MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, is an independent regional sports network that televises every available Orioles game. The network is owned by the Orioles and Washington Nationals, and gives fans unmatched access to the action on the field and inside the game.
Before every game, MASN televises the Orioles exclusive pregame show, O's Xtra, with insights and analysis about the upcoming matchup.
After each game, MASN televises the O's Xtra postgame show, with highlights, player interviews and the Manager's press conference.
Beginning with the 2008 season, the award-winning network began broadcasting select Orioles games in high definition. Since 2010, MASN has televised every Orioles game in high-definition on its two HD channels, MASN HD and MASN2 HD. All of MASN's cable, satellite and fiber optic distributors carry MASN and MASN2 on a consistent channel throughout the season and most distributors also carry MASN HD and MASN2 HD.
In addition, 20 weekend MASN-produced Orioles games are simulcast on MASN's over-the-air partner, WJZ-TV, Channel 13 in Baltimore.
MASN carries 250 NCAA Division I football, basketball and lacrosse games, featuring local colleges and top-ranked programs, as well as other exciting regional sports programming.
MASN's exclusive television territory covers all or parts of six states and the District of Columbia, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Charlotte, North Carolina. The network is carried by most cable and satellite providers in the mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.masnsports.com.
Longtime Oriole and Orioles Hall of Fame member Mike Bordick joins the MASN broadcast team this season, pairing with Jim Hunter or Gary Thorne as a analyst for half the O's games in 2012.
A 2011 inductee into the Orioles Hall of Fame, Bordick played for the Orioles for six seasons from 1997-2002. One of the best defensive players in club history, Bordick has the third-highest fielding percentage (.982) among shortstops with at least 1,000 games played in major league history, trailing only Omar Vizquel (.985) and Jimmy Rollins (.984).
In his 2002 season with the Orioles, Bordick had the best defensive season for a shortstop in major league history, setting a record for highest fielding percentage (.998), fewest errors (1), consecutive errorless games (110), fielding chances per game (4.9) and consecutive errorless chances (543). Bordick led AL shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage and 797 total chances in 1999 with the Orioles, a year in which he also led the AL in batting average against left-handed pitching (.406). Bordick's 14-year major league career also included time with the Oakland A's (1990-96), New York Mets (2000) and Toronto Blue Jays (2003). He batted .260 with 1,500 hits in his career, including .260 (674-2592) in 739 games with the Orioles.
Originally signed by the A's as a non-drafted free agent after playing in the Cape Cod League in 1986, Bordick was on Oakland's active roster for the 1990 World Series and appeared in three games for the A's. He also played in the 2000 World Series with the New York Mets after being traded from the Orioles that July and was named to the American League All-Star team that year as well.
Bordick played three years at the University of Maine, where he led the Bears to College World Series berths in 1984 and 1986. At the end of his playing career he completed his bachelors degree in kinesiology and physical education from Maine.
He spent the past two seasons as Coordinator of Offensive Fundamentals for the Orioles' minor league system. Bordick will continue to work as a Special Assignment Instructor in the Orioles' minor league system when he is not in the broadcast booth.
Bordick and his wife, Monica, reside in Ruxton, Maryland with their six children.
Baltimore native Tom Davis enters his 42nd year as a local sportscaster and begins his second year as the host of MASN's Mid Atlantic Sports Report. He will also work on television as a co-host of "O's Xtra," MASN's pre- and post-game shows. Davis previously spent 17 seasons as a host on Orioles telecasts on Home Team Sports (HTS) from 1984-2000. A five-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster of the Year Award, Davis began his career as a weekend sportscaster for WBAL-TV in the early '70s. He also worked at WBAL Radio, had two stints at WCBM-AM and spent 17 years as a sportscaster for the "Rouse & Company Show" on WQSR-FM.
Tom's national sports broadcasting experience includes work with NBC-TV and NBC Radio, where he covered the NFL, 1987 Gator Bowl and the 1988 Summer Olympics. He also did play-by-play for a number of college football bowl games for the Mutual Radio Network and was a sideline reporter for ABC-TV's coverage of the USFL in 1983-84.
Davis served as play-by-play announcer for the first game played at M&T Bank Stadium on August 8, 1998, an exhibition game between the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears. He lists one of his greatest thrills as calling Cal Ripken's 400th career home run in 1999.
