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.
|Branding||WMAR 2 (general)|
WMAR 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Working for You|
|Channels||Digital: 38 (UHF)|
(to move to 27 (UHF))
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||2.1: ABC (1995–present)|
2.3: Bounce TV
2.5: Court TV
|Owner||E. W. Scripps Company|
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
|First air date||October 27, 1947|
|Call letters' meaning||MARyland|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
2 (VHF, 1947–2009)
52 (UHF, 1995–2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
830 kW (CP)
|Height||312 m (1,024 ft)|
307 m (1,007 ft) (CP)
|Public license information||Profile|
WMAR first began broadcasting on October 27, 1947. It was the first television station in Maryland, and was the fourteenth television station in the United States to begin commercial operations. WMAR was founded by the A. S. Abell Company, publisher of the Sunpapers (The Baltimore Sun and its evening counterpart, The Evening Sun) and was the first completed phase of the Sunpapers ' expansion into broadcasting; the newspapers also held construction permits for WMAR-FM, which signed-on at 97.9 MHz (frequency now occupied by WIYY) in January 1948 and a proposed WMAR (AM), which never made it to air. Channel 2's first broadcast was a pair of horse races eminating from Pimlico Race Course.
WMAR-TV's studios, offices, transmitter and tower were initially located at the present-day Bank of America Building in downtown Baltimore; the studios were later shifted into a larger space adjacent to the building. WMAR-TV moved into its present facility, known originally as "Television Park" on York Road, in May 1963.
Channel 2 was an independent station at its launch, largely because at the time it was not clear whether Baltimore would be part of the Washington, D.C. market (Baltimore is 45 minutes northeast of Washington, and most of the Washington stations decently cover the Baltimore area for major news stories and weather reports). In 1948, however, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made Baltimore a separate media market. On March 29, 1948, WMAR-TV was announced as CBS's third full-time television affiliate, after WCBS-TV in New York City and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.
One of WMAR's early local personalities was Jim McKay, who later moved over to CBS briefly before achieving greater fame on ABC as host of Wide World of Sports and Olympic coverage. Another was Helen Delich Bentley, a maritime editor for the Baltimore Sun who hosted The Port That Built a City, a weekly review presenting maritime, shipping and transportation-related news. (Bentley later ran several times and was finally elected as the U.S. Representative from Maryland, serving several terms. By the 2010s, the Port of Baltimore was renamed symbolically for her.)
In 1959, WMAR-TV teamed up with WBAL-TV (channel 11) and WJZ-TV (channel 13) to build the world's first three-antenna candelabra tower. The new 730-foot (223 m) tower was built on the newly named "Television Hill" (formerly known as "Malden Hill") in the Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore, which significantly improved the station's signal coverage well beyond Central Maryland. During the 1970s, the FCC tightened its cross-ownership rules, eventually barring common ownership between a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city without a waiver. However, the combination of the Sunpapers and WMAR-TV was one of several combinations that were "grandfathered" under these rules.
On March 3, 1981, CBS announced that it would be moving its affiliation to WBAL-TV, Baltimore's NBC station. Among its reasons for making the switch, CBS cited WMAR-TV's poor newscast ratings and preemptions of network shows for syndicated programs, local public affairs, and sports coverage. After briefly considering becoming an independent once again, channel 2 quickly cut a deal with NBC  and Baltimore's first affiliation switch took place on August 30, 1981.
On March 1, 1982, after negotiations between WMAR-TV management and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) failed, all of the station's on-air talent, except one, went on strike. AFTRA members, joined by the Teamsters, the Communication Workers of America and other local unions, picketed the station's offices on York Road and Abell's offices at North Calvert and East Centre Streets. When color announcer (and long-time popular Baltimore Orioles third baseman) Brooks Robinson refused to cross the picket line at the start of the baseball season, the strike ended. The following day, both news anchors, Tom Sweeney and Curt Anderson, were fired.
