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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
When the first video of Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator like a slab of meat appeared, I thought, "God bless TMZ. " With TMZ's release of video today showing him punching Janay Palmer twice and knocking her to the floor, I say, God bless TMZ again and again. You can read what I wrote in February here under the headline: "Ray Rice and how TMZ counters the great American hype machine. " TMZ did the job the mainstream sports media failed to do in showing us the ugliness of this incident.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | April 26, 2006
After an afternoon of tips on breaking into sports communications, Wayne Richardson, a senior at Baltimore's Edmondson-Westside High School, had one final request for the sports reporters and Baltimore Ravens officials in attendance. "Can I get e-mail addresses from you all?" he asked. For the 40 juniors and seniors enrolled in the team's inaugural high school media seminar, yesterday offered a rare chance to get direct advice on careers in sports media. Hearing from television, radio and newspaper journalists, as well as Ravens community and public relations officials, the students participated in sessions on such topics as how to get a job in the National Football League and what makes for a good broadcast tape.
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By Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
Former Maryland basketball star Alyssa Thomas was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Female Athlete of the Year on Friday, as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Thomas, a 6-foot-2 forward from Harrisburg, Pa., had already been named ACC Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. She has been a Women's Basketball Coaches Association  All-American each of the past three seasons, and helped lead the Terps to the Final Four this year by averaging 19 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. She led the nation with four triple doubles this season and is one of just three players in NCAA history with six or more in her career.  "What a tremendous honor for Alyssa to close out her career being named athlete of the year in the ACC," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said in a news release.
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June 7, 2006
Ray Frager's media blog Read a blog about sports media by Sun columnist Ray Frager. Go to www.baltimoresun.com/mediumwell
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By RAY FRAGER | February 1, 2009
PressBox, the sports media company started by Baltimore sports talk personality Stan "The Fan" Charles, will be launching a weekly TV show on WMAR in March. Charles and Channel 2's Rob Carlin will be the hosts of the show, which will cover local sports subjects. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/mediumwell)
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By Jacques Kelly | July 26, 2008
Vince Bagli retired 13 years ago after spending more than three decades as WBAL television's genial sports anchor. Before that, he had a five-year stint at the old News American. Now 81, he lives near Finksburg and enjoys an afternoon out with his wife, Jean, at the theater. Some weeks ago, he saw the play, Doubt, which he called "a fine piece of work" and reminded him of his days growing up in Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood and of Sister Isabelle at St. Dominic's Parochial School.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
With Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice back in the news and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling all over it this week, I have to revisit this post I wrote on TMZ in February, when the Rice-allegedly-knocks-his-then-fiancee-unconscious story first broke. As I say in the piece , for all its journalistic sins, I love the way TMZ refuses to let itself be rolled over by the great hype machines of professional sports. Let the less enterprising and easily intimidated homers in the press corps take their talking points from the home team publicists; TMZ gets video and audio as it did with Rice and Sterling that shows us who some of these athletes and owners are -- beyond the glowing press releases of their agents and team publicists.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Five years ago, I knew exactly how I felt about the tabloid website TMZ. It sometimes paid for news, and that put it outside the realm of trustworthy journalism. End of story. But last week, with TMZ posting video of Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his apparently unconscious fiancee off an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, I realized my attitude has been changing. Or maybe, as President Barack Obama says of his view on same-sex marriage, I should say it's evolved.
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Sports Digest | August 30, 2013
Football NFL media talk will be Sept. 17 at Sports Legends Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will host a football round-table discussion Sept. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. with members of the local sports media. The panel of Baltimore media experts will consist of Pete Gilbert (WBAL-TV, WBAL Radio, 98 Rock & Ravens broadcast team), Bruce Cunningham (Fox 45 sports director and public address announcer at M&TBank Stadium), Nestor Aparicio (WNST founder and author of "Purple Reign" and "Purple Reign 2")
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Sports Digest | August 30, 2013
Basketball After a one-year hiatus, the Bmorehoops All-Star event is back on this year. The all-day basketball event at The Dome — also known as the Madison Square Recreation Center at 1401E.Biddle St. in Baltimore — begins Saturday at noon with the middle school boys game, followed by the middle school girls game at 1:15p.m. Freshman boys (2:30), sophomore boys (3:45), high school girls (5) and junior boys (6:15) are up next. The showcase game, featuring the Baltimore area's best seniors, is set for 7:30 p.m. The John Crowder National Game — named for the former Mount Carmel forward who was fatally shot three years ago — will be headlined by St. Frances forward Dwayne Morgan (Nevada-Las Vegas)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Maryland has hired Zack Bolno - well-known to local sports media following stints with the Washington Wizards and Redskins - to oversee its media relations. Maryland said Bolno - the Wizards' director of basketball communications this past season - will head the media relations staff “as well as designing and implementing strategic communication plans.” Maryland is getting an established player. Bolno had two stints with the Wizards, and one with Dan Snyder and the Redskins (April 2008 through August 2010)
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By Matt Vensel | March 1, 2011
I'm surprised at the amount of feedback I got from yesterday's post about Bruce Cunningham leaving his weekday radio show on 105.7 The Fan. I know many Baltimore sports fans are passionate about their talk radio, but wow. To sum up the comments, there were mixed feelings about Cunningham, people love his replacement, Bob Haynie, and a bunch of you don't care for Damon "the Bulldog" Yaffe. Oh, and one guy misses Anita Marks. Anyway, this whole debate got me thinking about national sports media personalities -- Chris Berman is the worst -- and I'm wondering how you guys feel about the big boys in my profession.
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By RAY FRAGER and RAY FRAGER,ray.frager@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
Serving up another week of sports media notes while trying to recover from being an hour late for everything for several days before realizing daylight saving time had kicked in: * Are you sort of the college basketball version of Punxsutawney Phil, just popping up each March for the NCAA tournament? If so, here's a heads-up about Sunday's tournament selection show on CBS (6 p.m., chs. 13, 9): Billy Packer is gone. Clark Kellogg replaced him as the network's No. 1 game analyst. That guy sitting in Kellogg's old studio seat?
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By RAY FRAGER | February 1, 2009
PressBox, the sports media company started by Baltimore sports talk personality Stan "The Fan" Charles, will be launching a weekly TV show on WMAR in March. Charles and Channel 2's Rob Carlin will be the hosts of the show, which will cover local sports subjects. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/mediumwell)
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