Remembering Gary Owens

Gary Owens, who passed away this weekend, was one of the cast members of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. He was a legendary disk jockey in the Los Angeles radio market and one of the great voice-over artists in show business.

Oriole Bird to Help Open Youth Baseball Seasons Across Sarasota County Beginning Saturday Feb. 14

(Sarasota, FL) Attending youth baseball openers for local teams has been a tradition since the Baltimore Orioles arrived in Sarasota for Major League Spring Training in 2010. This season, the Oriole Bird will make three stops to help open youth baseball leagues. On Saturday, February 14, the Oriole Bird will participate in Opening Day ceremonies for Venice Little League, followed by Sarasota Little League on February 21, and the Miracle League of Manasota on March 14.

The Oriole Bird will open the Venice Little League season with an appearance this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to noon at 250 Fort Street in Venice. The Bird will fly into the Sarasota Little League season’s commencement at Twin Lakes Park at 6700 Clark Road from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21.
Oriole Bird
On Saturday, March 14, the Oriole Bird will help launch the Miracle League of Manasota’s 2015 spring season with an appearance from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Longwood Run Park at 6050 Longwood Run Boulevard in Sarasota. The Orioles were a founding sponsor of the league’s specially designed ballpark, which makes it possible for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. In 2014, the Orioles made an additional contribution to the league in honor of retiring Major Leaguer Derek Jeter.

Each year, the Orioles also host the OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic, a tournament that benefits the Miracle League of Manasota. This year’s event, which features Orioles players and coaches participating with members of the public, is scheduled for February 23 at The Founders Club in Sarasota.

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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2015 Spring Training Promotions & Special Events Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles today announced their 2015 spring training promotions and special events schedule featuring many fun-filled promotional giveaways and events for fans to enjoy at Ed Smith Stadium.

On Wednesday, March 4, all fans will receive an orange rally towel as well as a spring training magnet schedule, presented by Visit Sarasota County, as the Orioles celebrate their spring training Opening Day and sixth season at Ed Smith Stadium. In addition, the first 1,000 women will receive a Bird of Paradise flower, presented by Beneva Flowers.

The giveaways continue on March 5 when the first 3,000 fans 15 and over to enter the ballpark will receive an Orioles Clothing Hanger, presented by Hung-By. On March 11, SRQ Airport will sponsor an Orioles Luggage Tag to be presented to the first 3,000 fans 15 and over. The final item, a Plush Cow presented by Chick-fil-A, will be given to the first 3,000 fans on March 14.

In addition to the giveaways, fans will enjoy several special events at Ed Smith Stadium throughout spring training including Kids Run the Bases, presented by Schofield, Hand & Bright Orthopaedics, on March 14 (for all fans 14 and under) and Seniors Run the Bases on March 25 (for fans aged 55 and over). The Orioles will also host Go Green Day, presented by Waste Pro, on March 17; a pre-game parade for Youth Baseball Day, presented by The Sarasota YMCA, on March 29; and the All Faiths Food Drive on March 31, when volunteers will collect food and monetary donations at the gates. Fireworks Night, presented by Coast Cadillac, will follow the spring training finale at Ed Smith Stadium on April 3.

The list of 2015 spring training promotions and special events follows. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call 1-941-893-6300 or visit


03/04 DET Rally Towel All Fans
Magnet Schedule Visit Sarasota County All Fans
Bird of Paradise Flower Beneva Flowers 1st 1,000 women
03/05 TOR Orioles Clothing Hanger Hung-By 1st 3,000 fans 15 & over
03/11 TOR Orioles Luggage Tag SRQ Airport 1st 3,000 fans 15 & over
03/14 TB Kids Run the Bases Schofield, All fans 14 & under, post-game

Plush Cow Chick-fil-A 1st 3,000 fans
03/17 MIN Go Green Day Waste Pro
03/25 TOR Seniors Run the Bases All fans 55 & over, post-game
03/29 MIN Youth Baseball Day The Sarasota YMCA Pre-game parade for pre-registered youth

