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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
Leaders of the House and Senate committed Wednesday to broadcasting all committee proceedings beginning next session, a move they say will make the state's government more transparent and accessible. Video and audio of House committees will be available online, but the Senate will provide only audio. Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller said his chamber's committee rooms did not have adequate technology to provide images online. Hearings and voting sessions will be broadcast.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
I'm sure I'm alone in having watched all that I could of Game 1 between the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, given the quick turnaround between Orioles games and the singular focus on the home team here in Baltimore. Watching the painfully slow extra-inning affair in Anaheim, Calif., only reinforced a thought I had during Kansas City's wild-card win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night, and baseball Twitter reinforced that reinforcement for me. What's up with Cal Ripken Jr.?
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SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | December 29, 2011
The sports website sbnation.com has ranked the Greatest Sportscasting Moments of 2011 and No. 1 was probably the hardest thing for Orioles fans to watch this year - maybe ever. The top moment for sbnation.com was Jim Palmer's touching, teary tribute to Mike Flanagan an hour or so after he learned that his good friend, ex-teammate and broadcast partner had committed suicide. The web site said Palmer, who was doing the color commentary that night for MASN, followed a “superhuman evening of broadcasting with a heartbreakingly human moment.” The site said Palmer's words and emotions reinforced the close relationship that viewers have with their broadcasters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
With as much electricity as there appeared to be at Camden Yards on Thursday night, it would be hard not to have a high-energy telecast. Give cable channel TBS credit for that: It did a solid job of communicating the color, excitement and sheer joy in the stands for the American League Division Series opener as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers, 12-3. It might seem like an obvious choice, but coming out of commercials time and again with hand-held cameras in the face of fans in full orange-and-black regalia as they clapped, cheered and waved signs was definitely the way to go. I loved the field-level shots looking up into the stands.
NEWS
December 16, 1994
Will the new Republican majority in Congress pull the plug on public television and radio?Incoming House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he wants to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which distributes some $285 million annually to hundreds of local public television and radio stations across the country. He says the explosion of cable TV stations and niche radio has eliminated the need for federal funding of public television and radio.That argument confuses quantity with quality.
NEWS
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | September 18, 2001
Many in the news business are seeking ways to balance their competing impulses during this time of crisis as journalists and as patriots. Some are finding it more challenging than their peers. At Baltimore's WBFF-TV (Channel 45), officials required news and sports anchors, even a weather forecaster, to read messages conveying full support for the Bush administration's efforts against terrorism. Several staffers objected on the grounds that it would undermine their objectivity. As a compromise, the message read by on-air staffers indicated that it came from "station management."
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck and jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | February 21, 2010
Joe Angel, the radio voice for the Orioles for the past six seasons, confirmed Sunday that he will return to that role for the 2010 campaign. Fred Manfra is also expected to be back as Angel's partner, though the Orioles have yet to make an official announcement. "This is where I want to be," Angel said in a telephone interview. "I've left Baltimore twice and come back twice, so this obviously is where I want to be. I'm ready to go." During the past month, Angel was under consideration for a similar role with the Los Angeles Angels, who are searching for a replacement for the late Rory Markas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
Broadcasting an Ultimate Fighting Championship fight between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin II may cost The Horse You Came in on Saloon $150,000. That's how much a promotional company wants the Fells Point bar to pay in damages for showing a fight it claims it had sole rights to. Joe Hand Promotions, based in Pennsylvania, filed the lawsuit Monday in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. A second lawsuit over the same fight was filed against a Silver Spring restaurant, Irene's Pupusas III. The company has a history of filing similar lawsuits against area bars, and has found some success.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | August 22, 2009
Ira H. Apple, a veteran broadcasting manager who later became an industry consultant, died of a brain aneurysm Aug. 11 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. The Reisterstown resident was 74. Mr. Apple, the son of a furniture salesman and a homemaker, was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Kittanning, Pa., where he graduated from high school. He began his radio career in the late 1940s when he signed a small Kittanning radio station on the air before attending high school, and then returned after school to sign off the daytime-only station.
