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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
John C. Stidman, an artist and pioneer of WMAR-TV who spent 38 years at the city's first television station as a director and producer, died Wednesday of complications from a fall at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. The longtime North Baltimore resident was 90. John Charles Stidman was born in Baltimore and raised in the Forest Park neighborhood, the son of Amos F. Stidman, a broom salesman, and Florence Eder Stidman, a manicurist. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1940 and the University of Maryland in 1944, with a bachelor's degree in science and plans for medical school.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
George W. Collins, a pioneering WMAR-TV broadcaster who earlier had been editor-in-chief of the Afro-American newspaper and covered the civil rights movement and political corruption in Maryland, died Thursday of renal failure at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 88. "George was an important figure in Baltimore's struggle for fairness for everybody. No one was more influential in the African-American community when it came to voicing their concerns," said Moses Newson, former executive editor of the Afro-American.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
Robert L. Skillman III, a professional photographer who had been a part-time weekend assignment editor at WMAR-TV for a decade, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital. The Northwood resident was 59. Mr. Skillman was attending the annual Ed Block Courage Awards ceremony at Martin's West when he collapsed from a heart attack. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, family members said. Mr. Skillman was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
[Update: Megan Pringle's first day at WBAL was June 16.] Megan Pringle is leaving a job as director of news and multimedia at Maroon PR to become part of the WBAL-TV morning team, the station announced today. Pringle had been a morning anchor at WMAR-TV until being hired by Maroon in November. "This is an interesting time in morning news in Baltimore, and we wanted to add her to our team," WBAL President Dan Joerres said. "Megan brings a lot of experience to the job. She understands the importance of morning news.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik | March 11, 1991
Call it the "Oprah" factor.The advance results of the February "sweeps" survey of television viewing in Baltimore were released by Arbitron yesterday, and the performance of "Oprah Winfrey," which airs at 4 p.m. weekdays on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), stands out.Winfrey not only continued her dominance of the key 4 p.m. time slot here, but also added about 19,000 television homes to her audience from a year ago.The good news for Channel 2 is that the extra 19,000 homes stayed with the station at 5 p.m. when Ms. Winfrey signs off and local news begins.
FEATURES
August 30, 1991
The 26th annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon will air from 11:25 p.m. Sunday until 6:30 p.m. Monday on WMAR-TV (Channel 2).Tony Pagnotti and Beverly Burke will host local portions of the show, which raises funds for the Muscular-Dystrophy Association.This year marks the station's 20th as a partner in the broadcast. In 1990, more than $1 million was raised locally; those funds directly benefited Maryland's MDA patient services.
NEWS
February 16, 1991
A Mass of Christian burial for Helen Rose Ewachiw, a retired payroll clerk at WMAR-TV, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church, Harford Road and Gibbons Avenue.Miss Ewachiw, who was 75, died of heart disease Wednesday at her home on Fairdel Avenue.The Baltimore native was a graduate of Eastern High School. She worked for The Baltimore Sun before transferring to the television station in its early days, when both it and the newspaper were owned by the A. S. Abell Co. The station began broadcasting in 1947.
