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By Sara Toth | November 13, 2012
After the disappointing culling last week, we're down to the final 12, and from here on out, only audience votes will help our favorites move through -- no more coaches' saves. I'm running out of things to say about these musicians, so here's how it works this week: vote for your favorites. If they make the cut, they make the cut. If they don't, they don't, and since this is entirely in your hands, dear audience, it's entirely likely that a coach will NOT have a representative in the final rounds.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
An average audience of 4 million watched the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 on cable channel TBS Thursday night. That was up by 54 percent over the audience for a comparable league division series last year. The audience peaked at 5.4 million from 8:15 to 8:30 p.m., according to Nielsen figures supplied by TBS. About 17 percent of homes in Baltimore's cable TV universe were tuned to the game compared with 16 percent in Detroit. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
One can only hope the Baltimore Ravens do a better job of clock management than the Maryland Democratic Party did during its annual pre-session legislative lunch gathering Tuesday. Gov. Martin O'Malley, the party's leader and the subject of fulsome praise from state legislative leaders and congressional representatives alike, had to sit through extended remarks by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, five of Maryland's six Democratic U.S. representatives and U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin before getting the chance to speak.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Vivienne Shub, who played eccentric personalities as she delighted Baltimore theater audiences during a long and lauded run here, died of heart failure Thursday morning at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson. The former Liberty Heights resident was 95. "Vivienne was one of the most talented actresses on the Baltimore scene," said Rhea Feiken, the television personality who performed with her. "You learned a lesson every time you watched her. Her dedication to the theater was enormous.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
The Virgin Mobile FreeFest drew its largest audience this year, organizers said Saturday. About 50,000 people were projected to have attended the festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion Saturday, said spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer. That's a record audience for what was already Maryland's largest outdoor music festival. The turnout was remarkable because just a couple of days before organizers "were close to canceling" this year's event over the recent weather, said Virgin founder Richard Branson.  Last year, an estimated 40,000 people attended the festival, which was headlined by M.I.A.
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October 2, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley's schedule takes him to Denver on Wednesday, where he will be in the audience for first presidential debate. Maryland's governor has been one of President Barack Obama's top surrogates this season and will be on hand Wednesday night in the "spin rooms" to try and shape the post-debate news coverage. He'll also likely do some national interviews before the debate. O'Malley plans to leave for Colorado after the Board of Public Works Wednesday and return Thursday morning, according to a source close to the governor.
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By Carolyn Keleman | April 28, 2014
He had us rapt from the first note of "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville. " Hidden in the wings of the Smith Theatre, we first heard the baritone sing the familiar "Figaro, Figaro" before we actually saw Steven Eddy, one of two opera-singing contestants in the recent Rising Stars competition at Howard Community College. He flew onto the stage, pulled off some vaudeville tricks, finished the aria flawlessly and delighted folks with tales from his musical beginnings at Atholton High School.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2011
When the new interns arrive in the State House reception room, Gov. Martin O'Malley puts them to a test. He directs them to look at a wall displaying portraits of Maryland's most recent governors and tells them to name as many as they can. About half, he says, are unable to identify O'Malley's immediate predecessor and most recent opponent, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Of those who recognize Ehrlich, half are stumped by Gov. Parris N. Glendening. Nobody makes it past Harry R. Hughes, who left office in 1987.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
So much for the notion of an American public that's supposed to be turned off by presidential politics in 2012. A huge audience of 67.2 million watched Wednesday night's debate between GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. That is up 28 percent from the first debate in 2008 between Obama and Sen. John McCain. While the big audience seems like good news for democracy, it's not so good for Obama -- who turned in a dismal performance
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
"VEEP," the widely-praised Maryland-made comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, got off to a solid start Sunday night with an audience of 1.7 million viewers for two showings. The 10 p.m. showing opposite AMC's  "Mad Men"  drew 1.4 million viewers. "VEEP"  drew 300,000 more viewers than the finale of "Eastbound and Down,"  which aired the previous week in that timeslot for HBO. "Girls,"  another critically-acclaimed HBO comedy, opened the week before with 810,000 viewers in its 10:30 p.m.Sunday timeslot and 1.1 million for two showings.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season, according to figures provided by the channel. O's games averaged a 5.9 household rating this season, which means 5.9 percent of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market watched the games throughout the season. But Tuesday night the percentage of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market tuned to the game was 11.6 percent. That translates to 127,000 homes and 179,000 viewers.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
