What’s going on in this story ranges from WJZ’s handling of the matter, to the frustration and anger many feel about the state of political life in Baltimore today. And those factors are multiplied by the unpredictable power of social media and the incredibly polarized state of American life.
Friday afternoon after a day of blowback on social media , WJZ anchorwoman Mary Bubala apologized on Twitter, writing that the “question did not come out” the way she intended. “I am devastated that the words I used portray me as someone that I know I am not,” she added.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa announced the integrity tests Wednesday during filming of the WJZ special “Baltimore Standing Together.” The hour-long panel highlighted work by community leaders, police and the mayor’s office to tamp down Baltimore’s persistent street violence.
Baltimore is going to have a new all-news radio station. Or part of one, anyway. WNEW-FM (99.1), a CBS-owned Washington-oriented station, is repositioning itself as a Maryland station focused on Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington as of 5 a.m. Monday, according to Steve Swenson, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio in Washington.
Kai Jackson, whose departure from WJZ after more than 20 years was first reported here last month, said Thursday that he will be joining Sinclair Broadcasting as its national correspondent based in Washington, D.C.
There was no doubt about which Baltimore station was the one to turn to in the immediate wake of CSX train derailment Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore County. For the first 10 minutes or so, WBAL-TV, the Hearst-owned NBC affiliate, was the only station with live overhead helicopter shots of the wreckage along the tracks and the fires sending plumes of smoke into the air.
I turned on the TV at noon Wednesday to see how Baltimore stations handled what I was thinking of as fluff: the arrival of the first ships for the Star-Spangled Sailabration. I came away instead impressed with the performance of Baltimore's top two broadcast news operations, WBAL and WJZ.
Ruth L. Thomas, whose philanthropic interests ranged from medical institutions to helping newly arrived immigrants, died Wednesday from complications of a stroke at Springhouse Assisted-Living in Pikesville. She was 97.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
North Carolina State enters Saturday's game against Maryland at Carter-Finley Stadium with clear incentive. The Wolfpack needs a win on their Senior Day to become eligible for their third bowl appearance in four years.
After a year of speculation about how the end of Oprah Winfrey's show would affect ratings for local stations, the October "sweeps" ratings period shows the CBS-owned station WJZ surpassing the longtime ratings champ and NBC affiliate WBAL in the early evening hours.