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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Sunday 3pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV); Boxing: Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker (Saturday 9:45pm from Atlantic City live on HBO)

10. George Thorogood/Buddy Guy (Tuesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Huey Lewis & The News (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Chicago (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Uproar Festival feat. Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, New Politics, Coheed and Cambria, Middle Class Rut (Friday 2pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ted Nugent (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), En Vogue (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Candlebox (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Blues Traveler (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); JD McPherson (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere), Edwin McCain Band (Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Great White (Friday 8pm House of Rock); Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Hot August Blues feat. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals/Galactic (Saturday 12pm Oregon Ridge Park)

Perhaps I’ll do a little drinking Tuesday night at the Thorogood show.

Obviously there’s no drinking allowed at a Jimmy Buffett show though. Obviously.

Judge all you want. Blues Traveler OWNS.

Last time Grace Potter was in town…she really killed it.

9. Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival (Saturday & Sunday Little Italy); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Paul Rodriguez (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Jobs“, “Kick-Ass 2” and “Paranoia” out in theaters (Friday); Olympus Has Fallen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Just reading the words “feast” and “Italian” in the same sentence make something really weird happen in my pants…

I assume someone will be working on a replication of my fiancé’s buffalo chicken shells…

“I Wish It Was Christmas Today.”

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Part 3: Which Baltimore sports media entities suck? Here’s my report card…

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Part 3: Which Baltimore sports media entities suck? Here’s my report card…

Posted on 23 October 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s been nearly three years since I started publicly examining the “State of Baltimore Sports Media” at WNST.net. As I predicted, the way you get your local sports news, information and analysis has seamlessly changed and now sits in the palm of your hands.

Three years ago when I wrote this in depth look at where the Baltimore sports media universe was heading, Twitter was truly at the dawn of its existence. The ability of mobile devices was far more limited and far less distributed. And the access to the genie of instant information in the palms of our hands that we’ve quickly become accustomed to will never go backward into the narrow bottle of the limited access of newspapers, television and radio waves.

Today, I will examine the current state of the Baltimore sports media experience and as much as many local journalists like to give “report cards” on the Ravens every Sunday night and Monday morning, I’m sure some folks will get their feelings hurt today.

I’ll tell you what I think about our competitors and the intentions of their bosses and their corporate, money-making media machines. Honesty. Candidly. Openly. As usual…

And, we’d love to hear what you think here in our “2012 State Of Baltimore Sports Media Survey” here.

One lucky survey entrant will win a trip next weekend to Cleveland on our Miller Lite Orange Roadtrip powered by Jiffy Lube.

As I’ve said over the past month, we’re trying to make WNST.net better every minute of every day so that we can be your primary source of Baltimore sports news and information on your mobile device.

Examining the Baltimore sports media business is the most important thing I do on a daily basis and while I rarely write about this stuff, it’s been my life’s mission to improve your experience as a local sports fan.

I find it almost hilarious and/or pathetic that anyone would listen to the radio station that calls itself  “The Fan” when the entire concept was drawn up in a board room in New York and never factors the actual “fans” into the equation when they assembled their corporate radio station team.

But competition is good. It sets the bar. At WNST.net, we’ve never ducked the obvious or taken Baltimore sports fans for granted – we know you’re judging us and comparing us every day because you utilize more than one outlet for your sports media consumption on a daily basis in 2012.

But we’re always striving to the be the FIRST place you go to get Baltimore sports information on your IPhone, Droid or mobile device.

In an effort to encourage you to give your feedback on the local Baltimore sports media scene, it’s only fair that I file my own report card.

So, who are the competitors and players on the local scene and where do you turn when breaking news happens in Baltimore?

My general overview of this is candidly clear: Baltimore is a lazy market on the new media end. I know how hard we work at WNST.net and I know what our resources are. I know the strengths and weaknesses of all of our competitors in the marketplace and many of the assembled group of “journalists” in the market have either been on my team, interviewed to be on my team or have cross-pollinated in something I’ve touched because I’ve been doing Baltimore sports media longer than virtually anyone in the marketplace.

My journey began almost 29 years ago in January 1984 at age 15 when Baltimore had three newspapers, three TV stations and a handful of AM radio stations that did local sports of any kind.

In 2012, there has been a mass fracturing in the way and convenience in which we consume media so many of the entities have “loose ends” in their coverage or holes in the strategy. Some of their portals to garner attention, feedback and building a trusted community of information are very old world and “lazy” for my tastes.

And before I begin defecating on all of our competitors – and that will be prevalent below – no less than two of these fossilized radio stations have the arrogance to call themselves “the only station that matters.”

It’s hilarious. And the truth is that WNST.net is kicking all of their asses in the only place that really matters – the internet and on your mobile device via instant access.

Here’s a report card from two weeks ago via Twitter:

Some will get their feelings hurt, but if you click to Page 2 you’ll see what I think of our “competition” at WNST.net…

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Here’s what you think about WNST…so far!

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

For being a radio station that no one can hear and that no one listens to according to Arbitron, our 2012 Great Baltimore Sports Media Report Card is garning huge hits and many folks trying to win the trip to Cleveland.

The final question on the survey asks: “What would improve WNST.net & AM 1570 in 2013 to make you visit more often?

SO FAR HERE ARE THE RESPONSES:

precisely updated “morning newspaper” Seems like some of the stuff is repeated and not updated

9/19/2012 2:29 PMView Responses

change to fm. am dosen’t seem to get here without static

9/19/2012 2:14 PMView Responses

Have Peter write more article, he does a great job with the business of things, but I miss hearing his thoughts in the blogs. Tell Drew to tone it down a bit especially with his predictions, when a game is way in doubt. I understand Nestor dispute with Angelos, but give it a rest. No one is more passionate about Baltimore sports than he is, but saying the same thing over-and-over again gets old. Luke does a great job, I’d like to see him do more Orioles stuff when it conflicts with preseason football though. All-in-all, WNST does a great civic job and love the trips idea, and hope to go on one soon when I get more $$$.

