Ex-WBFF anchor Davis to be WBAL Radio talk show host


January 09, 2004|By Donovan Burba | Donovan Burba,SUN STAFF

Former WBFF sports television anchor Steve Davis will take over as WBAL Radio's sports talk host Monday, replacing Steve Melewski, who quit in September over a scheduling conflict.

Davis, 38, worked at WBFF from 1994 to 2002 before departing for WUSA-TV in Washington. His radio show will air nightly from 6 to 9, and he'll host additional specials. Like Melewski, Davis will be host of the Orioles' pre- and post-game shows.

"Opportunities rarely come along to host a sports talk show on a marquee radio station," Davis said yesterday, "and to go from doing sports for three minutes a day on television to three hours a day on the radio is just a great opportunity."

Station vice president and general manager Jeff Beauchamp said WBAL picked Davis from hundreds of applicants because of his connection to Baltimore, his intelligence and sense of humor, describing his style as "a little irreverent, but not crude."

Beauchamp said he and Davis hope the show appeals to both ends of the fan spectrum.

"A lot of shows are of interest to a small number of listeners. Unless you're a diehard sports fan, you're not going to be interested," Beauchamp said. Of the new show, he said, "Hard-core fans will find the information useful, while casual fans will find it entertaining and fun."

Melewski was sometimes criticized by fans for being soft on the Orioles and team owner Peter Angelos, and Davis vowed to avoid such charges.

"I'm not afraid to express my opinions, and I'm not afraid to call it the way I see it," he said. "I'm going to poke fun and have fun."

Davis said the apparent rebuilding of the Orioles and the recent success by the Ravens and Maryland give Baltimore a "great core" as a sports town.

But he intends to have a much wider repertoire, "whether it's that Australian guy dangling his baby in front of a crocodile or Britney [Spears] busting out in the middle of the night and getting married."

Steve Stewart has filled in on the evening show since Melewski left.

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