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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun reporter | July 26, 2007
WBAL is losing its highest-profile talk-show host, Chip Franklin, as well as another on-air personality, Rob Douglas - the latest of several changes for Baltimore's largest AM station in the last year. Franklin, an acerbic commentator and former standup comedian who has been at the station for more than seven years, is headed to a radio job in San Diego, while Douglas is returning to a security consultancy full-time and his home near Denver. "This is a tremendous, life-changing opportunity for me," Franklin said yesterday by phone from his Montgomery County home, which he is in the process of selling.
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April 7, 2010
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. hosts a radio show Saturday morning on WBAL-AM on which he takes questions and views from anyone. His calls are not scripted, and he even welcomes opposing views. WBAL has offered equal time to Gov. Martin O'Malley. However, if the past is any indicator, Mr. O'Malley does not have the guts to take calls from anyone but his fawning supporters. He cannot take criticism and brooks no opposition to his views! Just look at how he handled Chip Franklin and Rob Douglas on WBAL — he challenged them to fight him in the parking lot. Mr. Ehrlich should keep his show.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2005
WBAL-AM talk-radio host Chip Franklin, who frequently comments on state government - and whose show often provides a friendly forum for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. - has been paid more than $30,000 in the past three years to appear in commercials for the Maryland Lottery. Franklin, who hosts a morning show with about 130,000 listeners a week, receives a $1,500 payment each time he tapes a television commercial for scratch-off lottery tickets in an arrangement that predates Ehrlich's election.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun reporter | July 26, 2007
WBAL is losing its highest-profile talk-show host, Chip Franklin, as well as another on-air personality, Rob Douglas - the latest of several changes for Baltimore's largest AM station in the last year. Franklin, an acerbic commentator and former standup comedian who has been at the station for more than seven years, is headed to a radio job in San Diego, while Douglas is returning to a security consultancy full-time and his home near Denver. "This is a tremendous, life-changing opportunity for me," Franklin said yesterday by phone from his Montgomery County home, which he is in the process of selling.
NEWS
April 7, 2010
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. hosts a radio show Saturday morning on WBAL-AM on which he takes questions and views from anyone. His calls are not scripted, and he even welcomes opposing views. WBAL has offered equal time to Gov. Martin O'Malley. However, if the past is any indicator, Mr. O'Malley does not have the guts to take calls from anyone but his fawning supporters. He cannot take criticism and brooks no opposition to his views! Just look at how he handled Chip Franklin and Rob Douglas on WBAL — he challenged them to fight him in the parking lot. Mr. Ehrlich should keep his show.
FEATURES
By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | April 3, 2006
After a series of meetings over the past three months, executives at The Sun and WBAL, Maryland's largest talk-radio station, have agreed to share news resources under a new working relationship. The move mends a rift between the two media organizations that erupted last year over comments by talk-show hosts on the station's airwaves. According to the agreement, veteran Sun columnist Dan Rodricks will regularly share host duties with WBAL's Chip Franklin, beginning in June; The Sun's business desk will provide material for a daily early-morning news show; WBAL will share audio feeds with The Sun's Web site; and, effective immediately, the paper's reporters can begin appearing on the station's broadcasts.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1999
Chip Franklin, host of the evening show on Washington's WMAL-AM, will be coming to Baltimore next month as Allan Prell's replacement on WBAL-AM."I was familiar with WBAL, and I knew that, as far as talk radio goes, this was an amazing opportunity," says Franklin, 43, who has spent four years on the D.C. evening shift.Equal parts radio talker and stand-up comic, Franklin's resume includes writing for "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live," performances at Wolftrap, appearances on Comedy Central and MTV and even a stint as TV-show host ("The Best of the World's Worst Drivers," on The Learning Channel)
SPORTS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 7, 2006
Dolphins@Steelers Time, TV -- 8:30, chs. 11, 4 Line -- Even Last meeting -- Steelers won, 13-3, at Miami on Sept. 26, 2004. Key stat -- Dolphins are going for a seventh consecutive regular-season win for the first time since 1985. The buzz -- The Super Bowl champion Steelers will go with Charlie Batch at quarterback as Ben Roethlisberger recovers from an appendectomy. It won't matter, because Pittsburgh's defense will control the game. Staff Picks Each week, seven Sun writers and one local celebrity will pick NFL games.
