The Watchdog’s Guide to Baltimore Sports Talk Radio

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The Rob Long Show
Station: WNST 1570 AM
Slot: Weekdays 2-6 PM
National Media partner: Fox Sports Radio
 
Styling: Ford Mustang
 
Overview: Overall this show has a very even mix of national vs. local sports. Long strives to keep things fresh by alternating time between interviews with Baltimore area reporters one day and then the next day he might spend half the show talking about the latest news from the NBA. You can always count on Long for frequent score updates while adding some in-game commentary; and his coaching views add a little something extra.  Star rating:  7.0
 
Performance & Handling: This show performs like an Indy racecar when the topic is national sports…particularly basketball and football. The handling suffers when getting into tight turns on local sports that are not the big hitters. If you want to hear any educated discussions on golf or lacrosse, this is not the car for you. Star rating:  6.5
 
Standard features: Quality interviews w/ national and local sports writers. Long does a great job of providing a forum for debate on the hot topic du jour. NFL and NBA draft talk gets heated, but is routinely entertaining. Daily updates on the Orioles and Ravens are provided by reporter Casey Willet. Star rating:  7.5
 
Accessories:  Interviews with local players and coaches. Long provides above-average coverage on Top-25 college football during the season. Star rating:  7.0
 
Buyer beware: Long is a huge NBA fan and spends more time than you might think discussing pro hoops considering Baltimore does not have a franchise.  His knowledge of non-major sports is very limited. Believe it or not, people play and watch sports other than football, baseball and basketball. Star rating:  6.0
 
 Recommendation: The car is rugged and has decent looks, but is not an option for every driver. When on the wide open straight-aways it can excel by showing its muscle on MLB, NBA and NFL topics. There is a reason this vehicle does not have a 4-wheel drive option…it’s made to be driven on the roads we all know very well. Star rating:  7.5
 
Overall score out of 60:  41.5
 

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Scot Kleinfeld

About Scot Kleinfeld

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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