January 28, 2001
Today's Super Bowl is not only the testing ground for the Giants and the Ravens. It's also D-Day for the television industry - the culmination of months of work by hundreds of people charged with devising ways to keep 130 million viewers glued to the tube. "It's the biggest media spectacle of the year," said Alex Bogusky, creative director of the Miami-based advertising firm Crispin, Porter & Bogusky. "So many people are watching television that the streets are clear." As is even acknowledged by CBS, which will carry the game locally on WJZ, much of what viewers see will have precious little to do with football.
February 18, 2000
There are lots of benefits to being host of a nightly radio talk show on one of the most popular stations in your hometown, but one of the chief ones for Steve Melewski is this: People he knows may now actually believe he does it for a living. Melewski, who takes over the reins of WBAL's "SportsLine" starting Monday night, says his career path, through places like Frederick and Richmond, Va., has been a successful one, though it had taken him out of hearing range of friends and family.
October 10, 1999
The preview party for the American Visionary Art Museum's new exhibition, "We Are Not Alone: Angels and Other Aliens," certainly proved that premise. About 700 earthly beings, some in wild makeup and costumes, milled among images of unearthly beings on the museum's walls and pedestals.Tinsel-haloed "angels" gazed at those in immortalized in oil. "Death," carrying a cardboard sickle, dawdled among designs of devils and deities. And some glittering "extraterrestrials" joined other guests dancing in the museum's art barn.
February 20, 1999
CHANNEL 13's Marty Bass -- meteorologist, broadcast journalist.And racist?That's what a caller to The Sun implied. He didn't say it outright. He used one of the now famous euphemisms. Bass, the caller charged, uttered a remark that was "disrespectful" to black folks.The alleged "offense" occurred a couple of weeks back, when the Carroll County school board voted to have students attend school on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Presidents Day. According to the caller, Don Scott of the morning show read the news, and Bass yelled out, "Yahoo!
January 11, 1998
Baltimore was just supposed to be a brief stop on the way to big-time TV success.Some brief stop. Two decades later, Marty Bass is still plugging away on WJZ, Channel 13, doing the weather, playing Costello to Don Scott's Abbott, firming up his reputation as one of the most irrepressible (some might prefer incorrigible) talents on Baltimore's airwaves.A native of Kentucky, Bass has spent the past 16 years as co-host of WJZ's morning show, a ratings champion that outdraws the competition by a greater margin than any other local weekday news show.
August 12, 1996
To hear CBS' on-air talent talk, the brave new world of morning television begins today -- with a step so huge it will render the other players obsolete, yet so obvious it's a wonder nobody thought of it before.Get local stations more involved, the network news brass has decided. Let them carry part of the show.Beginning today, "This Morning" (besides dropping CBS from the title) will split itself in half: From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., the show will become essentially an hour-long extension of WJZ, Channel 13's hugely popular morning program with Don Scott and Marty Bass.