But, Lewin is off to a really good start, and the past year has shown that if he sticks with the talk show format, he'll develop into an excellent host.
Ted Patterson and Spiro Morekas: At first, the notion of a show like "SportsNight" (8 p.m.), which, on most nights, goes head-to-head with Orioles radio broadcasts, seemed suicidal for Patterson and Morekas, the voice of Towson State sports.
But the two men, who alternate hosting duties, have settled on an ESPN radio-style format with frequent scoring updates and interviews with broadcasters and writers that is a winner, even if the calls don't come.
Morekas is a solid questioner, while Patterson's knowledge of the market, combined with his possession of interviews with legendary figures like Howard Cosell, Jackie Robinson and Mantle, makes "SportsNight" a reasonable alternative to Orioles games.
HOW THEY RATE
Here are the ratings for nightly Baltimore-area sports talk shows for the period from March 30 through June 21, among listeners 12 and over as compiled by Arbitron:
OSH LEWIN, WBAL, 6-8 p.m.: 8.1 rating, 20,650 listeners
NESTOR APARICIO, WWLG, 6-8 p.m.: 1.0 rating, 2,400 listeners
STAN CHARLES, WWLG, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.: 1.4 rating, 1,800 listeners
TED PATTERSON & SPIRO MOREKAS, WWLG, 8-10 p.m.: 0.2 rating, 450 listeners
[The ratings are the property of Arbitron. All rights reserved.]