| Jan 6, 2014
| 5:25 AM
They might be a little snooty, but it would be hard to find a family more welcome in these parts than the Crawleys of “Downton Abbey” — at least in Owings Mills, home of Maryland Public Television.
Just as “American Idol” in...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 10:33 PM
Network TV never knows when to stop shilling, selling, hyping and hustling its audience.
It's like a law of physics that whenever a network creates something of quality, it must always find a way to cheapen the product in trying to squeeze every last...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to buy eight television stations from New Age Media for $90 million, continuing a string of recent station acquisitions.
The stations are spread throughout three markets,...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 3:22 PM
Each week during the football season, I write about the Ravens telecasts on my blog and in the Monday paper. And each Monday and Tuesday, network publicists, executives and announcers, directors and producers write or call and say I am being too harsh....
| Oct 9, 2013
| 1:04 PM
And so, the inevitable has finally become the official with the announcement from Fox News today that Dr. Ben Carson, the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon turned conservative pundit, has become a paid contributor.
Carson "is a brilliant neurosurgeon who has...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:00 AM
It was a punishing TV Sunday with the Ravens losing to the Steelers and CBS Sports giving us Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts as our broadcast team for the game.
Some viewers couldn't even wait until the end of the game to vent.
Here's one of my favorites....
| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Watching baseball on television is one of the great joys of my life.
But I have to be honest. By the end of the year, I couldn't watch the Orioles any more on MASN. I was so mad about them playing without a sense of playoff urgency — and the...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:30 PM
A star lacrosse player turned the world topsy-turvy Tuesday for a group of dyslexic middle schoolers.
"It may be difficult for you guys to understand now, but a learning disability can be a gift," Paul Rabil told a gathering of about 100 students at the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:58 AM
My review of Sunday's sad CBS telecast of the Ravens loss to the Browns focused on the way tweets from Sun reporters provided what the network should have given viewers but didn't.
Jeff Zrebiec, who was in Cleveland to write a game story for The Sun,...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 2:53 PM
COLLEGE PARK — Maryland's membership in the Big Ten Conference next season means that all Terps home football games will be televised, according to the Big Ten Network.
Home games will appear on the Big Ten Network, ABC or one of the ESPN...
| Oct 15, 2012
| 4:55 AM
Analyst Brian Billick and play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman delivered smart, smooth and informative coverage of the Ravens’ victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday on Fox.
The entire production — from Laura Okmin’s sideline reports...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 6:26 PM
What a pleasure it was to get the first team from Fox for the telecast of a Ravens game rather than the second or third crew from CBS as we usually do.
OK, maybe seeing the Ravens bounce back so decisively against the New York Giants, 33-14, has a little...