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WBAL, WMAR Ravens preseason games to air on MASN

Harbaugh nixes 'Wired' practice feeds

August 01, 2008|By RAY FRAGER

Brushing the Ocean City sand off the notebook for some sports media scribblings:

*Just in case it's too hard to remember which of the Ravens' preseason games are on WBAL and which are on WMAR - the first and last are on Channel 11, and the middle two are on Channel 2, by the way - you can simply remember all four are also being carried by MASN as part of its schedule of Ravens programming.

During the regular season, MASN airs a post-game Ravens Xtra and coach John Harbaugh's Monday news conferences. MASN also has a Ravens show every night Monday through Friday. After baseball season, they are scheduled for 7 p.m. In September, the programs will come on after Orioles or Washington Nationals games.

The lineup: Monday - 1 Winning Drive; Tuesday - The John Harbaugh Show (airs at 10 p.m. only); Wednesday - Ravens Report; Thursday - Game Plan, featuring coordinators Rex Ryan and Cam Cameron; Friday - Purple Passion.

As The Sun's Jamison Hensley has reported, Harbaugh has nixed Ravens Wired, which featured individuals who were fitted with microphones during practices. Harbaugh is, however, allowing audio to be recorded from the sidelines during games for use in MASN's programming. (Thanks to Hensley for that information.)

Though he has been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), Ravens director of player development O.J. Brigance will continue to host Ravens Report.

* And because you can't get enough Ravens, ESPN 1300 AM and WHFS (105.7 FM) have set their four in-season players' talk shows. Each is simulcast on the two stations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., co-hosted by Anita Marks. Monday through Thursday, it's Ray Lewis, Bart Scott, Jonathan Ogden/Chris McAlister (eight weeks each) and Terrell Suggs.

Though Suggs hasn't been in training camp in protest of having a franchise tag placed on him, his vocal chords should be in good shape by the first show.

* ESPN carries the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction tomorrow at 6 p.m. Warning: Chris Berman emcees the ceremony. For all you Jim Sorgi fans, NBC (WBAL, WRC/Channel 4) televises the Hall of Fame Game between the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at 8 p.m.

* And let's sneak a baseball note in here during the middle of NFL media notes season: Fox's game tomorrow (3:30 p.m., WBFF/Channel 45) and TBS' Sunday game (1 p.m.) feature Mark Teixeira and Ivan Rodriguez with their new teams, respectively, the Los Angeles Angels at the New York Yankees. You can spend the commercial time visiting bringmarkhome.withthispetition.com in hopes of persuading Teixeira that he needs to join the Orioles.

* My longtime Sun colleague Roch Kubatko is joining MASN as a blogger and on-air "personality." (And to think I knew him before he had a personality.) Kubatko, who is leaving the newspaper after 21 years, will appear on various MASN shows, including O's Xtra and Ravens Xtra. Fortunately for him, there is no "e" in his name that he has to drop.

* NBC is making its Sunday night NFL games available via online streaming at NBC.com and NFL.com. Added features online include: alternative camera angles, picture-in-picture to watch other streams and access to on-demand highlights.

NBC referred to the online version of the games as "a one-year experiment." NBC's first Sunday Night Football Extra begins on a Thursday, with the league opener Sept. 4 between the Redskins and New York Giants.

ray.frager@baltsun.com

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