On May 28, 1986, the A.S. Abell Company was purchased by the Los Angeles-based Times Mirror Company, the then-publisher of the Los Angeles Times. With the loss of the grandfathered protection between the former Abell media properties, Times-Mirror opted to keep The Sunpapers and sold WMAR-TV (and WRLH-TV in Richmond) to Gillett Communications in July 1986. After filing for bankruptcy sometime later, Gillett restructured its television holdings into SCI Television, and in the early 1990s, SCI put WMAR-TV back on the market.
The Cincinnati-based E. W. Scripps Company announced its purchase of the station in the summer of 1990, but in February 1991 the transfer was canceled after Scripps accused Gillett of misreporting WMAR's financial statements. Gillett then took legal action against Scripps, but both sides settled and the sale went forward. Scripps took control of the station in the spring of 1991. As this scenario was playing out, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, parent company of UHF station WBFF (channel 45), applied with the FCC for a new station on WMAR-TV's channel 2 allocation under a subsidiary called "Four Jacks Broadcasting." If it were granted, it would have resulted in the entire WBFF intellectual unit (including its Fox network affiliation) moving from channel 45 to channel 2, with WBFF's existing channel 45 allocation sold. In the end, however, Scripps' license to operate WMAR-TV on channel 2 was reaffirmed by the FCC, and WBFF permanently remained on channel 45.
In 1994, Scripps and ABC announced a long-term affiliation deal, which resulted in three Scripps-owned stations switching to ABC. WMAR-TV was included in the deal, and Channel 2 would displace Baltimore's longtime ABC affiliate, Westinghouse Broadcasting-owned WJZ-TV. 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 of those outlets had been heavily wooed by CBS, which was about to lose its longtime Detroit and Cleveland affiliates to Fox. Locally, it triggered Baltimore's second network affiliation swap, which saw WMAR-TV switch to ABC, WBAL-TV reuniting with NBC and CBS moving to WJZ-TV after signing a groupwide affiliation deal with Westinghouse that also switched the affiliations of its sister stations in Boston and Philadelphia to CBS. The second switch occurred on January 2, 1995. As a result, channel 2 became one of the few stations in the country to have been a primary affiliate with each of the "Big Three" networks.
ABC had been reluctant to drop its affiliation with WJZ-TV, which had been the highest-rated station in Baltimore for over a quarter-century and was one of the strongest ABC affiliates in the nation. In contrast, WMAR-TV had been a ratings also-ran for three decades. Indeed, ABC's ratings in Baltimore went into a steep decline after the switch, with a number of programs falling from first to third in the Baltimore ratings in one stroke.
In 1996, a year after the affiliation change, station management opted not to renew channel 2's carriage of The Oprah Winfrey Show, deciding instead to take a chance on the new The Rosie O'Donnell Show. The move proved costly in the long term, as market leader WBAL-TV picked up Oprah, and Rosie lasted only seven years. Since the switch, WMAR-TV has seen a drastic drop in viewership for its 5:00–6:30 p.m. news block, while WBAL-TV has thrived in that time slot.
On May 13, 2014, after a station security guard denied him entry into WMAR-TV's studio/offices, 28-year-old Vladimir Baptiste crashed a pickup truck into the building lobby–which was stolen around 12:00 p.m. from a Maryland State Highway Administration subcontractor. All of the station's approximately 120 employees were evacuated and the building was placed on lockdown as Baltimore County Police officers searched for the suspect. Channel 2 ran an automated feed of ABC programming for four hours, before going dark for about 80 minutes; a satellite relay with Phoenix sister station KNXV-TV was then established late that afternoon until WMAR master control operators were able to resume broadcasting from the studio. Police captured the man just after 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, as he was watching news coverage of the incident in one of the facility's offices. Officers found weapons in the truck, but there were no reports of gunshots being fired. No staffers inside the building were injured. Baptiste was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation, and was later charged with three counts of attempted second degree murder.