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel T | May 31, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. announced yesterday that it had completed its purchase of WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting for $125 million.As part of the closing, Gillett dismissed a breach of contract lawsuit it had filed after Scripps Howard terminated in February an agreement reached last year to buy Channel 2 for $154.7 million, Cincinnati-based Scripps said in a statement.The parties announced in March that they had reached a tentative pact for the sale of the station and dismissal of the suit.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2004
Janet Covington, a Baltimore television broadcasting pioneer who became a producer and director for the city's oldest station, died of a heart attack May 17 at Charlestown Retirement Community. She was 80 and formerly resided in North Baltimore's Tuscany-Canterbury section. Born and raised in Catonsville, Janet Lee Baugher was a 1941 graduate of Catonsville High School and earned a bachelor's degree from what is now McDaniel College. She was named a distinguished alumna in 1978. After working on The Catonsville Shopper publication, she joined the staff of WMAR-TV (Channel 2)
BUSINESS
By Eric Siegel | April 4, 1991
Scripps Howard Broadcasting Co. said yesterday that it has completed an agreement to purchase WMAR-TV (Channel 2) from Gillett Broadcasting and settle a related lawsuit.Scripps Howard said in a statement that the agreement to purchase WMAR at the previously agreed reduced price of $125 million was contingent on the satisfaction of "certain conditions of closing" related to bankruptcy petitions filed in February by creditors of Gillett's parent company, Gillett Holdings Inc.Rich Boehne, director of corporate communications for Scripps Howard, declined yesterday to specify what those conditions were.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
John C. Stidman, an artist and pioneer of WMAR-TV who spent 38 years at the city's first television station as a director and producer, died Wednesday of complications from a fall at the Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson. The longtime North Baltimore resident was 90. John Charles Stidman was born in Baltimore and raised in the Forest Park neighborhood, the son of Amos F. Stidman, a broom salesman, and Florence Eder Stidman, a manicurist. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1940 and the University of Maryland in 1944, with a bachelor's degree in science and plans for medical school.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
Robert L. Skillman III, a professional photographer who had been a part-time weekend assignment editor at WMAR-TV for a decade, died Tuesday of a heart attack at Northwest Hospital. The Northwood resident was 59. Mr. Skillman was attending the annual Ed Block Courage Awards ceremony at Martin's West when he collapsed from a heart attack. He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, family members said. Mr. Skillman was born in Baltimore and raised in Northwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
Richard Sher's "Square Off," Baltimore's longest-running public affairs, moves to 11 a.m. Sunday on WMAR-TV's schedule. "We're excited about making the move," says Sher, "because we will no longer be competing with shows like 'Meet the Press' or 'Sunday Morning.' By 11 a.m. those shows are gone, and it's clear sailing for us -- and our audience focused on issues that matter locally. "      
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2011
Lola M. Baxter, a retired telephone operator and receptionist who greeted guests at the WMAR television studios, died of complications from a broken hip Aug. 26 at Gilchrist Hospice Care of Howard County. She was 101 and had lived in Towson. Born Lola Marie Annen in Baltimore, she lived in the 2900 block of Greenmount Ave. in Waverly and could recall how the International League Orioles played their games immediately behind her family's home at old Oriole Park. She told her children that she watched Babe Ruth play baseball there.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2011
WBAL radio has signed Mary Beth Marsden as the new anchor of its "Afternoon News Journal. " She will start Sept. 6 at the news/talk station's afternoon drivetime anchor desk. The former anchorwoman for WMAR-TV replaces Shari Elliker whom the station dropped last week when it declined to offer her a new contract. Marsden, a fixture on Baltimore TV for two decades, is sure to bring a heightened prominence to WBAL's afternoon drivetime news program -- as well as a veteran sense of news judgment.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | July 22, 2011
Lawrence Hubert "Larry" Taylor, a retired pioneering WMAR-TV broadcast engineer who was also an original Rodgers Forge resident, died July 15 from complications of a fall at Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 90. Mr. Taylor, the son of a truck driver and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly. He was a 1938 City College graduate. After high school, he attended Maryland Mechanical Art School and the Radio Institute of Baltimore, and began working in broadcasting in the late 1930s as an engineer for WCBM-Radio.
BUSINESS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun television critic | November 22, 2006
Drew Berry, general manager and vice president of WMAR-TV (Channel 2), will leave the station Dec. 1 to join the faculty of Hampton University in Virginia. The 50-year-old executive has been at WMAR since 1997. He was news director and station manager before assuming his current duties in 2000. Neither a successor nor interim manager has been named by the E.W. Scripps Co., which owns the Baltimore ABC affiliate. "I have some mixed emotions about leaving," Berry said yesterday after meeting with station employees to announce his departure.
NEWS
By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2004
Charles Walker Purcell Jr., whose 34-year career as a cameraman at WMAR-TV won him a string of awards in the documentary film category, died of kidney failure Friday at Reba's Home, a hospice care center in Parrish, Fla. He was 82. Mr. Purcell was born and raised in Baltimore and lived here until he retired in 1981. He and his wife, the former Thelma I. Forthuber, then moved to Florida. They were married nearly 63 years. A 1940 graduate of City College, Mr. Purcell worked briefly as copy boy at The Sun. In 1941, he enlisted in the Navy.
NEWS
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2010
WMAR-TV, Baltimore's ABC affiliate, aired a rerun Thursday night of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" that contained graphic violence eerily similar to the real-life events that took place earlier in the day at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The episode, which was last year's season finale of the hospital series, involved a man who becomes angry after his wife dies in surgery and goes on a shooting spree in the hospital while hunting for the doctor who treated her. The last image before the first commercial is a doctor shot in the head by the gunman.
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