By Dave Hughes
Comcast SportsNet is ramping up for seven Ravens and Redskins preseason games.
The schedule includes the Aug. 9 openers, when the Bethesda-based sports network will air a doubleheader -- the Redskins and Bills at 7 p.m., plus the Ravens and Falcons via tape delay at 11:30 p.m.
Live coverage of the Ravens' first preseason game can be seen live at 7 p.m. on Channel 11/WBAL's WBAL Plus subchannel (the game conflicts with the station's carriage of the London Olympics) and via Channel 2/WMAR.
CSN's preseason lineup also includes the Redskins and Bears Aug. 18, the Ravens and Jaguars Aug. 23, the Redskins and Colts Aug. 25, the Redskins and Buccaneers Aug. 29, and the Ravens and Rams Aug. 30.
The on-air team for the Ravens' preseason is composed of play-by-play announcer Gerry Sandusky, plus analysts Qadry Ismail and Stan White.
Redskins preseason telecasts will feature analyst Joe Theismann and sideline reporter Antwaan Randle El. Veteran announcers Kenny Albert, Kevin Harlan and Sam Rosen will handle play-by-play duties.
Brian Roberts -- not to be confused with the Orioles' second baseman -- has been named executive producer of "MotorWeek," Maryland Public Television's long-running national automotive series.
Roberts will oversee all aspects of the daily production of the PBS show, which airs weekly in 92 percent of public television markets nationwide.
The show is also seen on Discovery's new Velocity channel and public television's V-me Spanish language network.
Roberts joined "MotorWeek" in 1993 and served as producer for the past 11 years.
"Brian Roberts is a tremendous asset to the 'MotorWeek' team, keeping all the day-to-day production elements on track so that new episodes can be delivered each week," "MotorWeek" creator and host John Davis said in a statement. "As 'MotorWeek' gets ready to launch season 32, Brian's skills will help ensure the road ahead is a smooth one."
Baltimore sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, will be picking up the Fox Sports radio lineup from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
The network had been heard on Baltimore's 1370, WVIE, before it dropped sports talk for political talk last summer.
There is no launch date for Fox Sports on WNST, but WNST owner Nestor Aparicio to look for it in a few weeks.
"Also, delighted to have my pal J.T. The Brick back with us in Baltimore," Aparicio said.
Vinny Cerrato, the former Redskins exec who hosts a show on Baltimore sports talker 105.7 The Fan, WJZ-FM, backed out of the dunk tank part of an Aug. 5 charity fundraiser for the Bowie Baysox.
The Washington Post's DC Sports Bog tells us Cerrato still did his Sunday show from the event.
SFMSports.net has signed Baltimore radio veteran Albie Dee to be the imaging voice for this year's Cal Ripken World Series of the Babe Ruth League.
Baltimore radio veteran Kirk McEwen will co-host the morning show on a new CBS sports talker in Tampa, 98.7 The Fan. He has been paired with Chris Dingman for mornings as of Aug. 3.
For 10 years, McEwen co-hosted the morning show at Hearst's 98 Rock, WIYY, in Baltimore. He also hosted a show on CBS talker 105.7, before it flipped to sports talk in 2008.
Check out a profile of McEwen in the August issue of PressBox.
Comcast SportsNet added five D.C. United professional soccer games to its schedule, including United matches at Sporting Kansas City Aug. 11, at Real Salt Lake Sept. 1, at Portland Sept. 29 and at Toronto FC Oct. 6.
The regular-season home finale versus the Columbus Crew will air on CSN Plus.
Jeremy Howard joined Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic as vice president of advertising sales. He comes from NBC-owned Channel 4/WRC, where he's spent the past eight years serving as regional sales manager and local sales manager.
Posted Aug. 7, 2012