On April 16, 2018, WMAR unveiled a new logo, and reverted to branding under its call letters rather than "ABC 2". The new branding was designed to reflect on WMAR's heritage, incorporating a modernized version of the stylized "2" logo it had used in various forms from 1975 to 1998.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||WMAR-HD||Main WMAR-TV programming / ABC|
WMAR-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, 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 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52–69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to UHF channel 38, using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.
Syndicated programs seen on WMAR-TV include Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Rachael Ray, Right This Minute, and The Doctors. The latter two are co-produced by WMAR's owner, Scripps. As an ABC affiliate, WMAR-TV now usually runs the network's entire lineup. The station was Baltimore's home to The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon for nearly three decades until it moved to WNUV-TV (channel 54); in 2013, the telethon moved back to WMAR-TV, airing on ABC as the MDA Show of Strength, for its final two years of its run. From 1979 to 1993, channel 2 was the over-the-air flagship station of the Baltimore Orioles—long after most "Big Three" stations dropped local regular season sports coverage.
As a CBS affiliate, WMAR-TV preempted an hour of the network's weekday morning daytime schedule, as well as CBS's late night programming. However, this was not a problem for Baltimore area viewers, as most of the area got a decent signal from WTOP-TV in Washington (now WUSA). From 1961 until 1980, the station was also co-owned with fellow CBS affiliate WBOC-TV in Salisbury.
Channel 2 continued to pre-empt network programming as an NBC affiliate. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was not carried by WMAR-TV for several years in the mid-1980s as the station chose to air Thicke of the Night, and later syndicated sitcom reruns following the 11:00 p.m. newscast. Some of the network's daytime programming was preempted as well. Both Tonight and preempted daytime programs were aired on then-independent stations WBFF and WNUV, though Baltimore viewers could also watch the entire NBC lineup on network-owned WRC-TV in Washington, along with affiliate WGAL-TV from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose signal was viewable in areas north of Baltimore County.
Until September 17, 2012 (upon the institution by Scripps of a company-wide effort at lower-cost original programming), Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune aired on channel 2 from the beginning of their runs in 1984 and 1983 respectively. The two shows immediately moved to WBFF, where they remain.
WMAR-TV presently broadcasts 23½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 4½ hours each weekday and one hour on Sundays); with regards to the amount of news programming, it is the lowest output among Baltimore's television stations. Unlike most news-producing ABC affiliates that are located in the Eastern Time Zone, WMAR does not air a newscast in the weekday midday timeslot; it also holds the distinction of being the largest news-producing "Big Three" station by market size that does not air any local newscasts on Saturdays (although WMAR does produce local weather cut-ins that are shown during the weekend edition of Good Morning America).
WMAR is also one of ten television stations that airs the "Don't Waste Your Money" series of consumer reports from John Matarese, based at Cincinnati sister station WCPO-TV. WMAR formerly operated a 24-hour local weather channel known as "ABC 2 WeatherNet Digital", which was also available on Comcast Xfinity digital cable channel 204 and streamed on the station's website; until 2012, the channel was also broadcast on a third digital subchannel of WMAR's over-the-air signal.
Despite its newspaper roots and its status as the oldest television station in Maryland, WMAR's newscasts have been in last place among Baltimore's "Big Three" network affiliates since the early 1960s, and the station has not been a significant factor in the news ratings in over 30 years. This was the case even during the 1980s, with NBC's powerhouse primetime lineup as a lead-in.
Currently, WMAR's newscasts lag behind both WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV in the ratings by a wide margin, and has even trailed WBFF in some timeslots. For the past decade, WMAR and WBFF have formed one tier of local newscast ratings—significantly lower than the tier that is occupied by WBAL and WJZ. As such, it is currently one of ABC's weakest affiliates, especially in a top-50 market. By contrast, WJZ-TV dominated the ratings in the Baltimore market when it was affiliated with ABC before it switched to CBS.
