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April 9, 1993
Vince Bagli, who leads Baltimore television sportscasters in longevity and gesticulation, is giving up his sports anchor duties on Channel 11.But don't call Bagli the Dean emeritus yet. He will continue to appear on WBAL three to four days a week, Bagli and news pTC director David Roberts announced yesterday.Gerry Sandusky, who has been sports anchor during the 11 p.m. newscast, will take over during the 6 p.m. show as well beginning April 26, Roberts said."Vince has been the sports icon in this market for nearly four decades," Roberts said, "and he will continue to be visible in special features that link the past to the present.
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NEWS
By Robert Guy Matthews and Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1995
Tipper Gore, if she had been at the Baltimore City Council meeting last night, would have been proud.The council overwhelmingly backed a bill to put pressure on local radio stations to quash offensive lyrics that demean women and glorify violence. Mrs. Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, has led a tireless crusade against explicit song lyrics.The bill, introduced by 2nd District Councilman Carl Stokes, calls for a task force to study ways to get radio stations to agree voluntarily not to play songs with suggestive lyrics.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1997
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said yesterday that it has offered more than $500 million for some broadcasting stations and is negotiating other purchases.The Baltimore-based operator of radio and television stations didn't identify the companies with which it's in talks or whether the bid is for TV, radio stations or both.Sinclair has been expanding its broadcasting operations to take advantage of new limits on station ownership in the United States.Sinclair said it hasn't entered into any agreements or letters of intent for the stations.
BUSINESS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | February 2, 1991
Hearst Broadcasting named new general managers for its Baltimore television and radio stations yesterday.Philip M. Stolz, 43, was named general manager of WBAL-TV (Channel 11). Edward C. Kiernan, 42, is the new general manager of the WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM radio stations. The two replace David Barrett, who was promoted last month to deputy director of all Hearst Broadcasting properties.Mr. Stolz comes to Channel 11 from WDTN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Dayton, Ohio, where he was general manager.
BUSINESS
By Michael Stroh and Michael Stroh,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2002
Fans of Internet radio: Stay tuned. In an eagerly awaited decision, the U.S. Copyright Office yesterday rejected a proposed royalty on online music that threatened to put many Internet broadcasters out of business. The copyright office now has until June 20 to make a final decision on how much Internet radio stations must pay recording artists and labels for playing their music. "I'm happy, but it's a mixed blessing," said Gregor Markowitz, who runs the online folk station Hober.com in Takoma Park.
BUSINESS
By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | July 28, 1999
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.'s decision to sell off the bulk of its radio stations will allow the Baltimore company to whittle down its debt and focus on television, analysts said yesterday.Radio comprises a relatively small share of Sinclair's bottom line. The company's money derives largely from its role as a major holder of television stations, especially medium-market affiliates of upstart networks Fox, UPN and the WB Network. Locally, Sinclair owns Fox station WBFF-45 and programs the WB Network's WNUV-54.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,Sun reporter | March 20, 2007
Some mom-and-pop and public Internet radio stations are worried that new royalty fees could put them out of business or hinder the amount of music content they can afford to broadcast. A decision this month by the Copyright Royalty Board, a three-member panel of judges under the Library of Congress, would significantly increase what radio companies pay to air music over the Internet. The added fees, which are paid to both performers and their labels, could fundamentally change the burgeoning Internet radio industry.
BUSINESS
By NICK MADIGAN and NICK MADIGAN,SUN REPORTER | August 10, 2006
The Maryland-based Calvert Foundation and two other organizations unveiled yesterday an investment program to provide help for public radio stations, some of which are financially strapped, as well as money to acquire new ones. The Public Radio Fund will be the largest capital-raising effort ever attempted for noncommercial radio, said a statement announcing its launch. Other backers of the fund are New York's Ford Foundation and Public Radio Capital, a nonprofit in Denver. The Calvert Foundation, which has its headquarters in Bethesda, has primarily focused on helping disadvantaged communities.
NEWS
June 25, 1993
In the car, at home, at the office -- radios remain ubiquitous in American life. For listeners devoted to the commercial-free waves of public radio stations, the end of the fiscal year brings another couple of weeks of that seasonal discomfort known as membership drive.In return for a few weeks each year of pleading and cajoling, listeners get a cornucopia of programming not available elsewhere on the dial. In Baltimore, WJHU-FM has established itself as the primary outlet for news from National Public Radio (NPR)
NEWS
June 30, 1995
There is no mystery about WJHU-FM's format changes that have strengthened its news orientation while banishing classical music to weekends. The station, owned by the Johns Hopkins University, is going after ratings. It believes it will have higher ratings -- and a stronger identity -- as a news-dominated station.Time was when non-commercial radio stations could ignore ratings. No longer. Today, their formats, like those of commercial stations, are determined by the Arbitron book."Unfortunately, this has become more and more necessary in recent years as institutional support has been cut or eliminated," says Cary Smith, general manager of WJHU's arch-rival, WBJC-FM.
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