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WBAL Radio's Jeff Rimer, host of the dominant sports talk show in Baltimore, is leaving the station after 10 years, he and station management said yesterday.

Rimer said he plans to remain with WBAL (1090 AM) through the baseball season, then move to Florida and work for the Sunshine Network, a regional cable channel similar to Home Team Sports.

"It's with mixed feelings that I leave WBAL," Rimer said. "They [Sunshine] just made me an offer that was very attractive and exciting. It was too good to turn down."

Rimer, 43, will continue as play-by-play man on Florida Panthers hockey games, something he began doing this past season, and said: "I also have been guaranteed a number of other Sunshine sports events."

Among Sunshine's other properties are Florida Marlins and Miami Heat games and Miami Dolphins and University of Miami programming.

Rimer, who also called play-by-play for the Washington Capitals for the past four years, said reducing his travel schedule was part of the reason for his decision.

"It's been a great year, but it's been a tough year on me," Rimer said. "I want to be fair to my family."

"We'll miss him," said Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL vice president and station manager. "Over the last 10 years, he's built up a following."

Rimer, who grew up in Canada, arrived at WBAL in July 1984, and revived sports talk there. Before that he had worked in Montreal radio for 7 1/2 years, preceded by a year as a free-lance broadcaster in Los Angeles and five years with CBC.

Beauchamp said that WBAL, the Orioles flagship station, plans to continue its daily sports talk show, and will begin looking for a replacement. He did not rule out those working in the market.

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