However, WMAR formerly boasted one of the most respected sports departments in the region, thanks in large part to the presence of longtime anchor and former Baltimore Ravens radio play-by-play announcer Scott Garceau. Garceau has since left to host a show on WJZ-FM and sports director Rob Carlin left for MSG Network, meaning WMAR's newscasts no longer have a separate sports anchor. Despite this, the station lays claim to the market's most aggressive coverage of local college and high school lacrosse, arguably the most popular sport in the area among young athletes. WMAR works in partnership with ESPNU to produce the ABC 2 Lacrosse Game of the Week during the college season, featuring prime matchups involving one or more Maryland lacrosse powerhouses, including Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College in Maryland, Towson University, the University of Maryland, College Park, and the U.S. Naval Academy. Garceau continues to do play-by-play for the station's lacrosse telecasts. Quint Kessenich, four-time lacrosse All-American with Johns Hopkins, is a major contributor to lacrosse coverage and appears sporadically as a fill-in anchor, host of the station's Baltimore Blast show and field reporter for select Ravens games.
On October 4, 2010, WMAR-TV became the last station in the market and the last Scripps-owned television station at the time to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition (Scripps has since acquired the television station group of McGraw-Hill; of those stations, one of them still produces its newscasts in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition as of January 2012). On April 18, 2011, WMAR became the first television station in Baltimore to expand its weekday morning newscast to the 4:30 a.m. timeslot.
The 1983 American League Championship Series was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles from October 5 to 8.
The Orioles won the series three games to one. Although the White Sox took Game 1 won by a score of 2–1, the Orioles came back to win the last three games of the series. The Orioles went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the 1983 World Series. In the regular season the White Sox won the West Division by twenty games with a 99–63 record. The Orioles won the East Division by six games with a 98–64 record.Andy Barth
Andrew Charles "Andy" Barth (born 1947) is a former newscaster for WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland.
Barth was born into a political family in Washington, D.C. His father was an editorialist for the Washington Post. He attended law school after graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1968. He soon worked as a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune to support his family. Barth is married with two daughters.
He began his career as a newscaster for WMAR in 1970 (leaving briefly to work on New York City mayor John Lindsay's campaign in 1971). Barth continued as a newscaster until retiring in December 2005.
He ran unsuccessfully as a Democratic candidate for Congressman from Maryland's Third Congressional District in 2006.
He is now reporting for WTTG in Washington, D.C.
Barth was press secretary for Republican Robert Ehrlich's 2010 campaign for Governor of Maryland.Channel 38 digital TV stations in the United States
The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 38 in the United States:
K38AD-D in Yuma, Colorado
K38AP-D in Memphis, Texas
K38AU-D in Tohatchi, New Mexico
K38BU-D in Gruver, Texas
K38CM-D in Parowan/Enoch, etc., Utah
K38DA-D in Aztec, New Mexico
K38DZ-D in Joplin, Montana
K38EK-D in Shoshoni, Wyoming
K38FO-D in Carbondale, Colorado
K38FP-D in Tucumcari, New Mexico
K38GF-D in Beaver, etc., Utah
K38GN-D in Randolph, Utah
K38GQ-D in Hatch, Utah
K38GR-D in Meadview, Arizona
K38HD-D in St. Louis, Missouri
K38IF-D in Elko, Nevada
