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Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole Says Warren Sapp Should Be Fired by NFL

Posted on 22 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Nets Select Maryland’s Jordan Williams in Round 2

Posted on 23 June 2011 by WNST Staff

Williams Picked by Nets in Second Round

Maryland center led ACC in rebounding in 2010-11

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Jordan Williams, who earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition after leading the league in rebounding as a sophomore, was chosen by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the NBA Draft Thursday night.

Williams, a 6-foot-10 center, was the 36th selection overall in the draft and was the Nets’ second selection of the night.

I’m excited for Jordan that he realized a longtime dream of his to have his name called in the NBA Draft,” said new Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “It’s a testament of his hard work and the great opportunity he had to play college basketball at Maryland.  We wish Jordan the best as he begins his professional career, and we will follow him closely as he adds his name to the long list of Maryland alumni to play in the NBA.”

Williams averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Terrapins, who went 19-14 in the 2010-11 season. He set a school record with 13 straight double-doubles this season and ended the year with 25, which was second in the nation.

With 388 rebounds, he finished second on the single-season rebounding list at Maryland and was only the seventh sophomore in the history of the ACC to grab at least 600 career rebounds (672). He finished third nationally in rebounding and was the first Maryland player to lead the ACC on the glass since Joe Smith (1993-94).

He was a third team All-America pick by Yahoo! Sports and FoxSports.com, and earned honorable mention All-America consideration by the Associated Press.

Williams’ selection gives the Terrapin men’s basketball program picks in back-to-back seasons for the second time since 2007. Greivis Vasquez, the ACC Player of the Year in 2010, was selected on the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies and was the 28th pick overall in last year’s NBA Draft.

D.J. Strawberry (2007) and James Gist (2008) were the most recent back-to-back picks, while Maryland had players taken in 2001 (Terence Morris), 2002 (Chris Wilcox, Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter) and 2003 (Steve Blake).

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Before you pass judgement on Luke Scott .....

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Before you pass judgement on Luke Scott …..

Posted on 09 December 2010 by Rex Snider

Late yesterday morning, rumors regarding a controversially-spirited interview with Luke Scott and the fine folks at Yahoo Sports, began circulating around sports media circles. By late afternoon, it was a full blown news story and covered by every major network, on-air and via respective websites.

With the building energy behind the supposed sordid content of the interview, I ensured my knowledge by thoroughly reviewing it; knowing the topic would surface during my late afternoon program …..

After absorbing the questions asked, and responses provided, by Luke Scott, my reaction was far less dramatic than most opinions conveyed thru radio, web news sources and social media circles.

This is my take on the interview …..

With Major League Baseball’s winter meetings taking place near his Florida home, Scott made arrangements to meet with his agent (who was working at the meetings) and discuss personal business matters. At the same time, it would give him an opportunity to visit with his bosses, Andy MacPhail and Buck Showalter.

At the hosting hotel, Scott agreed to an interview with Yahoo Sports’ David Brown for his featured “Big League Stew” segment. During the interview, Brown asked the Orioles’ slugger his view on an array of topics, including hobbies, baseball, gun control, Ted Nugent and politics/President Obama.

I can’t answer for David Brown (although, I’d love to have him as a guest), but in reading the transcript of the interview, as well as listening to the audio portion, I did not develop a notion that Scott was seeking a platform for promoting his views or causes – he was simply answering questions.

By the way, lets extinguish the pipedream that several folks are assuming; Luke Scott was not dressed in camouflage or toting his favorite handgun. Have a look for yourself …..

My purpose in writing this piece is not tied to my impression of the topics covered in the interview. Regardless of my feelings on hunting, guns or President Obama, I don’t think readers are really interested in such dialogue.

My real purpose is in defending the right to speak one’s mind and convey an opinion on virtually anything. I’m also intent on describing the differences between answering someone’s questions and using one’s celebrity to spur sensationalism. Indeed, there is a distinguishable difference.

Let’s be clear about one thing …. when Luke did the interview, he was representing LUKE SCOTT. To that end, he was not representing the Baltimore Orioles or any political/citizen action groups. And, this is vital to the overall impression of his comments.

Much like most people, I can’t stomach seeing rockstars and actors being pimped by politicians in the heat of campaign races. I couldn’t care less about their views …..

