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By Michael Hill | April 24, 1991
One look at its anchor team lets you know that Channel 45 (WBFF) is going to take a different tack when it puts on its 10 o'clock news.In a city where the memory of years of ratings domination by gray-haired Jerry Turner is still affecting hiring and firing decisions, Fox-affiliated Channel 45 is going with a cast that looks like a new version of "The Rookies."The oldest member of the station's weekday and weekend anchor teams, who were introduced to the press yesterday, is 35. The two main co-anchors are 30 and 33. The two weather people are 25 and 28. There won't be too many gray hairs on the station's still-to-be-unveiled set.According to news director Mark Pimentel, who does have a few gray hairs though he's just 34, it's not a matter of age, but of mind-set.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | January 13, 2008
On Television Comanche Moon airs at 9 tonight on WJZ (Channel 13). Persuasion airs at 9 tonight on MPT (Channels 22, 67). Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles airs at 8 tonight on WBFF (Channel 45).
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | June 20, 1991
On the heels of the launch of the most ambitious programming effort in the history of Channel 45 (WBFF) -- its 10 o'clock news program -- Bruce Lumpkin has been relieved of his duties as the station's general manager.The action clearly shocked many of the station's employees. Lumpkin, an original employee of WBFF when it went on the air jTC in 1971, has been general manager for the last four years, overseeing the station's construction of a new antenna, its ongoing move into a new building, the news launch and the affiliation with the Fox network.
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September 25, 2007
Critic's Pick -- The cranky doctor (Hugh Laurie) must adjust to a new team after firing his old one in House* (9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45).
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October 13, 1990
Baltimore Blast owner Ed Hale said yesterday that the team is "getting close" to signing a contract with Channel 45 to televise eight games during the 1990-91 Major Soccer League season.Hale said he hoped to have "done any day now" a deal that would put the Blast on Channel 45 live for a second straight season. WBFF aired 13 Blast contests last season.According to Hale, the Blast also has been talking to representatives from channels 2 and 54 and will continue to do so until a television contract is reached.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 25, 1992
It may be hard to imagine anyone turning down advertising dollars in this economy. But that's what radio station WMIX-FM (106.5) did yesterday when it refused to air ads from WBFF-TV (Channel 45) News at Ten promoting a report on incest and another on priests who have sex with children."The ads were just too graphic and too vivid in their description," said Bob Lind, vice president and general manager of the station. "Many of our listeners are women 25 to 34, young mothers. . . . And this is just not what we're looking for."
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By Ellen L. James | November 12, 1990
Bruce Lumpkin clutches a cherished document: a 12-page plan he's convinced will one day hoist Channel 45 to the top of the ratings charts.The $5 million master plan -- what Channel 45's general manager speaks of as a "bible" -- calls for a 35-member news force to deliver Baltimore's first 10 o'clock news show. It calls for a fleet of news cars, pricey "live trucks" for reporting from the field, expensive microwave dishes to capture remote feeds, and renovation of a 43,000-square-foot building at the bottom of Baltimore's Television Hill to serve as the station's new headquarters.
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February 26, 2007
Critic's Pick-- Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, above) follows up on some information from his father on 24 (9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45).
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN REPORTER | June 6, 2007
Heather Zampier of Windsor Mill proves that, sometimes, the will to dance is even stronger than the wisdom of modern medicine. Zampier will continue her run on tonight's second round of Fox's reality hit show So You Think You Can Dance. On TV So You Think You Can Dance airs at 9 tonight on WBFF (Channel 45).
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | May 9, 2007
Go fourth and conquer. Experience shows that, even if you don't finish in the Top 3 on American Idol, you can still score big. Fort Meade resident Lakisha Jones has made it into the final four. Even if she were to lose as early as tonight, she could still be a winner -- if you consider the success that previous fourth-place finishers on the show have experienced. In a way, fourth-place has little honor in American culture.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter | April 17, 2007
Snapshots from the Sanjaya Malakar Hall of Infamy: Perhaps the low point, the absolute nadir, was the 17-year-old American Idol contestant's unmelodious rendition of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." Midway through, Sanjaya literally screamed, "You got me so I can't sleep at night." On TV American Idol, with mentor Martina McBride, airs at 8 tonight and 9 p.m. tomorrow on WBFF (Channel 45).
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,[SUN TELEVISION CRITIC] | January 14, 2007
TONIGHT AS SEASON 6 OF THE FOX THRILLER 24 begins, America is under siege. In urgent tones, a cable newscaster announces that recent weeks of terrorist attacks on American soil have left more than 900 dead. But before we can process this grim data, the death count soars even higher: A suicide bomber strikes downtown Los Angeles, and a wall of flames is climbing skyward, filling the screen. `24' SEASON PREMIERE -- Airs tonight and tomorrow night at 8 on WBFF (Channel 45)
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By RAY FRAGER | June 16, 2006
Baseball: Tomorrow at 1 p.m., Fox (WBFF/Channel 45 and WTTG/Channel 5) televises the New York Yankees at the Washington Nationals. Why should you watch? Just to hate both teams. Hockey: Tomorrow could be the last NHL game for, oh, a few weeks. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals airs at 8 p.m. on NBC (WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4). Basketball: On Monday, Comcast SportsNet will present a look back at Len Bias on the 20th anniversary of his death, presented during the 10 p.m. SportsNite.
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