Afternoon Update

Some more news from across the country:

The Baltimore Orioles have signed a deal to put their games on three Washington, DC Clear Channel radio stations. The Washington Times has the story. WBAL-AM in Baltimore remains the flagship station for the Orioles this season.

The classy Chuck Wilson will not be returning to ESPN Radio when his contract expires this summer. Wilson helped to launch ESPN Radio 14 years ago when the network just broadcast from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends. ESPN Radio has grown to a 24/7 network and the radio home for Major League Baseball and the NBA. Now, Wilson is out after many years of service. The Providence Journal’s Bill Reynolds, a longtime friend of Wilson’s when he was a talk show host in Rhode Island, has the story.

Jim Baker, a former media critic with the Boston Herald until he ran into plagiarism problems, is now a part-time writer for the Nashua (NH) Telegraph. He has some insights into the college basketball weekend.

Dave Scott, a former writer with Sport Magazine, is now free-lance and occasionally writes for Boston Sports Media Watch. He gives his take on the Boston Dirt Dogs situation that I covered yesterday.

Yesterday, it was the Detroit Tigers going all-cable and today, it’s the Florida Marlins. The Marlins aired some games last year on a Pax affiliate. Starting next season, Fox Sports Net Florida will showcase 150 games up from 96 this season (scroll past the IRL reference at the top of the story).

And ESPNU will be on Channel 609 on DirecTV’s SportsPack. It will also debut on Adelphia’s Digital Cable service. I hope to have a review of ESPNU sometime this weekend.

Enjoy your sports weekend.