WJZ-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is a CBS owned-and-operated television station licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The station is owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation. WJZ-TV's studios and offices are located on Television Hill in the Woodberry section of Baltimore, adjacent to the transmission tower it shares with several other Baltimore broadcast outlets.

On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity channel 23. In outlying areas of the market and on Verizon FiOS, DirecTV and Dish Network, it is carried on channel 13.

WJZ 13 2017 logo
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
BrandingWJZ 13 (general)
WJZ News (newscasts)
SloganMaryland's News Station
Your Community Connection (general)
Expect More
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
(to move to 11 (VHF))
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
OwnerCBS Corporation
(CBS Television Licenses LLC)
FoundedMay 1946 [1]
First air dateNovember 1, 1948[2]
Call letters' meaningnamed after the former callsign of what is now WABC (AM), which were randomly assigned
Former callsignsWAAM (1948–1957)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
13 (VHF, 1948–2009)
38 (UHF, 1997–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
ABC (1948–1995)
DuMont (1948–1956)
Decades (2015–2018)
Transmitter power33.8 kW
33.2 kW (CP)
Height295 m (968 ft)
305 m (1,001 ft) (CP)
Facility ID25455
Transmitter coordinates39°20′05″N 76°39′02″W / 39.33479°N 76.65047°WCoordinates: 39°20′05″N 76°39′02″W / 39.33479°N 76.65047°W
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile


Early history

Baltimore's third television station started on November 1, 1948 as WAAM. The station was originally owned by Radio-Television of Baltimore Inc., whose principals were Baltimore businessmen and brothers, Ben and Herman Cohen.[3][4] Channel 13 was originally an ABC affiliate, the network's fifth outlet to be located on the East Coast.[5] Until 1956, it carried an additional primary affiliation with the DuMont Television Network. On the station's second day of operations, WAAM broadcast the 1948 presidential election returns and various entertainment shows, remaining on the air for 23 consecutive hours.[6] Channel 13 has been housed in the same studio facility, located near Druid Hill Park on what was then known as Malden Hill (now known as Television Hill), since the station's inception; the building was the first in Baltimore specifically designed for television production and broadcasting. As a DuMont affiliate, WAAM originated many Baltimore Colts games for the network's National Football League coverage.[7][8]

The Westinghouse Electric Corporation purchased WAAM from the Cohen brothers in May 1957.[9] Westinghouse then took control of the station in August of that year, and changed its callsign to WJZ-TV the following month. The WJZ call letters had previously resided on ABC's flagship radio/television combination in New York City, which changed its calls to WABC-AM-FM-TV in 1953.[10] However, Westinghouse's history with that set of call letters went back even further, as it was the original owner of WJZ radio, the flagship station of NBC's Blue Network, which would eventually become ABC.[11]

All of Baltimore's television stations at the time had fairly short transmission towers in the medium's early years; channel 13's original tower was located next to the station's studios. In 1959, the three stations—WJZ-TV, WBAL-TV (channel 11) and WMAR-TV (channel 2)—formed a joint venture to build the world's first three-pronged candelabra tower.[12] Constructed behind the WJZ-TV studios and opposite the original channel 13 tower (which remains as a backup facility), it was the tallest free standing television antenna in the United States at the time of its completion. The new tower significantly improved channel 13's signal coverage in central Maryland, and also added new viewers in Pennsylvania, Delaware,[12] Washington, D.C. and Virginia.[13]

The WJZ-TV studio and office facility, on Television Hill in Baltimore.

