May 7, 2003
Bob Turk is a nice guy. A very nice guy. Everybody says so. "I can't even remember what he reports -- he's just part of the fiber of the city," says Maggie Miceli, 30, a native Baltimorean who currently lives in Washington. "He's been on television as long as I've been alive." Chris Godwin, a 23-year-old security guard from Baltimore, describes Turk this way: "He's just a typical person like you or I." You don't have to take their word for it. Executives at several local stations say surveys consistently show the cheerful Turk -- WJZ's weather forecaster for the past 30 years -- among the most popular people on the city's airwaves.
January 11, 1998
Baltimore was just supposed to be a brief stop on the way to big-time TV success.Some brief stop. Two decades later, Marty Bass is still plugging away on WJZ, Channel 13, doing the weather, playing Costello to Don Scott's Abbott, firming up his reputation as one of the most irrepressible (some might prefer incorrigible) talents on Baltimore's airwaves.A native of Kentucky, Bass has spent the past 16 years as co-host of WJZ's morning show, a ratings champion that outdraws the competition by a greater margin than any other local weekday news show.
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.
June 25, 2011
Nick Charles, a pioneering figure in cable TV sports at CNN and one-time Baltimore broadcaster at WJZ-TV, died Saturday at his home in New Mexico, according to the cable news network. He was 64 and had been battling bladder cancer since 2009. Mr. Charles, who worked as a sports anchor at WJZ-TV from 1972 to 1976, died "peacefully, looking out at the spectacular land that drew him to Santa Fe, New Mexico," his wife, Cory, a producer for CNN International, told the network. "As a journalist and sports personality, Nick Charles helped put CNN on the map in its early days," Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement Saturday.
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.
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.