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May 9, 2012
What was WJZ-TV thinking when they cut to "60 Minutes"Sunday evening ("How about them O's?" May 8)? Reminds us of the old "Heidi Bowl. " On November 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders scored two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets - and no one sees it, because they're watching the movie, "Heidi," instead. With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming. Sunday, my family and I were on the edge of our seats with every pitch.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab!  Oprah's in town. The billionaire media magnate, whose career took off after a stint as an anchor on WJZ in Baltimore, came back to the city Wednesday for a dinner of crabs and crab cakes in a private dining area of Captain James Landing in Canton, according to the restaurant's owner Bill Tserkis. Oprah posted a picture on Instagram with her partner, Stedman Graham, smiling and holding up crabs.
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By Kevin Cowherd | April 16, 2011
Nick Charles is on the phone from his home in Santa Fe, N.M., a nurse and the hospice people working quietly in the background. "Mike Tyson came out to visit me last week," he says now. "He cried with me. Kept saying: 'I don't want to lose you!' We have a 25-year friendship that dates back to when he didn't trust anyone. The guy wouldn't let me go for 15 minutes. " Now it's Charles who doesn't want to let go of life, not just yet, not at age 64 with another birthday right around the corner.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Don Scott will sign off for the last time Friday morning at WJZ -TV after 40 years at the station. Tens of thousands of Baltimore viewers have started their day with him for the more than three decades that he's been at the station's morning anchor desk. That's a run not likely to be duplicated by many in the new media world. And WJZ has consistently finished at or near the top of the ratings during that time. I talked with the 64-year-old broadcaster this week about his final days on the air in Baltimore.
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By David Folkenflik | August 2, 2001
The July ratings period wrapped up last night, and the city's two leading TV stations - WBAL and WJZ - can each claim victories of sorts for their programs. For the late news at 11 p.m., WBAL-TV (Channel 11) and WJZ (Channel 13) are effectively tied, with roughly the same number of households in the Baltimore region tuning in from Monday through Sunday, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen. (Monday through Friday, Nielsen shows WBAL with a bit of a lead at 11 p.m.) The ratings estimates show WBAL to be securing a slightly greater edge on WJZ for the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
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By Michael Hill | June 3, 1991
Channel 13 (WJZ) continued its domination of the local news ratings in the important May sweeps month, at least doubling the ratings of its competitors every time its news came on the air -- other than at noon -- in both the Nielsen and Arbitron ratings.Channel 11 (WBAL) continued its slide in the Arbitron book, where Channel 2 (WMAR) had twice the number of viewers for its 5 o'clock newscast -- a 10 rating and 29 share to a 5 rating/14 share. The 5 p.m. numbers were much closer according to Nielsen -- 9/26 for Channel 2 to 7/20 for Channel 11.Only in the Nielsen numbers for 11 p.m did Channel 11 get out of third place in the afternoon and evening newscast, getting an 8/20 to Channel 2's 7/17.
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April 15, 1992
Almost 160 local dancers aged 18 to 25 will get at least one chance to star on local television as WJZ-Channel 13 brings back to the airwaves the dance program "Shakedown."The show will premiere at 11:30 p.m. April 25, and will run at least 11 weeks in that Saturday night slot.Although auditions April 3 and 4 at White Marsh and Owings Mills malls won about 160 dancers a chance to appear on the show, only about 60 dancers can appear on any one edition "because that's all we can fit into the studio," says producer Terry Todesco.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
WJZ meteorologist Bernadette Woods is leaving the CBS-owned station to join a non-profit firm in New Jersey focused on climate change, she said Wednesday night. Woods, who has been with WJZ for seven years, said she will remain at the station helping with the transition for the next month. After that, she, her husband and their two children will be moving to Princeton, N.J., where she will join Climate Central as staff meteorologist. "I'm very excited about the opportunity in Princeton," she said.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2004
Richard Sher, the Baltimore television news anchor now best known as Oprah Winfrey's former co-host, is to step down from WJZ-TV in April after more than 28 years to pursue a new career in commercials and other ventures. "I have been thinking about it for a long time," Sher, 62, said yesterday. "I have wavered on this. ... But I want to try these things." Station officials and Sher separately said his decision to depart is voluntary, and that they asked him to stay full-time. Instead, he said he intends to free-lance for the station.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2012
The summer before Megan Walburn's senior year at Washington College she met someone at a cookout who worked at WJZ. Soon there was a writing test. Then a gig freelancing. She has stayed at WJZ (our media partner) for the last five years producing, and now executive produces the network's 11 p.m. news broadcast. "News is ever-changing, which means my job never gets boring," said Walburn, 26, a Brewers Hill resident. "In some jobs, people watch the clock from 9-5. At my job, I find myself wishing for more time in the workday.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
