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.
|Branding||WJZ 13 (general)|
WJZ News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Maryland's News Station|
Your Community Connection (general)
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
(to move to 11 (VHF))
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
(CBS Television Licenses LLC)
|Founded||May 1946 |
|First air date||November 1, 1948|
|Call letters' meaning||named after the former callsign of what is now WABC (AM), which were randomly assigned|
|Former callsigns||WAAM (1948–1957)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
13 (VHF, 1948–2009)
38 (UHF, 1997–2009)
|Transmitter power||33.8 kW|
33.2 kW (CP)
|Height||295 m (968 ft)|
305 m (1,001 ft) (CP)
|Public license information||Profile|
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. Channel 13 was originally an ABC affiliate, the network's fifth outlet to be located on the East Coast. 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. 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.
The Westinghouse Electric Corporation purchased WAAM from the Cohen brothers in May 1957. 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. 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.
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. 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, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
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.
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.
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). The affiliation switch, the second in Baltimore television history, occurred early on the morning of January 2, 1995. 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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||1080i||16:9||WJZ-DT||Main WJZ-TV programming / CBS|
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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 Harrisburg–Lancaster–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.
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.
Adam May is a former television news anchor and reporter at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He was previously lead contributor to Al Jazeera America's flagship show, America Tonight. May was also previously an anchor and reporter at Baltimore’s CBS owned and operated station, WJZ-TV.Al Sanders
Al Sanders (March 13, 1941 - May 5, 1995), was an American television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He helped take a third place television newscast to first place, where it stayed throughout his career.Betty Crocker Star Matinee
Betty Crocker Star Matinee is a US television anthology hosted by Adelaide Hawley under the General Mills persona of Betty Crocker. There were 26 episodes that aired from 1951-52 on WJZ-TV, at that time an American Broadcasting Company affiliate in New York City.
Adelaide Hawley portrayed the iconic Crocker in the series. Notable guest stars included Audrey Hepburn, David Niven, Veronica Lake, Basil Rathbone, June Lockhart, Raymond Massey, Thomas Mitchell, Teresa Wright, Celeste Holm, and Robert Cummings.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, TexasJerry 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
MLB Extra Innings is an Out-of-Market Sports Package distributed in North America by satellite provider DirecTV since 1996 and by most cable providers since 2001. The package allows its subscribers to see up to 80 out-of-market Major League Baseball games a week using local over the air stations and regional sports networks.
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
Marty Bass is a television news reporter and weather man for CBS affiliate WJZ 13 in Baltimore, Maryland. Noted for his strong accent and ebullient personality, Bass is a thirty-five year veteran at WJZ and is the co-host of the Baltimore market's #1 rated morning show with Don Scott. The WJZ Morning Edition show was voted "Best of Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine in 2007. Conversely, in 1996 Bass was once voted the "Best Reason Not to Watch WJZ-TV" by Baltimore alternative weekly Baltimore City Paper.Richard Sher (newscaster)
Richard Sher is a longtime newscaster in Baltimore, Maryland, who spent most of his career at WJZ-TV.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
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
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 1953WJZ-FM
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 (AM)
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
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
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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