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Join us on Purple Friday for the big Towson caravan with Ogden and Ismail

Posted on 06 January 2011 by WNST Staff

Sometimes it’s a bummer that all of these Ravens playoff games have been on the road so we have antidote and a way to show your purple love this weekend as we team with Miller Lite, Jon Ogden and Qadry Ismail to bring a Purple Friday caravan through the heart of WNST’s listenership in Towson, Timonium and Loch Raven. Our own Thyrl Nelson will be on hand to rock some Miller Lites and talk football with the players and the fans.

The party begins at 6 p.m. at HighTopps on York Road and continues at 8:30 at Casey’s on Joppa Road near Loch Raven. Both of these parties are free and we’d love to see your purple spirit, fun and football conversation as the Ravens jet off to Kansas City for a wild card matchup this Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Chiefs.

If you’re headed to Kansas City, WNST.net and Miller Lite are also teaming up for two big parties on Saturday at The810Zone in Country Club Plaza from 11 til 3 and at Club Monaco for a “We hate New York and Indianapolis” Viewing Party that begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues all night.

Tickets and all details about these events are available here.

Let’s the purple love — and beer — flow, Baltimore!

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Help us find the next Baltimore sports media superstar…

Posted on 10 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Let the games begin! I’ve been talking about the “Coors Light King (or Queen) of Baltimore Sportstalk” competition for two months and today we will finally begin the tournament where the challenge is to cover Baltimore sports in the new media universe at WNST.net like the professionals do every day. After watching “American Idol” in its totality for the first time this season, I got very inspired about finding creative ways to find Baltimore’s next great sports media stars.

Perhaps I’m biased, but I firmly believe WNST.net is the best sports media company in the marketplace for Baltimore sports news, conversation and information. Everyone at WNST works nonstop to be the best – to set us apart from amateur internet bloggers and from “out of town” corporate entities who do not have the best interests of our community at heart. Our hard work is justified and rewarded when our www.Alexa.com reports continues to show us as BY FAR the most-visited sports website in the region on a daily basis. And we continue to battle it out with WBAL.com as the top two sites for radio – AM or FM – in the marketplace.

I take my business seriously. I must, because everyone in my company who wants to feed their family in this incredibly difficult economy also needs my vision and energy to keep WNST strong. And quality companies are comprised of quality people. We are always searching for the best writers, sports talk show hosts and reporters and journalists in Baltimore. My only personal goal remaining after 25 years of being a sports journalist locally and nationally is to make WNST.net the premier place for Baltimore sports fans to congregate and have fun.

We want to be the place you come every morning with a cup of coffee to read up on what’s happening in Baltimore’s sports world. We want you to join our text service. We want you to call into AM 1570 and chat with our hosts during the day. We want you following our live game blogs this summer during Orioles games.

Along with my partners and staff and former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, we are excited about making our company something you’re proud of as well.

This “Coors Light King (or Queen) of Baltimore Sportstalk” competition, which will end with a pair of live shows on May 13 and May 27, is not for a “job” at WNST — but instead it’s a contest with a grand prize of a trip for two from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Royal Caribbean ship we always see parked down in Port Covington in the spring. (Special thanks to The Cruise Lady, who has been doing Orioles cruises for years and she hooked us up with a super prize for our winner).

The last time I did a similar competition — in November 2006, before the legitimate era of internet sports blogging and social media — we found a myriad of nice people who, just like us, love Baltimore sports and wanted to investigate a career in sports journalism. Our current evening host, Thyrl Nelson, didn’t win our competition but used it as a springboard to becoming a daily host on WNST after 2 1/2 years of honing his craft. (We think Thyrl is great! You should check out his blog and radio show as a guideline for what we’re looking to accomplish with this contest.) Rex Snider and Mark Suchy were also “discovered” in that pool of talent and have been great additions to WNST. I am a kid from Dundalk. Drew Forrester is from Glen Burnie. Bob Haynie claims several Baltimore locales. Ray Bachman is from South Baltimore. Glenn Clark is from Perry Hall. We think a company full of people who are from Baltimore just makes sense!

And, we were all amateurs and “first timers” at one point. Now, we’re “professionals.” It’s not easy, but it’s possible as we’ve proven over the last 11 years.

I’ll be writing a lot about the competition and weighing in with some helpful hints and some frank feedback about what I think – I’ll try to be a little more kind than Simon Cowell, but I’m sure I’ll be called a jerk as well – and I hope all of the WNST.net readers and users will be checking out nearly 30 competitors’ writing, video and audio bits over the next two weeks.

We’ll begin the online voting for your favorites next week, with the top three vote-getters receiving automatic bids to the second round of the competition.

