Reflections on MASN/105.7

Baltimore-centric note: After all this time that MASN has simulcast the afternoon chat-fest from 105.7 The Fan, you would think somebody would have figured out a way to stop that annoying reflection we see on TV each time the camera shifts away from the studio with Scott Garceau and Anita Marks. News updater and Third Voice Mark Zinno is kept secluded offstage in a soundproof booth. The problem is, the shots of Zinno also show a glare and reflection of somebody else in the glass Zinno sits behind. This hasn’t changed from the first simulcasts done by MASN.

For the moment, I suppose, MASN can say it’s the network’s tribute to Michael Jackson, an homage to the King of Pop’s “Man in the Mirror.”

Where Have All the Nationals’ Fans Gone?

When baseball returned to the Nation’s Capital in 2005 we were told the reason was that the region was passionate for baseball.  A lot can change in three years.

Based on recent local television ratings, fans of the Nationals are not tuning in.  Information from Nielson Media Research shows that only 9,000 television sets in the DC market are regularly tuned in to Nationals games.  That, by far, is the lowest local ratings of any team in baseball.  Here is more from Tom Boswell at the Washington Post.

One of the most intriguing parts of the story is that more people regularly turn out to games than watch on television.  The Nats average over 25,000 fans each home game.  Much of he allure can be attributed to their new ballpark.

Even though Washington has been decimated by injuries, such a low television audience is not a good sign for the club. Boswell points out the problems with the Nats sharing television space with the Orioles on the Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).  I don’t buy it.  Passionate fans are savvy enough to find out which network will be telecasting their team’s games.

Let’s see what happens when the Nationals start producing winning seasons. The fans will come back.  What will be interesting to see is how many more will leave if their struggles continue.