The Watchdog’s Guide to Baltimore Sports Talk Radio

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Below you will find the second installment of The Watchdog’s Guide to Baltimore Sports Talk Radio. Each category has a star rating ranging from 1 to 10; the higher the score, the better. The goal here is to help you decide which show provides you with the best value for the time you invest in listening to Baltimore sports talk radio. (Links to previously reviewed shows are shown below.)
 
Sportsline with Steve Davis
 
Host: Steve Davis
Station: WBAL 1090 AM
Slot: Weekdays 6-9 PM
National Media partner: Fox Sports Radio 
 
Styling: Lexus Sedan
 
Overview: Intelligent, succinct analysis and generous caller feedback are the staples of this smooth riding show. The local sports scene is the focus, but the national picture is always in the rear view mirror. Davis is never lacking for a snappy comeback or opinion.  If you want more local college content, then this model should be your choice. Steve Davis is the one host who consistently gives time to college lacrosse as he interviews coaches during the regular season and switches into high-gear come NCAA tournament time in May. Star rating:  8.0
 
Performance & Handling: The Steve Davis show is like a lazy jaunt across the Shawan Valley in the fall…easy to get used to. This ride takes tight turns well while navigating topics like steroid use in baseball or MMA Boxing.  The pickup is usually excellent, but sometimes gets sluggish when engaging in too much irrelevant banter with Peter Schmuck. Star rating:  7.5
 
Standard features: Heavy caller interaction, interviews w/ local pro and college coaches, nationally known sports writers as guests, detailed Orioles analysis with frequent co-host Peter Schmuck. Star rating:  8.5
 
Accessories: Player interviews, sports book authors, Ravens show with Derrick Mason and Stan White, weekly interview with Ravens coach John Harbaugh. Star rating:  8.0
 
Buyer beware: Sometimes berates callers that he deems have the wrong stance on a topic of debate. Star rating:  7.5
 
Recommendation:  This model is near the top of its class in terms of style and value.  I doubt you would be disappointed if you took it for a test drive. Star rating:  8.5
 
Overall score out of 60: 48.0
 
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Scot is a Baltimore native, a Towson University graduate, and has followed sports since the early 1980's. Scot likes to go inside the numbers and get the real "411" on the wins and losses,  hence his Behind The Numbers column.   Besides being an avid sports fan, Scot has been involved with televison sports production as an Associate Producer since 1993 for WMAR, ESPN, ESPNU,ESPN2, and the former Home Team Sports network.  In addition to his television work Scot has written articles for Baltimore Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine and Patuxent Publishing.  These experiences make him a natural as the creator of the Media Watchdog, another of SK's fine contributions.   More from Scot Kleinfeld

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