[UPDATE] The premiere of CBS "Thursday Night Football" drew an average audience 20.8 million viewers making it the second highest rated show on TV behind only NBC's "Sunday Night Football. " The size of that audience for the Ravens 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers is a big victory for CBS on a very large gamble that viewers were ready for another weeknight of primetime football. CBS is charging advertisers the second highest ad rate on TV, $500,000 for a 30-second spot, by promising the Thursday night games will draw 20 million viewers combined with the simulcast on the NFL Network.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Yankees-O's game on ESPN Sunday night was watched in 1.5 percent of American homes, and 8.3 percent of households in the Baltimore market, according to overnight ratings provided by the sports cable channel. By comparison, the Ravens-Lions game last December on ESPN drew an audience almost five times as large and was seen in 40.2 percent of Baltimore homes. Maybe it's unfair to compare baseball and football given the number of games in a season, but I think ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball has become almost unwatchable -- or, at least, unlistenable with Dan Shulman and John Kruk in the booth.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Dignity Players' current production of John Buchan's "The 39 Steps," directed by Jim Reiter and starring Ty Cobb, Rebecca Ellis, Duncan Hood and Eric Lund, is a worthy tribute to famed suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. The show, playing in Annapolis through May 17, is a stage phenomenon, providing savvy theatergoers an unforgettable evening. The production is a testament to the skills of Reiter, who has assembled a cast of the most gifted comic actors in the Annapolis region. Rarely do audiences witness such skilled improvisational performances from an ensemble.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
When Lyric Opera of Baltimore presents a new production of Verdi's first hit, "Nabucco," this week, there will be a guaranteed encore: The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. "It's so good, you have to hear it again," says James Harp, the company's artistic director. That's what the first audience for "Nabucco" in 1842 at Milan's La Scala thought, too. For 172 years, this choral piece has been routinely encored at many an opera house, especially in Italy, where it enjoys the status of an unofficial national anthem.
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By Carolyn Keleman | April 28, 2014
He had us rapt from the first note of "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's "The Barber of Seville. " Hidden in the wings of the Smith Theatre, we first heard the baritone sing the familiar "Figaro, Figaro" before we actually saw Steven Eddy, one of two opera-singing contestants in the recent Rising Stars competition at Howard Community College. He flew onto the stage, pulled off some vaudeville tricks, finished the aria flawlessly and delighted folks with tales from his musical beginnings at Atholton High School.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2011
The numbers are preliminary overnights, but based on the 6.0 rating for last night's prime-time game between the Ravens and 49ers, the NFL Network is declaring it the largest Thursday night audience in the channel's history. A tweet from network spokesman Dan Masonson this morning also said the audience for last night's 16 to 6 Ravens vistory was up 43 percent from that of last Thanksgiving. This is the network's sixth season of prime-time Thursday night games. Since it is a holiday weekend, it could be a while before we get more definitive ratings.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2013
Baltimore TV viewers tuned in big time Sunday for the last home game of Ray Lewis. The average audience of all viewers (age 2 and older) was 877,700. Viewership peaked at 4 p.m. with 974,100 viewers watching on WJZ-TV, Baltimore's CBS-owned station. That was the largest audience in the Baltimore market for any show on any channel since last year's Super Bowl on NBC, according to WJZ and Nielsen. That would cover some pretty big events like the Olympics. The total number of people 2+ in the market is 2,707,000, which means one out of every three people living in this market was watching the Ravens victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
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By Allison Eatough | April 9, 2014
Shirley Johannesen Levine sways back and forth at the Ellicott City Senior Center, her arms moving to the left and then the right as she recites the classic nursery rhyme, "Old Mother Hubbard. " "Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to give her poor dog a bone," she said with a voice deeper than her normal tone. "That's me. " Then, she pants. Child-like giggles spread erupt from the audience - members of the Senior Center Plus social day program and the Athelas Institute, a community center that provides vocational, educational, residential and recreational programs for adults with disabilities.
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By Jonah Goldberg | April 7, 2014
President Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something. They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he's a really funny guy. On Wednesday, he told a crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan that he visited a local deli, Zingerman's. He proceeded to tell a long story about ordering the small Reuben sandwich, which he said was "killer. " That description got a good laugh.
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