9/19/2012 2:14 PMView Responses

WNST.net: improve some of the functionality. It’s sometimes hard to maneuver through the site when you want to jump from page to page. AM1570: Although I know this can’t happen, signal strength. Also, get better midday talent. I like Drew and Glenn, but Yaffe and Mittermaier are awful (They always have been. I’m still trying to figure out how they have a job). Thyrl is only slightly better.

9/19/2012 2:06 PMView Responses

More of Thyrl, Peter DiLutis and especially Luke Jones… much, much less of Drew Forrester, for the love of God.

9/19/2012 1:41 PMView Responses

On air, have to say the loss of Rob and Bob hurt. Drew is solid. Glenn is decent. Can’t handle Thryl…its like he is trying to hard. Web site is good. I probably should really lean on it more than the sun. Old habits i guess.

9/19/2012 1:30 PMView Responses

More of Nestor on the radio.

9/19/2012 1:30 PMView Responses

I turn off the station at 10 a.m. when I am at work. I can not listen to Damon Yaffe.. I want sports information, not negativity and sermons about how the sports world should be and every single thing that is wrong in the sports world and what he would do about it. He may be the worst radio personality ever on WNST. It would be better if you had more expert guests and hear more from the people like Alan Mcallum. Sometimes, the ramblings of callers gets a little old on WNST. If I wanted to hear average fans opinions about what happened in yesterday’s game or what the Orioles should do tonight, I could just listen to my co- workers . Thanks

9/19/2012 1:08 PMView Responses

Access to Orioles players and manager (not your station’s fault). BTW, how did you get McClouth interview on the air last week?

9/19/2012 12:53 AMView Responses

Hire Bob Hainey back. Get rid of Thyrl Nelson.

9/19/2012 12:45 AMView Responses

stronger signal, when i travel WNST is what i tune to but it seems beyond a certain point i loose the signal, i travel I-70 frequently but roughly 10-15 the signal is gone

9/19/2012 12:21 AMView Responses

If you were Live&Local weekend mornings, while the other “Sports Talk” stations run info ads, you’de Kill It! I know there are different shows different times during the yr, I miss the concept of a 52 week SatAM “Ravens!” show…where the 1st caller every week was from Cali!

9/19/2012 12:21 AMView Responses

More breaking news and unique insights to Ravens/Orioles. Less of Nestor taking unprovoked shots at Angelos and the O’s – its fine when warranted and topical but no need to in almost every web post.

9/19/2012 12:12 AMView Responses

Can’t visit/listen more than I already do.

9/19/2012 11:50 AMView Responses

nOTHING.

9/19/2012 11:45 AMView Responses

Absolutely love the station, the radio hosts, the web site, the text service.

9/19/2012 11:38 AMView Responses

Nestor on the air more.

9/19/2012 11:23 AMView Responses

Add traffic and weather reports during morning and evening commutes.

9/19/2012 11:15 AMView Responses

I know this is something you hear a lot but it bears repeating: Due to the times I can listen to the radio (and I don’t have a smartphone with the apps) which is in the car, WNST’s signal makes it tough to listen to the station. Don’t worry though, in Westminster 105.7 the Fan gets constant interference as well, in fact during the day 1570 has a clearer signal.

9/19/2012 11:04 AMView Responses

In regards to Twitter and Facebook, nothing. Nobody touches WNST when it comes to Twitter and Facebook. My only complaint about WNST. net is the fact that the webpage is a little cluttered. It is not something that prevents me from checking the website daily but I do find it to be a little cluttered which I think can be a distraction for some visitors.

9/19/2012 10:54 AMView Responses

stronger signal

9/19/2012 10:44 AMView Responses

Your website is poorly designed. I would look at making the site more visually appealing. It has all the basics, just could be so much better. SI.com is a great example of what a sports page should look like.

9/19/2012 10:26 AMView Responses

On air- less of those stupid top 10 lists and more talk on Mondays about Ravens as opposed to golf or other NFL teams. On line more Blogs by on air hosts maybe multiple times a day as needed with breaking sports news.

9/19/2012 10:15 AMView Responses

More compelling hosts – Drew is the only one really interesting. Lack of weekend programming is a problem. Limited Ravens pregame and postgame.

9/19/2012 10:11 AMView Responses

What really makes me against WNST(I only listen to Drew) is the trashing of EVERY other media entity in the area. It just is disgusting to keep hearing the same old mantra of “they suck” and we are the experts. The trashing of the O’s management(it’s personal, not business) is just so old. The hypocrisy of making note of other hosts “from some other town” and not Baltimore and yet having a constant stream of “out of town” experts to comment on Baltimore sports???? It just doesn’t fit what you proclaim as your model as LOCAL. Being proud of “firing” people is just so low brow and classless. That they are able to secure jobs on your competitors should be a testament to the training they get from the station… not a talking point that the other station sucks. You can look at your station as a good training ground for the Major Leagues. I know the radio business(as an advertiser, salesman for media and printed critic) and no matter what is stated, the station is widely considered MINOR. I can never stomach people who speak ill of competition, it is so juvenile and speaks to a inherent weakness of where it comes from. So how in good conscious can I believe that Honesty, Integrity are really the bedrocks of your mission? Trashing other people and companies does not garner a sense of Integrity. And I may be an older skew for what is sports talk radio today, but I could care less about “breaking news”, I don’t need to be aware of EVERYTHING happening at every moment. Part of the problem with our “plugged in” society is everyone looking at their phones 24/7. Speaks to the incivility, rudeness and narcissism of our time. Watch what is going around you and not your phone, catching up on the news(either on the web or TV) is something that I enjoy. Don’t need to know things before everyone else.

9/19/2012 10:05 AMView Responses

stronger radio signal

9/19/2012 9:57 AMView Responses

I think the service is great so I can’t think of anything to suggest at this time.

9/19/2012 9:49 AMView Responses

More nestor

9/19/2012 9:11 AMView Responses

I do lose your radio signal when I go north of shawan road, and i can’t get you in very clear at all up in hampstead, frustrating because I like your station a great deal.

9/19/2012 9:04 AMView Responses

I think you already do a great job. The only complaint I have is the TuneInRadio stream is unreliable. Don’t know if it’s the app or what, but since I can’t tune you guys in on the radio before sunrise, I depend on the stream.

