Wizards Land 10 National TV Games For 2014-15 Season

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Dave Hughes, DCRTV.com

The Wizards landed 10 national television games, according to their 2014-15 season schedule, which was released Aug. 13. 

The team will play nine games on ESPN and one on TNT.

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The ESPN games include: Nov. 5 against the Pacers; Nov. 21 against the Cavaliers; Christmas Day against the Knicks; Jan. 9, 2015 against the Bulls; Jan. 21, 2015 against the Thunder; Jan. 28, 2015 against the Suns; Feb. 20, 2015 against the Cavaliers, March 6, 2015 against the Heat, and March 18, 2015 against the Jazz. 

The TNT game will be April 14, 2015 against the Pacers. 

In addition to most of the team's games airing on Comcast SportsNet, the Wizards will also have five games on NBA-TV. 

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Comcast SportsNet named D.C. sports TV veteran Chick Hernandez co-host of "SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell." The show airs weeknights at 10 p.m., and has multiple encores daily. 

Starting Sept. 1, Hernandez will join Mitchell, who has been featured on the program since it launched as "SportsTalk Live" in 2012. 

A native of Silver Spring, Hernandez is Comcast SportsNet's longest-serving news anchor and reporter, having joined the Bethesda-based channel in 2001 when it launched its news division. 

Hernandez will continue to serve as host of CSN's "Redskins Kickoff" and "Redskins Postgame Live," which feature Mitchell as an analyst. 

Rob Carlin, who contributes to the game-day shows as a reporter, will now serve as the CSN's Redskins television beat reporter for its daily news programs, including "SportsNet Central." Hernandez served in that role for the last two seasons and will continue to contribute to Redskins news coverage.

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A local radio source said the Atlanta-based radio ownership firm Cumulus is talking to Redskins owner Dan Snyder's Red Zebra broadcasting arm about buying its two stations -- sports talkers ESPN 980, WTEM, and Sportstalk 570, WSPZ. 

The deal would give Cumulus four more signals in the D.C. market -- WTEM's 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, and WSPZ's 570 AM. Cumulus already owns news talker WMAL, 105.9 FM and 630 AM, and contemporary hit WRQX, 107.3 FM. 

It has been reported Snyder wants to get out of the radio ownership business. He recently sold his Norfolk-area sports talker, and his D.C.-area and Richmond-area stations have been on the market for at least a year, according to reports. 

A top manager at Red Zebra said he hasn't heard about any talks with Cumulus.

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Comcast SportsNet named Benjie Kaze executive producer and director of original content and programming, a newly-created department. He previously served as the Bethesda-based network's executive producer of news. 

Also, CSN named Mark Friedman from his producer/writer/editor post to manager of technical innovation.

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