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Published August 4, 1995
Stu Tauber, GM of Boston's WSBK, had some words over ABC's decision to give WABU-Channel 68 the rights to Saturday's game on The Baseball Network instead of giving them to WSBK, the Red Sox's regular rights holder. Tauber: "Some clerical idiot makes a mistake and no one corrects it. ... I'm absolutely appalled. The ballclub and Baseball Network should have gone after (ABC). ... I take a beating in every game and the one chance I had to recapture a piece of this disastrous season and no one helps me" (Jim Baker, BOSTON HERALD, 8/4). WABU is bidding against WSBK for Sox rights after the contract expires this year....Also in Boston, rock 'n roll station WBCN-FM debuts their Patriots coverage tonight, with station GM Oedipus promising better sound through stereo delivery and the use of "parabolic microphones" on the field. Patriots Owner Bob Kraft will be the guest in a new regular feature, "Owner's Box" (Jack Craig, BOSTON GLOBE, 8/4)....Officials from The Baseball Network plan to talk with the recently retired John Kruk about an analyst role for the rest of the season (Steve Nidetz, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/4)....While the Grizzlies radio rights belong to CKNW, conflicts with the Canucks will force a majority of their games to rival CKLG. CKNW Program Dir Tom Plasteras, who notes that they will be promoting games that will be aired on CKLG: "It's taken us a while to wrap our heads around this one." Plasteras said they decided against using their FM outlet, CFMI, because their research shows FM listeners "aren't all that interested in sports broadcasts" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/4)....In New York, Steve Zipay reviews the ITT-Dow Jones deal to buy WNYC-TV and turn it into a sports- business channel. Zipay: "Anything that would help promote the beleagured business of pro sports these days is welcome indeed." Zipay notes that the leagues and ESPN may resist the plans to make the channel, which will be called WBIS-Plus, a superstation (NEWSDAY, 8/4).