Later ABC years

WJZ-TV nearly lost its ABC affiliation in 1977, when the network briefly pursued WBAL-TV just as ABC became the most-watched broadcast network (in primetime) in the United States for the first time. However, WBAL-TV declined the ABC affiliation offer due to ABC's last-place network evening newscast offerings of the time (a situation that would improve in ensuing years), keeping ABC on channel 13.[14][15]

Switch to CBS

In June 1994, ABC agreed to an affiliation deal with the broadcasting division of the E. W. Scripps Company, which resulted in three of Scripps' television stations becoming ABC affiliates. ABC agreed to the deal as a condition of keeping its affiliation on Scripps' two biggest stations, WXYZ-TV in Detroit and WEWS in Cleveland. Both stations had been heavily courted by CBS, which was about to lose its longtime Detroit and Cleveland affiliates to Fox. One of the stations that was tapped to switch was Baltimore's then-NBC affiliate, WMAR-TV. ABC was reluctant to include WMAR in the deal; it had been a ratings also-ran for over 30 years while WJZ-TV was one of the strongest ABC affiliates in the nation. However, not wanting to be relegated to UHF in two markets with few viable choices for a new affiliate, ABC opted to end its 46-year affiliation with channel 13 and move its affiliation to channel 2.[16]

Group W felt betrayed by ABC after so many years of loyalty, as channel 13 had been ABC's longest-tenured affiliate at the time (a distinction that now belongs to WJLA-TV). As a safeguard, it began to shop for an affiliation deal of its own. One month later, Westinghouse agreed to a long-term affiliation contract with CBS, resulting in WJZ-TV and its sister stations in Philadelphia and Boston switching to CBS (Westinghouse's two other television stations, in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, were already CBS affiliates).[17] The affiliation switch, the second in Baltimore television history, occurred early on the morning of January 2, 1995.[18] As a result, channel 13 became the third station in Baltimore to affiliate with CBS. The network had originally affiliated with WMAR-TV in 1948 before moving to WBAL-TV in 1981. Westinghouse then bought CBS on November 24, 1995, making WJZ-TV a CBS owned-and-operated station. Notably, this marked the first time that CBS had wholly owned a station in the Baltimore/Washington corridor; it had been minority owner of WTOP-TV in Washington (now WUSA) from 1950 to 1955.

WJZ-TV has used its current stylized "13" logo, using a font face exclusive to Group W, since 1967. In 2002, the CBS eye was added, and in 2018, the station switched to a silver and gold-colored version (resembling logo styles used by its sister stations) with the WJZ call letters displayed below in squares.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[19]
13.1 1080i 16:9 WJZ-DT Main WJZ-TV programming / CBS
13.2 480i StartTV Start TV
13.3 DABL (soon)

Analog-to-digital conversion

WJZ-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 38 to VHF channel 13 for post-transition operations.[20][21][22] WMAR-TV took over the channel 38 allocation as it moved its digital signal from channel 52 as a result of the phaseout of channels 52-69.

The switch caused problems for some viewers due to reception issues related to the transition, but the Federal Communications Commission granted WJZ-TV a power increase that helps some people.[23]

Spectrum repacking

As a part of the repacking process following the 2016–2017 FCC incentive auction, WJZ-TV will relocate to VHF channel 11 by 2020, using PSIP to display its virtual channel number as 13.[24] Because WBAL-TV is currently on channel 11, WBAL-TV will move to channel 12 to allow WJZ-TV to move to that channel.


WJZ-TV is the Baltimore area affiliate of the It's Academic high school quiz competition. Channel 13 has also served two stints as the television home of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, from 1954 to 1978 and from 1994 until 2017. It is one of the few "Big Three" stations to air baseball on a regular basis.

Over the years, WJZ-TV frequently preempted ABC programming in favor of locally produced programs and syndicated content from Westinghouse's broadcasting division, Group W, such as The Mike Douglas Show and the original version of The Merv Griffin Show; notably, the former ABC daytime soap opera Dark Shadows was preempted during the mid-1960s. However, ABC was more than satisfied with channel 13, which was one of its strongest affiliates. Additionally, Baltimore viewers could watch ABC programs on Washington's WMAL-TV/WJLA-TV (channel 7), whose signal decently covers most of the Baltimore area.

From 1957 to 1964, one of the station's highest-rated programs was The Buddy Deane Show, an in-studio teen dance show similar to ABC's American Bandstand, which WJZ-TV also preempted in favor of the Deane program. Deane's program was the inspiration for the John Waters 1988 motion picture Hairspray and its subsequent Broadway musical version, which in turn has been made into a film.