K38IR-D in Lake Havasu City, Arizona
K38JP-D in Salinas, California
K38JS-D in Antimony, Utah
K38JT-D in Delta, etc., Utah
K38JX-D in Grand Junction, Colorado
K38KA-D in Koosharem, Utah
K38KB-D in Garrison, etc., Utah
K38KD-D in Woodland & Kamas, Utah
K38KF-D in Panguitch, Utah
K38KP-D in Orangeville, Utah
K38KS-D in East Price, Utah
K38KV-D in Hood River, Oregon
K38LD-D in Woody Creek, Colorado
K38LF-D in Tulia, Texas
K38LG-D in Clear Creek, Utah
K38LK-D in Jacks Cabin, Colorado
K38LR-D in Eureka, Nevada
K38LX-D in Golconda, Nevada
K38LZ-D in Longview, Washington
K38MC-D in Colstrip, Montana
K38MF-D in Duchesne, Utah
K38MG-D in Fillmore, etc., Utah
K38MI-D in Capitan, New Mexico
K38MK-D in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado
K38MM-D in International Falls, Minnesota
K38MQ-D in Leamington, Utah
K38MT-D in Manila, etc., Utah
K38MV-D in Fountain Green, Utah
K38MW-D in Torrey, etc., Utah
K38MY-D in St. James, Minnesota
K38NR-D in Alexandria, Louisiana
K38OF-D in Crowley, Louisiana
K38OG-D in Leadore, Idaho
K38OH-D in Saint Cloud, Minnesota
K38PC-D in Overton, Nevada
KALO in Honolulu, Hawaii
KCMN-LD in Topeka, Kansas
KEET in Fortuna, California
KIAH in Houston, Texas
KIDK in Rexburg, Idaho
KJCS-LD in Colorado Springs, Colorado
KKEI-CD in Portland, Oregon
KMBH in Harlingen, Texas
KNDX-LD in Dickinson, North Dakota
KOMO-TV in Seattle, Washington
KPJR-TV in Greeley, Colorado
KPSP-CD in Cathedral City, California
KPXN-TV in San Bernardino, California
KRDK-TV in Valley City, North Dakota
KRON-TV in San Francisco, California
KSCC in Corpus Christi, Texas
KSEE in Fresno, California
KTXE-LD in San Angelo, Texas
KVDA in San Antonio, Texas
KVDO-LD in Albany, Oregon
KVFW-LD in Fort Worth, Texas
KXVO in Omaha, Nebraska
KYPK-LD in Yakima, Washington
W38DL-D in Adams, Massachusetts
W38EM-D in Albany, Georgia
W38ET-D in Eastlake, Ohio
WALM-LD in Sebring, Florida
WCFE-TV in Plattsburgh, New York
WDSS-LD in Syracuse, New York
WEAU in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
WEIJ-LD in Fort Wayne, Indiana
WEMT in Greeneville, Tennessee
WFKB-LD in Midland, Michigan
WFWG-LD in Crozet, Virginia
WGBO-DT in Joliet, Illinois
WGME-TV in Portland, Maine
WHCT-LD in Hartford, New Haven, Connecticut
WHDO-CD in Orlando, Florida
WHDT-LD in Boston, Massachusetts
WHTN in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
WIGL-LD in Athens, Georgia
WINP-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WJGN-CD in Chesapeake, Virginia
WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York
WKMJ-TV in Louisville, Kentucky
WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland
WMUB-LD in Warner Robins, Georgia
WMWD-LD in Madison, Wisconsin
WOSU-TV in Columbus, Ohio
WPSJ-CD in Hammonton, New Jersey
WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois
WSFG-LD in Berry, Alabama
WSPF-CD in St. Petersburg, Florida
WSYM-TV in Lansing, Michigan
WTXF-TV in Allentown, Pennsylvania
WUFX-LD in Tallahassee, Florida
WUVC-DT in Fayetteville, North Carolina
WWXY-LD in San Juan, Puerto RicoThe following stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 38:
K38KZ-D in Bovina, etc., Texas
K38OR-D in Jonesboro, Arkansas
KZMD-LD in Lufkin, Texas
W38FI-D in Laurel, MississippiChuck Richards
Chuck Richards (born Charles Richardson in Baltimore, Maryland, 1913) was a popular African American radio DJ, on WBAL in Baltimore. He was earlier on WITH, the first white-owned radio station with black personalities.
Richards attended Frederick Douglass High School, graduating in 1931, and began singing over Baltimore's CBS affiliated WCAO. He appeared and recorded with many swing era orchestras including Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Mills Blue Rhythm Band, before returning to Baltimore in the 1942 and beginning a career as a lion tamer. Most well known for Circus Lion Befuddle of 1948.
