The Watchdog’s Guide to Baltimore Sports Talk Radio

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The Anita Marks Show
Station: ESPN Radio 1300 AM
Slot: Weekdays 3-6:30 PM
National Media partner: ESPN Radio
 
Styling: Saab 2-door convertible
 
Overview:  The Anita Marks show strives to provide the basics on Baltimore sports with a rotating cast of guest talent and producers assisting Marks each day. You can count on this program to give you the standings, scores and some analysis on local and national sports topics. National sports stories often take over and you will often find that all roads lead back to one of two topics: Miami or the athletic exploits of the host. Star rating:  6.0
 
Performance & Handling: It only took a hot second to see this car has severe handling problems and is not a reliable machine. No matter how hard you try to keep it between the lines on sports stories, it will regularly swerve off the road and on to unwanted topics such as movies, TV, dating, food, sex and Miami. For some reason, this car seems to have a built-in navigation system where all roads lead to back Miami. It’s baffling how this model ever made it up the long drive on I-95 from the dealership in south Florida. This car has some style, but not a lot of value. Star rating:  5.0
 
Standard features: Sound bites with local coaches and players; interviews with national sports writers; frequent tangents on non-sports topics with producers Mark Zinno and Jeremy Conn. The daily "Who am I?" contest. This feature is as valuable as a gas gauge in the trunk. Star rating:  5.5
 
Accessories: Weekly NFL fantasy talk during the season with known columnists from NFL.com and Sportsline.com; former Ravens’ OL Wally Williams sits in regularly to add a player’s perspective. Sun sports writer Roch Kubatko provides excellent Orioles coverage. When Maryland restaurateur David Sadeghi joins the crew on Fridays it’s like an infomercial for Ruth’s Chris. Star rating:  5.0
 
Buyer Beware: If this happens to be your ride of choice here’s a suggestion – spend the extra money for the GPS-Navigation option. You just can’t count on this car getting you where you want to go on the highway of local sports coverage. Star rating:  5.0
 
Recommendation: Save your money and keep looking. There are several better options at other local dealers up and down the radio dial. Star rating:  5.5
 
Overall score out of 60:  32
 

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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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