Since becoming a CBS affiliate, WJZ-TV has carried the network's lineup in pattern with virtually no preemptions except for breaking news emergencies and Orioles baseball games, as per an agreement between Group W and CBS.

Syndicated programming carried on the station includes Maury, Dr. Phil and Entertainment Tonight. WJZ-TV is the only CBS O&O station in the nation to carry the former show. The latter two shows are distributed by CBS' corporate cousin, CBS Television Distribution.

Channel 13 has been the de facto broadcaster for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, airing a majority of the team's contests since CBS acquired rights to the American Football Conference in 1998, including their two Super Bowl appearances, both victories, at the end of the 2000 and 2012 seasons.

News operation

Wjz live shot
Former WJZ anchors Don Scott and Jessica Kartalija preparing for a live-shot during the funeral of former Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer, April 28, 2011.

WJZ-TV presently broadcasts 38 hours, 55 minutes of locally produced newscasts each week (with 6 hours, 35 minutes each weekday and three hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). Like other CBS-owned stations, channel 13 offers a web-only newscast, WJZ At Your Desk, which is produced each weekday.

Soon after Westinghouse bought WJZ-TV, it significantly beefed up the station's news department. On October 12, 1957, WJZ-TV camerman John Kelly filmed a motion picture of the final stage of Sputnik 1's rocket crossing the pre-dawn sky of Baltimore, featured in a half-hour special program on Sputnik, broadcast that evening by Westinghouse sister station WBZ-TV in Boston.[25] Within a few years, it passed WMAR-TV for second place. Like the other Group W stations, WJZ-TV adopted the Eyewitness News format pioneered at Philadelphia sister station KYW-TV. By the early 1970s, WJZ-TV had passed WBAL-TV for first place—a lead it held for over 30 years. Around 2001, however, WBAL-TV passed WJZ-TV for first place in all evening timeslots, though WJZ-TV still placed a strong second. However, in the official November 2009 Nielsen ratings sweeps period, the first since the debut of The Jay Leno Show (which aired on WBAL-TV), WJZ-TV returned to a dominant position at 11 p.m. for the first time since the early 2000s. Both stations spent the next two years in a virtual dead heat in the late news. However, since the November 2011 Nielsen sweeps period, WJZ has dominated over WBAL in all news time slots in both total households and the critical 25-54 demographic; however, WBAL remains a strong second. It has been one of CBS's strongest O&Os ever since the 1995 affiliation switch.

WJZ-TV was the first station in Baltimore to hire a full-time consumer reporter, as well as the first station to organize an investigative reporting team. In 1965, shortly after it adopted the Eyewitness News format, Wiley Daniels became the first African-American anchor in Baltimore. He worked alongside Jerry Turner, one of the most popular anchormen in Baltimore television history. Al Sanders succeeded Daniels in 1977; he and Turner were the top news team until Turner succumbed to esophageal cancer. Denise Koch succeeded Turner upon his death in 1987; she remains at the anchor desk alongside Vic Carter, who succeeded Sanders following the latter's death in 1995.

In 1976, Oprah Winfrey became an anchor for the station's 6:00 p.m. newscast. She also co-hosted channel 13's local talk show, People Are Talking with Richard Sher, which premiered on August 14, 1978, until she left for Chicago in 1983. The segment continues to run on the morning newscasts.

Since September 2008, The Baltimore Sun has had a news partnership with WJZ-TV; involving sharing content, story leads, and cooperating together on stories. Channel 13 promotes stories featured in the Sun on its news broadcasts. The Sun promotes WJZ's stories and weather team on its pages. Coincidentally, The Baltimore Sun was the founder and original owner of rival WMAR-TV from 1947 to 1986.

On October 25, 2009, WJZ-TV became the third Baltimore station to begin airing newscasts in high definition. For several months after the upgrade, field reports were still presented in 4:3 standard definition until it switched over to the 16:9 widescreen format. As of September 2011, all of WJZ-TV's locally produced video footage, including remote field reports, are in HD, making it the first station in Baltimore to do so.

