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How Did Baltimore Stations Cover the Ray Rice Story?

We thought yesterday was a good day to see how Baltimore stations covered the release of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice after video surfaced showing him hitting his wife.

Both CBS owned station WJZ (who was on at 4:00 because of US Open coverage) and NBC affiliate WBAL went into team coverage on the story. ABC affiliate WMAR was the pleasant surprise of the day, focusing instead on the victims of domestic abuse with a community activist giving tips on how to recognize it when you see it, what to do about it and where to go if you need help.

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WBAL Adds Megan Pringle to Morning Team

pringle wmar_croppedMegan Pringle is joining Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL as weekend morning anchor. weekday morning reporter.

“Megan’s long experience covering Baltimore news is the perfect complement to our already strong morning team,” WBAL president and GM Dan Joerres said in a statement.

Pringle, who will work with Jason Newton and Mindy Basara, left Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR in November to work in PR.

Hearst Makes Changes to WBAL and WGAL Creative Departments

hearst tv logo_304x200Hearst has promoted from within to head up the creative departments at two of its owned stations.

John Baldwin has been named creative services director for Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL. He moves over from WGAL, the Hearst owned NBC station in Lancaster, PA.

“John has demonstrated a keen understanding of how to successfully steward a brand, especially in today’s multi-platform world,” WBAL president and GM Dan Joerres said in a statement.

Baldwin wasted no time in announcing Elizabeth Montijo has been promoted to fill his slot as creative services director at WGAL. Read more

WBAL Launches Streaming Newscasts

wbal logoBaltimore NBC affiliate WBAL will stream all of its newscasts online beginning today. Live streams will be available at the station’s website and can be accessed through computer, smartphone or tablet.

“Our goal is to broadcast the most relevant local news, traffic, weather and sports coverage on-air and online. Our live streams will now deliver this useful information to busy Marylanders on the go,” WBAL president and general manager Dan Joerres said in a statement.

WBAL says additional live streams will be active during the station’s coverage of breaking news and severe weather.

WBAL Sorry for False Report During Mall Shooting on Radio, But Not TV

wbal_mall shootigWBAL is both a Baltimore radio and NBC TV affiliate.

During the Columbia Mall shooting in January, WBAL radio reported the shooter went after his fiance and her new boyfriend in what was described as a “domestic incident.” Trouble is, police say they have no evidence that’s why the the shooting happened.

The Baltimore Sun reports most of the bad info came from WBAL radio’s John Patti whose reports were also carried on WBAL TV.

WBAL radio and TV news director Michelle Butt issued an apology for the false radio reports but told The Sun the TV reports didn’t need an apology since Patti attributed them to sources. Read more

How Did NBC Affiliates Balance the Storm and the Olympics?

A massive winter storm made its way up the East Coast Wednesday night, presenting a challenge for NBC affiliates forced to balance covering the storm with NBC’s primetime coverage of the Sochi Olympics.

The NBC owned stations in the storm’s path –  WRC in Washington and WCAU in Philadelphia — aired the Olympics uninterrupted, as did NBC affiliates WCNC in Charlotte, WXIA in Atlanta, WNCN in Raleigh-Durham, WXII in Greensboro, N.C. and WSLS in Roanoke.

A handful of NBC affiliates — including WBAL in Baltimore, WAVY in Norfolk, WWBT in Richmond, WVTM in Birmingham and WYFF in Greenville, S.C. — included a lower-third banner with local closings and weather updates during all or part of NBC’s Olympic coverage.

(Pictured, L-R: WRC, WAVY, WXIA, WWBT)

Baltimore Reporter’s Live Shot Sees Possible Reappearance of ‘Horsehead’ Video Bomber


Last year during the coverage of Hurricane Sandy, a reporter for NBC owned station WRC featured a live shot with a shirtless man wearing a horse head jogging down a street in Washington, D.C.

Today, the conspiracy theorist interwebs are abuzz with the second sighting of a horse head wearing person spotted during another weather event. This time it happened on Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL in Ellicott City, MD, behind reporter Kate Amara. Coincidence?

Probably not. This horse man is a tad more introspective than the hurricane runner and looks like he maybe gave up jogging, not that we’re in any position to judge.

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Weathercaster Miri Marshall to Join WBAL

The Baltimore Sun reports, Miri Mashall will join Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL as a weather anchor.

Marshall comes to WBAL from KCEN in Waco, TX.

She replaces John Collins who retired in May after 24 years at the station. Marshall’s first day is August 22.

Zurawik: Highs and Lows for Baltimore Stations During Ravens Victory Parade

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik reflects on local stations’ coverage of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade. Zurawik saw the good — CBS O&O WJZ and NBC affiliate WBAL “dominated coverage,” he writes — and the bad:

But it made my blood boil to see reporters using fans as props. Telling fans to give a cheer or start singing and whooping when the cameras are pointed at them is both stupid and insensitive, and there was plenty of it.

And having your reporters wear purple scarves or stand on corners and act like crowd cheerleaders, which is what I saw too much of from WMAR during the parade, isn’t enough. Really.

The other thing that annoyed me, and it has been building for weeks, involves veteran reporters acting like they are buddies with the players, referring to Terrell Suggs, for example, as T-Sizzle and calling out to him on the parade route.

Zurawik noted WJZ’s Adam May and WBAL’s Deborah Weiner particularly stood out, writing, “There are reporters, and then there are reporters. Weiner and May were REPORTERS Tuesday.”

WBFF Hires Baltimore Veterans Marianne Banister, Tony Pagnotti

Marianne Banister, a longtime anchor at WBAL in Baltimore, is joining rival WBFF, according to The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik.

Bannister spent 16 years at NBC affiliate WBAL. The station declined to renew her contract in 2011. At Fox affiliate WBFF, Banister will anchor the weekend morning newscast slated to launch on January 19.

Zurawik also reports WBFF has hired Tony Pagnotti, a former meteorologist for ABC affiliate WMAR.

“We recognize outstanding talent and wanted both Marianne and Tony on our staff,” WBFF news director Mike Tomko told The Sun. “Their professionalism and long history in the market made for a perfect match here at Fox45.

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