In addition to his work on Orioles broadcasts, Davis hosts a sports talk show, 'Wall to Wall Baseball," each Saturday afternoon on MASN. He also produces and hosts "Touchdown Baltimore" and "Take Me Out To The Ballgame," shows that profile the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles and air on MASN weekly during the teams' respective seasons.
A graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, Davis received a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Baltimore in 1971. He lives in Baltimore County with his wife Bonnie and is the father of three adult children, Malinda, Tad and Mandi. He has two grandchildren, Hunter and Georgia.
Former Orioles catcher and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey is in his sixth year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team after five years on the club's coaching staff. He teams with Jim Hunter or Tom Davis to host the "O's Xtra" pre- and post-game shows on MASN.
This season marks Dempsey's 45th year working in professional baseball. He played for 24 major league seasons with six teams, including 11 1/2 with the Orioles. Dempsey is tied for 8th all-time in seasons played and is one of only three catchers, along with Tim McCarver and Carlton Fisk, to play in four decades. He played on three World Series teams and won two championships, including 1983 when he was named the World Series MVP in the Orioles' 4-games-to-1 triumph over Philadelphia.
Rick batted .233 with 96 home runs and 471 RBI in his career, which began with the Minnesota Twins in 1969. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 1973 and, in 1976, to the Orioles as part of a 10-player swap that also brought the O's Tippy Martinez and Scott McGregor He became the Orioles' regular catcher in 1977 and for 10 years was the Orioles' primary backstop, catching a club-record 1,222 games. After leaving the Orioles, Dempsey played for Cleveland (1987), Los Angeles (1988-90) and Milwaukee (1991) before returning to the Orioles for his final season in '92. He had a .988 career fielding percentage.
Dempsey began his post-playing career as a manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets' farm systems, compiling a winning record in three of five seasons. He was a member of the Dodgers' major league coaching staff from 1999-2000 before returning to the Orioles as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet in 2001. From 2002-2006, he served as a first base coach, third base coach and bullpen coach on the Orioles coaching staff.
Rick and his wife, Joani, live in Westlake Village, a suburb of Los Angeles. They have two sons, John, who was a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, and Christian. Rick's younger brother Pat was a minor league catcher for several teams, including the Orioles. His nephew, Gregg Zaun, was a catcher with the Orioles in 1995-96 and 2009. The son of an actor, Rick entertained crowds as a player during rain delays with his impersonations of Babe Ruth. He was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1997.
Veteran broadcaster Jim Hunter is in his 16th year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. Jim enters his 9th season in the TV Booth on MASN. He is the host of "O's Xtra," MASN's Orioles pre-game and post game shows and will also call play by play of O's games on MASN. He also has called play by play of MASN's coverage of college football and college basketball. Hunter was originally named as the Orioles' radio announcer on February 5, 1997 and brings to the booth 34 years of diversified broadcasting experience that ranges from Major League Baseball to the NFL to the Olympic Games.
Hunter, 53, came to Baltimore from CBS Radio Sports, where he had been since 1982. He had been a member of the network's MLB "Game of the Week" announcing team since 1986. He broadcast the American League Championship Series, teaming with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench from 1990-92, and with the Orioles' first radio voice, Ernie Harwell, in 1993. In 1995, he called the National League Division Series and the NLCS, teaming with Jerry Coleman. In addition, Hunter hosted "Inside Pitch," the CBS Radio Sunday Night Baseball pre-game show.
During the off-season, Jim makes several appearances in the community on behalf of the ballclub as well as helping various charities. He has been an active part of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends Committee, which annually raises money for cancer research for children.
When Jim began his career at the CBS Radio Network in '82, he served as the Saturday evening anchor of Sports Central USA. He was later assigned to host SportsBreak, a daily feature heard on CBS Radio from 1984-87. It was in 1987 that Jim was named full weekend anchor of Sports Central USA.
Jim's experience is varied and all-inclusive. In 1992 from Albertville, France and again in 1994 from Lillehammer, Norway, Hunter served as a studio anchor for CBS Radio's network coverage of the Winter Olympic Games. Also, he was the host for the NFL Preview and NFL pre-game and halftime reports. Jim has covered 12 Super Bowls. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 at WJLK Radio in Asbury Park, NJ.
A native of New Jersey, Hunter is a 1973 graduate of St. Benedict School and a 1977 graduate of St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, NJ. He was inducted into his high school's athletic Hall of Fame for football and baseball in 1994. He attended Brookdale Community College and is a 1982 graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ with a BA in Communication Arts.
