WJZ-AM To Drop ESPN Programming For CBS LineupPosted on November 15, 2012
By Dave Hughes
CBS Radio is preparing to flip WJZ-AM, 1300, from ESPN Radio to the new CBS Sports Radio network, come Jan. 2.
Bob Philips, who is market manager for CBS' Baltimore radio cluster, said 1300 would carry the new sports network full time.
CBS Sports Radio's lineup will include Boomer Esiason, John Feinstein, Doug Gottlieb, Tom Tolbert and Jim Rome.
There's no word whether any other station in the Baltimore market will pick up ESPN Radio, including "Mike and Mike" in the mornings. Aside from CBS, the only full-time sports talker in the market is WNST, 1570 AM, and it just signed a deal to carry Fox Sports.
ESPN Radio will continue to air in the Washington, D.C., market via WSPZ, 570 AM. "Mike And Mike" airs on D.C.'s WTEM, 980 AM.
While top-of-the-hour sports newscasts from CBS Sports Radio will air on CBS's 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, Philips said the top-rated FMer would retain its locally based sports talk lineup and carry little programming from the new network.
Former University of Maryland men's basketball head coach Gary Williams has joined Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic as a college basketball analyst for its news and digital media coverage.
He will contribute to the Bethesda-based network's news and entertainment programs, including "SportsNet Central" and "SportsTalk Live."
Williams will also contribute college basketball content to CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com. Williams led the Terrapins to 461 wins and 14 NCAA tournament appearances, highlighted by seven trips to the Sweet 16, two Final Four berths and the 2002 NCAA championship.
Nicole Darin joined Bethesda's Comcast SportsNet as an anchor and reporter for "SportsNet Central."
She comes from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, where she has served as a freelance anchor and reporter since September.
Before that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for Tampa's WTSP-TV. She's also worked for TV stations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota and Colorado.
Ivan Carter, the Washington Post sportswriter-turned-TV-host, is leaving Comcast SportsNet. The sports channel is making changes to the on-air team for "SportsTalk Live," its daily talk show, according to a CSN statement.
"Ivan Carter will no longer appear on the program," the statement said. "His contract is expiring and he is leaving the network. Brian Mitchell will continue to co-host and will be joined by guests until a permanent replacement is named."
According to the Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog, Carter came to the D.C. market in 2005, covering local colleges for the Post before moving on to the Wizards beat. He joined CSN as the host of "Washington Post Live" during the spring of 2009. After that show went off the air, Carter and Mitchell became the co-hosts for "SportsTalk Live" last winter.
CBS Radio is tweaking the coverage patterns of two of it adjacent channel outlets to improve coverage of its D.C. sports talker, WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.
The signal of WJFK, which is broadcast from a tower in Merrifield, Va., will improve to the northeast, into D.C. and Prince George's County. That's according to a CBS request recently submitted to the Federal Communications Commission.
Meanwhile, the signal of Baltimore's hot adult contemporary WWMX, Mix 106.5, will move back to the historic candelabra tower on Television Hill, somewhat reducing its coverage into the D.C. area and allowing for the WJFK improvement. WWMX is currently on the taller Fox 45 tower.
Michael Wilbon of ESPN's "PTI," Comcast SportsNet's Jill Sorrenson, and ESPN's Scott Van Pelt joined officials from the Ravens, Kastles, D.C. United and the Redskins on a panel discussion of "Our Sports: A Look At The Area Sports Scene."
It was part of the seventh-annual Shirley Povich Symposium at the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union at the University of Maryland on Nov. 13.
Nov. 13 was the debut radio show from Kevin Shafer and Rocky Parrish for the NFL Players' Association.
Shafer and Parrish had been doing "The Kevin and Rock Show" for CBS sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan.
It will air from 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays. The live stream is available at kevinandrock.com.
The program is produced at the Gene Upshaw Building in D.C. and covers sports and entertainment. It will begin as a live streaming audio program, with Rockdeep Media looking to expand it into a nationally syndicated TV and radio show.
Posted Nov. 15, 2012