03/31 TB All Faiths Food Drive
04/03 ATL Fireworks Night Coast Cadillac Post-game

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WENG Radio to Broadcast FHSAA Boys Playoff Basketball Games

My broadcast colleague Rich “Spitz” Spedaliere will be calling North Port Bobcat’s playoff basketball games on WENG radio. Details below:

(Englewood, FL) After a very successful first season of bringing Hometown Hoops to listeners in Englewood, Venice, and North Port, WENG Radio is proud to announce that we will be following the North Port Bobcats on the road to Lakeland. We will have the Seminole at North Port game live Thursday night beginning at 6:50. If the Bobcats win, we will carry the next game on Tuesday night at 6:50. If victorious, we will follow the Bobcats on Saturday, February 21st also beginning at 6:50.

Rich Spedaliere, the voice of Hometown Hoops on WENG Radio
Rich Spedaliere, the voice of Hometown Hoops on WENG Radio

For those outside of our terrestrial signal area, you can listen online at as well as on your smartphone with the free WENG app.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Spring Training Promotional Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the promotional schedule for 2015 Spring Training Games. The Pirates play 16 games at McKechnie Field this spring, starting with the Black and Gold Game, an intra-squad contest on Monday, March 2.

The Black and Gold Game starts at noon on March 2. All tickets cost $8 and proceeds benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, Wakeland Elementary School, and G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School. The length of the Black and Gold Game varies and often does not last nine innings.

Pirates Spring Training games will feature several giveaways at the gate in 2015. All giveaway items are distributed on a first come first served basis and available only while supplies last. On Wednesday, March 4, Pepsi presents a Pirates cell phone wallet giveaway. Pepsi will present a Pirates drawstring bag giveaway at the Spring Training night game on Wednesday, March 18. Thursday, March 5 is SRQ Airport Day, featuring a Pirates luggage tag giveaway. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Humana will give away eco-friendly bags at the fourth annual Senior and Caregiver Expo on Friday, March 13. Baseball America will give away free magazines at the gates on March 9 and March 24.

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Pirate Fest presented by ABC 7 will be held on Sunday, March 15. A free fan festival will be held outside McKechnie Field from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The festival features free player autographs, games, prizes, and live music by Matthew Huff. There will also be a food drive benefitting the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program. Fans that donate five or more non-perishable food items at the gates will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. A ticket is required to enter the ballpark for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles.

Saturday, March 28, the Pirates will give back to the community and honor veterans by holding Military Appreciation Day and United Way Day. A pre-game ceremony will be held to honor selected local veterans on field. Each branch of the military will also be recognized over the public address system with the corresponding songs played. For each ticket purchased to the March 28 game, the Pirates will donate $2 to the United Way of Manatee County.

Saturday, March 7 is Herald-Tribune Media Group Day and Manatee County Schools Appreciation Day. Anyone presenting a Manatee County School District ID at the box office can purchase grandstand tickets for $12 while supplies last. The discount is limited to four tickets per school ID.

Every weekend game features the opportunity for children 12 and younger to run the bases by participating in a Kids Fun Run presented by Mosaic. Games featuring a Kids Fun Run are March 7, March 15, March 21, and March 28.

Before games begin, the Pirates will hold the annual Pirates Pep Rally in downtown Bradenton on Saturday, February 28. The rally on Old Main Street runs from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and features live music by Yesterdayze, autograph signings, kids games, a photo booth, giveaways, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The 8th Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic presented by TLI Sports is Sunday, March 1. Foursomes will team up with a Pirates celebrity to support the efforts of Pirates Charities in the region. For more information about the Spring Training Golf Classic, please contact Carley Paganelli by phone at 941-747-3031 ex. 4362 or by email at

For more information about the Pirates Spring Training, call 941-747-3031 or visit

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