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.
MASN televises every available Orioles game in high-definition on its two HD channels, MASN and MASN2. All of MASN's cable, satellite, and fiber optic distributors carry MASN and MASN2 on a consistent channel throughout the season. (Visit MASNsports.com for local listings.)
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.
MASN carries more than 200 NCAA Division I football and basketball games, featuring local colleges and top-ranked programs, as well as other regional sports programming, including the daily baseball show, "Mid-Atlantic Sports Report," airing weekdays at 5:00 p.m.
MASN's exclusive television territory covers all or parts of seven states including the District of Columbia, from Harrisburg, Pa. to Charlotte, N.C. The network is carried by most cable and satellite providers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Orioles Hall of Fame member Mike Bordick enters his sixth year as a member of the MASN broadcast team, serving as an analyst for half of the Orioles games this season. Bordick also provides analysis for select games on the Orioles Radio Network.
A 2011 inductee into the Orioles Hall of Fame, Bordick played for the Orioles for six seasons from 1997 to 2002. One of the best defensive players in club history, Bordick has the fifth-highest fielding percentage (.982) among shortstops with at least 1,000 games played in Major League history, trailing only Troy Tulowitzki (.985), Omar Vizquel (.985), Jimmy Rollins (.983), and J.J. Hardy (.983). 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 (one), consecutive errorless games (110), 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 Athletics (1990-96), New York Mets (2000), and Toronto Blue Jays (2003). He batted .260 with 1,500 hits in his career, including a .260 average (674-for-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 bachelor's degree in kinesiology and physical education from the University of Maine.
He spent the 2010-11 seasons as Coordinator of Offensive Fundamentals for the Orioles' minor league system. As he has done since 2012, 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, Md. They have six children: Chandler, Dylan, Casey, Dawson, Wyatt, and Colton.
Baltimore native Tom Davis enters his 47th year as a Baltimore sportscaster and his second as full time co-host of "O's Xtra," MASN's pre- and postgame shows with Rick Dempsey. Davis has also hosted MASN's "Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" since March 2011. Davis previously spent 17 seasons as the host on Orioles telecasts on Home Team Sports (HTS) from 1984 to 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 1970s. 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.
His 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 Ravens 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, as well as hosting the 2014 celebration of the Orioles American League East Championship during the "O's Xtra" postgame show on MASN with Jim Palmer and Rick Dempsey.
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," Ã¢â¬â shows that profile the Ravens and Orioles and air on MASN weekly during each team's respective season. The radio version of "Wall to Wall Baseball" is heard after each Orioles broadcast throughout the season.
A graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, Davis received a bachelor's 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 Ã¢â¬â Malinda, Tad, and Mandi. He has two grandchildren, Hunter and Georgia
Former Orioles catcher and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey is in his 11th year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. He appears on "O's Xtra" pre- and postgame shows on MASN.
This season marks Dempsey's 51st year working in professional baseball. He played for 24 Major League seasons with six teams, including 11 and a half with the Orioles. Dempsey is tied for eighth all-time among modern era players in seasons played and is one of only three catchers in modern baseball history 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-gamesto-1 triumph over Philadelphia.
Dempsey 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 Baltimore's 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-NL (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 2002-06, he served as a first base coach, third base coach, and bullpen coach on the Orioles coaching staff.
Dempsey 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 and Kansas City Royals organizations, and Christian. His younger brother Pat was a minor league catcher for several teams, including the Orioles. His nephew, Gregg Zaun, was a catcher with the Orioles from 1995-96 and 2009. The son of an actor, Dempsey 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, who enters his 21st season as a member of the Orioles broadcast team, will call a majority of games on the Orioles Radio Network this season. Hunter will also call games on MASN for the 14th straight season. Hunter was originally named as the Orioles' lead radio announcer on February 5, 1997 and brings to the booth 39 years of diversified broadcasting experience that ranges from Major League Baseball to the National Football League to the Olympic Games.
Hunter, 58, came to Baltimore from CBS Sports Radio, 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 broadcasted the American League Championship Series, teaming with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench from 1990-92, and with the Orioles' first radio voice, Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell, in 1993. In 1995-96, he called the National League Division Series and the NLCS, teaming with Hall of Famer Jerry Coleman. In addition, Hunter hosted "Inside Pitch," the CBS Radio Sunday Night Baseball pregame show.
When Hunter began his career at the CBS Radio Network in 1982, he served as the Saturday evening anchor of "Sports Central USA." He was later assigned to host "Sports Break," a daily feature heard on CBS Radio from 1984-87. It was in 1987 that Hunter was named full weekend anchor of "Sports Central USA."
Hunter'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 pregame and halftime reports. Hunter has covered 12 Super Bowls. Hunter has also called play-by-play of MASN's coverage of college football and college basketball. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 at WJLK Radio in Asbury Park, N.J.
An active parishioner at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church and a third degree member of the Knights Of Columbus, Hunter is involved in numerous charitable projects. During the offseason he also makes appearances in the community on behalf of the Orioles and has been an active part of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends Committee, which raises money annually for children's cancer research.
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, N.J. 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, N.J. with a bachelor's degree 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 adult children Ã¢â¬â Jimmy, Jeff, and Allie. All three were married in 2016. The Hunters welcomed Kayla and Beth Hunter and Brett Tozzi to the family. They also have two faithful dogs, Bobby and Sadie.
