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Stan "The Fan" Charles' radio talk show has a new address -- and he's not just renting space for the baseball season.

Starting on March 16, "Stan The Fan's Sports Exchange" will air Mondays through Saturdays on WCBM (680 AM) at 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Charles said yesterday.

Last year, Charles' baseball talk show ran weeknights during the major-league season on WCAO (600 AM). His Monday night "Hoops" program, which began in November, also has been on WCAO, but will air on that station for the last time March 9.

Charles, who sought another station because he didn't fit into WCAO's new gospel music format, said "Sports Exchange" won't disappear after the baseball season. Though Charles is most identified with talking about the Baltimore Orioles, he was host of a general-interest sports show on WFBR (1300 AM) in 1987-88.

Charles said he plans to set up a format that will feature two hours a night on a specific sport, with the last hour for open phones. Paul Baker and Tom Strickler, part of the "Hoops" show, will stay with him, Charles said.

"I'll have a talk audience when I come in after an Orioles game," Charles said, referring to WCBM's talk format. "I won't have to create an audience."

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