Rob Long will treat his part-time gig at The Fan like it is a tryout

July 14, 2011|By Matt Vensel

If you listened to "Baltimore Baseball Tonight" on 105.7 The Fan this week, you heard a familiar voice at a new place during the nightly baseball show. Rob Long, who two weeks ago lost his radio show on WVIE (1370-AM) when the station switched to a news talk format, will be filling in on The Fan on a part-time basis.

Long, who also works for MASN, will be doing fill-ins to get airtime when The Fan’s regular hosts are out.

“There have been no long-term talks or anything like that,” said Long, who was a police officer in South Carolina before getting into the sports talk radio scene. “I can only hope to, in a part-time role, impress them and then when something becomes open, hopefully they will consider me. But they haven’t made any promises.”

Like fellow WVIE host Jerry Coleman, Long was left scrambling to find a new microphone and radio signal when WVIE informed him about the switch, which caught him off guard. He was on vacation in Virginia where his daughter was playing in an AAU basketball tournament when he got the call.

“That made me a little bit helpless because I was so far away and there was nothing I can do about it,” Long said in a phone interview on Thursday afternoon. “Fortunately for me, I’ve worked seven straight days. Because I had some things going and some relationships prior to this happening, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”

When he returned to Baltimore, he dropped off his resume at a few places and approached The Fan to see if anything was available. They offered Long a part-time gig, and he looks at it as an opportunity to prove himself.

 “I wasn’t told ‘tryout’ or anything like that,” Long said. “But I’m personally treating it that way.”

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