Still No Official Replacement For Ken Weinman

Posted on March 22, 2012

By Dave Hughes
DCRTV.com

Even though Ken Weinman is no longer a host at CBS Radio's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, he will be doing occasional fill-in work for the station.

Weinman's last full-time day with Vinny Cerrato was March 9, when he announced on Twitter that he'd be leaving his midday show gig, giving the impression that he was leaving the station.

There's still no announced permanent replacement for Weinman on the 10 a.m.-1 p.m. weekday show, although Baltimore sports radio veteran Rob Long has been filling in with Cerrato. Stay tuned.

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With the Ravens' season over, 105.7 The Fan took a bit of a dip in the February radio ratings.

It saw a minor plunge to 13th in the overall age 12 and older numbers, with its morning show of Ed Norris and Steve Davis at a healthy seventh place.

News talker WBAL-AM, with sports in evenings, placed eighth, with ESPN-powered WJZ-AM, 1300, in 35th place, and Washington, D.C., sports talker ESPN 980 in 37th.

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Scott Jackson and Brian Mitchell will join Rick "Doc" Walker on his new 2-4 p.m. show on WTEM, ESPN 980. It's scheduled to launch March 26.

Both Jackson and Mitchell had been heard on CBS's D.C. sports talker, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.

Also, Walker has signed a three-year contract extension with ESPN 980's owner, Red Zebra Broadcasting, and the Redskins Radio Network.

A WTEM veteran of 15 years, Walker will be taking over the afternoon show from legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson, who retired from his longtime radio gig at the end of February.

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ABC has debuted "Ball Boys" on Saturday afternoons. It's a sports memorabilia reality show shot at Robbie's First Base in Lutherville.

It features store owners Robbie Davis Sr. and Robbie Davis Jr., as well as workers Lou "Sweet Lou" Brown and Robbie "Shaggy" Reier.

Baltimore Sun TV columnist David Zurawik compared the show to the cable TV reality staple "Pawn Stars."

" 'Ball Boys' has a lot going for it on the fantasy level," Zurawik wrote. "It holds out the promise that the old score card from a 1920s baseball game found in your grandfather's attic might be worth a bundle. And it offers young men -- that hard-to-reach but greatly desired demographic -- the fantasy that they can somehow make a living sitting around all day talking about sports most of them never played."

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Dave Johnson is the Wizards' radio play-by-play announcer, WTOP's sports director and, according to Dan Steinberg's profile of him in the March 18 edition of the Washington Post, "perhaps the hardest-working man in D.C. sports media."

"Early in his professional life," Steinberg wrote, "he simultaneously worked as the sports director at WNAV in Annapolis, the play-by-play voice for Navy basketball and lacrosse, a weekend country-music radio DJ in Baltimore and a co-publisher of a soccer magazine."

WTOP hired Johnson to be sports director in 1995, and he landed the Wizards radio gig two years later.

According to Steinberg's article, Johnson's nightly schedule consists of leaving NBA arenas between 11 p.m. and midnight, catching a few hours of sleep and waking up at 3 a.m. in order to be ready for his 5:15 a.m. WTOP sports update.

"By midday, it'd be a good time to try to sell me a time share," Johnson joked. "I'm a little foggy headed and cloudy at that point. …

"I'm not coal mining. When it's what you've always wanted to do and what you love doing, it's natural adrenaline. I'm not going to a library or writing a paper; I'm going to an arena that's jumping and bopping, and whatever fatigue you had doesn't exist anymore."

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