Terps switch to WRC WMAL gets Navy football WBAL, WCAO seek UM Baltimore rights

May 11, 1991|By Mike Preston

The University of Maryland has reached agreement with WRC (980 AM) in Silver Spring granting the radio station local broadcast rights for football and men's basketball games, athletic director Andy Geiger announced yesterday.

WRC replaces WMAL (630 AM), which could not reach an agreement with Jefferson Pilot Communications, to whom the Terps sold their rights three years ago.

A spokesman for the Naval Academy confirmed yesterday that WMAL will broadcast Navy football games next season.

Geiger's announcement did not include the status of play-by-play announcer Johnny Holliday, who has been the voice of the Terrapins for 12 years.

Geiger is expected to announce Maryland's Baltimore network station next week. WBAL (1090 AM) appears to be the leading candidate.

WCAO (600 AM) also is in the running for the broadcasting rights in Baltimore. WBAL vice president and station manager Jeff Beauchamp, whose station has carried Maryland games in recent seasons, said WBAL has been involved in negotiations during the past year.

WCAO general manager Roy Dutschman did not return phone calls yesterday.

Under the new agreement, which runs through the 1993-94 basketball season, WRC will begin broadcasts with the 1991 football opener against Virginia at Byrd Stadium.

Tyler Cox, WRC's manager of operations and programming, said the station basically had no control over the announcing crew.

"We intend to keep an eye on the situation, but that decision will ultimately be made by the university, Jefferson Pilot and some consultation with us," said Cox.

WMAL's five-year contract expired after the Terps basketball season. Jim Gallant, the station's director of operations, said he began negotiating with Charlotte, N.C.-based Jefferson Pilot in October, preparing a proposal that he thought would help lower the station's estimated $300,000 in losses over the past five years.

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