9/19/2012 8:59 AMView Responses

More articles related to the Orioles, I feel this year that with the team being a winner for the first time in 14 years that the blogs related to the Orioles are lacking while anything dealing with the Ravens is written almost daily during September and even months prior to that.

9/19/2012 8:58 AMView Responses

Easier to navigate and find information (like events)

9/19/2012 8:54 AMView Responses

Although I really like the morning show witgh Drew, I wish he had a more interesting partner. At times things seem to get flat.

9/19/2012 8:33 AMView Responses

WNST.net—more timely info. Some headlines stay up for days (NHL lockout enters 2nd day). Also, some late scores are not available in various sports–especially baseball. Improve on the quality of the links. Too many times I have a link go somewhere other than the headline notes.

9/19/2012 8:28 AMView Responses

Live streaming from your weekly shows , catching it next day is good but would be nice to catch it during event , Dennis Pitta show in Perry Hall is a good example I saw on Facebook that it was packed and so I got in my car and went the bad part is they wouldn’t let me in due to size of place anyway it would have been Kool to catch the show as it was happening ..

9/19/2012 8:26 AMView Responses

More weekend stuff

9/19/2012 8:22 AMView Responses

Your live stream is getting more reliable but at times it is still problematic

9/19/2012 8:16 AMView Responses

Too much time on small local college sports but I understand the reasoning. I would like more national major sports news discussed instead – I turn off certain very bad callers – you figure it out. My listenting habits are mainly opening of shows where I get good summary and commentary on the game by the hosts but then turn off when i hear most opinions by listeners – prefer to hear “experts” so I turn on ESPN or certian 105.7 hosts that I thinka re very knowledgeable. For example I lover Billick segmnets and segments with out of town reporters/broadcasters etc.

9/19/2012 7:59 AMView Responses

Even though I understand the situation with the Orioles ….Sometimes the constant trashing can get to be to much. I do like that you dont just say what homer fans want to hear though. Also during the interviews with players/coaches after the games 1570 asks the best questions. Some outlets are embarrassing with stupid questions to athletes.

9/19/2012 7:50 AMView Responses

If it’s possible to improve on what you already do better than anyone else, is to continue to be very local. Your station makes a person feel like they are not just a listener, but a personal friend. This is so rare today in radio and nobody does it better than WNST.

9/19/2012 7:46 AMView Responses

replace Theryl and Glenn keep Nestor off the radio

9/19/2012 6:28 AMView Responses

More web content. Better writers/more research done to support opinions (like drew’s blog about the nationals suing the orioles. One of the most informative peices I’ve read). MOst of the time bloggers just spout their opinions with ZERO RESEARCH done.

9/19/2012 5:56 AMView Responses

More local High School sports coverage

9/19/2012 5:37 AMView Responses

I liked the old morning show with terry, Jeremy and drew

9/19/2012 5:17 AMView Responses

Not much. Everything is great.

9/19/2012 1:17 AMView Responses

More Ravens talk

9/19/2012 1:17 AMView Responses

a little more national news. a little more epl coverage. maybe an hour show once a week. maybe brent could do it for you.

9/19/2012 1:13 AMView Responses

sports specific shows?

9/19/2012 1:00 AMView Responses

You have got to get a section for the Wizards going!!!!!!!!!!! I love WNST but the only problem is that it acts like the wiz don’t even exist!!! Meanwhile they pay alot of attention to the Capitals, a team which has never played in Baltimore, while denying the former and still close to home Baltimore Bullets!!! I know many people who see this as the only glaring problem with WNST, other than that great job. But seriously guys let get some Wiz coverage Baltimore is a hotbed for future NBA players and its a shame to see the number one name in Baltimore sports not even covering our own NBA team. Just need a section for the Wizards and WNST will be pure Bmore sports perfection.

9/19/2012 12:56 AMView Responses

More frequent updates, better O’s relationship though Angelos sucks & needs to sell the team

9/19/2012 12:27 AMView Responses

You have got to get a section for the Wizards going!!!!!!!!!!! I love WNST but the only problem is that it acts like the wiz don’t even exist!!! Meanwhile they pay alot of attention to the Capitals, a team which has never played in Baltimore, while denying the former and still close to home Baltimore Bullets!!! I know many people who see this as the only glaring problem with WNST, other than that great job. But seriously guys let get some Wiz coverage Baltimore is a hotbed for future NBA players and its a shame to see the number one name in Baltimore sports not even covering our own NBA team. Just need a section for the Wizards and WNST will be pure Bmore sports perfection.

9/19/2012 12:56 AMView Responses

More frequent updates, better O’s relationship though Angelos sucks & needs to sell the team

9/19/2012 12:27 AMView Responses

My only complaint about WNST is Drew held a contest a few yrs ago for kids to wire a survey about their favorite teacher and he would give them free tickets to an O’s gm. Well she did it and was excited but she never got to go. This was about 3 or 4 yrs ago. Every time she hears his voice she remembers. Other then that no issues with the station.

9/19/2012 12:26 AMView Responses

Free stuff Keep up the good work

9/19/2012 12:25 AMView Responses

Honestly, there’s not much that I can think of other then that sometimes the text alerts seem to be delayed. If you can fix that everything else is great!

9/19/2012 12:16 AMView Responses

FM station for the car.

9/19/2012 12:10 AMView Responses

A better signal. Talent besides Drew.

9/19/2012 12:09 AMView Responses

You guys have a great knack of finding radio talent, id try to hold onto it a little but with that said i dont know a lot about running my own business so im sure nestor had his reasons.

9/19/2012 12:05 AMView Responses

I liked the top of the hour national sports news updates but realize that WNST is no longer affiliated with SNR(yahoo!radio) or FoxSportsRadio. Also, wish you could find weekend programming that actually sticks. Otherwise, bravo on jobs well done.

9/19/2012 12:03 AMView Responses

The radio has got to get better hosts. First Nestor took off to handle admin stuff, then Jeremy, Haynie, Long and Ray were gone. After Drew in the AM I shut the station off until the next day. If Drew ever left I would never listen again.

9/18/2012 11:54 PMView Responses

trips news more info on texting

9/18/2012 11:53 PMView Responses

More fan events and trips to College Park for basketball games.