During the noon newscast on August 9, 2018, WJZ-TV unveiled a new set and debuted a graphics package used by other CBS owned-and-operated stations.[26] On August 20, 2018, WJZ-TV expanded its morning newscasts from 5-7 a.m. to 4:30-7 a.m., becoming the last station in Baltimore to start their morning newscasts at 4:30 a.m.

Current on-air staff

Notable former on-air staff

Out-of-market coverage

In Delaware, WJZ is carried on Comcast in Sussex County. There is no coverage in most of New Castle County except in the area of Middletown for Atlantic Broadband cable subscribers. There is no coverage in all of Kent County. New Castle and Kent counties are part of the Philadelphia market, which also carries WJZ's sister station KYW-TV. Only Sussex County is part of the Salisbury, Maryland market which carries its CBS affiliate, WBOC. In the beginning of CATV, most if not all of Delaware once carried WJZ.[28][29]

In Maryland, the eastern shore communities of Cambridge, East New Market/Secretary, Pocomoke City, Ocean City, Salisbury and Snow Hill carry WJZ. These areas are in the Salisbury market which WBOC is carried. From Hagerstown and west towards Cumberland, WJZ is carried there as well in the far northwestern part of the Washington, D.C. market. Between Hagerstown and Cumberland, the towns of Hancock and Oldtown do not carry WJZ.

In Pennsylvania, it is carried in Greencastle, Delta, Hanover, Waynesboro and York County (but not in the city of York) which are in the HarrisburgLancaster–York market. In the Philadelphia market, it is carried in Oxford in Chester County.

WJZ is carried on cable in portions of Virginia located in the far western end of the Washington, D.C. market, alongside Washington's CBS affiliate WUSA. It is carried on cable in the Shenandoah Valley in Elkton, Front Royal, Luray and Winchester. In West Virginia, it is carried in the Martinsburg area; it is part of the Washington, D.C. market, which carries WUSA as well. In Keyser, Mineral County, WJZ is carried on cable.

During the 1970s and possibly the 1980s with CATV, WJZ was once on the cable lineups in Salem and Cumberland counties in southwestern New Jersey.[28]

WJZ's former analog signal could be picked up via antenna as far west as Warrenton and Culpeper, Virginia and as far east as Salem County, New Jersey. There is no satellite coverage outside of the Baltimore market for WJZ.


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Al Sanders

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Channel 13 digital TV stations in the United States

The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 13 in the United States:

