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Ravens Rap: A weekly tradition worth taking up

Mike Bradley is a sportscasting veteran who has spent more than half of his local radio career hosting the Ravens Rap, which many people believe is one of the most insightful Ravens commentary shows in production. In case you’re not familiar, the Ravens Rap show has been produced locally for the last 15 years. It features insiders and avid fans discussing the previous week’s game and previewing the upcoming game. Part of the show is recorded for television broadcast noon each Sunday on WMDT, but the show at the Greene Turtle is interactive.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and provide insights during the early portion of the show. Guests such as Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and former Colt and NFL commentator Bruce Laird bring unique perspectives to the conversation every week. Although the bookings tend to be announced only a few days before the show, it always is someone with some skin in that week’s game. Even if it is the opponents.

Buxy, of Buxy’s Salty Dog (a Steelers bar) often guests when his team is in town, for example. Mostly, it is about providing an alternative to a regular happy hour while celebrating the Ravens. The Greene Turtle is the home of the Ravens Roost #44 and as such usually had more than a few enthusiastic fans in attendance.

Bradley came to the show about nine years ago, when it was on the Great Scott Broadcasting network. Over the years, the networks have changed but the format and the passion remain the same. Bradley is the morning guy at WGMD, which carries both the show and the Ravens broadcasts every Sunday, He also hosts “Overtime Live” covering the Bayside conference and is a correspondent for CBS Baltimore covering Maryland Football.

“I stay pretty busy with sports, especially during football season.”

Although the show is a pleasure to listen to, there are lots of reasons to attend the live taping. There are sometimes ticket giveaways and always food and drink specials tied to the event. More than that, though, there is the opportunity to talk with other fans as well as the guests after the show. Since it is in a smaller venue, fans get the kind of access they would be unable to otherwise.

Ravens Rap is taped at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at the Greene Turtle.

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