`The Fan' Charles returns to WJFK with guest appearance on talk show

ON MEDIA

April 29, 2005|By RAY FRAGER

BALTIMORE'S airwaves have been without the dulcet tones of Stan "The Fan" Charles since he left his sports talk show at WJFK (1300 AM) in November 2001, but Charles is back in town and back on the air on at least a limited basis.

Charles will be on from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow on Tom Davis' talk show on WJFK. Davis said he doesn't have a regular slot for Charles but will use him occasionally, perhaps filling in when Davis or partner Phil Wood aren't on the air.

If you took all the hours those three have logged talking about sports in Baltimore and laid them end to end ... Well, I'm not sure how you lay hours end to end, but you get the idea.

Charles had moved to Durham, N.C., but is living most of the time in Baltimore again. One can only hope that tomorrow's appearance is the precursor of a regular gig for Charles and his genial, Everyfan approach.

Orioles coach Elrod Hendricks makes his first television appearance since suffering a stroke April 14, on Davis' Take Me Out to the Ballgame on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on WNUV/Channel 54. ...

During an ESPN piece on the Washington Nationals and Orioles this week, a snippet from Orioles announcer Jim Palmer made it seem as if he couldn't stand to watch baseball with the sound bite about how he was only at Camden Yards because he was paid to be. Palmer said yesterday that line was spoken in good humor about attending two games in one day in Washington and Baltimore. "I'm off next week, and I'll watch two-three games a night," Palmer said. "I understand the passion people have for baseball."

I won't pretend to have stayed with every minute of ESPN's NFL draft coverage last weekend. However, you didn't have to watch very far into the first round to witness a scene of true emotion. And not "Woo hoo, I'm going to be rich!" emotion, either. When Suzy Kolber interviewed Texas running back Cedric Benson after he was taken by the Chicago Bears with the fourth pick, Benson seemed to be releasing pent-up frustration. Benson sounded near tears, talking about how teams had questioned his character leading up to the draft, in particular one club that took his need to reschedule a meeting as an indication he would miss practices. ...

NASCAR's Nextel Cup circuit stops at Talladega, Ala., for Sunday's Aaron's 499 (12:30 p.m., WBFF/Channel 45 and WTTG/Channel 5). It's a big weekend for Fox analyst Darrell Waltrip, who is being inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega. On the pre-race show, look for Adam Sandler hanging around Kasey Kahne's car, which features a paint job that promotes Sandler's new movie, the remake of The Longest Yard. ...

NBC's coverage of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship (Sunday, noon, WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4) features "expert analyst" Gabe Kaplan. No Ron Palillo sightings are scheduled. (For those of you who are confused, here's a hint: "Ooh, ooh, Mr. Kotter!") However, the field includes James Woods - who perhaps could psyche out other players by acting creepy the way he does in the movies - Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss and Rene Angelil, husband and manager of Celine Dion. Angelil's secret weapon? When he gets a bad hand, his wife shows up to sing "My Heart Will Go On."

After all his years - 20 of them - as an analyst on Washington Wizards/Bullets telecasts, Phil Chenier offers more continuity with the franchise than perhaps anyone this side of owner Abe Pollin. And after all those years, he hasn't changed his approach just because the Wizards are in the playoffs. Chenier's call on Comcast SportsNet remains so low-key he could almost be called somnambulant. Still, listen closely and you can hear his annoyance when the Wizards aren't playing intelligently. ...

Tonight at 11:35 (WMAR/Channel 2 and WJLA/Channel 7), Nightline revisits William Gates and Arthur Agee, subjects of the documentary Hoop Dreams, 10 years after the movie chronicled the two Chicago high school basketball stars. ...

The NFL Network has reached a distribution deal with Sky Mexico, a satellite-TV service. That makes the all-NFL, all-the-time channel available throughout North America. Perhaps the NFL Network can add Andres Cantor to yell "touchdownnnnnnnnn!" ...

Final thought: Hasn't Page 2 been a quieter place during Peter Schmuck's vacation?

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