Thunder boosts Sports AnimalIn its first season as the Thunder’s flagship radio station, WWLS-FM 98.1 and AM 640, showed a 27-percent increase in listeners 12 and older over the previous winter Arbitron ratings book. Citadel operations manager Chris Baker said ratings were up 70 percent from 6:30 to 10:30 weeknights when most of the Thunder games were played.
In the key 25 to 54 demographic group, the Sports Animal tied for fourth overall. The Morning Animals, which includes Mike Steely, Curtis Fitzpatrick, Lump and Pork, and the afternoon drive team, headed by Jim Traber and Al Eschbach, each finished second in their time period.
Short takesThe Cincinnati Bengals’ training camp will be featured on HBO’s "Hard Knocks,” which debuts in August. Previous training camps featured included the Dallas Cowboys twice (2002 and 2008), Baltimore Ravens (2001) and Kansas City Chiefs (2007). ... MLB Network will air the documentary "Base Ball Discovered,” at 5 p.m. Sunday. It explores many of the theories about baseball’s origins ... ESPNU will air every game from the Tempe, Ariz., softball regional, including Cal State-Fullerton vs. LSU at 4:30 p.m. and San Diego State vs. Arizona State at 6:30 p.m. today. ... Angels pitcher John Lackey will make his season debut against the Texas Rangers at 3 p.m. Saturday on KOKH-25 (announcers Josh Lewin and Mark Grace). ...