Thursday, December 09, 2004

TV Or Not TV

The Times reports on the slow progress in the TV and Radio deals. And as with all things, Peter Angelos is the root of all evil.

I really hope that 980 doesn't get it. Their host's inability to talk about anything other than Redskins is frustrating. They wouldn't promote the team at all, and would probably barely know the player's names.

This year, for example, the Wizards are exceeding their typically low expectations and the Redskins are far below theirs. Yet, all you can hear is talk about Gibbs, Ramsey, and the disgusting disgrace that is their offensive line.

And if the Nats were to prove to be a disappointment, they'd either get zero coverage, or they'd get absolutely buried under the latest Redskins practice squad signings.

The team probably will need a little nurturing at first and 980 isn't very motherly.


  • I agree that WTEM would be a bad choice, simply because their signal is so bad is some areas and they will probably move some games to the even weaker signals of their affiliated stations. The ideal solution would be to put the games on a strong FM station like 94.7 or 103.5.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/09/2004 1:54 PM  

  • I hadn't even thought of that, but that's a really good point. Reading the DCRTV website, there are plenty of complaints about the signal strength of that station.

    Hell, I live in Alexandria, and sometimes the station has this annoying buzzing sound at night.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 12/09/2004 2:04 PM  

  • If the games aren't going to end up on WTOP (my first choice), I wouldn't object to WTEM getting the rights. People are underestimating how much the addition of the Nationals will alter the focus of sports in Washington, in that the Redskins will at most be co-top dog, and won't get the mammoth share of year-round attention they do now. (The Wizards are doing the same thing with their sudden improvement.) Mark my words, WTEM will change accordingly...and I'm sure MLB would insist that WTEM provide complementary, baseball-related programming as the flagship of the team's radio network.

    I'm guessing most of the folks complaining about WTEM hail from places like St. Louis, New York and Boston, where sports talk radio is traditionally baseball-powered. That simply hasn't been the same here -- though, we hope, it soon may be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/11/2004 7:26 AM  

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