WBAL-A Sets New Daytime Lineup
December 30, 2011 at 9:51 AM (PT)
HEARST Talk WBAL-A/BALTIMORE will launch a new lineup on MONDAY, JANUARY 2nd that will feature more news and less daytime talk, THE BALTIMORE SUN reports. The new lineup is the first official change since the passing of longtime host RON SMITH (NET NEWS, 12/20)
"MARYLAND's Morning News" will now run from 5-10a, followed by the station's only Talk show, hosted by CLARENCE "C4" MITCHELL IV, who talks from 10a-2p. MARY BETH MARSDEN's afternoon newscast will move up an hour and air from 2-6p. SMITH, who spent 26 years at WBAL, last held the 9a-noon slot until succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
"We are going to lean heavier on our news department," PD DAVE Hill. "Obviously, losing RON is a big hit for us. If you lose someone of that calibre, you have to re-think life a little bit ... Sometimes you choose change, and sometimes change chooses you. And in this case, change chose us. We felt our strongest suit has always been the news department, and leaning on it is the way to go."