In the 1970s, Richards announced for Baltimore's WMAR-TV. He died in 1984, aged 71.Dan Rodricks
Dan Rodricks is an award-winning columnist for the Baltimore Sun newspapers, (established 1837), and host of the Roughly Speaking podcast for baltimoresun.com. He was previously the host of Midday, a two-hour, daily talk show on WYPR FM 88.1, the NPR station in Baltimore, and the host of "Rodricks For Breakfast" on WMAR-TV, (Channel 2.1), "The Dan Rodricks Show" on WBAL Radio (1090 AM) and a long-time contributor of features and commentary to WBAL-TV, (Channel 11.1).
After arriving in Baltimore from New England in the mid-1970s, Rodricks started writing a column for the former afternoon paper (published since 1910), The Evening Sun in 1979. The column has appeared at least twice per week, but most often three times per week, ever since. The column moved to the newly consolidated morning and evening editions of The Sun in 1990.
Rodricks' "Dear Drug Dealers" series in The Sun, a public call for an end to criminal violence in Baltimore, won the 2006 "Excellence in Urban Journalism Award" from the Freedom Forum and the Enterprise Foundation (established by Gannett Newspapers) and the 2005 "Public Service Award" from the Chesapeake Associated Press. Thousands of ex-felons and current incarcerated prisoners over the years contacted Rodricks seeking help in post-prison employment. Rodricks has won national awards, including the "National Headliners Award" for commentary and the "Heywood Broun Award" from the Newspaper Guild for columns that championed the underdog. His columns have won numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. Rodricks has frequently been cited as "best columnist" by readers of the longtime metro monthly periodical, Baltimore magazine and the weekly alternative newspaper, the Baltimore City Paper.
From 1989 until 1993, Rodricks hosted a nightly talk show on WBAL-AM (1090), as well as a five-hour Saturday morning radio show that ran until 1995. His radio documentaries won the "Silver Medal" in an international broadcast competition in 1993. Rodricks weekly hosted a live, local-interest Saturday morning television show, "Rodricks For Breakfast" on WMAR-TV from early 1995 until late 1999. His Midday show ran on WYPR-FM succeeding long-time host/moderator Marc Steiner, from 2008 until 2015, when Rodricks created the Roughly Speaking podcast for the Baltimore Sun. A collection of Rodricks' columns, “Mencken Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” was published as a book in 1989.Dundalk Eagle
The Dundalk Eagle is a newspaper serving Dundalk, Maryland. Founded in 1969 by Kimbel E. Oelke, it was one of the biggest family-owned weekly newspapers in Maryland before its acquisition by Adams Publishing Group in 2015.Gary Stein
Gary Stein is a sportscaster currently living in Baltimore, Maryland. He broadcasts for CBS Radio and Terrapin Sports Radio in Baltimore. He hosts the weekly Gary Stein Show, every Saturday on 105.7 the Fan. In addition, he hosts the Maryland Terrapins' Toyota Tailgate pre- and post-game show on ESPN Radio 1300 and Sports Radio 105.7 the Fan. During Ravens home games he serves as the press box public address announcer. Gary also does play-by-play for Baltimore Blast soccer on television, the radio, and webcasts. He has worked Blast games worldwide on Fox Soccer Channel, as well as locally on Maryland Public Television and WMAR TV. Stein serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for UMBC Retrievers Basketball and Lacrosse on the Retrievers Radio Network. Gary has worked as the sports anchor for The Ed Norris Show, which airs on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. While working on The Kirk and Mark Show (prior to The Ed Norris Show) Gary was given the nickname "The Hairy Back of Sports". Additionally, Gary also works for the NFL as the press box PA announcer at the Super Bowl. He has worked all Super Bowls from Super Bowl XXXIX through the most recent game, Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.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.Keith Cate
Keith Alvin Cate has been a main anchor for WFLA-TV (Channel 8) in Tampa, Florida since 2000.