9/18/2012 11:51 PMView Responses

n/a

9/18/2012 11:39 PMView Responses

Get rid of Bull Dog

9/18/2012 11:38 PMView Responses

Nestor, I grew up in Severna Park and went to college at UVA. I’m 46 years old. In 1994 I moved to Baltimore County. I want to thank you. I feel like you and your station introduced me to the customs and culture of Baltimore. I have never stopped listening. I applaud you for keeping Angelos honest. I listen in the car driving to work every morning for Ravens coverage. Keep innovating.

9/18/2012 11:24 PMView Responses

Wouldn’t change a thing

9/18/2012 11:23 PMView Responses

Make the home page less busy and not so blog dominant.

9/18/2012 11:18 PMView Responses

Not much…it’s on the radio on the way to work then .net when I log into my computer. Lose the signal in the evening on the am radio on the way home.

9/18/2012 11:17 PMView Responses

Signal strength. I travel Balt dc metro territory. More caps coverage.

9/18/2012 11:17 PMView Responses

Nothing – you guys have great content

9/18/2012 11:16 PMView Responses

Difficult to address but the radio signal strength on west side of baltimore is frustrating and is primary reason I tune out. Website has so much content difficult to quickly consume. Occasionally hosts pet peeves become repetitive.

9/18/2012 11:14 PMView Responses

Usually with the station i just get out of signal range and cannot hear it anymore when i want to listen. In terms of social media and social media interaction its top notch and the website is top notch. Its the only station in town where you know you can take trips to see Baltimore teams on the road and that is fantastic as a fan. I feel like even though the Orioles are doing well the station still wants to beat the team up at times and i get that i truly do but it turns you off as a fan. I also get the chest out we are the best mindset, any person in any field should have it , but that as well becomes a bit trying after awhile as a listener and supporter. Other than that its the best in town for Baltimore sports and keep up the fantastic work.

9/18/2012 11:13 PMView Responses

Bring back Bob and Rob

9/18/2012 11:11 PMView Responses

any way to get a stronger signal

9/18/2012 11:11 PMView Responses

Considering I am an avid listener to the program and follower via twitter, facebook, ustream, you name it. WNST is by far greater than any other media outlet in town. With that said, I know Nestor and company are always looking for ways to grow. So I will provide a few suggestions… Since I work 8-5 I rarely get to listen live although I do one my way to work tune into Drew and Luke. But, I am on the audio vault MORE than anyone. It is by far one of my favorite features and I love the “search” tool. Having said that, I would suggest if possible to keep even older links in the audio vault. I know time to time I like to show friends and family certain encounters that may have happened a while back that no longer are available on the audio vault. Maybe a “Best of Drew” or “Best of Glenn” section could work or just keeping old old links. For example, I would like to hear the Angelos interview that you guys play frequently, but I can’t find that if I search “Peter Angelos” in the audio vault. Overall, WNST does a fantastic job. Whether its the text service, the knowledge of sports talk hosts, the MANY trips Nestor puts together to various sporting events. Its just fantastic and I couldn’t be happier or luckier to have grown up all these years listening to WNST. I am 23 years old and i have been waking up running to turn on WNST on my way to Pikesville High School, I even got my New York roommates at College Park enjoying WNST with me. Thanks Nestor and crew for all the great coverage you provide to all Baltimore fans around the world. Keep up the good work. -Sam Bruck

9/18/2012 11:09 PMView Responses

Expand the time given to Damon and Paul program, give less time to Thryl. Damon and Paul are a strong follow-up to Drew in the a.m. Only my opinion but I listen ALMOST everyday, even when out of town. The website is the best in town, not even close.. The content is legit, but the design could improve somewhat. Anyone who is not subscribed to the text service is missing out. Will be honest, I jump over to Haynie often, Dude is the best in my opinion. Drew is fantastic and a step up over the clowns on the FM side in the a.m. He owns the morning as far as I can tell.

9/18/2012 11:08 PMView Responses

A few shows repeat throughout the day, making them outdated when they repeat. Other than that, great job!

9/18/2012 11:08 PMView Responses

On air longer hours.

9/18/2012 11:06 PMView Responses

Improved nighttime signal, but you know that. I liked Haynie, but I know that was tough. Liked him better on your station than on WJZ. Website design could be better. Sometimes content hard to find. You’re doing fine overall–I love that you’re locally owned–so rare in radio.

9/18/2012 11:05 PMView Responses

Nothing. If I had more time I would listen more.

9/18/2012 11:01 PMView Responses

The radio reception in the car in Baltimore is very spotty which tends for me to switch to 105.7 and stay there more times than not.

9/18/2012 11:00 PMView Responses

WNST IS AWESOME!

9/18/2012 10:58 PMView Responses

I find the quality of the audio in the audio vault on the site to be poor sometimes.

9/18/2012 10:58 PMView Responses

Better radio signal.

9/18/2012 10:57 PMView Responses

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It’s time for a WNST “report card” & we need your help!

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It’s time for a WNST “report card” & we need your help!

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

As the owner and C.E.O. of WNST.net since 1998, I believe the most important trust in running Baltimore’s longest-running sports information company is listening to the needs of the marketplace.

It’s the fans of the Orioles, Ravens, Terps, Caps and other issues of Baltimore sports concern that put us in business and keep us growing and healthy in 2012.

As has been our custom over the past two decades, I’m always available to receive emails at nasty@wnst.net concerning any issue at WNST.net. (Or as Peter Angelos famously lied to me in 1997: “I’m a very available individual…”)

Today, I’m asking you to give me a report card on how we’re doing here at WNST. We’d sincerely appreciate an honest appraisal of the way you use Baltimore sports media in 2012 and the way you view WNST.net, our competitors and, hopefully, some helpful suggestions on ways we could improve what we’re doing.

As an incentive, we’ll take one lucky winner and a friend to exotic Cleveland, Ohio for a weekend of football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in November on our WNST Purple Football Roadtrip, courtesy of Jiffy Lube.

 

 

 

And we’ll never sell or share your information. So, take a few minutes if you can and perhaps you’ll be our big winner!