We will begin the second round the week of May 4th. There will be many surprises, celebrity visits and twists and turns — not unlike what we deal with every day in a 24-hour live sports media environment.

Here is the tentative schedule for the next week of competition:

Friday, April 10: Barry Barnes, Justin Keys, Geoff Peckham,

Monday, April 13: J.D. Jackson, Neal Bortmes, Rick Crabbe, Andrew Frank, Luke Jones,

Tuesday, April 14: Todd Salkowski, Jeremiah Moyer, Chris Allsep

Wednesday, April 15: Ryan Sebring, Christopher Stoner, Marco Romanell, Christina Tarleton, Tom Clayton, Bryan Knouse, John McKay,

Thursday, April 16: Vic Ganderson, Lawson Lambert, Mike Williams, Brian Swoboda

Friday, April 17: Ken Phillips, Rick Moore, Francis Lucia

Several other folks not listed here have also requested entrance in our competition but do not have confirmed audition times for next week. We currently have a sea of men and one woman in the competition, hence the “King” or “Queen” status. (Good luck Christina!) Most of the competitors I’ve never even met so this will be fun!

We also have a pair of “under 21” college hopefuls — Peter Dilutis and Troy Shuman – who are not officially in the competition and are not eligible for the grand prize but who want to write and do some radio and we’re going to allow them the opportunity to “show their stuff” as well in our main blogosphere.

In the spirit of WNST, we hope this competition is compelling, exciting and helps some of these folks follow their dream of a being a Baltimore sports journalist in the new millennium and in the amazing era of new and social media. We’d love for you to read their stuff, watch their video and listen to their live “auditions” over the next few weeks.

And with the Orioles’ fast start and the Ravens’ draft prospects so wide open over the next few weeks — not to mention golf, NASCAR, tennis, MMA, NHL and NBA seasons in full swing — there will be plenty of material for these folks to opine about on a daily basis.

Good luck to all!

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Programming changes at WNST

Posted on 02 April 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

If you’ve been driving around Baltimore after 6 p.m. and have tuned into WNST-AM 1570 you’ve noticed some changes over the last two nights. Our partnership with Fox Sports Radio has ended and we’ve decided to feature our local talent in the evening hours for the foreseeable future and drop the top of the hour flashes, which were dreadful. We will provide local news in and out of every break.

Our staff works hard to produce Baltimore’s best sports talk radio and we’re delighted to offer more Bob Haynie and more Drew Forrester to our audience during the overnights when our signal is not at full strength. We hope you enjoy the extra time with our hosts on the radio. (Soon, you might even be able to get rid of me…LOL!)

We’ve had some technical glitches during the transition phase and we’re working to correct some of the computer issues and modulation issues and should have it all perfectly crafted soon. You will also be able to hear the programming in the evening via our “LISTEN LIVE” button here at WNST.net

More programming notes:

We are absolutely delighted to have Thyrl Nelson join our team on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for two hours per night of Baltimore’s coolest evening radio. Thryl’s “Mobtown Sports Beat” will air from 6 til 8 and be produced by Chris Bonetti, who writes a great daily blog here at WNST.net as well. Nelson was one of our finalists in our last talent search almost 30 months ago. If you’ve read either of their blogs or heard their work you’ll know that we made a great decision to have them join our team.

We will kick off our “King (or Queen) of Baltimore Sportstalk Competition” next week. We currently have 48 qualified contestants who will be going through a series of challenges that will end with two shows on May 13 and May 27. The contest is sponsored by Coors Light and will be one of the more adventurous competitions we’ve ever hosted at WNST.net. Many more details will be coming and you’ll start to hear and see our competitors during the 2 to 4 p.m. segments of my show from April 8th through April 17th.

Last but not least, a few folks have dropped me a note wondering why I never launched the remaining chapters of my baseball book about my Pop and the Orioles last week. Honestly, when I was out in California chasing coaches and owners, I didn’t get a chance every day to get it into my blogs but I’ll get them all onto the site by Monday.

I appreciate all of the nice notes I’ve received this week regarding the Orioles and their continued nonsense. It’s all good. The season starts on Monday. We’ll see how they do!

The webcam is coming very, very soon as well.

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Let’s Just Elect Thyrl Nelson ….. President Of The United States Of America !!!!

Posted on 16 September 2008 by Rex Snider

That’s it ….. I’m starting the grassroots campaign. No signs or mudslinging ads – just a write-in vote, on November 4th.

After all, if you’ve read Thyrl’s blog, “NFL Drops The Ball On Ravens vs. Texans” from Saturday, you’re probably sensing his reasoning was more rational and appropriate than the charade that eventually seeped from Roger Goodell’s office.