Cate has won 12 Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences along with four Edward R. Murrow awards and other journalism-related recognitions. Cate is one of the main reporters for both WFLA and the Associated Press on crime in the Tampa Bay area. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcast communication in 1984. He served as a weekend anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WBNS-TV from 1988-1993 and also worked at WMAR-TV.Media in Baltimore
Although Baltimore is only a 45-minute drive northeast of Washington, D.C., it is a major media market in its own right. Its main newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, was sold by its Baltimore owners in 1986 to the Times Mirror Company, which was bought by the Tribune Company in 2000. Baltimore is the 24th largest television market and 21st largest radio market in the country.Professor Kool
Professor Kool's Fun Skool aired on WMAR-TV in Baltimore on Saturday mornings from 1967 to 1977 and was hosted by Stu Kerr. It was a children's show featuring different kids each week.
With giant floppy shoes, an academic’s robe and mortarboard, floppy bow tie, glasses, mustache and a glossy black bob, Kerr was transformed into the loony teacher who made kids believe they liked school because, as he sang to the tune of "Jingle Bells," "it’s lots of fun."
We like school
We like school - cause it's lots of fun.
Singing, laughing, playing games,
Blues are on the run.
We like school
We like school - love to hear the bell.
For our teacher Professor Kool,
Let's give him a great big yell !!!
Another of the weekly features was when children were selected from the audience to play the Pie Face game using the Hasbro toy of the same name. The contestants would line up to stick their faces through the pie hole and yell "SOCK IT TO ME! ... SOCK IT TO ME!" while turning the cranks.Professor Kool had a nemesis named Miss Spiderweb, a silent, stealthy witch-like wraith who wreaked havoc in the classroom who was played by John Ziemann. Ziemann was a studio technician who was with WMAR for 35 years. As the villain of the show, Miss Spiderweb was frequently the target of the kids on the set and at personal appearances. In fact, he sustained injuries on the set that sent him to the emergency room on three occasions.
After Professor Kool went off the air, Stu Kerr was on a show called Caboose, which featured a young puppeteer named Kevin Clash, better known today as the man behind Elmo.Robyne Robinson
Robyne Robinson (born 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American television journalist and entrepreneur. She ran as a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota in 2010.Stu Kerr
Thomas Stewart Kerr, more familiarly known to audiences as Stu Kerr (March 9, 1928 - July 17, 1994), was a Baltimore, Maryland, television personality who developed and hosted a number of programs on Baltimore television from 1952 through the 1980s. Playing a "conductor" on the show Caboose in 1978, he discovered Kevin Clash and Todd Stockman.
Kerr was born in Yonkers, New York and as a teenager worked as an NBC page at the network's Rockefeller Center headquarters. He later recalled "sitting in Lowell Thomas' [sic] seat right after he left, while it was still warm", practicing script reading His first full-time broadcasting job was on radio at the age of 19. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950, he saw combat action during the Korean War.
Kerr's television career began in 1952 at WMAR-TV in Baltimore, where he created The Janitor, a late-night show displaying his talent for improvisation. He then played in various children's shows at WMAR-TV, beginning with The Early Riser and Bozo the Clown in the 1960s and, later, inventing the character Professor Kool on his popular Professor Kool's Fun Skool program in the late 1960s early 1970s. He was also the weatherman on the early and late evening news programs throughout most of the 1970s. The station's weather set was notable for having hand-movable dials that looked like a digital thermometer and barometer.
Kerr also hosted Dialing for Dollars on WMAR-TV until that show ended its 38-year run on Baltimore radio and television in 1977. After leaving WMAR-TV in 1981, he was a weatherman on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., and also performed in 54 Space Corps, a puppet show televised on WNUV-TV in Baltimore. For a number of years he hosted a call-in gardening program, airing Saturday mornings on WCBM radio.
Kerr had a bit part in the movie Diner and small roles in "The Adventure of the Action Hunters" and Morgan Stewart's Coming Home, both filmed in 1987.
He created the recurring character role of "Scoop Toot" on the long-running national network children's program Captain Kangaroo.
