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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 Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | 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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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 Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | November 25, 2008
After 33 years of Baltimore television, Richard Sher says he's finally ready to move on. And this time, he means it. "I had done this a few times before," says Sher, whose announced retirement in 2004 lasted less than a month before he asked station management to take him back. "It was tough each time, but I thought this was the time to really do it." Sher, 67, says he made his decision to retire early this month. Although lean economic times have forced newsrooms throughout the country to cut costs, he insists the decision to leave now was his alone, and that he was not forced out by WJZ management.
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By David Folkenflik | November 27, 2003
The November ratings period that helps to set advertising rates is all but complete. And both of the Titans of Television Hill are busy bragging. For the "sweeps" period ending tonight, WBAL-TV seems highly likely to take top ratings for its 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts, and for the 11 p.m. news programs on Monday through Friday. The NBC affiliate also has the highest-rated weekend morning shows as of the figures available early yesterday morning. Yet it is possible that WJZ, a CBS station with the No. 1 prime-time lineup in the market, will snare highest ratings for the 11 p.m. newscasts when the full week is considered.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2012
John Lanahan Jr. was spending Sunday afternoon at St. Agnes Hospital with his father, who was recovering from an allergic reaction. The two Orioles fans planned to watch the game against perennial favorite Boston Red Sox. Then disaster struck. As the game went into extra innings - ultimately, 17 in all - WJZ interrupted the broadcast at 7 p.m. to show "60 Minutes. " The hospital did not offer the cable station MASN, which carried the remainder of the game. The father and son missed out on the culmination of what is arguably the most memorable game of the O's season so far - in which designated hitter Chris Davis pitched two scoreless innings and the Orioles won, 9-6. "We were both pretty disappointed that we couldn't watch the end of the game," the 36-year-old accountant said.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | December 19, 2009
Sitting in her empty office off the WJZ newsroom shortly before going to the set for her last broadcast after more than a quarter of a century on Baltimore TV, Sally Thorner said she felt focused and strong. "I'm actually good today," the 54-year-old said. "There was a certain point where I was drained by all of this, but not now - now that it's actually here. I'm not promising I won't break up tonight, but I'm really feeling strong. And I have to be strong and focused on air. I really don't want to go out sloppy.
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