Rochester's Lewin named to replace Rimer at WBAL

ON THE AIR

September 01, 1994|By MILTON KENT

It's official: Josh Lewin has been named the new host of the WBAL (1090 AM) "Sports Line" talk show.

Lewin, the radio voice of the Rochester Red Wings, the Orioles' Triple-A farm team, beat out about 70 other applicants to replace Jeff Rimer, who will leave the station to take a post with Florida's Sunshine Network.

"He was by far the most knowledgeable person who applied," said station manager Jeff Beauchamp, who made the announcement on "Sports Line" last night. "He really knows his baseball and it's important, especially here, where baseball is still the No. 1 professional sport. He has a lot of substance and he's versatile."

Lewin, 26, who was broadcasting a Red Wings game last night and could not be reached for comment, will likely start during the third week of September, Beauchamp said, adding that Lewin will call about 10-12 Orioles games next season.

Lewin, a Northwestern journalism graduate, has been the main Red Wings announcer for the past four years, and also has called hockey in Rochester and Richmond, Va.

Making new friends

As far as Greg Gumbel is concerned, the idea of sportscasters having to be buddies to be believable is overrated.

Gumbel, who takes over NBC's "NFL Live" pre-game show after four years with CBS' "The NFL Today," will have more than a few balls to juggle this season, as he coordinates the presentation of information and entertainment with as many as five other on-air commentators.

And then there's the issue of establishing a rapport with his new colleagues. Gumbel and his former sidekick, Terry Bradshaw, who left CBS when it lost NFC games to Fox, got along famously on and off camera, and there are questions about whether that kind of energy can be duplicated at NBC with Mike Ditka and Joe Gibbs.

"Whether Mike and I become good friends and Joe and I become good friends remains to be seen," said Gumbel. "The bottom line is that that has no bearing at all, I don't think, on how you work on a set. There are people in this business who can't stand each other and it wasn't an obstacle to them putting on a good show. It's just that when the show was over, they went their separate ways."

Hot potatoes

HTS will debut "The Kid Club," a weekly half-hour fitness program aimed at children ages 8-13, Sunday at 8 a.m., with a repeat showing Fridays at 4 p.m.

Former Maryland sprinter Renaldo Nehemiah will serve as host of the show, to be produced at HTS headquarters in Bethesda. According to a publicity release, the show will help get "kids off the couch," using aerobics, warm-ups and skill development.

Also, the regional pay-cable channel launches this year's edition of "ACC Sports Sunday," the weekly look at doings in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with a two-hour season premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Baseball tonight?

ESPN's Chris Berman hasn't given up on the notion of baseball returning this season.

Berman said yesterday that he thinks the players and owners will settle their differences in time for the games to pick up on Sept. 23 for a 10-game finish before the playoffs and World Series.

We'll believe it when we see it.

Deuce doings

ESPN2 will shift "SportsNight" to a Tuesday-Saturday schedule beginning Saturday, with the weekend telecast lasting 60 minutes, rather than the usual 90, and focusing on college football.

In addition, the "Deuce" will begin airing an expanded 15-minute Saturday morning "SportSmash," with highlights and scores, and running repeatedly from 7:30 to 11:30.

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