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February 9, 2011
A few years ago while working outside Washington, I was attempting to tune in an Orioles' afternoon game on my car radio. This was an FM frequency, the flagship station. Imagine my frustration at not being able to receive the broadcast, a mere 40 miles outside Baltimore. I was elated to hear the news yesterday that Orioles baseball broadcasts are coming back to WBAL-AM in Baltimore ( "Orioles headed back to WBAL after four seasons at 105.7 FM," Feb. 8). It's where the Os belong, having listened to hundreds of games from what will be the flagship station once again.
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David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Cary L. Pahigian has been named to succeed Ed Kiernan as general manager of radio stations WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM. Kiernan is retiring after more than two decades at the helm of the Baltimore stations. Here's part of the release from Hearst Television: Cary L. Pahigian, a radio broadcasting veteran who has held management positions throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, has been named  President and General Manager of WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM, the Hearst Television Inc. radio stations serving the Baltimore, Maryland, market.
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NEWS
July 5, 2012
Shortly after the power went off in my home Friday I located my battery-operated transistor radio and tuned in WBAL to listen for emergency information about the storm. Much to my surprise and dismay, WBAL was broadcasting "the post game show from Camden Yards. " As a native Baltimorean and Oriole fan, I bleed as much orange as the next guy. But given the circumstances, I really needed to hear the storm coverage. I kept my radio tuned to WBAL, hoping to hear about the weather.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
[Update: Megan Pringle's first day at WBAL was June 16.] Megan Pringle is leaving a job as director of news and multimedia at Maroon PR to become part of the WBAL-TV morning team, the station announced today. Pringle had been a morning anchor at WMAR-TV until being hired by Maroon in November. "This is an interesting time in morning news in Baltimore, and we wanted to add her to our team," WBAL President Dan Joerres said. "Megan brings a lot of experience to the job. She understands the importance of morning news.
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | January 27, 2009
WBAL Radio's sports talk host, Steve Davis, was laid off yesterday, vice president and station manager Jeff Beauchamp said. "We've done some realigning because of the economy," Beauchamp said. "... This was an economic move" unrelated to Davis' performance. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/mediumwell)
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By RAY FRAGER | February 4, 2009
Channel 11 could have displayed the Maryland Lottery drawing in another fashion that didn't require shrinking Bruce Springsteen during the Super Bowl halftime, and the station's general manager says WBAL apologizes. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/mediumwell)
NEWS
November 20, 1990
1977: Rudy Miller hired by WBAL to report on the weather.1978: Leaves to become an environmental reporter at KRON-TV in San Francisco.1980: Rejoins WBAL as an anchorwoman.August 1988: Begins negotiations with management for a contract to replace the three-year pact that expires at year's end.Dec. 31, 1988: Contract expires; she agrees to continue working on a month-to-month basis while negotiating a contract.June 26, 1989: Ms. Miller is told by the station to accept the terms of a new contract or be fired.
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By Eric Siegel | December 14, 1990
WBAL-AM (1090) went off the air for 32 minutes beginning at 7:15 a.m. yesterday because of a rare malfunction in the 50,000-watt station's transmitter.The top-rated area station in the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. morning drive-time period, WBAL gave away $100 to 22 different listeners when it returned to the air at 7:47 a.m. Vice president/station manager Jeff Beau champ said the impromptu giveaway was a token expression of gratitude for listeners' loyalty. The station "got bombarded with phone calls" during the blackout, he said.
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By David Folkenflik | August 2, 2001
The July ratings period wrapped up last night, and the city's two leading TV stations - WBAL and WJZ - can each claim victories of sorts for their programs. For the late news at 11 p.m., WBAL-TV (Channel 11) and WJZ (Channel 13) are effectively tied, with roughly the same number of households in the Baltimore region tuning in from Monday through Sunday, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen. (Monday through Friday, Nielsen shows WBAL with a bit of a lead at 11 p.m.) The ratings estimates show WBAL to be securing a slightly greater edge on WJZ for the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
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By David Zurawik | March 8, 1996
WBAL-TV has hired Katherine Green, a news producer from Florida, to succeed David Roberts as news director, station management announced yesterday.Ms. Green has been an executive producer at WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg, since 1993. She joins WBAL on March 25."I felt here's a station that's got some great things to offer and some real momentum," Ms Green, 35, said in a telephone interview."We are pleased to have Katherine joining our staff," said Phil Stolz, vice president and general manager of WBAL.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Domenica Davis, who worked at WBAL-TV from 2004 to 2007, is returning to the station on a part-time basis starting Monday, according to General Manager Dan Joerres. Davis, who also served as a weathercaster for the Fox News cable channel and WNBC, the NBC-owned station in New York, will be featured in Preakness coverage next week, Joerres said. It is expected that Davis will become a recurring contributor to WBAL's morning news program. In a tweet last week, Davis described her return to WBAL as "doing some freelance.
