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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,Sun Reporter | December 5, 2006
Only two weeks after unleashing a racially offensive tirade at a West Hollywood comedy club, actor Michael Richards appeared in blackface at a celebrity roast for Whoopi Goldberg over the weekend, drawing gasps from the audience, according to WJZ-TV, Channel 13, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. Except that he didn't. WJZ's story, broadcast at least twice yesterday afternoon in breaking-news style by anchor Sally Thorner, was attributed to DatelineHollywood.com. But WJZ's news department was apparently unaware that every story on the Web site satirizes Hollywood.
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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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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
In the new world of endless channels and multiple ways to watch TV, you almost never see as dramatic a change in viewing as the one unfolding in Baltimore this fall. After a year of speculation about how the end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" would affect the fortunes of local stations, the October "sweeps" ratings period shows WJZ surpassing longtime ratings champ WBAL in the afternoon and early evening. Call it the aftereffect of the legendary Oprah Factor. Even if she hasn't yet found a way to translate her ratings magic to her new cable channel OWN, Winfrey still has an impact on local TV. Last October, WBAL, Baltimore's Hearst-owned NBC affiliate, was drawing 74,700 total viewers from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
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By David Zurawik | October 25, 1990
WJZ-TV's "Get To Know . . ." series returns tonight with a fine example of public affairs television that is both entertaining and informative.Channel 13's Denise Koch interviews dance teacher Sylvester Campbell, Realtor Mary Bell Grempler and attorney Billy Murphy in a half-hour show that starts at 11:30 p.m. and ends all too quickly.Koch is a skilled interviewer, and has many good moments, as when asking Campbell about his dreams as a young man, Murphy about racism and Grempler about the dues she paid to earn her success in the real estate business.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2011
Oprah Winfrey is one great storyteller. So let her set the stage for the story of her years in Baltimore - seven and a half years starting in 1976 that would profoundly shape not only the life of the young anchorwoman, but also give birth to the media phenomenon known as Oprah. "I came to Baltimore when I was 22 years old. Drove my red Cutlass up from Nashville, Tenn., arrived and was as close to 'The Beverly Hillbillies' as I could be," Winfrey says in that rich, inviting voice that millions have tuned in to for decades.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2010
They have grabbed folks off the streets of Fells Point at dawn, bribed them with free breakfast and put them on the air live — hoping they could sing. They have sweet-talked crew members of the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street" into leaving their early-morning network shoot to come over and do a little karaoke at the last minute. And they have gone live with a family of ducks squatting in the middle of their "set" refusing to move. Just another and another and another Manic Monday — the results of an off-the-wall idea sounded 13 years ago in the WJZ newsroom that is now must-be-there TV for thousands of Baltimore residents despite the early hour.
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