Thursday, April 18, 2024

25 Stories of Glories

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 1: The New Orleans Super Bowl 2:52 march in February that you’ll never forget

If you were in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013, you were probably down at the river meeting us the greatest purple march in the history of the Baltimore Ravens fan base. Thousands of you met us at the Natchez down at the Mississippi River to march 17 blocks at 2:52 to watch Joe Flacco throw and the lights go out at the Superdome. Where were you in the parade of purple on Poydras?

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 2: The powerful message of Free The Birds to awful Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos

We did our best and this remains the pride of all of the work of Nestor Aparicio: exposing the truth about the awfulness of the Orioles ownership stewardship of the Baltimore Orioles over three decades. The "FREE THE BIRDS" rally was held on September 21, 2006. It was 18 years ago and the team has posted just four winning seasons since then. Peter Angelos heard the voices of the Baltimore baseball fans that day. So did most of America...

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 3: When Whiskey Joe’s ran out of beer in Tampa on Super Bowl XXXV Sunday

Many OG Baltimore sports fans would tell you this was the greatest day of their lives. The National Football League came back to Baltimore and we won Super Bowl XXXV on a glorious night in Tampa, Florida. But before the game, we threw a party so big that WJZ asked if they come and broadcast from it. The legend of Whiskey Joe's and Super Bowl Sunday, January 28, 2001. Ask anyone who was lucky enough to be there...

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 4: The night we brought Harbaugh, Tomlin and Billick together to share Super Bowl glory stories

In the aftermath of Jennifer Aparicio's miraculous survival following a second bone marrow transplant, we were inspired to do a second "Night of Heroes" after leukemia survivor Chuck Pagano came back to Baltimore in 2015 to raise money and awareness for There Goes My Hero and the power of swabbing to save lives. If you missed one of the great nights in Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh sports partnerships in May 2016, you can relive it by watching three Super Bowl winning head coaches on one stage for a great cause. This was also the last public appearance of former Ravens president David Modell, who had some very important words, as did Super Bowl XXXV champion James Trapp, who also survived leukemia. A powerful evening.

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 5: When Super Bowl XXXV Ravens head coach Brian Billick became our partner

Back in 2008 when head coach Brian Billick departed from the Baltimore Ravens and wanted to remain in Maryland, he became our partner at WNST.net on behalf of the Living Classrooms Foundation. As a legacy AM radio station that has now made it a quarter of a century as an enduring and truth-telling multimedia outlet on the strength of our partnerships, relationships and the benevolence of special people who serve to lift the community, we're indebted to Coach Billick for his time, wisdom and integrity. Brian Billick never had any problem telling it like it is – and never lost sight of how important the Baltimore fan base and community were in his success as the Ravens head coach but also as a leader in the city where he brought us a Super Bowl XXXV parade.

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 6: That night at The Barn on Harford Road when Modell and Billick brought Silver Betty

It was April 3, 2001 and the Baltimore Ravens were the freshly minted Super Bowl XXXV champions and team president David Modell and head coach Brian Billick brought the Lombardi Trophy over to The Barn to talk football, community and how time would not dim the glory of their deeds.

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 7: #JennStrong When you cared about more than just sports radio

On March 20th of this year, it'll be ten years since Jennifer Aparicio was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia that was later traced back to her work as a project engineer in telecom at 9/11 and the World Trade Center in New York City. As she fought for her life and awaited the first of two bone marrow transplants from a miracle German man who saved her life, our WNST community rallied to get swabbed for the bone marrow registry and the local charity There Goes My Hero. Jenn is alive and well and visited with her DNA twin Niels in Europe recently for NFL football in Franfurt. Meanwhile, we remain incredibly grateful for the support of our community here at WNST Baltimore Positive that kept her spirits high and hopes alive during her gruesome battle. Hug the people you love!

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 8: The day we turned WNST back on and Shannon Sharpe made the Ravens a real franchise

WNST-AM 1570 was originally leased by Nestor Aparicio from May 1998 through October 1999 and he had to bid farewell on the airwaves before being syndicated by One On One Sports and Sporting News Radio out of Chicago to return back to the local airwaves in September 2000 the same weekend the Ravens caught fire as a franchise against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That team would win Super Bowl XXXV four months later in Tampa. It was a special time to be the first and only station on the dial doing sports radio in the Charm City.

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 9: The power of the WNST Text Service to break and deliver sports news

The founder of WNST is an old news hound who was trained by the best in the business in the 1980s at The News American and The Baltimore Sun. When the internet became a thing at the turn of the century and texting quickly became ubiquitous, Nestor Aparicio asked his listeners to join the WNST Text Service sponsored by Koons Ford of Security Blvd. No spam! Ever. It's been over 18 years since we launched the most trusted source for breaking sports news in Baltimore. What was the big news that you heard first and where were you when you received the text? (And ask Nestor about the time he purposely launched one in the cafeteria at the Ravens' Liars Luncheon with NFL schedule news to watch everyone in the room reach for their phones!)

WNST STORY OF GLORY No. 10: Our 10th Anniversary celebration at Sports Legends Museum

They said we'd never make it at WNST so when our 10th Anniversary on the Baltimore airwaves at AM 1570 also launched the all-new WNST.net on the internet, we took a chance to invite everyone downtown for a night of food, fans and good cheer to celebrate a decade of locally owned and operated sports radio in the Charm City. If you have any pictures of our night at Sports Legends Museum – there were a ton of celebrities and old-school listeners and friends in one place – we'd love to see and share them: nes@baltimorepositive.com
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It's not often that Luke Jones and Nestor Aparicio wind up in the same room together doing live radio. Every Friday when the Orioles are home, come say hello at Faidley's Seafood in Lexington Market before the game. This time, it was football on the brain with Eric DeCosta and the Baltimore Ravens holding the 30th pick in the first round of next Thursday's NFL Draft in Detroit.

Orioles bats explode, Rodriguez solid in 11-3 win over Minnesota

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As Bradish starts rehab assignment, Orioles place Wells on 15-day IL with elbow inflammation

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The Orioles farm that keeps producing legit big league phenoms

With the promotion of Jackson Holliday and the emergence of Colton Cowser and Jordan Westburg to go with the already-arrived Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson, the Baltimore Orioles are loaded. It's the dawn of a new day of Orioles baseball. Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the maturation of Orioles system and the solid start to season despite some obvious pitching deficiencies.

Mullins leads way with bat, glove as Orioles win 7-4 over Minnesota

Cedric Mullins was the standout performer on Jackie Robinson Day.
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