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Published February 7, 1995
ESPN announced that Howard Cosell will receive the 3rd annual Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Bill Cosby will accept the award on Cosell's behalf at the ESPY Awards on Monday February 13 (ESPN)....The Redskins are expected to announce their choice to carry the team's games on radio this week. Speculation among local station managers is that Infinity-owned WJFK-FM is "leading the pack" with an offer of close to $4M annually (WASHINGTON POST, 2/7)....ABC Radio Network has virtually completed its relocation to Dallas from New York. The largest radio broadcast operation in the U.S. will be operating out of a new 73,000 foot HQs (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/7)...WBAL-radio in Baltimore may reduce the number of Orioles exhibition games it carries this spring if replacement players are used. Under WBAL's plan, the announcers would "intersperse conversation with each other and fans with accounts of the game" (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 2/7)....ABC's telecast of the Pro Bowl "scored" in the overnight ratings with an 11.7, almost "triple the audience the game received on ESPN last year."....Sunday's Knicks/ Suns NBA game on NBC drew a 6.6; CBS' College Basketball received a 2.3. CBS VP Len DeLuca: "We're never going to beat the NBA because the NBA controls its own environment. They have no opposing Sunday NBA games" (Rudy Martzke, USA TODAY, 2/7)....The Tribune Company reported a 28% increase in net income to $242M, even after the company estimated baseball-related losses at about $30M. The company, wehich owns the Cubs, cited improved results from its TV stations and new media/education group (ELECTRONIC MEDIA, 2/6)....TCI has agreed to a buy cable TV operation covering six Bay Area communities, adding 70,000 subscribers to the 625,000 it already has there (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/7).