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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
If viewers to WBAL's 6 p.m. news were confused, they had the right to be. Outside of a graphic that appeared onscreen during the sports portion of the news, the only mention of Michael Phelps' failure to win a medal in his first event Saturday came in a graphic shown onscreen during Gerry Sandusky's sports portion of the show. And Sandusky warned viewers to look away before the news of Phelps' fourth-place finish was shown on the screen if they didn't want to know. Sandusky never verbally reported the results, according to WBAL General Manager Dan Joerres.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2003
The news director of WBAL-TV announced yesterday that she would leave the station, saying personal ties were luring her back to Philadelphia. "I have decided to quit, for the first time in my crazy career, to care about my personal life," Margaret Cronan said yesterday in an interview. She said she decided to move to avoid the long-distance relationship she has been maintaining with her boyfriend, who lives there. Cronan, 38, also referred to job opportunities that are likely to arise in Philadelphia once her current contract ends.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | November 30, 2007
Baltimore's long-running tug-of-war continues, as WBAL, Channel 11, and WJZ, Channel 13, once again staked competing claims for TV dominance in November. For the November sweeps period, which ended Wednesday, WJZ emerged as the region's top-rated TV station for total viewers, thanks in no small part to the large number of football fans who continue watching the Ravens, in spite of the team's five-game losing streak. Measured from 6 a.m.-2 a.m., the average rankings for each quarter-hour were: 1. WJZ: 5.7 rating, 13.3 share 2. WBAL: 4.7 rating, 10.9 share 3. WMAR, Channel 2: 2.5 rating, 5.9 share 4. WBFF, Channel 45: 2.3 rating, 5.4 share.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and By Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff | May 12, 2002
Sade Baderinwa came into Edie House's life when she was 4. House remembers the little girl's navy blue and red dress with white piping, her saddle shoes and Afro. Sade couldn't pronounce House's name. She called her "Edick." Soon enough, though, the child would ask, "Edick, can I call you Mom?" Today, Baderinwa, a WBAL anchor, is on the threshold of a promising television career. Proudly watching from home is House, former WBAL anchor and public affairs manager. As a child, Baderinwa spent many hours with House in the television newsroom.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | August 19, 1994
In the first fallout from the shake-up in Baltimore's television market, WBAL said yesterday that it is dropping five shows in the CBS fall lineup in order to cash in on syndicated shows and reruns that are more lucrative.WBAL made the decision because it will be leaving CBS in January, when all of the city's major stations are switching networks, and it can make more money off advertising for the syndicated shows than it can with the network shows.Stations rarely pre-empt network shows during the peak viewing hours of 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., but WBAL's decision is indicative of the turmoil that has reigned in the city's TV market since the first network swap earlier this summer.
SPORTS
May 16, 1991
WBAL-AM 1090 reached agreement to become the flagship station for radio broadcasts of University of Maryland football and men's basketball games for the next three years, station manager Jeff Beauchamp announced today.The 50,000-watt station purchased Baltimore-area rights from Jefferson Pilot Sports under terms that were not disclosed, and was designated as the flagship station, meaning that it will arrange the network of stations that carry Maryland football and basketball as well as produce the broadcasts.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | June 16, 2005
After a seven-year run during which he led WBAL-TV (Channel 11) to new heights in ratings and prestige, Bill Fine will leave Baltimore's NBC affiliate next month to become executive vice president and general manager of WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. The 49-year-old Fine, who is president and general manager at WBAL, came to Baltimore in 1998 from WCVB, where he had been the general sales manager. Hearst-Argyle Television Inc. owns both stations. Fine is moving to a larger market: Baltimore is the nation's 23rd-largest TV market and Boston is fifth.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | May 26, 2008
The Hollywood writers' strike safely behind them, Baltimore's TV watchers are flocking back to the network affiliates, with viewing levels up 2.3 percent over last year, according to figures released this week by A.C. Nielsen, a national ratings firm. The increase marked the first time since May of last year that overall ratings had gone up during the "sweeps" months of February, May and November, when stations traditionally put on their best programming and set advertising rates. In February, for instance, the overall audience was down 3 percent from a year ago. In November, the audience was down 5 percent.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | October 13, 1992
Seemingly everyone was listening to Baltimore Orioles games or talking politics on the radio this past summer. The surprisingly strong performance of the Birds and the presidential election campaign put radio station WBAL-AM (1090) in first place among local stations in the most recent listener ratings.The news-talk station, which carried all Orioles games as well as selected CBS Sports broadcasts, scored a fat 10.2 share among viewers 12 and older in summer ratings by the Arbitron Co. (Each share point represents about 3,600 listeners in an average quarter-hour.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2004
Two stations emerged with happy tidings from the latest "sweeps" period, during which television ratings are measured: WBAL-TV and, to a lesser extent, WMAR-TV. In fall 2002, WJZ-TV introduced a 4 p.m. newscast to lead into its early evening news programs against the reigning monarch of daytime talk - Oprah Winfrey, whose syndicated show airs locally on WBAL-TV. The move paid dividends in February 2003, leading to strong showings for WJZ at 4 p.m. and first-place ratings at 5 p.m. during a heavy news cycle.
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