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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2013
WBAL-TV says it has gained the rights to simulcast two Baltimore Ravens "Monday Night Football" games this year with ESPN, the cable channel that produces the prime-time telecasts. The deal the station is scheduled to announce Wednesday is for three years, according to the Hearst-owned station, and will make WBAL the Baltimore partner for all ESPN "Monday Night Football" games involving the Ravens during that time. One of the Monday night games is Aug. 22, a preseason contest against the Carolina Panthers, while the other is Dec. 16, a regular-season matchup with the Detroit Lions at a key time in the season.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
There was no doubt about which Baltimore station was the one to turn to in the immediate wake of the CSX train derailment Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore County. For the first 10 minutes or so, WBAL-TV, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate, was the only station with live overhead helicopter shots of the wreckage along the tracks and the fires sending plumes of smoke into the air. Normally, breaking coverage on such major stories is a dogfight between WBAL and WJZ, which also owns a helicopter.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
Whether it's a Sunday night football game or the third Saturday in May at Pimlico, when NBC Sports floods the zone with members of its A-Team, the telecast is almost always a winner. That was again the case for the 138th Preakness Stakes -- thanks to airtight production, sure-handed direction and enough talent to cover three or four races. Sure, the NBC analysts were wrong in picking Kentucky Derby victor Orb (or, in the case of Michelle Beadle, Mylute) to win the Preakness. But did anyone on the planet have Oxbow?
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2013
Radio host Ron Smith will be honored later this month with a posthumous induction into the Maryland DC Delaware Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. The Maryland-District of Columbia-Delaware Broadcasters Association decided to present WBAL's longtime “Voice of Reason” with the tribute at their annual convention April 22 in Ellicott City. The organization called him “passionate,” “curious” and “a force on radio and television.” “Ron was thoughtful - never just accepting the word of a spokesperson or a headline,” the organization said in a release, adding that he “relentlessly pursued and sought to tell the truth.” Smith died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer, captivating listeners with his fight against the disease until just weeks before his death.
TRAVEL
By Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Winter skiing, springtime on the links, summer sailing and autumn leaf-peeping - the weather forecast is the driving force behind the planning of many vacations. But when it comes to predicting the weather, WBAL meteorologist Tony Pann takes it all in stride. Pann grew up in the blustery, changeable climate of Chicago, and has since delivered the weather report for television stations in New York and Washington, as well as Baltimore. "I've seen it all," he says good-naturedly.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Longtime WBAL newscaster Marianne Banister will join WBFF Fox45 as anchor of a weekend morning news program that will launch Jan.19. The station announced that another Baltimore veteran, meteorologist Tony Pagnotti, will also join that station's news team. "We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff," Mike Tomko, station news director, said in an email to The Sun. "Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2012
The money, politics and passions surrounding Question 6, the ballot referendum on Maryland's same-sex marriage law, are big, hardcore and hot. Just the kind of story that can go beyond the promotional slogans and be used to measure a local TV station's real commitment to news and public affairs. The relationship between advertising money coming in and news coverage going out offers a snapshot of what a station does with its resources -- and, perhaps, how much or how little it cares about balanced coverage and civic life.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
After playing a national TV game that seemed like it wouldn't end Sunday night, the Ravens have a very quick turnaround for Thursday night's prime-time game against the Cleveland Browns. The game will be shown nationally on the NFL Network with Brad Nessler on play-by-play, Mike Mayok handling analysis and Alex Flanagan the sideline reporter. The game will also be shown locally on WBAL Ch. 11. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m., which means it will likely start closer to 8:35 or so. For the Ravens, it's their second prime-time game in five days, having beaten the New England Patriots 31-30 Sunday night . Ed Reed says the NFL is being greedy by scheduling Thursday night games.
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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.
SPORTS
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
"Monday Night Football" will open its 43rd season at M&T Bank Stadium with several new wrinkles. There will be a two-man instead of three-man booth with Mike Tirico doing play-by-play and Jon Gruden on analysis. One of the biggest changes will be on the sidelines where Lisa Salters will debut as the new sideline reporter for the storied franchise. Salters, a Penn State graduate, talked about her new job, her goals in that role, her hard-news values and the way she was socialized to journalism at Baltimore's WBAL-TV and ABC News in the Peter Jennings era. Q. Sideline reporter for Monday Night Football is one of the highest visibility jobs in the business.
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