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SBD/October 17, 2012/Media
Published October 17, 2012
BIG TEN SQUABBLE: The COLUMBUS DISPATCH noted WBNS-FM personality Scott Torgerson "has been suspended indefinitely" by the radio station for a tweet directed at ESPN "College GameDay" host Desmond Howard. Torgerson tweeted over the weekend that he “wished Howard would ‘get fired or die’ so he could watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson's Twitter account “has been closed.” WBNS President & GM Dave Van Stone confirmed yesterday that Torgerson was “suspended indefinitely for the tweet.” WBNS is an ESPN Radio affiliate (DISPATCH.com, 10/17).
WIZARDS OF THE AIRWAVES: WFED-AM announced that it is the “new flagship station" of the Wizards. DCRTV.com noted the team will also be heard on WJFK-FM, provided that games “don’t conflict with its coverage of Capitals hockey and, come next spring, Nationals baseball.” Dave Johnson “returns for his 16th consecutive season as the radio play-by-play voice and will be joined once again by color analyst Glenn Consor” (DCRTV.com, 10/16).
NET GAINS: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir noted the Nets’ exhibition game against the Wizards on Monday was the “new-look, new-city team’s highest rated preseason game ever on the YES Network.” The 1.02 local rating in N.Y. is "still small,” but compared to a 0.4 average rating for the '11-12 regular season, “it was a whopper" (NYTIMES.com, 10/16).