K13AT-D in Dolores, Colorado

K13AV-D in Gunnison, Colorado

K13BA-D in Winthrop-Twisp, Washington

K13BE-D in Harlowton, Montana

K13BI-D in Entiat, Washington

K13CP in Cedar City, Utah

K13CQ-D in Rock Island, Washington

K13DU-D in Whitewater, Montana

K13ER-D in Cashmere, Washington

K13EZ-D in Squilchuck St. Park, Washington

K13FP-D in Wolf Point, Montana

K13GP-D in Malta, Montana

K13HA-D in Mink Creek, Idaho

K13HM-D in Myrtle Creek, Oregon

K13IB-D in Glasgow, Montana

K13IG-D in Sidney-Fairview, Montana

K13IY-D in Leavenworth, Washington

K13JD-D in Battle Mountain, Nevada

K13JO-D in Hinsdale, Montana

K13KH-D in Townsend, Montana

K13KP-D in Boulder, Montana

K13KV-D in Troy, Montana

K13LN-D in Ekalaka, Montana

K13LU-D in Ursine, Nevada

K13LV-D in Caliente, Nevada

K13MA-D in Scobey, Montana

K13MI-D in Squaw Valley, etc., Oregon

K13NQ-D in Ruth, Nevada

K13NR-D in Ely & McGill, Nevada

K13NZ-D in Shoshoni, Wyoming

K13OG-D in Rural Juab, etc., Utah

K13OQ-D in Big Sandy, Montana

K13OU-D in Chinook, Montana

K13OW-D in Baker, Montana

K13PE-D in Shady Grove, Oregon

K13PF-D in Pinehurst, Oregon

K13PI-D in Ruch & Applegate, Oregon

K13PJ-D in Vallecito, Colorado

K13PO-D in Hysham, Montana

K13PU-D in Pioche, Nevada

K13PZ-D in Poplar, Montana

K13QE-D in Driggs, Idaho

K13QH-D in Swan Valley/Irwin, Idaho

K13QY-D in Dingle, etc., Idaho

K13RD-D in Collbran, Colorado

K13RK-D in Roswell, New Mexico

K13RV-D in Leadore, Idaho

K13SN-D in Nucla, Colorado

K13TR-D in Homer, Alaska

K13UF-D in Rexburg, Idaho

K13UL-D in Hillsboro, New Mexico

K13WT-D in Plevna, Montana

K13XG-D in Ismay Canyon, Colorado

K13XH-D in Weber Canyon, Colorado

K13XX-D in Hesperus, Colorado

K13ZI-D in Colorado Springs, Colorado

K13ZL-D in Fresno, California

K13ZN-D in Heron, Montana

K13ZQ-D in Lubbock, Texas

K13ZS-D in Sargents, Colorado

K13AAE-D in Healy, Alaska

K21FL-D in Salina & Redmond, Utah

K42IW-D in Long Valley Junction, Utah

K48BK-D in Monticello/Blanding, Utah

KAKW-DT in Killeen, Texas

KBDI-TV in Broomfield, Colorado

KBZK in Bozeman, Montana

KCBA in Salinas, California

KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, California

KCOS in El Paso, Texas

KCPQ in Tacoma, Washington

KECI-TV in Missoula, Montana

KEMV in Mountain View, Arkansas

KETA-TV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

KETG in Arkadelphia, Arkansas

KFJX in Pittsburg, Kansas

KFME in Fargo, North Dakota

KFPH-DT in Flagstaff, Arizona

KGWR-TV in Rock Springs, Wyoming

KHGI-TV in Kearney, Nebraska

KHVO in Hilo, Hawaii

KJDA-LD in Sherman, Texas

KKEY-LP in Bakersfield, California

KLTM-TV in Monroe, Louisiana

KMNF-LD in St. James, Minnesota

KOLD-TV in Tucson, Arizona

KOTI in Klamath Falls, Oregon

KPLO-TV in Reliance, South Dakota

KPSD-TV in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

KQTA-LD in San Francisco, California

KQVE-LD in San Antonio, Texas

KREY-TV in Montrose, Colorado

KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas

KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas

KRQE in Albuquerque, New Mexico

KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

KSGW-TV in Sheridan, Wyoming

KSWT in Yuma, Arizona

KTNE-TV in Alliance, Nebraska

KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada

KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas

KTRV-TV in Nampa, Idaho

KTVR in La Grande, Oregon

KUBD in Ketchikan, Alaska

KUPK in Garden City, Kansas

KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon

KXDF-CD in Fairbanks, Alaska

KXHG-LD in Sunnyside, Washington

KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington

KXMC-TV in Minot, North Dakota

KZAU-LD in Brownwood, Texas

W13CS-D in Gernada, Mississippi

W13DI-D in Yauco, etc., Puerto Rico

W13DJ-D in Carrollton, Georgia

WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine

WBKO in Bowling Green, Kentucky

WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

WBTW in Florence, South Carolina

WCIX in Springfield, Illinois

WEDU in Tampa, Florida

WHAM-TV in Rochester, New York

WHBQ-TV in Memphis, Tennessee

WHO-DT in Des Moines, Iowa

WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas

WIRT-DT in Hibbing, Minnesota

WIVX-LD in Loudonville, Ohio

WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland

WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina

WMAZ-TV in Macon, Georgia

WMBB in Panama City, Florida

WNET in Newark, New Jersey

WNMU in Marquette, Michigan

WNYA in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

WORO-DT in Fajardo, Puerto Rico

WOWK-TV in Huntington, West Virginia

WPEC in West Palm Beach, Florida

WQED in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

WRCB in Chattanooga, Tennessee

WREX in Rockford, Illinois

WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia

WTHR in Indianapolis, Indiana

WTLV in Jacksonville, Florida

WTVG in Toledo, Ohio

WVEC in Hampton, Virginia

WVNY in Burlington, Vermont

WVTM-TV in Birmingham, Alabama

WVUX-LD in Fairmont, West Virginia

WXVO-LD in Pascagoula, Mississippi

WYOU in Scranton, Pennsylvania

WZZM in Grand Rapids, MichiganThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 13 in the United States:

KVTV in Laredo, Texas

Jerry Turner (anchorman)

Jerry Turner (August 6, 1929 – December 31, 1987) was an American television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He was from Meridian, Mississippi and started working at the Baltimore television station in August 1962, starting the 6PM Newscast with Al Sanders in 1977.