If Thyrl, who works full-time in the challenged mortgage industry, can develop a better plan regarding the Texans/Ravens makeup game, just imagine what he can do for our country. He’s got my attention.

That’s right, rescheduling the Texans/Ravens game in a combination with the Oakland Raiders would have ensured that all teams kept the allotted amount of home dates, and that bye-weeks remained intact. Isn’t that the ideal resolution?

While I’m not shocked by yesterday’s scoldings from a few President Bush fans, I am surprised that more folks aren’t concerned over the loss of a bye-week. If bye-weeks aren’t important, why do they exist? Better yet, why do players/personnel/fans pine for a bye, later in the season?

Don’t be fooled into believing that this decision is being well received by 53 guys living the “high life” in Baltimore’s suburbs ….. or their coaching staff. Better yet, don’t naively think the NFLPA isn’t priming to challenge the ‘Rog when the time is appropriate.

This isn’t about hurricanes or their resulting carnage. This also isn’t about entitled athletes losing a convenient break. And, lastly, it’s not about a perceived advantage some fans feel other teams will enjoy. I’ve been blunt about this ….. it’s about a multi-billion dollar behemoth being unprepared for adverse circumstances that have arisen in the past.

This is unacceptable. Just as we expect the cities of New Orleans, Houston, Miami and Charleston to be more readily prepared the next time a ‘cane comes calling ….. we should demand the same from the National Football League and ANY OTHER BUSINESS AFFECTED BY THESE STORMS.

In fact, we observed New Orleans’ experienced preparedness, with Hurricane Gustav, a couple weeks ago, right? The city’s proactive measures were effective and impressive. As a society, isn’t this what we hope for?

Now, what has the NFL done in the span of the past decade to prepare for scheduling deviation and the chaotic circumstances that can be generated in the wake of disasters? It’s a fair question.

You can bet on this ….. there will be hurricanes in 2009 ….. 2010 ….. 2011 ….. and well beyond. Will Mr. Goodell have a better answer than to sacrifice a team’s bye-week, when (NOT IF ….) this happens, again? I certainly hope so.

Some readers have alleged that a bye-week isn’t important. That doesn’t matter. In fact, I hate bye-weeks, myself, and can’t wait for the restless two-week dead span to end. However, every team gets one ….. and for good reason.

Additionally, some have asked “why involve the Raiders ???” Hell, if I know. Better yet, why involve the Ravens? Their only relevance is they were scheduled to play the Texans, and as a result, they lose their bye-week.

That’s right ….. no misconduct or alleged malfeasance; just a date on the schedule. So, let the Raiders or any other team absorb some of the pain or inconvenience. After all, it’s the “right thing to do.”

Yep, I’ve heard that line, along with “it sucks to be us” a few dozen times, since Saturday. Well, let it “suck” for the Raiders and any other team, as well, to ensure the effects are more balanced. Do the Ravens and Raiders share a common trait in this mess? Yep, neither team had anything to do with the NFL’s lack of preparation. And, neither team should be adversely effected, due to it.

Finally, a few conservative brethren have asked that I provide potential solutions to the NFL’s dilemma, as well as the basket of problems plaguing our nation. I guess this is what I get for coyly poking fun at the Commander In Chief.

My response to these folks is blunt — I don’t have a solution/answer for the NFL’s problem (but, Thyrl does) with the Texans/Ravens game. I also don’t have a solution for skyrocketing gas prices, a suffering economy and our ongoing presence in Iraq. And, there’s nothing wrong with such a stance.

As a consumer of the NFL, I have to hope Roger Goodell makes good decisions. If he does, he’ll hear it – and if he doesn’t, he’s also gonna hear it. That’s just the way it is.

More importantly, as an American citizen, I elected President Bush to lead a collective government aimed at solving this country’s woes. I have entrusted him to find the appropriate solutions. It’s his JOB ….. not mine.

In November, I’ll vote for the next guy whom I feel has the best chance of leading our nation and providing answers to the very questions some of you have posed. Both candidates have mandated an absolute need for CHANGE ….. and I wholeheartedly agree.

As a responsible citizen, I will never disparage President Bush or any other man/woman residing in that office. However, I will always reserve the right to question them, without providing any potential solutions. This will not change.

In the meantime, I will continue to support Thyrl Nelson. To date, he’s the only guy to provide a sensible solution to anything. From the world of “Fantasy Sports” to leading “Fantasy Land” …… that should be his motto.

Go get ‘em T …… and lower those gas prices !!!!!

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