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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 David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The TV audience for Tuesday night's division-clinching victory was almost twice as large as normal for an Orioles game on MASN this season, according to figures provided by the channel. O's games averaged a 5.9 household rating this season, which means 5.9 percent of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market watched the games throughout the season. But Tuesday night the percentage of cable TV homes in the Baltimore market tuned to the game was 11.6 percent. That translates to 127,000 homes and 179,000 viewers.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2012
Weijia Jiang, who came to WJZ-TV in June of 2008 as a reporter, is leaving to join WCBS-TV in New York City. Both stations are owned by CBS. New York is the top market in the country. Jiang came to WJZ from WOBC-TV in Salisbury. She has a bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary and a master's in broadcast news from the University of Syracuse. Born in China, Jiang grew up in West Virginia where her parents immigrated when she was 2. Jiang, whose last day at WJZ is May 31, will be replaced by Rochelle Ritchie, a multimedia reporter from WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
More viewers tuned to WJZ-TV than any other station in Baltimore in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake. And during the first two hours of "special coverage" after the quake, the station dominated, according Nielsen Media Research. Here are the numbers of total viewers for each station: 2-4PM - Total Viewers WJZ - 135,400 WBAL - 71,300 WMAR - 37,600 WBFF - 16,800   4-5PM - Total Viewers WJZ - 121,300 WBAL - 66,700 WMAR - 42,900 WBFF - 29,500   5-6PM - Total Viewers WJZ - 123,900 WBAL - 102,800 WBFF - 35,000 WMAR - 27,800 6-7PM - Total Viewers WJZ - 122,000 WBAL - 103,500 WMAR - 66,500 WBFF - 13,800   Late News - Total Viewers WBAL - 122,900 WJZ - 104,200 WBFF - 77,000 WMAR - 13,900 WBFF did not go into rolling coverage as the other three stations did starting shortly after the earthquake.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
It was deja vu all over again for viewers of WJZ-TV's 11 p.m. news who had watched the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" earlier Tuesday. Instead of seeing the Baltimore faces of Denise Koch and Vic Carter at 11 p.m. after a night of CBS new-season programming Tuesday, viewers found the station running seven minutes of Pelley's network broadcast that had aired at 7 p.m. How does that happen at a network-owned station? Here is the explanation from K.C. Robertson, WJZ spokesperson: “The station's main production switcher experienced a critical failure late Tuesday evening," Robertson said in an email response to the Sun. "The equipment failure prevented the news broadcast from starting on time at 11p.m.  Between 11p.m.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2000
Joseph S. Grabowski, a retired WJZ-TV projectionist and avid golfer, died Thursday of cancer at Harbor Hospital Center. The longtime Brooklyn Park resident was 73. Mr. Grabowski, known as "TV Joe" or "Grabo," was a popular figure in the Television Hill studio of the station, where he began his career in 1958. "Grabo was one of those guys who made the place work even though he was always behind the scenes in the tape room. It was not glamorous," WJZ-TV personality Marty Bass said Friday.
NEWS
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | 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.
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 | 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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Abraham "Al" Baitch, a musician recalled as one of Baltimore's finest saxophone players, died March 24 at Northwest Hospital after suffering a fall. The Pikesville resident was 89. During his 70 years in the local entertainment scene, Mr. Baitch was a fixture at nightclubs, where his onstage antics earned him the nickname "Madman. " He headed the house band for WJZ-TV's "The Buddy Deane Show" in the 1950s and 1960s. "We played everywhere, from The Block to the French Embassy in Washington," said John Baxter, a piano player who worked alongside Mr. Baitch for 42 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Baltimore is going to have a new all-news radio station. Or part of one, anyway. WNEW-FM (99.1), a CBS-owned Washington-oriented station, is repositioning itself as a Maryland station focused on Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington as of 5 a.m. Monday, according to Steve Swenson, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio in Washington. Will the change really mean more and better information for listeners in Baltimore, which does not have a 24/7 all-news station? Or is it mainly a matter of rebranding by a Washington station with a big signal that has failed in its two years as an all-news outlet to put a dent in WTOP's dominance in the D.C. market?
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 | 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.
NEWS
January 30, 1991
WTTR-Radio morning show host Jeff Adams and afternoon show host Brian Beddow will take part in the United Cerebral Palsy's Starathon '91 Saturday and Sunday on WJZ-TV.The telethon is hosted nationallyby John Ritter and other celebrities and features special appearances from New Kids on the Block and others.Locally, WJZ-TV reporter Richard Sher and Rhea Feiken will hostsegments.The telethon begins at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and runs until 8 p.m. Sunday. The telethon raises money to maintain and expand the services provided by United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland, including UCP-managed residences, respite care, camp and referral services in Carroll County.
FEATURES
May 5, 1995
WJZ anchorman Al Sanders was hospitalized and listed in critical condition yesterday, according to statement from station management."Al Sanders is back in the hospital after undergoing several weeks of outpatient chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer," WJZ Vice President and General Manager Marcellus Alexander said.4 "His condition has unexpectedly turned critical."Family, friends and all of us at WJZ TV ask you to join us in praying for his well-being. We ask that the privacy of his family be respected at this time," Mr. Alexander concluded.
EXPLORE
July 23, 2013
The Fallston Group and SLM Multimedia will host their 2013 Media Boot Camp for Executives on Thursday, Oct. 3. The inaugural program season in 2012 was a tremendous success as the Fallston Group and SLM teamed to execute two sold-out programs for executives in varying industries from different parts of the country. Participants in the next session will receive personalized training on how to effectively tell their story, whether during an on-camera interview or to their key stakeholders.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
Paul Umansky, an opera lover, occasional actor and, for more than two decades, the public voice of Sinai Hospital, died March 27 at the Gilchrest Center. He was 81, and died following a three-year bout with multiple myeloma. "He was a great guy," said longtime friend Saul Lindenbaum, a psychologist who worked with Mr. Umansky at Sinai. "He was very loyal, whether it was to his job or his family or his friends. He was serious, he was loyal, he worked hard. "But he was also funny; he had a great sense of humor," he said.
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