Prior to his arrival on Television Hill, WJZ's news was mired in third place in a town that had three major network newscasts. In 1971, WBAL-TV was #1, WMAR-TV was #2; three years later, WJZ with Turner, Sanders, Bob Turk (weather) and Nick Charles (Sports) was a runaway #1 and stayed there through the 70s and into the 80s.Turner was a co-anchor with Oprah Winfrey when she first moved to Baltimore in 1976.

Joe Franklin

Joe Franklin (March 9, 1926 – January 24, 2015), born Joseph Fortgang, was an American radio and television host personality, author and actor from New York City. His television series debuted in January 1951 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV), moving to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) in 1962, remaining there until 1993, one of the longest running uninterrupted careers in broadcasting history.

MLB Extra Innings

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As of the 2008 season, the feeds from both teams' broadcasts are available for each game on DirecTV, even if a team is showing the game locally on a broadcast station. Even though the package relies on satellite uplink paths, DirecTV also carries feeds from local broadcast and even cable-only networks as well, such as NBC Sports Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Phillies. Feeds that are not included on the DirecTV version of Extra Innings include KCAL (Dodgers), KCOP-TV (Angels), KNTV (Giants), and WCIU (Cubs and White Sox) unless that is your local area.The iN DEMAND version of Extra Innings added the "dual feed" system for select broadcasts after the 2008 MLB All-Star Game. Along with this, the iN DEMAND version of MLB Extra Innings has been able to add broadcast television stations, WKYC (Indians), WJZ-TV (Orioles), WUSA (Nationals), WPIX (Mets, Yankees), WPHL-TV (Phillies), and in addition, one Canadian RSN, the Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Sports Net feed. Previously, only one feed was available, usually the home team's. For the 2017 season, Comcast X1 customers could get all MLB EI games in HDTV, using the Beta IN DEMAND platform. DirecTV has offered all MLB EI (Most with dual HD feeds) games in HDTV for years.

Free previews of MLB Extra Innings are shown during the first week of the season, and the week after the All Star Game.

Marty Bass

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Richard Sher (newscaster)

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Swarm of the Snakehead

Swarm of the Snakehead is a 2006 comedy/horror feature film directed by Frank A. Lama and Joel C. Denning and written by Seth Hurwitz. It is the first feature from producers Lama and Hurwitz's Baltimore-based production company Ten Pound Films.

The ensemble cast includes Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Rigg Kennedy (Slumber Party Massacre) and Miss Maryland Teen USA 2006 Jamie O'Brien.

Swarm of the Snakehead was shot on 16 mm film in and around Easton, Maryland between 2002 and 2005. Post-production was completed during the summer of 2006. A rough cut of the film was premiered for friends and family at The Charles Theatre in Baltimore (where John Waters premiered many of his early films) on June 21, 2006. The sold-out screening led to several articles in Maryland papers including The Baltimore Sun, as well as radio and television appearances. During one such appearance on the Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ-TV, anchor and longtime Maryland personality Marty Bass called Swarm of the Snakehead "lots of fun" and "John Waters-esque."

While making Swarm of the Snakehead, Lama starred in Fear of Clowns released by Lions Gate Entertainment in 2005 and the upcoming Fear of Clowns 2, which he also produced. At the same time, Hurwitz edited Swarm and shepherded the film through post-production, working closely with sound designer Kevin Hill and composer Tom Alonso.

