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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer | September 27, 1994
Samuel Hopkins Houston, who as an engineer for radio station WCBM arranged remote broadcasts from the White House and was given lunch by Eleanor Roosevelt, died Saturday of heart failure at Manor Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Towson. He was 84.Mr. Houston, who was a licensed pilot, joined WCBM in 1932 and retired in 1975.While on assignment to the White House, Mrs. Roosevelt discovered him in the library, playing with Fala, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's dog."He was in the library where FDR delivered his 'Fireside Chats' when Mrs. Roosevelt came in," recalled his wife of 59 years, the former Katherine Bennett.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
State Del. Pat McDonough's news release alleging that "black youth mobs terrorize" downtown Baltimore has certainly set off a firestorm of debate. But what about the nature of that discussion, particularly as it relates to race? Without an inclusive, candid and wide-ranging conversation about race, such discussions tend to inflame rather than enlighten. And instead of getting smarter as a community about our feelings on race, we can get more confused and polarized. One thing that has bothered me for several days is the way that various parts of the community tried to silence McDonough in the immediate wake of his Wednesday news release.
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April 19, 1996
Hold that cassette -- the job is Bob Kwesell's.Mr. Kwesell, who has been host of talk shows in Washington and Raleigh, N.C., adds Baltimore to his resume beginning Monday. Mr. Kwesell will be at the helm of WCBM-AM's afternoon show, program director Sean Casey said yesterday."He certainly is very opinionated and articulate," Mr. Casey said.Earlier this month, Mr. Kwesell auditioned before WCBM's estimated 25,000 listeners any given quarter hour during afternoon drive-time. The station's search for a new host included "public at-large" auditions last week.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
State Del. Pat McDonough told the Sun last week that he wasn't going to back down from claims made in a press release that 'black youth mobs terrorize" downtown Baltimore. And in his Saturday night radio show on WCBM (AM-680), he not only made good on that pledge, he ratcheted up the rhetoric ripping Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake while vowing to bring the issue of downtown public safety to the front burner of public consciousness with a "news conference" Tuesday -- and other actions to follow.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
State Del. Pat McDonough told the Sun last week that he wasn't going to back down from claims made in a press release that 'black youth mobs terrorize" downtown Baltimore. And in his Saturday night radio show on WCBM (AM-680), he not only made good on that pledge, he ratcheted up the rhetoric ripping Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake while vowing to bring the issue of downtown public safety to the front burner of public consciousness with a "news conference" Tuesday -- and other actions to follow.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | December 14, 1994
Stan "The Fan" Charles has announced that his "Sports Exchange" talk show will leave WCBM (680 AM) next year.Charles, host of the six-nights-a-week show, will drop his Saturday program after the Jan. 28 show and will leave the station after the March 24 program."
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | May 24, 2006
He's back where he began in Baltimore radio. Syndicated conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, canceled on WBAL-AM in March after a decade on the Baltimore station, joins WCBM-AM's talk-show lineup June 1. Limbaugh, who will still be heard on WBAL until May 31, replaces talk show host G. Gordon Liddy on WCBM in its noon-to-3 p.m. weekday time slot. "Limbaugh is an icon. He represents conservative talk radio," said WCBM General Manager Bob Pettit, who had the challenge of programming against Limbaugh.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter | February 3, 2007
Beginning Tuesday, fans of Good Morning Maryland, the wake-up show on WMAR's Channel 2, won't have to interrupt their viewing of the program as they head off to work. They can turn on their car radio and keep listening. A new partnership between WMAR and radio stations WCBM-AM 680 and WVIE-AM 1370 will mean not only a daily two-hour simulcast of Good Morning Maryland beginning at 4:55 a.m. on WVIE but weather reports and, as the occasion warrants, news stories shared among all three stations throughout the day. "It helps us expand our Good Morning Maryland team and expose them potentially to more viewers and listeners," said Bill Hooper, general manager of WMAR, who was promoted to the position two weeks ago. "Both of those radio stations are news-talk and information-based, and their audiences are the kind of people who are going to be looking for that in television."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1995
The Carroll County Commissioners approved an ordinance yesterday restricting clusters of communications towers to industrial land, a move that effectively kills a six-tower project proposed by WCBM-AM Radio for a South Carroll farm.The Owings Mills station has faced stiff opposition from neighbors of its proposed tower site on Hoods Mill Road near Route 97 and the Howard County line.WCBM Vice President Louis Mangione had planned to build six 350-foot radio towers on about 55 acres of a 400-acre farm owned by Harold and Esther Mercer.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | November 9, 1995
