague Grizzly transform it into a feast!

"I am much obliged to MASN and WTOP for allowing me to be a part of your day the past 18 months. I'm grateful to our sponsors because without them there wouldn't have been a John Riggins Show. Many thanks to Tod Castleberry, my co-host, and tireless visionary who made it all work; to Kevin Stanfield, my board op, who made me laugh regularly, and to Artie Schweitzer for all his contributions."

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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh awarded the game ball from the Ravens' Dec. 4 win against the Cleveland Browns to longtime WBAL radio talk show host Ron Smith, who recently retired from the airwaves after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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The NBA is back.

Comcast SportsNet and the Washington Wizards have announced the team's 68-game regional television schedule for the 2011-12 NBA season, which includes all 66 regular-season games and both preseason contests.

Comcast SportsNet's coverage tips off with the team's preseason opener against Philadelphia Dec. 16, will be led by play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz and veteran analyst Phil Chenier, who are entering their 15th season together. Chris Miller, the network's Wizards television beat reporter, returns as the courtside reporter for home games.

CSN will again deliver extensive half-hour pregame and postgame shows surrounding Wizards games on Comcast SportsNet. "Wizards Central" and "Wizards Postgame Live" will feature analysis from Ron Thompson, with Miller hosting for road games.

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Maureen Umeh, a news anchor at  Fox 5, WTTG, in Washington, D.C., generated a media storm Dec. 11 when she suggested that a dead Tom Brady was only way the Washington Redskins could beat Brady's New England Patriots.

Umeh followed with a "just kidding" remark. But that hasn't stopped an Internet controversy about her comment.

Oh, the Redskins put up a good fight, but lost to the Patriots.

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Baltimore's Channel 45/WBFF and Channel 54/WNUV are running on-air messages warning that they could go missing from Verizon's FIOS cable TV systems in the Baltimore area come Jan. 1.

It looks as if the stations' parent company, Baltimore-based Sinclair, is hitting snags in getting a new carriage deal from Verizon.

If WBFF does get dropped, Verizon's TV subscribers will have to look elsewhere for their Fox pro football games, which may even include the playoffs.

Posted Dec. 16, 2011

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