ODDS 'N' ENDS OFF THE BROADCAST BEAMS:
* An edition of "Donahue" earlier this week may have signaled the inevitable: a slow media turn away from the early zestful, human interest coverage of American servicemen going to (potential) war in the Middle East, as troops continue to sit idly in the Saudi desert.
Instead, host Phil Donahue intelligently probed "the other side" of the military mobilization with several articulate guests sharply questioning President Bush's motives and expressing fear that he will order offensive action with a high cost in the lives of U.S. soldiers.
And on the same subject, CNN vice president Ed Turner, no relation to Ted Turner, in describing how media coverage of the Middle East situation has softened, is quoted in this week's TV Guide as saying: "It's a flat crisis, but it's still a crisis."
* Just when you thought it was safe to listen to local talk radio again, the caustic conservative voice of Les Kinsolving is coming back to the airwaves. Beginning Monday, Kinsolving's "Uninhibited Radio" will be heard from 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays on WCBM-AM 680.
Last heard here on WITH-AM 1230 (along with talker Alan Christian as part of Atlantic Coast Radio's suspended move to buy that outlet), Kinsolving earlier was part of the talk-show lineup of WFBR-AM 1300, prior to that station's eventual conversion to WLIF-AM.
The station says Kinsolving's show will bump Sally Jessy Raphael's syndicated radio talk to midnight, with the syndicated Tom Snyder still heard at 10 p.m.