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Published December 28, 2012
TWITTER WARS: AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Matt Yoder reported ESPN's Michael Smith and NFL Network's Dave Dameshek "became involved in a holiday slugfest over Dameshek's insinuation that 'Numbers Never Lie' stole the animations bits of the 'N if L.'" Yoder wrote it was "one of the better waged Twitter fights we've seen" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 12/24).
NEW ADDITION: In Charlotte, Mark Washburn notes CBS Radio's WBCN-AM next Wednesday will "drop its talk-show format and carry the lineup of the new CBS Sports Radio." It will "be a sister station" to WFNZ-AM. Operations Manager D.J. Stout said that the new station "will complement rather than compete with WFNZ" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 12/28).
PUT ON HOLD: CABLEFAX DAILY reported Common Sense Media "called for a moratorium on violent video game ads during professional and college sports broadcasts." ESPN said that it has "worked with advertisers" since last Friday to "respond appropriately." Fox Sports "declined to comment, and other nets didn't respond by deadline" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 12/26).