Whether it’s the liberal intentions of Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, or the conservative natures of Bruce Willis, Gene Simmons and Adam Sandler …. I DO NOT CARE ABOUT THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS.

That said, there is a distinct separation between being pitched as a virtual prostitute by a politician, while performing a few songs on a red, white and blue stage during a campaign rally, AND …. consenting to an interview on one’s personal time and for no particular cause.

Is there a fine line where I would’ve discounted Luke’s expression of such controversial views? Absolutely – if he was wearing an Orioles uniform or representing the organization in any official capacity.

But, this is not one of those situations.

The man is entitled to views. He’s entitled to exercise his FIRST AMENDMENT rights as a citizen of the United States. His intent was not to sway the opinions of those who heard or read the interview’s contents.

When we diminish the opportunities for anyone to speak their minds about anything, our basis of freedom is compromised. And, that’s the point of this blog …..

I don’t care one bit about Luke Scott’s views on anything – I’m way too busy trying to live my life. But, I respect his views and his right to express them.

Finally, I would suggest that you consider listening to the audio portion of the interview. I’m not providing the link, because I don’t want to lead anyone. However, if you listen to it, I think you might receive Luke as a genuinely sincere and intelligent man.

It’s up to you …..

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More national media pile on Gary Williams

Posted on 11 February 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

The story about Kendall Marshall is now a few days old but it’s making the email rounds so I thought I’d pass it along for your Terps reading. Penned by Jason King of Yahoo! Sports, this is an interesting read from an interesting perspective. Most of Gary Williams’ critics would say it’s a recruiting issue, the team’s demise from the elite of the ACC and the absence from March Madness annually.

I’m just passing it along.

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So…just how many people come to WNST.net every day for Baltimore sports?

Posted on 24 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

Every day someone comes up to me on the streets of Baltimore and tells me that I should “turn up the signal” on AM 1570. That’s been going on since May 1998 when I first got involved in purchasing WNST, which was then WKDB, a failed kid’s radio station. As you know, this is the worst time of the year for us, when daylight ends around 5 p.m. and we are mandated by the FCC to “downpower” our transmitter, which restricts our AM radio access to an 8-mile circle around Towson, where our towers reside on the hill overlooking Loch Raven High School.

Maybe you’ve heard our “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” promo on WNST? We did that for a reason. We’re NOT just an AM radio station anymore, as your eyes on this website should surely tell you. We have a lot more to offer than 12 hours of radio these days at AM 1570 on your radio.

(But you’re already here on the website reading this, so that should be pretty self-explanatory.)

Believe me, if we could petition the FCC to get more “hamsters running the power,” we would do it. But we don’t really need to at this point with the website being so robust and so active on a daily basis.

The good news? Since 1998 this thing called the internet has been invented allowing us to stream out live audio anywhere in the world where there’s access to www.wnst.net. And we’ve now taken this website to the point where it’s FAR more than just radio. It’s blogs, news, the text service, WNST on demand via our audio vault where right now you can listen to anything we’ve had on the radio station at your fingertips, WNStv allows us to show you what our eyes see. And much like “calling in” to WNST in the old days, you can post a comment 24/7 to any blog or soon you’ll be able to write your own blogs and share your thoughts, ideas and stories.

And for many people with iphones or high-quality PDAs or phones, WNST.net and all of our programming is available in the palm of your hand. Some of you just don’t know it’s there!

Beginning today, I have made a fundamental change in my philosophy regarding this blog on WNST.net. In the future, I’ll be writing not only about the Ravens, Orioles, Terps and other local sports issues, but I’ll also be blogging here about WNST and the local media market and why our website has become the best place in the community for local sports.

I honestly think we need to re-educate our own WNST people (listeners, users and sponsors alike) about this website and the transcendence of new media in the marketplace. So I appreciate you reading this and sharing this with other people who enjoy WNST’s radio side at AM 1570 on the dial. (Please forward this to anyone you know who also loves what we do at WNST!)

We are in the process of selling local advertising during what is essentially a depression in the marketplace for both advertisers and media. We are trying to grow our AM radio station into a powerful web tool for all of you who love Baltimore and love Baltimore sports.

But we can’t do it without your help and without educating our own users about the new WNST.net.

First, if you own a local business or are involved with a local business that would like to see a spike in their customer base or traffic, we’d love to hear from you. It’s pretty apparent to some but some are oblivious to the fact that we feed our families by selling advertising to local business and having our listeners and readers go to these establishments and patronize their businesses.

