GOOD DAY, EH?:
It seems the good folks in North Carolina get a kick out of Home Team Sports announcer Craig Laughlin's Canadian accent. So during tonight's Capitals-Oilers game, HTS will switch live to Greenville, N.C., for the first "Craig Laughlin Sound-a-like Contest." The game also will be picked up by Armed Forces Television and shown live to the troops in the Persian Gulf, starting at 3 a.m. Saturday, Saudi Arabia time.
HTS announcer Tom Davis was named Maryland sportscaster of the year for the fifth time by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Davis, who will celebrate his 20th year in broadcasting this summer, is the host of "Orioles Report," HTS's baseball pregame show and can be heard on WQSR-FM Radio in Baltimore. He also won the award in 1978, '84, '85 and '89.
WPIX-TV reached an agreement that will put between 50 and 55 New York Yankees games on free television each year through 1993, meaning Phil Rizzuto probably will retain his job as outspoken announcer. The station has been televising Yankees games for 40 years.
NEW IN THE BOOTH:
Longtime major league pitcher Jerry Reuss has joined ESPN as an analyst for the upcoming baseball season.
Tom George's "Power SportsTalk" on WPGC-1580 has started its fourth season at a new time: 5 p.m. on Fridays.