The words "play ball!" may actually seem anticlimactic by 3 p.m. Monday, because a blizzard of broadcast attention is building up to the debut of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
And Opening Day is not even just a big Baltimore thing this year, for the major television networks are all scheduled to make note of the stadium's opening. National tube personalities due at the stadium include Charles Gibson, Spencer Christian, Joe Garagiola, Connie Chung and Maury Povich.
You can count on regularly scheduled local news broadcasts to be full of stadium fare through at least Monday night's wrap-up. But leading up to the play-by-play, here is a day-by-day summary of broadcast highlights:
* The first TV game from the stadium is actually being screened today. Subscribers to the HomeTeam Sports cable service can see the Orioles/Mets exhibition at 3 p.m.
* WBAL-AM 1090 also carries today's exhibition, beginning with a special edition of Jeff Rimer's "Orioles Talk" at 1 p.m. WBAL's Dave Sandler also plans special traffic reports (as well as on Opening Day).
* Sunday, the Opening Week Parade ending at the new stadium is being carried on WBAL-AM by Ron Smith and Allan Prell starting at 11:30 a.m. Channel 2, (WMAR), the official Birds' station, has hour-long coverage beginning at noon.
* Channel 2 also has an hour-long season preview "Orioles Season Opener," at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Opening day * Channel 13's Don Scott and Marty Bass are on stadium detail WJZ's "Rise and Shine/Morning Edition" show at 5:30 a.m. Monday.
* On network TV Monday, both ABC's "Good Morning America" (at 7 a.m., Channel 13) and NBC's "Today" (7 a.m., Channel 2)
will have live segments from Camden Yards. And "CBS This Morning" (7 a.m., Channel 11) will give the stadium a taped salute.
"GMA's" live segments will feature Mr. Gibson (who "tried out" at Orioles camp in 1987 in a show stunt) and weatherman Christian (who began his career in Baltimore on Channel 11).
On "Today," Mr. Garagiola will anchor live segments; weatherman Scott will do forecasts from the stadium.
A group of stadium ushers will open "CBS This Morning," singing the show's theme song "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning." The segment was taped yesterday.
* On radio, WBAL-AM has a full day of coverage, including broadcasting the game. At 9 a.m., Dan Rodricks presides over an opening-day party, Mr. Rimer has a pre-game edition of "Orioles Talk" at 1 p.m., and Joe Angel and Chuck Thompson pick up the broadcast at 2:30.
* At 10 a.m., "Take Me Out to the Ballpark" has Channel 11's Rod Daniels, Gerry Sandusky and Vince Bagli broadcasting live from the stadium. Studio interviews include Mr. Povich and his wife, CBS newswoman Connie Chung. He is a longtime Orioles fan whose syndicated talk show airs on Channel 11), and she is a former student at the University of Maryland College Park.
* Channel 2's pregame broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m., and game coverage (also seen on Washington's WDCA-Channel 20) is at 2:30, with Jon Miller, Brooks Robinson, Scott Garceau and Keith Mills.