With its York Road building shut down tight after a man smashed his truck through the front door and apparently hid inside, officials at WMAR, Channel 2 scrambled Tuesday afternoon to keep their programming on air. The channel 2 broadcast went dark at approximately 4 p.m., and the signal became available again at about 5:20 p.m. Station personnel used their Twitter feeds and other social media to send out information during the 80 minutes the...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
After more than two months of stories about the producers of "House of Cards" threatening to leave Maryland if they didn't get $15 million from the state to help offset the costs of production, the announcement Friday that they were staying was big news. And WJZ-TV, Baltimore's CBS-owned station, had the story in its 11 p.m. newscast Friday. Except it had the story wrong -- to the point where instead of viewers being told that the legislature and Gov. Martin O'Malley did not give the producers the final $3.5 million that they wanted, WJZ made it sound as if the producers got more than they had even asked for. I am posting a screen grab of the graphic that ran with the story, so you can see the bad math at the heart of the report.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Don Scott announced that he's retiring from WJZ-TV July 12. "ICYMI -- I'll be retiring from WJZ/CBS after 40 years and on July 12th this year," Scott wrote on Twitter last week. "Thank you for four decades of your support @cbsbaltimore. " Jay Newman , general manager of WJZ, sent the following message to staff after Scott's announcement: As some of you already know Don Scott will be retiring later this year. I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Don for all his many, many contributions.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
All the TV stations in Baltimore say they're the ones to turn to for breaking news. Coverage of a shooting Saturday morning at the Mall in Columbia that left three dead put those promises to the test in a major way. Not everyone passed. The local stations that got there first with the most resources were WJZ (Channel 13) and WBAL (Channel 11), which were on the air shortly after 12:30 p.m. WMAR-TV was on-air with live coverage shortly after 1 p.m, but WBFF (Channel 45) didn't offer viewers anything except syndicated programming, infomercials and auto racing until 2:30 p.m. And then, it provided only 30 minutes of coverage before returning to Fox network NASCAR coverage.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly and The Associated Press' David Ginsburg tied for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's honor of Maryland Sportswriter of the Year in 2013, the organization announced Thursday. Connolly, who has covered baseball and the Orioles for The Sun since 2005, received the honor for the first time, while Ginsburg has been recognized twice. WJZ-TV sports director Mark Viviano was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by the organization for the fourth time, including the past two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Kai Jackson, whose departure from WJZ after more than 20 years was first reported here last month, said Thursday that he will be joining Sinclair Broadcasting as its national correspondent based in Washington, D.C. "Yes, I'm going to Sinclair," Jackson said in a telephone interview. "I'm really excited. It's a company at the forefront of the industry, and I appreciate that they think I have something to offer. " Jackson said he will start his new job with the Hunt-Valley-based broadcaster Jan. 2. "Kai will be a special correspondent covering stories in the nation's capitol for all of the Sinclair news operations," Scott Livingston, VP for news at Sinclair, said in an email response to The Sun. "He will develop stories that focus on our commitment to advocacy journalism.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2012
WJZ -TV enjoyed one of its most successful ratings books ever in January winning all competitive weekday news time periods with viewers 25 to 54 years of age, the demographic on which most TV news ad sales are made. WJZ also won in total viewers in those time periods. The CBS-owned station was Baltimore's leader at 5 and 6 a.m. in the locally-produced newscasts that precede network morning shows. WJZ was also number one at noon, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. The last time that happened was in 2008, when WBAL, WJZ's long-time rival, topped all newscasts.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | November 29, 2001
A city circuit court judge has dismissed seven of eight charges in a defamation lawsuit filed last year by March Funeral Homes West Inc., against WJZ-TV. The suit arose from a pair of stories broadcast by CBS-owned WJZ (Channel 13) in October 1999 about a grieving woman's fears that her late husband's casket had been improperly handled at the gravesite. The funeral home, at the time a significant advertiser on the station, claimed the stories by reporters Suzanne Collins and Alex Demetrick blamed March for work done by a veterans cemetery staff.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
UPDATES (Nov. 30) AT END WITH JACKSON COMMENT. After 20 years at WJZ-TV anchorman Kai Jackson has informed management that he is leaving the station at the end of the year. Jackson co-anchors one-half of the 4 p.m. and all of the 5 p.m. weekday news on WJZ. He also reports for the 11 p.m. newscast. He is the second high-visibility anchor to leave the station this year. Adam May left WJZ for Al Jazeera America in May. WJZ president and general manager Jay Newman said no immediate replacement will be named.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Former WJZ reporter/anchor Adam May will have a prime-time role on Al Jazeera America, the channel announced Monday. May, whose move to Al Jazeera was first reported here May 20, will be one of six correspondents on a national magazine show, "America Tonight," that will air at 9 weeknights. No date has been announced for the start of the show, but the channel is expected to launch in August. In most cities, it will be located in the cable lineup where Current TV used to be. Al Jazeera bought the access to American living rooms from former Vice President Al Gore and his partners in the failed channel.
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