NEWS
November 25, 1990
A lawyer representing Harford County Broadcasting Inc., owner of WHRF-AM radio in Bel Air, says the company plans to defend a suit against it for unpaid rent by showing that its lease was breached after the Courtland Square office building in Bel Air was foreclosed on.The radio station rents offices in the building, located on Main Street.Lawrence Melfa, an attorney with Howard, Butler and Melfa law firm in Towson who is representing Harford County Broadcasting, said the company had an agreement with the former owner of the office building, Steven R.Hankins of Bel Air, that the company would pay approximately $2,099 a month in rent.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has agreed to acquire NBC affiliate KSNV in Las Vegas for $120 million, the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster said Wednesday. The purchase from Intermountain West is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. The addition of KSNV to a Sinclair-owned CW station and MyNetwork station in Las Vegas means the broadcaster's news footprint will cover all major cities in Nevada, said Steve Pruett, co-COO of Sinclair's television group. The company plans to sell the Federal Communications Commission license and related assets, but not the programming, of one of the three Las Vegas properties to comply with regulatory requirements.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Alerted by a phone call one recent Sunday, Stephen Pieper drove his black pickup the few miles from his farm in White Hall to Monkton, where he arrived too late to stop a man from plowing under the corn on 95 acres of land he'd leased for decades. Pieper, who leases more than 1,000 acres in Baltimore and Harford counties, said $100,000 worth of corn was destroyed by the farm's new owner — the CEO of Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group. David Smith, who heads the nation's largest independent TV broadcast company, had no choice, his attorney said.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to create original television programs to air in prime time and on weekend afternoons on the broadcaster's MyNet and CW stations. The Sinclair Original Programming division will develop entertainment programs, infomercials and direct response commercials, the Hunt Valley-based company said. Arthur Hasson, general manager of Sinclair's CBS, CW and MyNet affiliates in Harrisburg, Pa., will also take on the role of chief operating officer of the new division.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. turned in a better-than-expected second quarter Wednesday, thanks to strong advertising sales and lower expenses to operate its television stations. The Hunt Valley broadcaster said it earned $41.3 million, or 42 cents per share, in the three months ended June 30, compared with $17.8 million, or 19 cents per share, a year earleir. Wall Street analysts had expected earnings of 37 cents per share. Shares of Sinclair closed up 49 cents each at $32.30 share Wednesday.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
George W. Collins, a pioneering WMAR-TV broadcaster who earlier had been editor-in-chief of the Afro-American newspaper and covered the civil rights movement and political corruption in Maryland, died Thursday of renal failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 88. "George was an important figure in Baltimore's struggle for fairness for everybody. No one was more influential in the African-American community when it came to voicing their concerns," said Moses Newson, former executive editor of the Afro-American.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to launch a college sports network to be broadcast on television stations it owns, the Hunt Valley-based company said Thursday. The American Sports Network, or ASN, will show live events, including football, basketball, soccer and other sports, from more than 50 colleges and universities. The network will launch at the start of the college football season this year. Sinclair said it has secured rights agreements with several NCAA Division I conferences, including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, the Big South Conference, the Southern Conference and the Patriot League.
NEWS
By Donald Kaul | August 15, 1999
WE MIGHT as well face facts, kids. Our society is disappearing down a cultural sewer.The evidence is everywhere. Be it movies, television or music, coarseness, vulgarity and sophomoric sexual innuendo are the order of the day.The New York Times, in an article on "Gross-Out Humor," listed a few recent examples of successful attempts to set new standards in bad taste: an MTV talk show host vomiting into a toilet on camera, a character in a movie thought to...
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON - Managers of the Big Ten Network arrived in the area Monday and said they expected to broadcast four to six Maryland football games this season and as many as 20 men's basketball games. Other Maryland football and basketball games will be televised as well, but it's not yet certain by whom. Maryland's long-awaited move to the Big Ten Conference becomes official today, and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman hosted a breakfast meeting with the media on Monday in Washington.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. plans to sell two television stations to help the company move ahead with a $1 billion planned purchase of seven ABC affiliates and a Washington-based cable news network. Selling the stations for a combined $97.4 million will allow Sinclair to comply with updated broadcast ownership rules as it aims to win regulatory approval on the purchase from Allbritton Communications by July 27. Sinclair said Monday it expects that deal to close in the third quarter.
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