There are certain watershed moments in one's life, historic events that make you recall just where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news.
The moon landing. The crumbling of the Berlin Wall. The introduction of the new Coke.
And, now, Jeff Rimer's departure.
But we can't be dumbstruck by the shock of the new. Apollo gave way to the space shuttle. The demise of communism led to a new Europe. And somebody thought it was a good idea to bring back Fresca.
In much the same way, WBAL Radio will hire a new sports talk host. Whom might it be?
* Stan "The Fan" Charles: He began as a talk show host a year before Rimer came to town in 1984. His off-the-cuff style would be quite a departure for WBAL. Not likely.
* The Rimer Rotating Substitute All-Stars: Don't expect the new host to come from among the people who fill in for Rimer or fill WBAL's weekend sports-talk hours. Stan White, Rex Barney, Peter Pascarelli, Gerry Sandusky, et al. (which is Latin for "there's some others, but I can't remember their names"), each have full-time jobs or limitations as hosts or both. (The most able substitute is Ken Rosenthal, but he's got this column gig going here at The Sun.)
* Nestor "Please Call Me 'Nasty,' Huh, Would Ya, Please?" Aparicio: Yeah, right.
* Phil Wood: Once a staple of Baltimore sports talk, Wood is living staple-less on Washington's all-sports WTEM (I'd give you the position on the dial, but you couldn't pick it up anyway) as a late-night host. There's "The Baseball Encyclopedia," and then there's Wood, except Wood gets updated more often and is harder to carry. He'd be a perfect fit for WBAL, but seems quite happy at WTEM.
* Ted Patterson: A WBAL alumnus, he's been around the Baltimore sports scene for years, though he's now a news guy at WPOC.
* Dan Lavin: My best friend from high school, he works in bioengineering in Massachusetts and has absolutely nothing to do with this list, but I'd always wanted to get his name in print.
* Me: A great face for radio.
Actually, word is that Rimer's replacement will be someone who doesn't work in Baltimore.
As Rimer himself might say, "Hmm, in-ter-est-ing."
Share and share alike
Arbitron recently produced its spring radio ratings, covering April through June 22, and far be it from me to limit you to just TV ratings.
Among the three Baltimore sports talk shows, Rimer's show on WBAL drew a 5.9 share during 6 p.m.-7 p.m. That works out to an average of 17,800 listeners during a typical quarter-hour.
During the same time period, Aparicio's show on WWLG (1360 AM) drew a .4 share, or 1,300 listeners per quarter-hour. In fairness to Aparicio, however, it should be noted that these ratings measure only those 12 and older.
During 10 p.m.-11 p.m., when it often was up against an Orioles game, Charles' program on WCBM (680 AM) received a 1.5, or 2,000 listeners. At 11 p.m.-midnight, Charles' numbers went up to 3.3 and 4,800. During the same hour, when WBAL often would be ending a game and going into more sports talk, it received a 10.3 and 15,000.
We got your numbers
Saturday's CFL telecast of Baltimore vs. Calgary on ESPN2 drew a 2.0 rating and 3 share here. That might not sound like much, but consider that the numbers represent a percentage of the entire area audience, not just those with cable, and that the game wasn't available on the city cable system.
Ratings measure the percentage of television households watching a program. Shares measure the percentage among homes where television is in use. Ratings and shares for CFL games are adjusted to account for the exchange rate.
Sorry, no more ratings
Monday's "Baseball Night" game on ABC (Channel 13, 8 p.m.) will be the Expos-Braves, with the announcing team of Pete Van Wieren and Baltimore favorite Ken Singleton. . . . Here's hoping that Channel 11 ends up as a Fox affiliate. That way, the station can continue to show NFL games, and people can continue to complain that (all together now) "Channel 11 is shoving the Redskins down our throats." . . . Hey, gang, the Goodwill Games start tomorrow on TBS at 8:05 p.m. from St. Pete, Russia. Bet those Turner folks wish the baseball strike had started already. . . . On Monday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN debuts "In the SportsLight with Robin Roberts," an interview show in which successful people discuss their youthful sports days. Sen. Bill Bradley and Hammer (did you have that exacta?) are on the first show.