WWLG (1360 AM) has fired another salvo in its fight for Baltimore sports radio supremacy, hiring veteran local announcer Ted Patterson as host of a nightly talk show, starting April 3.
Patterson will preside over "SportsNight," from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., following "Nasty" Nestor Aparicio and preceding Stan "The Fan" Charles five nights a week, giving WWLG a solid block of sports-talk programming from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., not to mention broadcasts of the Spirit, Washington Bullets and Johns Hopkins lacrosse.
"You guys will be the bread, and I'll be the filet mignon in the middle," said Patterson during a news conference yesterday.
Though he doesn't have a nickname, Patterson has a solid reputation in the community, having worked at WBAL (1090 AM) and Channel 2, play-by-play and color for Navy football and his current job as a news and sports reporter at WPOC (93.1 FM), which will not change with the new assignment.
Patterson, who will be joined occasionally by Spiro Morekas, the voice of Towson State sports, and Jody Martin, who calls Johns Hopkins lacrosse, said his show will grab writers and sportscasters from around the country for conversation and analysis, with a scoreboard every 15 minutes and not so many phone calls, a la ESPN radio.
"I think in this era of channel surfing, people will be looking for quality programming, and Ted will give them that. If the game's a clinker, they'll tune in," said Charles. "They'll know it's there, and they'll be listening for it."
Axels and Lutzes aplenty
With responsibility for seven hours of coverage from the World Figure Skating Championships this weekend from Birmingham, England, NBC producer David Michaels is the last guy to ask whether the sport is overexposed on television.
"Traditionally, the World Figure Skating Championships has brought in a different kind of audience, because it's more of an Olympic-oriented sport," said Michaels. "The real difference -- and I think that we've always had to try to convince people -- is that after they've seen hour after hour of professional skating shows, that this is something that's significantly different."
If you're convinced, tune in tonight (Channel 11) at 8 for the pairs final, tomorrow at 2 p.m. for the men's short program and again at 8 p.m. for the women's short and final programs and Sunday at 7 p.m. for the men's final.
It's tourney time
Don't think we haven't forgotten about the NCAA tournament, which extends invitations Sunday. The 64-team women's draw will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN, with a repeat at 4 p.m. on CBS (Channel 13).
The men's pairings will be announced on CBS, the network of record for the tournament. The Eye will sign on at 6 p.m. for a one-hour special, but the bracket will not be revealed until 6:28 p.m. ESPN also will give it the one-hour treatment at 6 p.m., hoping to beat or at least stay even with CBS.
For the first time, CNN also will give the tournament field the once over with a one-hour special, "Selection Sunday: The Sprint to Seattle" at 7 p.m., featuring UCLA coach Jim Harrick, Massachusetts' John Calipari and Nolan Richardson, coach of Arkansas, the defending champ.
WBAL will carry a three-hour CBS Radio tournament special at 7 p.m., and CBS television types Pat O'Brien and Quinn Buckner will dissect the field on Prodigy at 7:30 p.m.
The Redskins announced a renewal of their contract with WJLA-Channel 7 in Washington to televise the team's preseason games for 1995 and 1996.
WJLA has televised Redskins preseason games for the past two years, as well as scrimmages, four annual specials and a weekly show featuring coach Norv Turner.