CBS Radio launches FM Sports talker in Baltimore


CBS Radio Baltimore has blown up its FM Talker/Alternative WHFS-FM to make room for “Sports Radio 105.7 The Fan,” (WJZ-FM) available on-air and online at Local sports coverage will be delivered by Ed Norris, Mark Viviano, Bruce Cunningham, Scott Garceau and Anita Marks, among others, and includes play-by-play coverage of the Baltimore Orioles and the University of Maryland Terrapins. The new calls will leverage cross-platforming with sister WJZ-TV in that market. CBS Radio’s Sports WJFK 1300AM will now become an ESPN Radio affiliate, using WJZ-AM calls.

Norris will anchor the station serving as host of the morning show (5:30-10:00AM). Dave Labrozzi, CBS Radio Baltimore’s VP/Programming, said, “We took the most dynamic talk personality in all of Baltimore and moved him to the biggest radio stage—morning drive.”

Norris joined the station in 2005 and most recently was host of the highly rated afternoon drive program. During the past three years, Norris has entertained and educated radio listeners with his unique perspective on Baltimore and Maryland.  Prior to joining the station, Norris served as Baltimore City Police Commissioner and Maryland State Police Superintendent.

The weekday programming line-up on 105.7:
5:30am-10am               Ed Norris (topical conversation including sports information)
10am- 1pm                  Mark Viviano & the Bulldog (Damon Yaffe)
1pm – 3pm                   Bruce Cunningham
3pm – 6pm                   Scott Garceau and Anita Marks
6pm – 8pm                   player shows, hosted by Baltimore Ravens players
8pm–11pm                   Playmakers with Ken Weinman

RBR/TVBR observation: We’re going to chance it and say CBS Radio may return the WHFS calls to DC—this time on 94.7, replacing WTGB. The station’s attempt at World Class Rock “The Globe” on 94.7 didn’t fly with listeners, so it is now back with Classic Rock in an already saturated Classic tunes market. We hope they will bring back the old WHFS with a strong offering of Indie Rock—in keeping with its heritage of Progressive Rock. But hey—we’ve suggested they do that at least five times in the last 10 years, so no one is holding their breath around here.