The Buddy Deane Show

The Buddy Deane Show was a teen dance television show, created by Zvi Shoubin, hosted by Winston "Buddy" Deane (1924-2003), and aired on WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland from 1957 until 1964. It was similar to Philadelphia's American Bandstand. The Buddy Deane Show was taken off the air because home station WJZ-TV was unable to integrate black and white dancers..

Deane's dance party television show debuted in 1957 and was, for a time, the most popular local show in the United States. It aired for two and a half hours a day, six days a week. Teenagers who appeared on the show every day were known as "The Committee". Committee members included Mike Miller, Charlie Bledsoe, Ron Osher, Mary Lou Raines, Pat(ricia) Tacey, and Cathy Schmink. Hundreds of thousands of teens learned the latest dances by watching Committee members on the show, copying their personal style, and following their life stories and interactions.Many top acts of the day, both black and white, appeared on The Buddy Deane Show. Acts that appeared on the show first were reportedly barred from appearing on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, but if they had been on Bandstand first they could still be on The Buddy Deane Show. The rivalry with Dick Clark meant that Deane urged all his performers not to mention American Bandstand or visits to Clark in Philadelphia. Although WJZ-TV, owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting (now CBS), was an ABC affiliate, the station "blacked out" the network broadcast of American Bandstand in Baltimore and broadcast the Deane program instead, reportedly because Bandstand showed black teenagers dancing on the show (although black and white teenagers were not allowed to dance together until the show was moved to California in 1964). The Deane program set aside every other Friday for a show featuring only black teenagers. For the rest of the time, the show's participants were all white.

Owing to Deane's mid-South roots and work history, he featured many performers from the ranks of country and western music (e.g., Skeeter Davis, singing "The End of the World" and Brenda Lee singing "Sweet Nothin's"), who then achieved cross-over hits among rock and roll fans. Deane also played songs that other disc jockeys, including Dick Clark, refused to present to mostly white teen TV audiences because the acts sounded "too black" (e.g. "Do You Love Me" by The Contours, or "Hide and Go Seek" by Bunker Hill). With an ear for music seasoned by many more years as a disk jockey than Clark, Deane also brought to his audience a wider array of white musical acts than were seen on American Bandstand. For example, Carole King appeared on the show playing her single "It Might as Well Rain Until September", nearly a decade before she burst to popularity with her landmark 1970 album, Tapestry. Deane also featured English artist, Helen Shapiro, singing her Baltimore hit, "Tell Me What He Said," at about the time that she was touring England with The Beatles as one of her support acts.

Deane organized and disc-jockeyed dances in public venues across the WJZ-TV broadcast area, including much of Maryland and southern Delaware, where tens of thousands of teenagers were exposed to live recording artists and TV personalities. In several instances, the show went on location to the Milford Mill, Maryland, swimming club. Almost all dancers wore swim wear and beach attire, with music provided by WJZ-TV. As well, a show was broadcast from a local farm in Westminster, Maryland. Participants dressed in "country" style, and danced to country and western music as well as pop. Several local art contests were also held on the show, with viewers submitting their own art work. Deane also held dances at various Maryland American Legion posts and National Guard armories which were not taped or broadcast on television."Buddy" Deane was a broadcaster for more than 50 years, beginning his career in Little Rock, Arkansas, then moving to the Memphis, Tennessee market, before moving on to Baltimore, where he worked at WITH radio. He was one of the first disc jockeys in the area to regularly feature rock and roll. Deane died in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on July 16, 2003, after suffering a stroke. He was 78.


WBAL-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is the flagship station of the Hearst Television subsidiary of Hearst Communications, and is co-owned with the company's sole radio properties, WBAL (1090 AM) and WIYY (97.9 FM). The three stations share studios and offices on Television Hill in the Woodberry section of Baltimore, near the transmitting tower that WBAL-TV shares with WIYY and several other Baltimore broadcast outlets.

On cable, WBAL-TV is carried on Comcast Xfinity channels 21 (standard definition) and 811 (high definition). In outlying areas of the market and on Verizon FiOS, DirecTV and Dish Network, the station is carried on channel 11.