NEWS
February 1, 2006
The air temperature was in the 60s - and the water temperature was in the 30s - for the 10th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge on Saturday at Sandy Point State Park just north of the Bay Bridge. Sunshine and distinctly non-January weather helped draw a record crowd of 8,000 spectators and 4,000 plungers, who raised more than $1 million for the Maryland Special Olympics. The event attracted charitable daredevils from throughout Maryland and a few surrounding states, including high-profile plungers Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, Ravens defensive coach Rex Ryan, and radio personalities Chip Franklin and Steve Rouse.
FEATURES
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,sun reporter | January 15, 2007
Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will become Maryland's 61st governor when he takes the oath of office Wednesday. Government House in Annapolis, vacated today by departing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his family, awaits the new first family of Maryland. The rest of us - neither living in a 52-room mansion nor taking any oath - await significant changes and challenges. When one administration replaces another, the real changes can often be subtle. As always, historians look first to hair for answers: Out: Barbers In: Hairstylists Out: Polo shirts, turtlenecks, sweat pants In: Power suits, power ties, power socks Out: Motown In: O'Malley's March Out: Unseasonable tans In: Pale Irish skin Out: Barbecue chicken, Chinese noodle cookies In: Corned beef and cabbage Out: Basketball, golf In: The gym, the gym Out: ESPN's SportsCenter In: John Kennedy's Profiles in Courage - then maybe time for C-SPAN Out: Democrats fighting Republicans over slots In: Democrats fighting Democrats over slots Out: WBAL's The Chip Franklin Show In: NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock Celtic music show Out: Leon's Restaurant in Arbutus In: Cafe Hon in Hampden Out: The spirit and wisdom of William D. Schaefer In: The spirit and wisdom of Parris N. Glendening Out: 10-foot inflatable Santas In: 10-foot inflatable leprechauns rob.hiaasen@baltsun.
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By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | April 3, 2006
After a series of meetings over the past three months, executives at The Sun and WBAL, Maryland's largest talk-radio station, have agreed to share news resources under a new working relationship. The move mends a rift between the two media organizations that erupted last year over comments by talk-show hosts on the station's airwaves. According to the agreement, veteran Sun columnist Dan Rodricks will regularly share host duties with WBAL's Chip Franklin, beginning in June; The Sun's business desk will provide material for a daily early-morning news show; WBAL will share audio feeds with The Sun's Web site; and, effective immediately, the paper's reporters can begin appearing on the station's broadcasts.
NEWS
By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2005
WBAL-AM talk-radio host Chip Franklin, who frequently comments on state government - and whose show often provides a friendly forum for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. - has been paid more than $30,000 in the past three years to appear in commercials for the Maryland Lottery. Franklin, who hosts a morning show with about 130,000 listeners a week, receives a $1,500 payment each time he tapes a television commercial for scratch-off lottery tickets in an arrangement that predates Ehrlich's election.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1999
Chip Franklin, host of the evening show on Washington's WMAL-AM, will be coming to Baltimore next month as Allan Prell's replacement on WBAL-AM."I was familiar with WBAL, and I knew that, as far as talk radio goes, this was an amazing opportunity," says Franklin, 43, who has spent four years on the D.C. evening shift.Equal parts radio talker and stand-up comic, Franklin's resume includes writing for "The Tonight Show" and "Saturday Night Live," performances at Wolftrap, appearances on Comedy Central and MTV and even a stint as TV-show host ("The Best of the World's Worst Drivers," on The Learning Channel)
SPORTS
September 10, 2006
Each week, seven Sun writers and one local celebrity will pick NFL games. This week's celebrity is Chip Franklin of WBAL. Here are predictions for today's and tomorrow's games: NAME John Eisenberg Record 1-0 Ravens@Tampa Bay Bucs Atlanta@Carolina....Panthers New Orleans@Cleveland ...Saints Seattle@Detroit........Lions Philadelphia@Houston.........Eagles Cincinnati@K.C. ...........Chiefs Buffalo@New England .........Patriots Denver@St. Louis .......Rams N.Y. Jets@Tennessee...Jets San Francisco@Arizona.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter | March 15, 2007
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his wife, Kendel, will host their own two-hour show Saturdays on Baltimore's WBAL-AM 1090, starting March 31. The hiring of the former first couple is a coup for WBAL, which muscled aside competing interest in the Ehrlichs from two other stations, WCBM-AM 680 and WHFS-FM 105.7. As governor, Ehrlich was a frequent guest on WBAL, where he sometimes broke news.
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