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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | December 14, 1990
The main public service effort of Channel 11 (WBAL), a drive to improve education called Great Expectations copied from an extremely successful campaign by its Hearst-owned sister station in Boston, bears prime-time fruit Saturday night.Rod Daniels anchors "Stories of Success," five vignettes about educators and their programs that are working. Judging from the three available for preview, this is a solid effort, effective on both an emotional and intellectual level as it combines touching stories with substantive information.
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BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | October 8, 1992
For the first time at a Baltimore television station, the writers, producers and assignment editors at WBAL-TV have voted to join a union.For years, most of the anchor people, reporters and camera operators who work on Baltimore television news shows have belonged to unions such as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.But last week's vote by 18 behind-the-scenes production assistants and other workers at the station marked the first unionization of the folks who write and organize a news show in Baltimore, said a spokesman for the Writers Guild of America, East, the union that will represent the WBAL workers.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2004
Brent O. Gunts, a pioneering on-air Baltimore broadcaster who was later vice president and general manager of WBAL-TV for 14 years, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at the Roland Park Place retirement community. The former Homeland resident was 86. "Brent was a legend in Baltimore. He was a thoughtful, innovative, sincere and honest human being. He was community-minded and never blew his own horn," said Vince Bagli, retired WBAL-TV sports anchor. "He set the tone for the station in every way -- not just on the air, but in how we treated each other.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent | May 6, 1996
WBAL Radio's Josh Lewin is expected to be named to a play-by-play post on Fox's baseball coverage either today or tomorrow, network sources said.Lewin, 27, who has been sports director of WBAL (1090 AM) since September 1994, was the lead voice on Rochester Red Wings' broadcasts for four years and has filled in on Orioles broadcasts.He will continue to host his nightly talk show and half-hour pre-game show on WBAL, with substitutes handling his radio duties on Fox game nights.Lewin may be paired with either former Chicago White Sox manager Jeff Torborg or former Orioles outfielder Ken Singleton on Fox's fourth broadcast team.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2004
Two anchors from WBAL-TV are leaving their jobs, part of a series of unrelated shifts at the top-rated Baltimore news station. Morning news anchor Marilyn Getas will be replaced by Mindy Basara, a reporter and weekend morning anchor who has been with WBAL-TV since 1998. Absent the opportunity to move into a more prominent anchor slot here, Getas said she would have preferred to stay in her current job. But she could not come to terms with the station on a new contract. Her final day is June 4, and she is pursuing other television news jobs.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 3, 2004
WJZ is still the highest-rated station in Baltimore around the clock, but WBAL is No. 1 in nighttime news across the board - with historic margins of victory at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. That's the story of the November sweeps in Baltimore, which ended at midnight Wednesday. While WBAL, Baltimore's NBC affiliate, has beaten CBS-owned WJZ newscasts at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. before, the distance between the two has never been as great during the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts since Nielsen Media Research started using meters to measure viewership in 1992.
SPORTS
By From Staff Reports | June 22, 1993
Don't touch that dial. The Orioles are staying put on the radio for the next three years.A deal has been reached to keep Orioles games on WBAL (1090 AM), where they've been for six seasons, through 1996, the club and station announced yesterday.WBAL has been the Orioles' flagship station in 28 of the team's 40 major-league seasons.The amount of the three-year contract was not announced."There is an increase in the rights fee, but both parties have agreed not to disclose figures," said Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL vice president and station manager.
FEATURES
By Michael Hill | July 15, 1991
Channel 11 (WBAL) will scrap its 5 p.m. news hour and go head-to-head with Eyewitness News on Channel 13 (WJZ) at 6 o'clock in September.WBAL's hour of local news will be followed by CBS' evening newscast at 7 p.m. The move seems to have been made primarily to get some high-priced, and potentially very popular, syndicated entertainment shows into the 5 to 6 o'clock hour."
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | August 17, 1995
There's going to be a new face on the front line of Baltimore's local television news wars next month. WBAL-TV yesterday named 35-year-old Marianne Banister, of KABC-TV in Los Angeles, as its new first-string co-anchor.Banister will be teamed with Rod Daniels at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weeknights starting Sept. 18. She replaces Carol Costello, whose last day on-air at WBAL will be Sept. 1, according to Costello and vice president and general manager Phil Stolz.WBAL (Channel 11) did not renew the contract of Costello, who has been at the station since 1992.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | March 14, 1995
Just because Jim West won't be reporting sports on WBAL Radio's morning show every day doesn't mean he's taking a rest.To the contrary, West, who will go on "semi-retirement" after Friday, will be a pretty busy guy, doing occasional fill-ins for newcomer Pam Ward, reporting from the Preakness and Camden Yards and calling lacrosse for Home Team Sports.West, who will be 66 later this month, just won't be getting up at 2:30 a.m. as much, and he considers that a good thing."Gosh, now I'll be able to stay at the games without having to look at the clock and thinking, 'I've got to get to bed and get up in a few hours,' " said West.
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