Kerr died of multiple myeloma in Baltimore on July 17, 1994.Todd McDermott
Todd McDermott (b April 6, 1966) is a multi-Emmy Award winning television journalist who has worked in several top television markets .
McDermott is a Buffalo, New York native, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Canisius College in Buffalo.
From 2000 to 2004, he anchored the 5pm and weekend evening newscasts for the CBS flagship station in New York City, WCBS-TV. His tenure included anchoring coverage of the September 11th, 2001 attacks in Lower Manhattan. His reporting and anchoring from Ground Zero on the one year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks helped win him an Associated Press Award for outstanding reporting. While working for CBS in New York, he also reported for and served as an occasional host and anchor for the CBS Early Show and the CBS Morning News.
From September 2004 until September 2008, McDermott co-anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscast on WUSA (TV) in Washington, DC. McDermott was paired with Tracey Neale for the first three years until January 4, 2008, and then was paired with Lesli Foster. During his time at WUSA, he anchored live from the Pentagon on the 5th anniversary of 9/11, live from the White House for the Presidential inauguration, as well as from the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall for multiple State of the Union Addresses. Todd won an Emmy for Best Anchor in the Washington DC/Baltimore region, after multiple nominations as an anchor in D.C. and at WMAR-TV in Baltimore in the late 1990s, including a nomination for his live coverage from Washington D.C. of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.After leaving WUSA, Todd joined WPXI-TV, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as co-anchor of the weekday morning and noon newscasts. In October 2012, he moved to co-anchor the weeknight newscasts at WPBF, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida. Todd's first day at WPBF was October 22, the same day that Lynn University in Boca Raton hosted the third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
In January 2015, McDermott led a team from WPBF-TV to Havana, Cuba to report live on historic diplomatic talks between the Obama administration and the Castro regime. During that time, McDermott and his coworkers gained unprecedented (at the time) access to the Cuban people in their homes. The resulting hour-long documentary, "Cuba Unlocked" was reported, written, and produced by McDermott. "Cuba Unlocked" won an Emmy in the Miami/Orlando/West Palm region for Outstanding News Special.Uma Pemmaraju
Uma Devi Pemmaraju (born 31 March 1958) is an American anchor and host on the Fox News Channel cable network. Pemmaraju, who was raised in San Antonio, Texas, is currently a host/anchor of "America's News Headquarters w/Uma Pemmaraju" for the Fox News Channel in New York. She also reports for Bloomberg News.WBFF
WBFF, virtual channel 45 (UHF digital channel 46), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It serves as the flagship station of the Sinclair Broadcast Group (based in nearby Hunt Valley), which also operates CW affiliate WNUV (channel 54) through a local marketing agreement (LMA) with owner Cunningham Broadcasting, and MyNetworkTV affiliate WUTB (channel 24) under a separate shared services agreement (SSA) with owner Deerfield Media. However, Sinclair effectively owns WNUV as the majority of Cunningham's stock is owned by the family of deceased group founder Julian Smith.
All three stations share studios, offices and transmitter facilities on 41st Street off the Jones Falls Expressway on "Television Hill" in the Woodberry neighborhood of north Baltimore. The 1,280-foot (390 m) tall WBFF/WNUV/WUTB tower 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 WAAM).
On cable, WBFF is carried on channel 15 on most immediate Baltimore area cable systems, and on channel 10 on Verizon FiOS. In most outlying areas of the market, the station is carried on either channel 3, channel 7, or channel 10.WJZ-TV
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.Woodberry, Baltimore
Woodberry is a neighborhood located in the north-central area of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. A largely residential, middle-class area, Woodberry is a historic community bordered on the north by Cold Spring Lane, on the south by Druid Hill Park, on the west by Greenspring Avenue, and on the east by the Jones Falls Expressway and the Jones Falls. Woodberry is located within Postal Zip code 21211.Community organizations include the Concerned Citizens of Woodberry.Greenspring Trails is a locally popular trail.
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