TAKE THE 2012 GREAT BALTIMORE SPORTS MEDIA REPORT CARD HERE

Do we suck? Are we awesome? What are we missing? How can we better service you? What do our competitors do that you like? What do you love about WNST? What do you dislike about WNST?

Every two years we do a major survey to gauge how we’re doing. But the media world changes and evolves at a frightening speed in 2012 with mobile devices, tablets and the instant distribution of thoughts, news, observations and information.

Many, many things have changed in the Baltimore sports media scene since I began working at The News American in January 1984. As a kid who saw that hot metal type line up on newsprint and then watched and learned at The Sun from 1986-1992 to doing sports radio locally and nationally, I’ve picked up many hints and plenty of help along the way to create a company that is boldly local, proudly independent and enduringly honest.

I’ve dedicated my entire life to Baltimore sports and to the journalism, information and analysis that goes with it. This is the only thing I’ve ever done with my life and I want WNST.net to be the best and biggest media company in the marketplace.

We want to be the media organization that serves you the best. Unlike our “small” AM radio signal, you can now take WNST.net everywhere in the world you go…

We’re always looking for a deeper level of engagement with the fans we already have via Baltimore sports. And more so than any other voice on the internet bringing you Baltimore sports reaction and analysis, we are striving for perfection and your attention at WNST.net.

In the old days, you had to go to your radio to get your WNST fix. Now, via mobile devices, we’re in your pocket everywhere you go, every hour of the day.

We’re hoping to connect with you in a more meaningful way and to better serve Baltimore sports fans as mobile grows and your tastes evolve. Over 21 years of doing radio and now almost 15 years of WNST as an entity, we’d like to strengthen our relationship with Ravens, Orioles, Terps, Caps, lacrosse and local high school programs.

Unlike morning shows with guys from New York and Boston and “experts” from the Washington suburbs and parts of upper Michigan and St. Louis, the crew at WNST.net is always local and has lived the history of Baltimore sports.

Now we’re asking you: has WNST.net done a good job of this?

Judging from every measurement we can find on the internet – Twitter, Facebook, Google Analytics, reaction to our posts and opinions, we’re doing a damned fine job.

But we can always be better.

This is where you come in…

In our market, quite frankly, it’s been about authenticity and credibility.

WNST builds our audience through quality programming, content and distribution. And then we build relevance for local marketers and businesses who keep us in business because of your support of their sponsorship of our programming and information.

When you support a WNST sponsor you directly affect our ability to improve and keep bringing you the best Baltimore’s best sports coverage divinely possible.

So, as Bruce Springsteen might say, bring on your Wrecking Ball and give us some feedback. We’re thick-skinned. Any constructive criticism or feedback is always welcome at WNST.net.

Once again, here’s a link to our report card and survey

 

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NBC & WBAL should be ashamed of lame tape delay Olympics coverage

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NBC & WBAL should be ashamed of lame tape delay Olympics coverage

Posted on 29 July 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

For those of you who have followed my radio career since 1991, you know that I’m a patriotic fan of American sports and the Olympics always seems to capture my attention in at least some small way.

This year, with local hero Michael Phelps back in the daily consciousness, it makes sense that I’d be interested in a Baltimore guy who has already made plenty of history but is trying to nab these three medals to be the most decorated athlete in the history of the world.

He’s from Towson. WNST is in Towson. I’ve attended two parades in his honor. As I said on my Facebook page, he’s kinda a big deal around here.

On Saturday, I began my morning after the Opening Ceremonies at 4 a.m. Immediately, I saw live tweets coming Andrea Kramer and others from London regarding Michael Phelps being in the pool for heats. I turned on NBC before sunrise and watched some early morning pool action. Phelps wasn’t strong but made the finals and I was intrigued by a Lochte vs. Phelps showdown “later tonight.” I downloaded the NBC schedule and saw that the finals were actually happening around 1:30 p.m. our time. The website even has a “your time” vs. “London time” setting.

I literally built my day around watching Michael Phelps swim for a gold medal.

Sometime around 2 p.m. I realized that NBC’s main feed was strangely nowhere near a pool and was more in “female pitch” time, doing feel good pieces on the gymnastics team and showing the already-tired Youtube girls swim team video of “Call Me Maybe” for the fourth time. I thought maybe the schedule on the web was wrong.

Sometime around 2:20 p.m. I became a little suspicious and I had the audacity to open my laptop on Facebook and Twitter and found out within 20 seconds of the end of the race that Ryan Lochte had defeated Michael Phelps soundly.

Within minutes, the global assault on NBC – via #NBCFail — had begun and I was among the millions who were duped into thinking that the biggest sporting event of the day – held in the middle of a sports Saturday in America no less – would be suppressed and embargoed by the network that paid billions of dollars to have exclusive “live” coverage of the London Olympics.

What a strange, stupid decision the folks at NBC made – a mandate to embarrass virtually everyone associated with anything “news” for their whole company.

Then, keeping with the rank and file mandate of some NBC exec in New York, on the 6 p.m. newscast WBAL-TV opted to “pretend” that the race hadn’t happened yet, speaking of it in the future tense. They even did a live shot at Meadowbrook and asked the reporter to drum up “people can’t wait for the race” rhetoric when every 15-year old who swims at the club had known the result for four hours.

Just monumentally embarrassing, especially for a local television station that uses “Live, Local and Latebreaking” as a trite mantra to attract people with gray hair who still think news doesn’t happen until 6 p.m.

God bless Sarah Caldwell (who I like a lot) but if some suit in New York told me to do the nightly “news” and then asked me to stare into the camera with integrity and pretend I didn’t know who won four hours after it was over?

Does anyone over there have a brain?

Twenty minutes later an almost contrite Gerry Sandusky offered to give the result only after pleading the viewership to turn the station off for a few seconds if they didn’t want the result.

Where is Dan Joerres or someone on TV Hill to call “bullhockey” on these goofy local news embargoes, especially when the Baltimore local news leads without giving the Michael Phelps result on the network that had the live rights to it?

The equally corrupt jokers next door at WJZ-TV and the CBS Locals must’ve been howling with laughter in the newsroom.

