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MEDIA NOTES

     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).
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