Baltimoreans rise and shine with the dynamic morning duo of Marty Bass and Don Scott. Some viewers may even skip their morning cups of java as long as they get their fix of Marty in the morning. Known for his unique take on everyday events, Marty also preps area residents to handle the day’s weather with his series of early morning and noon weather reports.
Marty started in the broadcasting business in high school, working part-time as a disc jockey at a local radio station in the Louisville, Kentucky area – the place where he grew up. His passion for broadcast only accelerated with time. He went on to graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a degree in radio/television, and then entered broadcasting fulltime.
His early jobs were in radio but professional journalists encouraged him to switch to the television side. He took their advice, working in television markets east of the Mississippi before joining the Eyewitness News family in 1977.
Marty holds the distinction of helping to define early morning news for the broadcast business by anchoring Baltimore’s first early morning newscast.
As for his co-anchor at the time? The indomitable Oprah Winfrey, who worked for the station during the early ’80s.
Marty also initiated the concept of “Just the fax, Internet and e-mail,” inviting viewers to add their comments and opinions during the live morning newscasts. This interaction between viewers only served to cement the audience connection to WJZ 13’s Rise and Shine/Morning Edition and helped make the “Don and Marty” team a model for other stations to follow.
The morning show remains number one in Baltimore.
Well the weekend is here, and as we discussed yesterday, make the most out of Fri night, and Saturday
They say into every life a little rain must fall. Ok, so that is today, and tomorrow.
The snow storm here has ended, but the cold remains.
Another blast of winter weather is here.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Baltimore metro region.
The dangerously cold temperatures are going to stick around for a few more days.
Winter weather advisory. A wet night in Baltimore is causing some icy roadways this morning.
A winter weather advisory is now canceled across Maryland.
A winter weather advisory is in effect for parts of Maryland. It has been issued not because a lot of snow is expected, but because the timing will occur during rush hour.
The coldest air of the winter and the coldest since last February is over the mid-Atlantic region right now.
Maryland has dealt with round after round of severe weather over the past few days, but relief is here.
Marty Bass and Don Scott have had a television partnership for decades. As Don prepares for retirement after 40 years at WJZ, Marty shares his fondest memories.