It’s 2012. There’s this little thing called the internet that allows us to share information in a free society.

But this isn’t as much about the embarrassment of WBAL-TV – heck the AM 1090 radio side proved their mettle as a news organization back during the 2006 “Free The Birds” walkout when the audio broadcast was essentially a 75-minute chant without nary a word of a protest of the Orioles that day – it’s really amazing that anyone associated with NBC’s news operation would bless this style of “journalism” regarding sports.

I guess nothing shocks me anymore – at the local or national media level — especially when a bunch of suits in New York smell freshly printed green money without regard to the customers.

But who exactly are they trying to appeal to by withholding the live events and pretending that anyone would tune in at 9:40 p.m. to watch a swimming race that everyone in the world had access to the result of if they cared enough to care about who won the race more than seven hours earlier?

Yesterday NBC Sports got what it deserved – a failing grade and a 2012 new media spanking in real time called #NBCFail.

In 1968, it was called “Heidi.”

In 2012, it’s called trending.

When will these guys learn they’re not really in control of information anymore?

The world – from wars to storms, from swimming results to the corruption of corporate money in our society to guys dressed up as The Joker on shooting sprees in Aurora – goes on in real time.

Not in tape delay.

 

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Season of “Moneyball” begins for Angelos, Duquette, Buck & Orioles of 2012

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Season of “Moneyball” begins for Angelos, Duquette, Buck & Orioles of 2012

Posted on 13 July 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

The second half of the Baltimore Orioles’ re-awakening 2012 season is about to begin and the local baseball fans are a bit befuddled by it all.

As a Baltimore sports fan, I’m never allergic to exciting wins and a 12-game over .500 start to any baseball season. We’ve seen a manager who not only channels Earl Weaver in his size, stature and mannerisms but also with shrewd use of role players and borderline big leaguers. It’s been three months of watching guys who are trying hard no matter who is called up from Norfolk or who hits the disabled list. We’ve witnessed the blossoming of a true superstar in Adam Jones, who signed a record contract in mid-May against all previous precedent given by the Angelos family.

And, for the first time since 1997, this version of the Baltimore Orioles has stirred fans’ awareness – if not necessarily their emotions or beliefs – that this could be a dog-days-of-summer presentation that will bare watching as the fellows in the purple sweaters practice in Owings Mills in two weeks.

But here’s the problem: the 2012 Baltimore Orioles roster — as currently assembled on July 13th — is either in parts of tatters, simply unproven or just flat-out stinks.

I’ve been watching baseball for 40 years and I can’t think of any situation that compares to this.

The 2012 Baltimore Orioles are 45-40, now just five games over .500. However, if the season ended today they’d be in the playoffs. It’s officially the second half of the season – I watched the All-Star Game on Tuesday night even if none of the rest of you did – and the Orioles have a legitimate chance to play at least one postseason baseball game in October.

In the new Bud Selig fantasy world of more October baseball and profit, the Orioles are truly contenders in a way we couldn’t have imagined in March and haven’t seen since the Clinton administration. And no one else in the American League East looks to be galvanized to go on a tear, either.

Meanwhile the young guns of Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz and Tommy Hunter are all in Norfolk after repeated self-inflicted shots into the bleachers after a series of “Ball Ones” and long, hot innings of ineffectiveness and blown leads.

The now-rested bullpen will attempt to continue to atone for the sins of the many failed starts over the past eight weeks.

The offense is in tatters. Despite the trade for a post-40 Jim Thome – yet another acquisition a player who is in the December of his career ala Sammy Sosa and Vladimir Guerrero — the Orioles are at least making some attempt to get to October after such an encouraging start.

Will Brian Roberts be a factor in the second half? Is Nick Markakis fully healed from his hamate bone injury? Can J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters provide more offense in the second half? Is Xavier Avery a star or just another so-so-outfielder from the Orioles’ depth chart?

There are far more questions than answers heading into the second season of baseball.

The Orioles have been irrelevant for 15 years. This year it appears we’ll have the first-ever Ravens’ training camp opening where the orange team will be the ones making summer headlines.

Will they trade? Who will they trade? What will they get?

One thing we know: trades for legitimate pitchers and hitters who can help the Orioles will not only cost some prospects but will involve large sums of money to pay these proven

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Here’s what your local “sports media personality” needs to know in 2012

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Here’s what your local “sports media personality” needs to know in 2012

Posted on 15 June 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

It was so much easier when I was growing up, this sports media thing. First, you learned how to write and then you went to some journalism or “communications” college or university, you did an internship and then sent resumes out and you got your dream job and lived happily ever after.

And maybe you got a gold watch if you hung around at the newspaper or TV station for 25 years or more?

Here at WNST.net this summer, we’re extending an open offer to any Baltimore sports fan who wants to be the next Baltimore Sports Media Superstar via our competition. All of the info is here…

The harsh reality of media and new media in 2012 is that it’s an all-encompassing commitment of time, experience and continuing education that makes a local personality or entity relevant as breaking news, information, analysis and the games themselves fly by in real time with your mobile device with you at all times.

And that’s just the content side.

Here’s a speech I gave to a Loyola Sports Marketing class in May 2012. This is Part 1 in a series about my current thoughts on the state of Baltimore sports media and the industry as a whole:

If you can’t sell your own personal brand – by bringing in audience, engaging them, adding value to their life experience and adding expertise or analysis that people care about – you will NOT be successful in the new media world.

If no cares to be your audience – or in this era that would be “opt in” or “follow” or “subscribe” — then no one will be available to stimulate the commerce necessary that ultimately will pay your salary via local sponsorship dollars..

In the old days it was easy – there were three TV channels, a few radio stations and a newspaper or two. Whoever the local program director or editor hired was all that the public got and all that you’d ever get from the “inside” of a sports team. The competition for those scarce jobs and the outstanding pay via expensive local television news ads fueled by automotive dealers and local advertisers was all coveted. And the public in Baltimore essentially had three choices for the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news – WBAL, WMAR and WJZ. There were two newspapers – The Sun and The News American. And sports radio didn’t exist except for Charley Eckman screaming bloody murder about some local issue on the Johnny Walker show on WFBR.