NEWS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
Republican candidates for Maryland governor criticized the O'Malley administration - but rarely each other - in a tame radio debate today that touched on the state's handgun permit law and 2013 death penalty repeal. The 60-minute, morning debate was broadcast and streamed live on WBAL radio. Host Jimmy Mathis solicited questions from listeners. The four candidates -- Harford County Executive David R. Craig , Del. Ron George of Annapolis, former Ehrlich administration official Larry Hogan and Charles County business executive Charles Lollar -- spent much of the debate drawing contrasts between their respective positions and those of Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is prevented by term limits from running again.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
After 45 years in the radio business, Ed Kiernan Friday told the staff at WBAL that he will be retiring this summer as vice president and general manager of radio stations WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM. “Having closely worked with Ed for all these years, I know firsthand how he has enhanced all aspects of the radio business he has managed with his enthusiasm, good humor and leadership,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb wrote in statement.  “With Ed at the helm, WBAL has been among the nation's most honored radio stations and a major community force through the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
In the wake of Howard County Police saying definitively Wednesday that there was no "domestic" motive for the Columbia Mall shooting in January that left three people dead, WBAL apologized for its reporting on the story. Most of that bad reporting came from John Patti, an anchor and reporter at WBAL Radio. His erroneous reports were also carried on WBAL-TV. “Columbia Mall shooting domestic. Former boyfriend of Zumiez clerk shot her and new boyfriend also an employee of store," Patti tweeted on Jan. 25. Patti reported more details of an alleged relationship on WBAL-TV, saying “this is indeed a domestic incident” and that the two victims were “engaged to be married.” But none of it was true, according the report from the Howard County Police today.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
Another shocking crime, another case of media adding confusion rather than clarity to the coverage. That's one of the key story lines so far in terms of coverage of the shooting at the Mall in Columbia that left three dead Saturday. As police continued to say after more than four days of investigation that they could find no relationship between the gunman and the victims, two tweets published Saturday that said without qualification that there was a relationship demand scrutiny, as do statements made on air at WBAL.
SPORTS
By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The Orioles and WBAL-AM 1090 announced Tuesday that 14 of the team's spring training games will be broadcast on the station this year. The schedule begins with the spring training opener on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Feb. 28 at 1:05 p.m. The next day, the team's flagship station will also carry the home opener at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Three of the...
FEATURES
By David Zurawik | March 4, 2005
February was a good month for WBAL-TV (Channel 11), as the local NBC affiliate turned in one of its strongest sweeps performances in years. The station's local newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. weeknights drew larger audiences than those of its chief competitors, WJZ (Channel 13) and WMAR (Channel 2), combined. In late news at 11 p.m., WBAL topped its nearest rival, WJZ, by two ratings points (20,500 area TV households). "By any objective measure, anyone looking at the February ratings would have to conclude that the pre-eminent news organization in Baltimore at this time is WBAL-TV," said Bill Fine, the station's general manager.
NEWS
By Noel Levy | July 4, 2013
Having lived in Baltimore for two decades, I've noticed an increased intensity of the storms we've had in just the last few years. From Hurricane Sandy to last summer's derecho, extreme weather is causing huge power outages and putting peoples' lives and property in danger. It is now well-established that overheated air and water, caused by the burning of fossil fuels and other pollution, is having influencing our weather patterns. When I turn on the local television news, I expect to hear accurate reporting on these trends.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
All the TV stations in Baltimore say they're the ones to turn to for breaking news. Coverage of a shooting Saturday morning at the Mall in Columbia that left three dead put those promises to the test in a major way. Not everyone passed. The local stations that got there first with the most resources were WJZ (Channel 13) and WBAL (Channel 11), which were on the air shortly after 12:30 p.m. WMAR-TV was on-air with live coverage shortly after 1 p.m, but WBFF (Channel 45) didn't offer viewers anything except syndicated programming, infomercials and auto racing until 2:30 p.m. And then, it provided only 30 minutes of coverage before returning to Fox network NASCAR coverage.
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Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
UPDATE: We here at the Baltimore Insider Very Important News Desk have interviewed a man who purports to be the Headed Horseman of Ellicott City.    There you are, watching the snow coverage on WBAL, and all of a sudden behind reporter Kate Amara, what walks by? A half-man, half-horse! No, you weren't hallucinating from eating too much Taco Bell .   A person wearing a horse mask did walk behind Amara as she reported on the snow. ( And a sidenote to Deadspin , which first reported on the videobombing: Amara is a fantastic reporter.
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