NEW ON 4: Washington's NBC affiliate, WRC-TV-4, has a new weekend sports anchor. He's Wally Bruckner, who until recently was an anchor at Mizlou's financially troubled Sports News Network.
Bruckner, whose first regular shifts will be Dec. 8-9, is no stranger to the Washington area. Before SNN, which moved from the Gannett building in Rosslyn to Edison, N.J., last month, Bruckner was at the NBC affiliate in Richmond.
He replaces Todd Whitthorne, who went part-time last year and will be available to fill in for anchoring and reporting assignments.
Whitthorne has joined Rick "Doc" Walker, a former Washington Redskins tight end and Channel 4 reporter, in a marketing business that "is growing at such a rate I couldn't afford not to give it more time," Whitthorne said. "I still love what I'm doing, I just can't do it as much."
ESPN AWARDS: ESPN garnered 22 nominations for ACE Awards for excellence in cable television. The network's first season of baseball coverage received four nominations: Orioles announcer Jon Miller, who worked one ESPN game a week, for play-by-play; former major leaguers Joe Morgan and Jim Palmer for commentator/analyst and "Baseball Tonight" for sports news series.
Three hosts -- Chris Berman, Roy Firestone and Bob Jenkins of "SpeedWeek" -- were nominated, as was basketball commentator Dick Vitale. Winners will be announced Jan. 11-13 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
WORLDWIDE TENNIS: Next week's Davis Cup final between the United States and Australia will reach a record number of potential viewers, according to the International Tennis Federation. ESPN's live feed from St. Petersburg, Fla., will be picked up by stations in 23 countries and tape-delayed telecasts will be used by 12 more.
PHONE LINK: TRZ Sports Services is providing live feeds from major college basketball radio broadcasts through a credit card service. Most ACC and Big East schools are participating, including Georgetown and Virginia. For information, call (800) 225-5321. The cost is between 20 and 50 cents per minute, about $31 for an entire game.
LIVE FROM TULSA: WINX-1600 in Rockville is completing a deal to broadcast Montgomery College-Rockville's appearance in the All American Bowl on Dec. 2. Because the Redskins are playing the Dolphins at the same time, WINX will use tape delay to maximize the audience.