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WVIE Lands NFL Game Of The Week

By Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

Baltimore sports talker WVIE Fox 1370 will broadcast the "NFL Game of the Week" each Sunday during the upcoming season. The high-profile matchups won't conflict with Ravens games; most will air at 4 p.m. During Ravens games, 1370 will carry Fox Sports programming.

Recall recently, CBS's WJZ-FM landed the NFL's "Primetime Package" of games for Thursday, Friday and Sunday nights, plus the playoffs and Super Bowl, from Hearst's 98 Rock and WBAL radio.

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Jim Williams, at the Washington Examiner, said MASN was the big winner with their "shared broadcast teams" in late June. While the Orioles-Nationals games were less than stellar, the telecasts were playoff-worthy.

“Jim Palmer and Rob Dibble gave a three-day clinic on baseball. The old school Palmer and the new school Dibble were so entertaining I actually wanted to watch the game. Both Palmer and Dibble took the time to explain to the fans why both the Nationals and Orioles were going to be contenders down the line by analyzing both the mistakes and good plays made by both teams,” said Williams.

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Redskin Brian Mitchell, who recently got cut from the line-up at Redskins owner Dan Snyder's ESPN 980, WTEM, for criticizing his old team, now does fill-in work at CBS Radio's Philadelphia sports talk, WIP. Mitchell did a weekly show for WIP when he was with the Eagles, and is back now as sidekick to WIP afternooner Howard Eskin.
Mitchell also told USA Today he recently got fired from ESPN 980 for his criticism of his old team. However, WTEM executive Bruce Gilbert said the move was "100 percent driven by the economy.”

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Former Baltimore Sun sports media columnist Ray Frager, who now blogs at sportsmediajournal.com, penned this about WJZ-AM, 1300, which carries ESPN radio network programming:

"This was at least the third time I'd noticed how the station runs taped network talk shows on Sunday afternoons. That would be only mildly annoying and perhaps sometimes not very noticeable if not for the fact that the tape job also included four-hour-old updates every 20 minutes. So after I'd already watched the end of the US-Brazil soccer game (on Sunday, June 28), I was hearing how the game was about to start shortly."

Posted July 2, 2009

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