WJZ may currently refer to:

WJZ (AM), a radio station (1300 AM) licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States

WJZ-TV, a television station (channel 13 analog/digital) licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States

WJZ-FM, a radio station (105.7 FM) licensed to Catonsville, Maryland, United StatesWJZ previously referred to:

WABC (AM), a radio station (770 AM) licensed to New York, New York, United States, which used the call sign WJZ from 1921 to 1953

WABC-TV, a television station (channel 7 analog/digital) licensed to New York, New York, United States, which used the call sign WJZ-TV from 1948 to 1953

WPLJ, a radio station (95.5 FM) licensed to New York, New York, United States, which used the call sign WJZ-FM from 1948 to 1953


WJZ-FM, branded on-air as 105.7 The Fan, is a commercial FM radio station licensed to serve Catonsville, Maryland. The station is owned by Entercom through licensee Entercom License, LLC and broadcasts a sports format with local shows most of the day and programming from CBS Sports Radio during the evening and overnight hours. Studios are located in Towson, Maryland while the transmitter is located in Baltimore's Frankford neighborhood at (39°19′26.4″N 76°32′54.8″W).


WJZ (1300 AM) is a sports radio station operating on 1300 kHz and licensed to Baltimore, Maryland with transmitter operations in Windsor Mill. Established in 1922 as WEAR, the station is owned by Entercom and broadcasts the CBS Sports Radio network full-time.


WMAR-TV, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 38), is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. WMAR-TV's studios and offices are located on York Road (Maryland Route 45) in Towson (though with a Baltimore City mailing address), north of the Baltimore City–Baltimore County border. Its transmitter and antenna, which is on the landmark three-pronged candelabra broadcast tower, is located on Television Hill in the Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore.

On cable, the station is carried on channel 12 on most Baltimore area cable systems, including Verizon Fios. In most outlying areas of the market, the station is carried on channel 2.


WNUV, virtual channel 54 (UHF digital channel 25), is a CW-affiliated television station licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The station is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting; the Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns Fox affiliate and company flagship WBFF (channel 45), operates WNUV under a local marketing agreement (LMA). However, Sinclair effectively owns WNUV as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith. Sinclair also operates MyNetworkTV affiliate WUTB (channel 24) under a separate shared services agreement (SSA) with owner Deerfield Media.

The three stations share studios and transmitter facilities on 41st Street off the Jones Falls Expressway on "Television Hill" in the Woodberry neighborhood of north Baltimore. WNUV's transmitter was originally located in Catonsville in southwest suburban Baltimore County, but moved during the digital transition to the 1,280-foot (390 m) tall WBFF tower on Television Hill, which stands adjacent to the earlier landmark "candleabra tower" from the late 1950s, also on the then renamed "Television Hill" or "TV Hill" for the city's original three main VHF stations (WMAR, WBAL, and WJZ-TV).

On cable, WNUV is carried on channel 14 on most area systems. The station was formerly carried on DirecTV from January 2007 to January 2008, as the satellite provider's distant CW affiliate, intended to serve the few areas of the eastern United States where The CW's programming is not available through a local station; it has since been replaced by WDCW in Washington, D.C.

Westinghouse Broadcasting

The Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, also known as Group W, was the broadcasting division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. It owned several radio and television stations across the United States and distributed television shows for syndication.

Westinghouse Broadcasting was formed in the 1920s as Westinghouse Radio Stations, Inc. It was renamed Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in 1954, and adopted the Group W moniker on May 20, 1963. It was a self-contained entity within the Westinghouse corporate structure; while the parent company was headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Westinghouse Broadcasting maintained headquarters in New York City. It kept national sales offices in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Group W stations are best known for using a distinctive corporate typeface, introduced in 1963, for their logos and on-air imaging. Similarly styled typefaces had been used on some non-Group W stations as well and several former Group W stations still use it today. The Group W corporate typeface has been digitized and released freely by John Sizemore; Ray Larabie's freeware font "Anklepants" borrows heavily from the typeface and is occasionally used as a substitute. The font is also used in the video game Damnation.

Westinghouse Broadcasting was also well known for two long-running television programs, the Mike Douglas Show and PM Magazine (called Evening Magazine in Group W's core broadcast markets).

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