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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 7, 1993
WMAR (Channel 2) and its NBC programs were back on cable TV in Cambridge yesterday afternoon.But there was no "Home Improvement" last night as WJZ (Channel 13) and its ABC lineup remained off Marcus Cable following an Oct. 6 deadline for cable systems to get permission from local stations to carry their programs."We're still talking," Marcellus Alexander, general manager of WJZ, said yesterday. "But we're still not on in Cambridge, and I don't know when we will be. We think the offer we initially made was fair."
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NEWS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | August 19, 1994
In the first fallout from the shake-up in Baltimore's television market, WBAL said yesterday that it is dropping five shows in the CBS fall lineup in order to cash in on syndicated shows and reruns that are more lucrative.WBAL made the decision because it will be leaving CBS in January, when all of the city's major stations are switching networks, and it can make more money off advertising for the syndicated shows than it can with the network shows.Stations rarely pre-empt network shows during the peak viewing hours of 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., but WBAL's decision is indicative of the turmoil that has reigned in the city's TV market since the first network swap earlier this summer.
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow | November 15, 1991
President Bush may not concede there is an economic recession, but WJZ-Channel 13 is offering this weekend an unusual on-the-air campaign "to help Maryland families survive recession," in cooperation with local radio station WWIN-AM/FM (1400/95.9).Anchor Al Sanders is hosting "Hope In Hard Times," an hour-long special spawned by layoffs and budget cutbacks. It airs at 8 p.m. tomorrow and will be simulcast on the radio stations. (A repeat airing is also scheduled on Channel 13 at 10 a.m. Monday.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2001
Charles Clayton Ports, a retired broadcast engineer and avid fly fisherman who had a second career selling displays of flies that he tied, died of a heart attack June 1 while fishing the Beaverkill River in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. The longtime Owings Mills resident was 76. Born in Hampden, Mr. Ports graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1943, then served three years in the Navy as an aviation electronic technician's mate first class. After returning home, he attended a technical school in Washington and became a broadcast engineer for WJZ-TV, whose call letters then were WAAM.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2012
WJZ-TVreports that 1.112 million area viewers watched the Ravens-Patriots game on Channel 13 Sunday, setting what is believed to be a record for the station, according to general manager Jay Newman. The game was seen by 78,000 more local viewers than watched the Ravens-Giants Super Bowl in 2001, according to Nielsen data from WJZ. The audience in the Baltimore TV market was 1.269 million for the final minutes of the game when a missed 32-yard field goal left the Ravens a 23-20 loser instead of sending the game into overtime.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 25, 1995
WJZ anchorman Al Sanders has cancer, station management said yesterday."Al Sanders has been diagnosed with cancer and is resting comfortably. We ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this time," WJZ Vice President and General Manager Marcellus Alexander said in a prepared statement. "That's really all the information that I have," Alexander added, declining to discuss Sanders' illness, hospitalization or how the newscaster's absence will affect the on-air lineup at WJZ.Sanders, who turned 54 this month, looked exceptionally tired on-air in recent weeks -- to the point that The Sun received several calls from viewers inquiring about his health.
BUSINESS
By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Sun Staff Writer | August 9, 1995
WJZ-TV has tapped Baltimore-based W. B. Doner & Co. to plan placement and timing of print and broadcast ads promoting the station's newscasts and other programming, the agency said yesterday.Planning and buying -- for TV, radio and newspaper ads -- had been handled in-house at the station before it turned to Doner, which begins work Sept. 1.The ads themselves will continue to be created by WJZ.Phil Arrington, WJZ's creative services director, said planning and buying had been handled by Andre DeVerneil, the former research director who left the station in June.
NEWS
By Eric Siegel | December 1, 1990
An article yesterday in The Sun on layoffs at WJZ-TV said Steve Aveson of "Evening Magazine" was included in layoffs that took effect last week. In fact, Mr. Aveson was not included in the first round of layoffs and will remain with the station at least until Dec. 28.Also, the article should have said that Mr. Aveson worked as co-host on "Evening Magazine" for the first 3 1/2 years at Channel 13.At the time the article was written, a spokeswoman for WJZ...
FEATURES
By Steve McKerrow | September 18, 1990
ODDS'N' ENDS OFF THE BROADCAST BEAMS:* The importance of familiar, likable faces as a direct function of local TV ratings was illustrated pretty clearly recently by radio station WCBM-AM 680's mock election promotion at the Maryland State Fair.In addition to casting mock votes in political races, visitors to the WCBM booth were asked to choose their top five TV personalities from among a list of more than two dozen on-air people, from newscasters to weathermen.It's no surprise that WJZ-Channel 13, top-rated news station here for years, captured six of the top 10 spots.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | October 1, 1993
Wait just a little bit longer.That's the word from WJZ for those viewers who have been waiting almost a year for the arrival of Sally Thorner and WJZ's new 5 o'clock weeknight newscast.The date, Dec. 1, has been circled on calendars all over town since last October when Thorner announced she was jumping WMAR's ship and signing on with WJZ to anchor a new newscast. A no-compete clause in her contract with WMAR keeps her off the air at WJZ until Dec. 1 even though her new employers are reportedly paying her $250,000.
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