The winningest pitcher in Orioles history, Hall of Famer Jim Palmer returns for his 25th season as an analyst on Orioles television broadcasts and 54th season as a member of the Orioles organization. He previously served as analyst for ABC on Monday Night Baseball, All-Star Games, postseason games, and the World Series from 1978 through 1995. For 15 years, he also called Little League World Series games on ABC. Palmer previously provided analysis on Orioles broadcasts for Home Team Sports and WMAR-TV.
Palmer lives in Palm Beach, Fla. and Corona del Mar, Calif. with his wife, Susan, and son, Spencer.
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 50-year broadcasting career. This year marks his 32nd season of playby-play coverage of MLB and his 11th on MASN broadcasts.
Thorne has broadcast 12 World Series, 17 MLB All-Star Games, and four World Baseball Classics for MLB as well as 18 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.
Thorne is a member of the board of directors of the Baseball Assistance Team (BAT) and previously served as its president. He also has hosted both the BAT and MLB Players Alumni Association dinners and is a member of the Hockey Coaches Care Committee. Thorne also serves as a member of the Hall of Fame's Reintegration Selection Committee.
Thorne has covered three Olympics with CBS and NBC and has received five Emmys, one for his Orioles coverage on MASN in 2009, two for his work with Mets TV, one for his work broadcasting New Jersey Devils hockey, and one for his call of the Minnesota Boys High School 2014 State Hockey Tournament. He also hosted the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction day ceremonies at Cooperstown for eight years.
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 former Sunday morning roundtable program and broadcast MLB on ESPN for 22 years, along with numerous other sports.
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, including on-field coverage at the 1989 World Series, when an earthquake struck San Francisco. He also broadcast games for the Baseball Network and Fox Sports.
Most recently, Thorne served as a guest broadcaster for the Los Angeles Kings on Fox Sports West (2016-17). 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 that 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.
CBS RADIO's 105.7 The Fan serves as the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network. Fans can hear all 162 Orioles regular season games, select Spring Training contests, and extensive Orioles programming on 105.7 The Fan and across the seven-state, 40-station Orioles Radio Network.
In addition to expansive game coverage and pre- and postgame shows, the Orioles partnership with CBS RADIO brings exclusive Orioles programming to 105.7 The Fan backed by the power of CBS RADIO's cluster of stations, including Today's 101.9 (WLIF-FM) and Mix 106.5 (WWMX-FM).
Longtime Orioles Radio Network broadcaster Joe Angel will return for his 18th season and will be joined by veteran broadcaster Jim Hunter for most games. Former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald will provide analysis for several games this season. MASN broadcaster and Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Bordick will also join the booth for select games.
In 2015, the Orioles' radio rights returned to 105.7 The Fan, where the station had previously broadcast Orioles games between 2007 and 2010. Currently, 105.7 The Fan is one of the highest-rated sports talk radio stations in the United States.
In 2010, the Orioles entered a multi-year partnership with WSBA Radio to serve as their affiliate in York, Pa. In all, there are 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 returns as the "Voice of the Orioles" on radio for his 18th season.
A native of Colombia, South America, who did not speak English until the age of nine, Angel has broadcast Major League Baseball for 41 years, including 18 seasons with the Orioles, 1988-90, 1992, and 2004-present. He also has worked for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, and was the original voice of the Florida Marlins. Angel also broadcast games on ESPN national telecasts during the 2001 season.
Angel, 68, was born in BogotÃÂ¡, Colombia. His family immigrated to Chicago seven years later before moving to San Francisco when he 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 with Hall of Fame broadcasters Al Michaels and Lon Simmons. 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 WCCO radio, 1984-86, and joined the Orioles radio team for three years beginning in 1988. Angel 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 call Giants games on radio and television for two seasons, where he often teamed with his former Orioles broadcast partner, Jon Miller.
In his two decades of radio work with Major League Baseball, Angel has broadcast two World Series, 44 postseason games, and seven 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.
He and his wife, Antoinette, make their home in El Dorado Hills, Calif. They have three adult children: Tony, Natalie, and Jonathan; one granddaughter, Carsyn Angelina; and two grandsons, Jacob and Thomas.
Former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald will provide analysis for select Orioles Radio Network broadcasts again this season.
The first overall selection in the 1989 First-Year Player Draft, McDonald pitched for the Orioles for seven seasons between 1989 and 1995. He spent the final two seasons of his nine-year career with Milwaukee. McDonald threw a complete-game shutout against the Chicago White Sox in his first Major League start and is one of only two first overall selections to win his first three Major League starts.
McDonald was a standout at Louisiana State University, where he twice led the Tigers to the College World Series. He set an LSU career mark for strikeouts with 373 and set several Southeastern Conference records, including single-season strikeouts (202) and consecutive scoreless innings (44.2). He was a two-time All-American, a 1988 Olympic gold medalist, and he won the Golden Spikes Award in 1989. McDonald was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.
McDonald also provides analysis for ESPN and SEC Network coverage of college baseball.
McDonald and his wife, Nicole, have two children. Their daughter, Jorie, is a senior at New York University, where she studies broadcast journalism. Their son, Jase, is a sophomore at Denham Springs High School in Baton Rouge, La.