Without selling advertising here at WNST, we are out of business. It’s just that simple.

Unlike MASN and some other local entities, we are not given subsidization or “welfare” from the people. Our only stream of revenue comes from the local marketplace and the sponsors you hear on WNST and see on this website.

So, that being said, I’m sure you’re wondering how many people come to our website vs. the rest of the marketplace?

The answer: a LOT more than you think and many more than our competitors would like for you to believe.

Unlike Arbitron’s “fantasy numbers” and lies about how many people WNST has in its sphere, the web is a lot more clear cut, trackable and accurate.

The first thing you should do is go to www.alexa.com. Alexa is “The Web Information Company” and is owned by Amazon. There is no “industry bible” for tracking web traffic but this is about the best and most trusted resource we can find that compares actual websites fairly and accurately around the world. Here is the link to the FAQ’s about Alexa.

You can start with yahoo, google and youtube (they are the Top 3) and go from there. You can put any website in the world into the little box at the top and you’ll get a “ranking” number, kinda like Top 25 polls. Except that these aren’t POLLS or guesses…this is actual daily, calculated traffic to the website over the past 90 days.

In Baltimore, here is the order of traffic and the numbers as of 8 a.m. today (Alexa recalculates every 3 days):

Baltimore Sun is 3,680th in the world (and No. 1 in Baltimore by a lot, as you’d suspect)
BaltimoreRavens.com is 29,089
WBALTV is 34,651
WJZ is 37,337
WMAR is 97,747
WBAL Radio is 99,991
WNST.net is 126,621

It always makes us laugh (or sometimes cry) when we go into a sales meeting and hear anyone in local radio or media talk about their audience as being larger than ours.

It’s just a lie and we need to re-educate people about where the eyes are in 2008 on the internet in Baltimore.

First, here’s a link to the most recent Arbitron fiction, which actually has us beating our sports radio “competitors” at their own game: radio. These are only the “12 and older” numbers, nothing to do with men or sports, where we dominate the marketplace.

WNST is a 0.7
WJFK is a 0.5.

Just facts…

And below is a list of the current state of Baltimore sports on the web. These are all sites that get significantly less daily users according to Alexa, “The Web Information Company.”

Let’s start with other sports-only sites:

MASNsports.com is 210,486
Pressbox is 851,682
WJFK is 765,917
105.7 new sports site is 1,007,508
WVIE is 7,348,136

Again, WNST’s Alexa ranking is 126,621…

Want to compare us to local television?

Fox 45’s – FoxBaltimore.com — website is 300,445

Or how about local radio?

98 Rock is 263,064
WPOC is 327,759
92Q Jams is 389,281
WCBM is 615,560

Magic 95.9 is 1,830,527

WYPR is 1,135,011

WLIF is 1,246,343

100.7 The Bay is 2,836,104

Or local print?

Baltimore Magazine is 337,663

Towson Times is 404,947
These are all older, more “established” media entities that would love to tell advertisers that they have a “bigger audience” than little WNST.

(Ya know, “that little AM radio station no one can hear.”)

Once again, WNST.net’s Alexa ranking number is 126,621. That means we are the SEVENTH largest local entity on the web in the marketplace and No. 1 BY A LOT for local sports-only sites. We were actually AHEAD of WBAL.com overall back in April 2008 before the Orioles killed our spring traffic and the Obama-McCain election summer helped spike theirs.

Our Google analytics show that 62,773 of you came to our website during the first month of its relaunch (Oct. 19th at noon we changed platforms). Our numbers tell us that almost 10,000 of you come to the site every day for your sports news, information and blogs.

And there are now nearly 4,000 of you who receive our text messages every time there is breaking news and information to report. (Like today when the Ravens-Redskins game moved to a 8:15 start on Dec. 7.)

I just wanted you to have the facts.

This is only the beginning of many blogs and the dispersal of information that quite frankly, if we don’t tell you you’ll probably never know.

WNST.net is a lot bigger than you think!

Please share this with anyone you might think would care to know about WNST or some folks in the marketplace who might want to advertise and hear their name on WNST Radio or see their coupon and logo and offers on WNST.net.

We can’t keep producing the best content and highest-quality programming and information without the community.


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