That was the entire world of Baltimore sports media in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

And the only ones who really did it the “new world” way were Coach Eckman and Tom Davis, who bought and sold their own “in-show” advertising and made far more money than most radio “talking heads” did and certainly more than the folks at The Sun or The News American.

All of the TV and newspaper people were part of a larger ensemble and staff. The radio sports talk guys needed to fight for audience and those radio stations needed hosts who garnered real traffic and real new business for local sponsors and advertisers.

This is the world I lived in on local AM radio from 1992 until 2006, when tens of thousands of you crashed my webpage and my email with traffic from all over the world after the initial “Free The Birds” walkout and showed me a new world of WNST.net on the internet.

In the new media world, if you can’t sell your own brand as a sports media expert then how can a local sponsor or business owner trust that you can help them sell pizza or cars or beer?

The reality is that I’m in college every day at WNST.net. The college of life, emerging media and business in 2012 and how it relates to the changing ways of sports fans’ consumption of information via mobile devices in real time.

It’s taken two decades but I’ve finally figured out why I went to college back in the 1980’s. All of those beers at Jay’s off campus at the University of Baltimore and all of those evening classes about Marshall McLuhan — it’s all finally paid off. All those classes with Julie Simon and discovering the roots of communication and theory of how the “medium is the message” and emerging “global village” has changed the world in the last decade since the internet has extended our FCC towers at what was formerly a “little AM radio station” at WNST-AM 1570 and brought video and words and statistics and instant feedback into the realm of the palm of our hands via mobile via WNST.net.

I’ve finally figured out the value of my University of Baltimore education and Corporation Communications degree – it just took me 20 years!

While I’m not going to be donating to UB anytime soon – or anytime that the name of Peter G. Angelos

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Part 2 of 5: How does WNST measure up to other Baltimore media?

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Part 2 of 5: How does WNST measure up to other Baltimore media?

Posted on 28 January 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

This blog was originally published two years ago. We’ll be revisiting this with a three-part series and updating these thoughts with a new WNST “State of Baltimore Sports Media” survey next week while we broadcast live from Indianapolis all week. This is Part 2 of 5: The State of Baltimore Sports Media (circa 2010).

A friend of mine in San Franciscio has an awesome bar called Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant on Geary Street in the Richmond District. It’s one of my favorite places on earth. Full of chips, salsa, guacamole and stiff margaritas, the night before the AFC Championship Game in 2001 we hung out there with more Ravens fans than the place can hold. I was there three weeks ago and have shot several video segments for wnsTV from Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant over the years.

Over the Bay Area’s largest tequila bar, my pal Julio Bermejo (the U.S. Ambassador & world expert on 100% agave tequila) has a bunch of fun signs with slogans and axioms.

Here’s my favorite:

“Tommy’s encourages you to visit our competitors!”

I just love that. Because it’s exactly how we feel at WNST.net. Go ahead and scan the dial, surf the web, Facebook and Twitter away with our competitors – you’ll come back to us.

It’s our solemn goal and daily mission to make it mandatory that you come back to WNST.net every day for your Baltimore sports news, information and conversation because we think our content and observations are the best in the market.

The sign at Tommy’s is a symbol of excellence and the ultimate statement of self-confidence in one’s own product/expertise/value. It ain’t bragging if you can back it up, right?

It says we’re so good, you’ll remember us — and you’ll be back because we have the best information, the most accurate information and the most informed opinion, analysis and insights in the marketplace.

Oh, and unlike the others who are being paid “hush money” to cough and look the other way by the teams that they’re ostensibly asked to assess, evaluate and analyze with “integrity,” you always know you’re always going to get the truth from us.

For the first time in the history of WNST as a company dating back to 1998, we’re finally getting a fair shake on the measurement of our product on the web to know just how many people really are “coming back” each day.

I’ve been doing sports radio for 18 years. I have never read an Arbitron report that says we have more than 500 listeners. Most times, it lists us as the 52nd radio station in the market and sometimes we’ve fallen to ZERO listeners in their antiquated and useless monthly surveys. One local advertising agent has spent the past two decades calling us a “little station with a ‘cult’ following.” (After 18 years, nothing could be more insulting or further from the truth.)

And if you check the latest Arbitron numbers – we lovingly call them the “arbitraries” – you’ll see that once again NONE of you seem to listen to WNST.

Yep, we’re back at “zero point zero” – kind of like Bluto in “Animal House.”

But to the amazement of everyone in the Baltimore media world, suddenly, we’re so far ahead of the pack in every WEB measurement that it defies all of the “millions of dollars of research” that Arbitron has invested in proving that places like WNST-AM 1570 and brands like WNST.net aren’t effective.

But somehow, we have well over 40,000 people in our sphere here in Baltimore (at least that’s how many we’ve been able to account for so far) and displaced local sports fans across the country who’ve been kind and trusting enough to give us their email, mobile number, Facebook or Twitter access. We’ve got over 10,000 on our registration to the website and more 12,000 in our Facebook sphere alone! And there are certainly thousands of other folks who just “lurk” in our sphere, reading but never commenting, registering or playing any of our games for cash and prizes. Just like the thousands of you who have been listening to WNST-AM 1570 for years and have never received a dairy to fill out.

Every day thousands of you are coming regularly to WNST.net – via our website, Twitter, Facebook or a myriad of other connections — for any of the variety of media and information we offer.

Against the marketplace over the past dozen years, WNST has been cheated out of millions of dollars of market revenue but the game is “fixed” — at least as far as radio is concerned. Arbitron’s reporting is so fundamentally flawed and skewed that it’d be laughable if it didn’t cause me to fire people and lose money on a measurement system that is so antiquated I find it hard to believe that anyone could take it seriously.

For the first 17 years of my radio existence and as recently as last spring, Arbitron was sending out a paper diary in an envelope with a stamp via snail mail and the USPS to various (and random) home mailboxes with a $1 bill (and later $2) inside asking you

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State of Baltimore Sports Media: Where do you get your info & whom do you trust?

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State of Baltimore Sports Media: Where do you get your info & whom do you trust?

