Jennifer Royle says she's leaving WJZ-FM (105.7 The Fan) at end of Ravens season

Jennifer Royle

Sports reporter Jennifer Royle is leaving Baltimore radio station WJZ-FM (105.7 The Fan) at the end of the Baltimore Ravens season, she said Tuesday.

"I've been going back and forth in my head for months about what I want for myself in 2012," Royle said Tuesday night in a telephone interview.

And while her next career move is still undecided, Royle says she knows that she wants to return to Boston.

"I can't confirm that I'm making a career move," Royle said. "But I've been away from home for 15 years, and in my heart, I want to replant my roots in Boston."

Royle, who came to Baltimore in March 2010 after seven years of covering the New York Yankees for the YES Network and the Major League Baseball radio network, said she and station management agreed that she would stay on the Ravens beat until the team ended its Super Bowl run in 2012.

During her 21-month stay at 105.7 The Fan, Royle reported on both the Ravens and Baltimore Orioles and served as a co-host of the "Baltimore Baseball Tonight" weeknight show.

Royle has been tweeting in recent weeks and months about trips she has made back to Boston on her Baltimore off-days -- sometimes appearing on sports talk radio in that city.

According to Boston websites and newspapers, she has been in contention for a job on the New England Sports Network -- though one website reported Dec. 16 that the NESN job for which she was mentioned would likely be going to someone else. That doesn't mean that there couldn't be another job at NESN in her future.

Royle declined comment on what her next career move will be.

One of the few women in sports-talk radio, Royle made headlines last year when she sued and then subsequently dropped a defamation lawsuit against Nestor Aparacio and two of his colleagues at WNST. The suit was filed in March and dropped in August.

Royle, who has used social media as well any sports reporter in Baltimore, has been a controversial figure, there is no doubt about that. But as was the case with Anita Marks, who left a talk-show post at WJZ-FM last year, gender surely played a role.

Let's be honest, the largely male sports-talk audience here seems to have some real issues with any woman on-air who has strong opinions on sports.

Calls to Bob Phillips, senior vice president of radio for CBS in Baltimore, were not immediately returned Tuesday night. WJZ-FM is a CBS property.