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Preservationists to screen archived WJZ footage in Hampden, celebrating station’s 70th anniversary

Oprah anchors “Eyewitness News” in 1976. Image courtesy of MARMIA.

Locals can relive some classic moments in local TV history tonight at a screening in Hampden celebrating WJZ’s 70th anniversary. Highlights include the infamous 1979 Hanukkah blooper scene, Marty Bass flipping his wig, clips of a young Oprah anchoring the “Eyewitness News” desk and the hazy promo of weatherman Bob Turk and company’s adaptation of “My Girl.”

“I grew up watching the one promo, which was made in the eighties,” Siobhan Hagan, who’s spent years now working to digitize WJZ’s vast archive of footage, says of the Turk video. “I always wondered, Why is he going to this street in Fells Point and hallucinating these singers there? I realized now that it’s because he’s having a memory of the first promo they were doing in the ’70s.”

TLC Casting for Baltimore Neighbors to Mess With Each Other’s Houses on Revived Show ‘Trading Spaces’

Host Paige Davis and two surprised contestants. Still via YouTube/TLC

“Trading Spaces” is making a comeback in 2018, and TLC has Baltimore on its list of episode destinations.

Michael Phelps to Help Kick Off Discovery Channel’s Shark Week


It seems winning 23 gold medals just wasn’t enough for Towson native Michael Phelps. The all-time great Olympian swimmer is reportedly jumping back in the water for Shark Week this summer.

Councilman Zeke Cohen Defends Baltimore in Immigration Debate with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

Still via “Tucker Carlson Tonight”/Fox News

Southeast Baltimore Councilman Zeke Cohen appeared on Fox News last night to talk with Tucker Carlson about immigration, and inevitably to defend the city’s reputation from a national pundit.

Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Lands Job With ABC News

Via PBS NewsHour

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is making a return to the political limelight, but this time she’ll be contributing as a commentator rather than as the subject of the news.

Ray Lewis Says Joe Flacco Lacks Passion, Criticizes ‘Inconsistent’ Play

Courtesy Fox Sports 1/YouTube
Courtesy Fox Sports 1/YouTube

Ravens legend Ray Lewis thinks Joe Flacco is a gifted player. He just doesn’t think the quarterback has much fire in his game.

Baltimore Women Are Funny. Perhaps the Funniest.

Photo via @amyschumer
Photo via @amyschumer

When the Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, comedian Amy Schumer had reason to celebrate: She was nominated in the “outstanding lead actress in a comedy series” category. And she chose to celebrate in true Baltimore style–with a six-pack of Resurrection Ale from Brewer’s Art, of course.

Comcast Will Test New Streaming TV Service in Baltimore



Streaming and on-demand programming are the future of television. But while upstarts like Netflix and Hulu are hustling for your streaming attention (and your monthly subscription fees), older media companies want to get in on the frenzy, too. Case in point: Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable company, which announced a pilot program for streaming television that will be tested in Baltimore within a few months.

California Steals Veep From Baltimore

Governor Martin O'Malley schmoozes with the cast of Veep
Governor Martin O’Malley schmoozes with the cast of Veep

HBO’s political satire Veep filmed four seasons in Baltimore, gussying the city up so it resembled Washington, DC. But according to the Los Angeles Times, it’s time for Baltimore to bid adieu to the show, which will be relocating to Los Angeles to film its next season.

David Simon Has a New HBO Show


David Simon

Baltimore’s own David Simon, creator of The Wire and Treme, is at work on a new project for HBO, which is slated to air sometime later this year.