Posted on 27 January 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

This blog was originally published two years ago. We’ll be revisiting this with a three-part series and updating these thoughts with a new WNST “State of Baltimore Sports Media” survey next week while we broadcast live from Indianapolis all week. This is Part 1 of 5: The State of Baltimore Sports Media (circa 2010).

The world has changed a lot since I was born in 1968 and when I first starting reading The Sun in 1972. I was one of those kids who read early and have vivid memories of reading the sports section scores to the class in kindergarten in 1973. I learned to read by reading the newspaper every day. News, information and current events were a huge part of my household in Colgate. And sports was part gospel.

 

Expose

Every day at my house in Dundalk, The Sun came in the morning and The News American came at night. (Even though both of my parents insisted on calling it “The News Post” – its earlier name from the 1950s.) I read the sports section, the news section, TV listings, played Wishing Well and read the goofy horoscope. I was — and still am at heart — a newspaper freak. I clipped mastheads when my family traveled in 1978 to Myrtle Beach, S.C. from every newspaper at every rest stop. They were easy-to-get 10-cent souvenirs at every Stuckey’s along the way!

My Pop subscribed to the Baseball Digest (we’d always get the almanac and stats books at the end of every year, which were like bibles in my house) and The Sporting News.

As a kid in the 1970’s, we were under almost communistic rule in regard to the flow of real information to the public in regard to sports or the business of sports. If the baseball owners – who were the kings of American sports, in that they owned the most valuable & well-marketed sports properties – didn’t want players to have free agency for 50 years, do you think they were interested in sports writers having free speech? (Just think about it…lol)

My flow of information was relegated to a few annual digests, The Sporting News and bubble gum cards. (One day I’ll write a book solely devoted to baseball cards, which have been a lifelong passion for me.)

Back to the basics: when you’re a kid from Dundalk in the 1970s you think “I read it in the newspaper – it MUST be true!” Or at least that’s what I thought before I had given any thought to the business aspects of the sports media world.

I’ve later come to realize that until Howard Cosell came along during my childhood and began to expose all of the nonsense in the sports world and the backrubs that the alleged “media” were giving the “jockocracy,” it was a world of marketing, hero-worship and ticket selling with very little regard for the facts about athletes or how the world works. It was pretty much like the World Wide Wrestling Federation – a land of make believe. You make up a story in the public relations department, get the writers to write about it, make your broadcasters talk about it during the games – and voila, Fruit Loops becomes part of the Mickey Tettleton legend!

I’m now 41 and I’ve spent every moment since I was 15 years old learning about, living in and adjusting to the world of Baltimore sports media. And with all of the knowledge and school-of-hard-knocks life lessons I’ve been taught, I’ve never read anyone who was more on-point, accurate and candid than Cosell.

To me, he’s the greatest sports journalist there ever was – and his credo of “telling it like it is” always resonates with me and while in some colleague circles it hasn’t made me popular, it has brought me the eternal gift of respect from those who know that I don’t need to sugarcoat the reality of a circumstance.

In Dundalk parlance, they know I’m not “bulls%^&*g” them…

If I’ve said it or written it over the years, it’s the truth. Like it or not, you’re getting what I really think and the background of facts and observations that justify my stance.

But, then again, I’m the only media member in the marketplace who doesn’t have a boss. I don’t answer to anybody and I don’t work for anybody else. No one can “fire” me. So, in many ways, I’m the only one who CAN tell you the truth. Sad, but true.

If you’re giving me the time to read this piece – or have ever tuned into any of my work since 1984 – I feel I owe you what I really think not just what “someone told me I should say.” And besides, it’s got my name on it. And the building and radio station and website all have WNST.net on them. So this week upon my departure from radio and into the fulltime world of social media and entrepreneurship, I’m going to set the record straight.

Since the 1980’s, I’ve gone on to work for all three daily newspapers as a kid, learning every nuance of the news, journalism, reporting, editing and protocol of the industry from the greatest cast of experts you could possibly imagine: John Steadman, Richard Justice, Ken Rosenthal, Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, plus dozens (if not hundreds) of other mentors, co-workers, colleagues and sports media personalities and business executives. I’ve been a sponge to all of their unending information, knowledge and advice. Much of this I’ll be using when I begin researching and writing my third book all this year on the history of Baltimore sports coaches and leadership and wisdom. I am hoping it will be the best piece of work I’ve ever done. I will pour my heart into it and hope that you buy it and share it. I’m hoping to have it available by Labor Day.

In the 1990’s I created a successful sports radio show that begat WNST-AM

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MASN To Air Just Six Orioles Spring Training Games

Posted on 25 January 2012 by WNST Staff

SARASOTA HIGHLIGHTED TO MILLIONS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION

THROUGH ORIOLES SPRING TRAINING TV BROADCASTS

The Orioles recently announced their radio and television broadcasts for the 2012 spring training season, providing the Sarasota area exposure to millions of households in the Mid-Atlantic region.

MASN, the Orioles’ television rightsholder, will air six spring training games from Ed Smith Stadium in 2012, the most MASN has ever broadcast. Those games include March 5 vs. Pittsburgh, March 11 vs. Boston, March 18 vs. New York, March 23 vs. Boston, March 24 vs. Washington and April 1 vs. Tampa Bay. MASN’s exclusive television territory covers over seven million households in all or parts of six states and the District of Columbia from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina.

“The broadcast of Orioles spring training games back to the Mid-Atlantic market is a huge promotional bonus for Sarasota,” said VIRGINIA HALEY, President of the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The three-hour broadcasts are often filled with images of beaches, shopping districts, marinas and other recreational activities, helping to promote the Greater Sarasota area as a true tourist destination.”

“Millions of households can learn about the beauty and attractions of the Sarasota area by watching or listening to Orioles spring training broadcasts, creating an awareness that can lead to increased interest and tourism in the region,” said GREG BADER, Orioles Director of Communications. “In addition to our local broadcasts, the Sarasota area also benefits from radio and television broadcasts of spring training games by the Orioles’ opponents to their regional audiences across the United States.”

The Orioles’ 2012 spring training season will begin on Monday, March 5 at 7:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the new Ed Smith Stadium. Both MASN and WBAL Radio will broadcast the game live.

 

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