His peers have recognized Hunter for his accomplishments on several occasions. In 2002, he was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also received the prestigious Radio/TV Media Excellence Award from the New Jersey Sportswriters Association in 1998.
Hunter resides in Fallston, MD with his wife Bonnie. They have three children. Jimmy (27) and Jeff (25) are graduates of Fallston HS and York College, PA. They are musicians in the band Second Self. Allie (21) is a graduate of Fallston High School where she was a member of back to back state championship field hockey teams. She is a junior at George Mason University. They also have two faithful dogs, Bobby and Sadie.
The winningest pitcher in Orioles history, Hall-of-Famer Jim Palmer returns for his 20th season as an analyst on Orioles television broadcasts. He previously had done some play-by-play and analyst work on Oriole broadcasts on Home Team Sports and on WMAR-TV. Jim's biography and pitching record can be found on page 389.
Gary Thorne is one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting, having covered Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the Olympics, NCAA basketball, football and hockey during his illustrious 37-year broadcasting career. This year marks his 27th season of play by play coverage of MLB and his sixth on Orioles' MASN broadcasts.
Thorne has broadcast nine World Series, 14 All-Star Games for MLB International TV and 12 NHL seasons, including Stanley Cup playoffs and finals for ABC/ESPN. He broadcast New York Mets games on radio and TV for 13 seasons, including the 1986 World Series. This season is his 22nd year of MLB coverage on ESPN.
In addition to his on-air work, Thorne is president of the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT), which provides assistance to members of baseball's family who are in need. He also hosts both the BAT and Major League Baseball Players Association annual dinners.
Thorne has covered three Olympics with CBS and NBC and has received four Emmys, one for his Orioles coverage on MASN in 2009, two for his work with Mets TV and one for his work broadcasting New Jersey Devils hockey. In 2012, he will host Hall of Fame induction day ceremonies at Cooperstown for the fourth time.
Thorne's first appearance on ESPN was in July 1988 for the inaugural Triple-A All-Star Game. He served as the original host and moderator in 1988 for "The Sports Reporters," the network's Sunday morning roundtable program.
In 1989, Thorne served as the voice of the Chicago White Sox on WFLD-TV and teamed with Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan on ABC's Thursday night MLB telecasts. He also broadcast games for the Baseball Network.
Thorne has also done play-by-play on SportsChannel America's National Hockey League telecasts (1988-92) and New Jersey Devils telecasts on SportsChannel New York (1987-92). Prior to that, he was the play-by-play commentator and director of broadcasting for the Maine Guides (1984), a Triple-A ball club which he co-owned from 1984-88. He also covered University of Maine hockey games for WBGW-AM and WABI-TV and radio from 1977-86.
Thorne is a 1970 graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1973 and received a doctorate in law in 1976 from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former assistant district attorney in Bangor, Maine, member of the Army JAG Corps and was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in March 1977.
The Orioles continue their partnership with 1090 AM WBAL Radio in 2012. This season marks the 43rd year since Baltimore returned to the Major Leagues 58 years ago that WBAL Radio has originated Orioles broadcasts. The station first broadcast O's games in 1957, the club's fourth season.
WBAL Radio will broadcast the entire 162-game regular season schedule, as well as 16 spring training games. The station will also air 30-minute pre- and post-game shows; a daily Manager's Report; "On Deck," a program that leads into the pre-game show; and an off-season Hot Stove Show.
This is the 12th year of the Orioles' partnership with WTEM (980 AM) to broadcast all games in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia metropolitan area. In 2010 the Orioles entered a multi-year partnership with WSBA Radio to serve as their affiliate in York, PA. In all, there are over 40 stations on the Orioles Radio Network, covering six states and the District of Columbia. In addition, members of the military stationed overseas have the opportunity to listen to Orioles games on the American Forces Radio Network.
Veteran baseball broadcaster Joe Angel will team with Fred Manfra for his ninth straight season as the "Voice of the Orioles" on radio.
A native of Colombia, South America, Joe has broadcast Major League Baseball for 34 years, including 12 seasons with the Orioles, 1988-90, 1992 and 2004-11. He also has worked for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees and was the original voice of the Florida Marlins. Joe also broadcast games on ESPN national telecasts during the 2001 season.
Joe, 64, was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His family immigrated to Chicago seven years later before moving to San Francisco when Joe was 15. He attended Galileo High School in San Francisco, where he played baseball and football and was the quarterback of a team that featured O.J. Simpson as running back.
