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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.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With six starters in the rotation, as well as Thursday's scheduled day off, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was able to have an extra work day before his next start Friday against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Jimenez has struggled to maintain consistency this season, going 2-8 with a 4.86 ERA in 14 starts, but he has pitched better with extra time between starts. In two starts with six days' rest this year, Jimenez has a 2.13 ERA, compared to a 5.40 ERA in his other 12 starts.
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By David Zurawik and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 7, 2011
(From the Z on TV blog) WBAL Radio Friday confirmed that Kendel Ehrlich is leaving the station, and will be replaced Saturday mornings on air by Clarence Mitchell IV starting tomorrow. Both general manager Ed Kiernan and news director Mark Miller characterized the move as something Ehrlich had been considering at least since the election in November that saw her husband, Bob, defeated by Martin O'Malley in the governor's race. Miller and Kiernan said Ehrlich was making the move in an effort to spend more time at Saturday sports events involving their family.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Orioles radio broadcaster Fred Manfra, who underwent hip replacement surgery in April, has targeted July 1 as his return date, broadcast partner Joe Angel said during today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays on WBAL Radio (1090 AM). In early June, Manfra told The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck that he would be out several more weeks after undergoing a second procedure May 19 to correct a displaced surgical pin in his femur. “Everything's going well," Manfra told Schmuck.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2012
Bryan Nehman, co-host of the "Brian and Bryan Show" on Washington's WMAL radio, has been hired by Baltimore's WBAL to replace Dave Durian during morning drive time. Nehman previously anchored morning news on the politically conservative talk and news station in the nation's capital from 2001 to 2011. He's been at the station 12 years. He started as a street reporter, and "was put in the news anchor chair right after 9/11," Nehman said Thursday. "Bryan is one of the brightest young men that I've met, and he is the guy who's going to lead WBAL into the next 20 years of broadcasting," Dave Hill, program director at the station said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2011
Veteran Baltimore newsman Mark Miller is leaving WBAL radio after more than 31 years at the station. As news director for 21 of those years at WBAL, Miller led one of the most competitive and ambitious radio news operations in the country. The station was recently rewarded for its efforts with another national Murrow Award. The 52-year-old journalist said changes in his family life in recent years, which have led to him now commuting be out of state on a regular basis, are partially responsible for the decision to leave WBAL.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
Shari Elliker is out as afternoon drivetime anchor on the station's "News Journal" program, General Manager Ed Kiernan said Friday. "After months of discussion, we have decided not to renew the contract of Shari Elliker," Kiernan wrote in an email. "Shari has been an important part of the 1090AM/WBAL Radio family.  Whether called upon to be a Talk Show Host or PM Drive Anchor, her characteristic style of hard work, preparation and professionalism is admired by all of us. Thank you, Shari.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
The campaign to change the name of Wasington's professional football team will be coming to Baltimore in a "small" way Friday via ads on WBAL radio. WBAL progran director Dave Hill confirmed that Oneida Indian Nation has bought advertising time on the Baltimore radio station to advance its effort to change the name of the Washington Redskins. "We are carrying the ads on WBAL," Hill said in an email response.  "It is a small buy and is not during any Ravens programming. " It was incorrectly reported on at least one national sports website that the ads were running on Thanksgiving.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
WBAL radio has signed Mary Beth Marsden as the new anchor of its "Afternoon News Journal. " She will start Sept. 6 at the news/talk station's afternoon drivetime anchor desk. The former anchorwoman for WMAR-TV replaces Shari Elliker whom the station dropped last week when it declined to offer her a new contract. Marsden, a fixture on Baltimore TV for two decades, is sure to bring a heightened prominence to WBAL's afternoon drivetime news program -- as well as a veteran sense of news judgment.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2011
WBAL radio, one of the most powerful broadcast outlets on the East Coast, was temporarily knocked off the air for about five hours Monday, General Manager Ed Kiernan said. Kiernan described the outage, which began at noon, as a "very frustrating experience. " The station resumed broadcasting at 5:30 p.m. and would be able to air Monday night's 7 p.m. Baltimore Orioles game. "It's a major power issue, and it is weather related," Kiernan said during the outage. "The toughest of this is that we have just been through a very difficult weekend.
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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2014
From the Blog From the Baltimore Sun Op-Ed Page Brian Griffiths writes about Baltimore's recent mayors and how  none of them have their focus on where it belongs: Baltimore . Red Maryland endorses Hough Red Maryland has  unanimously endorsed Del. Michael Hough's primary challenge  to Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley. Red Maryland News Director Duane Keenan scored exclusive interviews with Senator Brinkley and Delegate Hough for this week's episode of the  Red Maryland News Hour . An Open Door for Tax Hikes Unfortunately it looks like  guberntorial candidate Charles Lollar has left the door open to raise your taxes  if he is elected governor.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
The campaign to change the name of Wasington's professional football team will be coming to Baltimore in a "small" way Friday via ads on WBAL radio. WBAL progran director Dave Hill confirmed that Oneida Indian Nation has bought advertising time on the Baltimore radio station to advance its effort to change the name of the Washington Redskins. "We are carrying the ads on WBAL," Hill said in an email response.  "It is a small buy and is not during any Ravens programming. " It was incorrectly reported on at least one national sports website that the ads were running on Thanksgiving.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2011
WBAL radio will launch its new post-Ron-Smith lineup Monday, and it will feature more news and less daytime talk, according to Dave Hill, program director for WBAL and FM sister station 98 Rock. "Maryland's Morning News" will now run for five hours from 5 to 10 a.m., while the station's afternoon newscast anchored by Mary Beth Marsden will start at 2 and end at 6 p.m. It had been starting at 3 p.m. The only daytime talk show will be hosted by Clarence Mitchell IV, known to WBAL audience as C4, who will now start his four-hour program at 10 a.m. The station will offer an expanded 15 minute newscast at noon, and Mitchell will then continue to 2 p.m. Smith, who hosted talk shows on WBAL for 26 years, died this month of pancreatic cancer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2011
The Baltimore Ravens and Hearst Broadcasting announced a new deal Sunday night that will keep the team on WBAL radio and television for the next five years. Given the incredibly strong media performanance of all things Ravens locally and nationally, this is big news for WBAL -- news that is sure to keep the Hearst-owned radio, TV and online properties at or near the top of Baltimore sports media. Here's the announcement: Hearst Broadcasting and the Baltimore Ravens signed a new five year extension of their partnership today.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
It was a punishing TV Sunday with the Ravens losing to the Steelers and CBS Sports giving us Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts as our broadcast team for the game. Some viewers couldn't even wait until the end of the game to vent. Here's one of my favorites. It comes from Pam in Reisterstown, and it hit the in-basket before halftime Sunday. I love the way it walks right up to a full-blown rant: My husband and I are so disenchanted with trying to watch NFL on CBS I have picked up my laptop right in the middle of the Ravens/Steelers game to see if I could find anywhere to vent.  I found your 10/7 article.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
WBAL Radio will broadcast 16 of the Orioles' spring training games on 1090 AM, the team announced today. The schedule includes the spring opener against the Minnesota Twins from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 23. MASN previously announced that it will broadcast six Orioles spring training games. ESPN will broadcast the March 25 game against the Boston Red Sox. WBAL Radio will also broadcast all 162 regular season games, with Joe Angel and Fred Manfra back on the call.
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