Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Z on TV has no C-L-U-E when it comes to Baltimore sports talk radio

Like many of you I learned yesterday that 105.7 The Fan’s Jen Royle is leaving Baltimore to head back to her native Boston. We wish you the best Jen.

I never really had the pleasure of spending any time with Royle but from what I hear from others who I do know and know Jen, she’s a good girl who was miscast by management at 105.7 The Fan. And she can’t be blamed for that. The blame rests on the shoulders of the station’s management . They know what Jen Royle is and the truth be told, they aren’t always concerned about the quality of their programming – only the profits.

By her own admission on air when she first started covering the Baltimore Ravens, Royle didn’t know much about football or the team. And to put her on air is really an insult to the station’s listeners. But 105.7 doesn’t really care about that if they can finagle a buck.

But even in her comfort zone of baseball, Royle brought little to the table except filler and fluff and to pair her up with baseball minds vastly superior to hers (Bob Haynie and Jim Duquette) only exacerbated the problem and accentuated her deficiencies, particularly for the station’s true customers – the listeners.

The Sun’s TV critic David Zurawik has a different take on Royle’s departure.

“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.”

Hey David Zurawik – YOU ARE DEAD WRONG!

Baltimore sports fans, men and women simply demand competency when it comes to covering their sports teams. And for you to apply a broad-brush stroke like that suggesting that local sports fans have issues with women sportscasters is grossly irresponsible, inaccurate and smacks of a hidden agenda.

Like many columnists for The Sun, your opinion on this topic at best hardly seems pure and at worst is driven by the bottom line of the propaganda engine you work for.

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suchonsports said...

The truth is Baltimore has become a one-sports town as regards topics. It's all Ravens all the time. And it's all about the profits, you're right. CBS Radio will hire another "pretty face" out-of-towner to replace her and generate more discussion and controversy. I wish there was somewhere I could place a bet on this...

RavenFan said...

Agree. When you don't know jack about the sport and even less about the franchises in the city you are covering, you look like a fool, regardless of gender. On the contrary, most organizations are going out of their way to recruit women with a C-L-U-E specifically because women are just as enthusiastic and participatory in watching and rooting for sports teams as men are and they want those women to watch, listen or read them. Stop hiring out-of-market entertainers and start hiring broadcast professionals. It's probably cheaper to hire local anyway.

Jerry B said...

I don't have a "dog in this fight", TL, but I certainly agree with your opinion. Gender is irrelevant, particularly when so many women are following sports with growing enthusiasm! Oh, well, media "wonks" are notorious for creating news where none exists.....

Anonymous said...

No Matter Your Gender- know the sport and team you are paid to cover or discuss…. or find a venue that does…. she has and blessings for success to her!