He worked in television and radio for many years in the Bay Area, including five years of Stanford University football and four years of University of San Francisco basketball.
Angel got his start in Major League Baseball in 1976, when he spent three years doing Giants games on KSFO radio. He also spent two years as the television play-by-play voice for the Oakland A's. He spent three seasons with the Minnesota Twins on WCOO radio, 1984-86, and joined the Orioles radio team for three years in 1988. Joe spent one year doing New York Yankees broadcasts in 1991 before returning to the Orioles, then left again to become the first voice of the Florida Marlins. He did play-by-play on Marlins broadcasts for eight years, 1993-2000, including their 1997 championship season. He then did play-by-play for ESPN regional telecasts before returning to the Bay Area to do Giants games on radio and television for two seasons, where he often teamed with his former Orioles broadcast partner, Jon Miller.
In his nearly 35 years of radio work with Major League Baseball, Joe has broadcast two World Series, 30 postseason games and six no-hitters. His signature calls of "In the WIN Column," "Wave it bye bye" and "Hasta la vista pelota" are well-known to Orioles fans.
Joe and his wife, Antoinette, make their home in El Dorado Hills, CA, and have three grown children: Tony, Natalie and Jonathan.
It appeared inevitable that Fred Manfra's career plans would lead him to broadcasting Orioles games on the radio. One of his athletic highlights is hitting a double off the left field wall at Memorial Stadium in an American Legion game, and under his photo in the Patterson High School (class of '64) yearbook it says, "Fred's...future plans are in ... Radio-TV. work."
The Baltimore native returns for his 20th season as radio voice of the Orioles. The award-winning sportscaster came back to Charm City in 1993 after doing 22 sports shows every weekend since 1981 on more than 500 stations for the ABC Radio Information Network. Manfra worked for ABC Radio for 15 years, hosting weekend sports programs, along with a number of other assignments for the network.
When he moved into the Orioles broadcast booth in '93, it wasn't the first time he'd been heard doing O's games. In 1991, he did a series at Memorial Stadium and before that, in the late '70s, he periodically filled in on games for WBAL Radio. His baseball experience also included a stint with the Detroit Tigers on cable television in 1980.Baseball is only one of many sports Manfra has announced. His resume includes some of the most prestigious events in the business, including NBA Finals and NBA All-Star Games
(1985-91), 1984 Olympic men's and women's basketball and 1988 Olympic ice hockey, NHL Stanley Cup Finals and All-Star Game (1991), the Breeder's Cup (2000-2002) and Eclipse Award-winning broadcasts of horse racing's Triple Crown races (Kentucky Derby, Preakness at Pimlico and the Belmont Stakes) from 1982 through 2006.
His Olympic assignments have been varied and have taken him around the globe, including Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and Los Angeles (in 1984); Calgary and Seoul, South Korea (in 1988); Albertville, France and Barcelona, Spain (1992); and Lillehammer, Norway in February, 1994. His assignments have included men's and women's basketball in 1984 and ice hockey in 1988, as well as anchoring the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and other play-by-play and hourly updates.
Fred began his radio career in the early '70s at KREL in Corona, CA. He moved eastward with stops in Ventura, CA (KBBQ-FM/KBBY-FM); Davenport, IA (KSTT-AM); Milwaukee (WRIT-AM) and Detroit (WWJ-AM) in addition to AP Radio Network Sports in Washington, D.C., before settling in the New York area with ABC Network Radio.
He has done college football and basketball for the University of Iowa (1975) and the University of Michigan (1979-80), as well as USFL and Arena football, New York Knicks basketball, boxing and wrestling. He also had done voice work for Madison Square Garden and for professional football team highlights films and the Sports Year in Review for ABC Radio Network (1983-1998). Along the way, he has received numerous awards for his live action and studio reports. In 1996, Fred was inducted into the Patterson High School Hall of Fame, the same year Orioles owner Peter Angelos was also honored by the school.
Fred and his wife, Marlene, live in Fallston, MD and are active in local charity work. Fred is on the advisory board of the Salvation Army of Baltimore and the board of the Albert Close Foundation in Harford County, and Marlene is on the board of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and is also involved with Stella Maris hospice center. They have two adult daughters-Michelle, who lives in Massachusetts and works at Children's Hospital Boston; and Stephanie, who resides in Miami, FL and works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.