Rob Long joins WJZ as weekend sports anchor

February 18, 2014
Courtesy of the Press Box Online

rob-longBaltimore sports radio veteran Rob Long is adding TV to his career.

In mid-January, he started doing weekend sportscasts for CBS-owned Channel 13/WJZ, in addition to his midday sports radio show on the company’s WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan.

“I can tell you as a Baltimore kid, I’m living the dream,” Long said. “I can’t be happier.”

WJZ-TV spokesman K.C. Robertson said Long was fitting in well on the WJZ staff.

“Rob’s done a great job at 105.7 The Fan,” Robertson said. “He’s no stranger to us on the television side. He’s appeared with [WJZ sports director and anchor] Mark Viviano in the past.”

Long has also made numerous guest appearances on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network shows through the years.

With Channel 13 weekend anchor Stan Saunders’ recent retirement, a position opened up, Robertson said, and Long was the top candidate to fill it.

Long is currently part of Channel 13′s late-Sunday newscast. Long will also fill in for Viviano when he’s on vacation, Robertson said.

During an interview with PressBox in 2011, Long said Scott Garceau, a former Channel 2/WMAR sports anchor who now hosts “The Scott Garceau Show with Jeremy Conn” afternoons on 105.7 The Fan, was the local sportscaster he most admired.

Long said he also had high regard for Bruce Cunningham, sports director and anchor at Channel 45/WBFF.

Long, a west Baltimore native, is an alumnus of Northern High School. He joined the Air Force in 1991. After getting out of the military in 1994, he moved to South Carolina to spend seven years in law enforcement, and started working in local radio there.

In November 2000, he returned to his hometown, and by 2003 found himself at Towson sports talker WNST, 1570 AM, where he did the morning drive show.

In 2009, Long moved to Baltimore sports talker Fox 1370, where he also did a morning show. That lasted until July 2011, when the station flipped to another format.

Long later jumped to 105.7 The Fan, and he now handles the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. shift with Vinny Cerrato doing “The Vinny and Rob Show.”

Read more at the Press Box Online where this story was originally published.