Although a newly drafted county ordinance might make the project illegal, the Board of Zoning Appeals continues its hearing at 9:30 a.m. today on a WCBM Radio proposal to build six towers on a South Carroll farm.The county has scheduled a public hearing at 9 a.m. Monday on the ordinance, drafted after the tower project was made public. It would limit multiple towers to industrial land.The owners of WCBM-AM radio plan to build six 350-foot towers on the Mercer farm on Hoods Mill Road, near Route 97 and the Howard County line.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
Republican Senate candidate Dan Bongino begins airing the first radio advertisement of his campaign today, a largely introductory spot that focuses on his outsider status and criticizes “career bureaucrats.” Bongino narrates the minute-long ad, which the campaign said begins airing on WCBM in Baltimore today. “Can we all agree that politicians aren't getting the job done?” the former U.S. Secret Service agent asks in the ad. “I refuse to accept that the current crop of D.C. bureaucrats is the best we can do.” Bongino is running against nine other Republicans in the April 3 primary, including former Pentagon official Richard J. Douglas.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
The whole dustup surrounding Rush Limbaugh is decidedly not rated G. Slut this. Prostitute that. So when confronted by a critic, the station that airs the Limbaugh show locally understandably attempted to point to something even worse than a talk show host that calls a Georgetown law student a "slut" on air. What could be worse? In the opinion of Bob Petitt, the general manager of WCBM 680 AM, it might be 98 Rock's "Jugs for Plugs" feature, where women eagerly volunteer to flash themselves before the morning disc jockeys in exchange for air time to promote their businesses.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Though national advertisers are fleeing Rush Limbaugh after he called a birth control activist a slut, Baltimore seems immune to the exodus. Executives at WCBM, 680 AM, the affiliate that airs the Rush Limbaugh show locally, said Tuesday that not a single advertiser has dropped out. According to promotions director Eddie Applefeld, the worst that's happened is the station has fielded "about 30" phone calls. And traffic to the station's website spiked about 25 percent -- if that's a problem.
NEWS
September 8, 2011
Others may think I am some kind of nut, but I just think that headlines like "Arundel councilman kills controversial zoning plans" (Sept. 7) is inappropriate in these times where there is unfortunately so much killing going on. The Sun is not alone in this. I once complained to WCBM because I turned on the news and heard "Dutch Ruppersberger was shot down today in his bid…" I spoke to the producer and he agreed it was an unfortunate introduction to a very benign story, but it really gave me a start when I first heard it. Shelley Sarsfield, Gettysburg, Pa.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 26, 2011
George E. Dail, a retired businessman who was a talk-radio host and newspaper columnist, died Saturday of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Aberdeen resident was 80. Mr. Dail, the son of a Ford Motor Co. executive and a homemaker, was born and raised in Norfolk, Va. Mr. Dail dropped out of high school, lied about his age and enlisted in the Army when he was 16 years old. He was stationed in Germany, where he played in an Army band. After being discharged from the Army in the late 1940s, he earned his General Education Development diploma.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker | April 11, 2009
Rockford Rampage @Blast Time: 7:35 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena Radio: WCBM (680 AM) (also Webcast at RockfordRampage.com) Outlook: The Blast goes for its fifth championship in seven years against a team it defeated three times during the regular season. Rockford (10-8) gained the final by defeating Monterrey LaRaZa on a golden goal by Enrique Tovar after they split two games. The Blast won the regular-season title with a 14-4 record. Tovar leads the Rampage with eight points in four games against the Blast; Machel Millwood, a first-team All-NISL pick, had 10 points against Rockford.
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By MILTON KENT | January 9, 1996
One of the worst-kept secrets in Baltimore talk-radio circles is now out in the open: After a seven-week hiatus, Stan "The Fan" Charles will return to his 10 p.m to 1 a.m. slot at WCBM (680 AM), effective Jan. 29.Charles, whose "Baltimore Sports Exchange" left WWLG (1360 AM) in early December after a tumultuous eight months there, returns to the place where his show has been at its best."I always thought it was a great home for me, to be at the No. 2 AM outlet and on an all-talk format. I never really wanted to leave WCBM," said Charles of the station where he appeared for three years before going to WWLG last April.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1995
While the county Board of Zoning Appeals considered radio towers on a Sykesville farm yesterday, the Carroll County commissioners were amending a year-old ordinance that would limit "tower clusters" to industrial land.WCBM-AM radio has an option to buy the 400-acre farm on Hoods Mill Road, near Route 97 and the Howard County line. The station, which no longer can serve its listeners from its four towers in Owings Mills, plans to build six 350-foot steel towers on about 55 acres.The sales contract, signed July 26 by farm owners Esther and Harold Mercer, is contingent on the station obtaining a conditional use from the zoning board.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | April 11, 2009
Harold K. Deutsch, who brought popular football and news programming to WCBM-AM radio as its former vice president and general manager, died of cancer Monday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y. The former Owings Mills resident was 84. Born in Cleveland, he earned a marketing degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and served in the Army during World War II. Mr. Deutsch moved to New York City and became a salesman at WINS-AM. "He got his start in radio in New York and worked in the great era of Murray the K [a disc jockey]
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