Washington Post Live, the five-days-a-week panel discussion show on Comcast SportsNet featuring Washington Post sports staffers, will move to the 10:30 p.m. slot next month, CSN announced on Friday. The show’s former 5 p.m. slot will be taken over by daily Ravens programming, in the form of ‘1 Winning Drive’ on Mondays, ‘Ravens One on One’ on Tuesdays, ‘Game Plan’ on Wednesdays, ‘Ravens Report’ on Thursdays, and ‘Purple Passion’ on Fridays.
This is the latest in a series of dramatic changes to WPL, which debuted in the spring of 2007 as a 90-minute talk show hosted by Russ Thaler. The show was eventually shortened to 60 minutes and then 30 minutes, and Ivan Carter took over the hosting duties, plus they got rid of that godawful blogging segment.
(Full disclosure: I still appear occasionally on the show, due to the fat checks and free coffee in the green room. Though I’m not sure about going to Bethesda late nights. We’ll see.)
The new WPL will continue to be live, giving the network two hours of live programming following Caps and Wizards games this fall. (The games will be followed by 30-minute postgame shows, then 30-minute news shows, then WPL, and then 30 more minutes of news.) WPL will also encore at 12:30 a.m., and again the following morning.
Redskins Nation, meanwhile, remains on at 5:30, giving CSN an hour of NFL programming from 5-6, and again from 11:30-12:30, when the Redskins and Ravens shows will re-air back-to-back.
Speaking of the Ravens, Baltimore Business Journal reported this week that CSN is planning a “massive” ad campaign to promote its new Ravens programming.