Tonight's the night for the performers, who will learn the results of the voting during the live broadcast of the annual "Country Music Association Awards" (at 9, CBS/Channel 11). From Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, the 24th annual awards show is hosted by singers Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.
But a noontime luncheon with the CMA board tomorrow is the highlight for radio station WPOC-FM 93.1. That's when general manager Jennifer Grimm and program director Bob Moody are scheduled to accept a CMA award on behalf of the Baltimore station, which was voted station of the year in the large market category.
In concert with the honor, WPOC's Laurie deYoung is broadcasting daily interviews all week with the country music world's leading lights. Live by satellite from Nashville's Vanderbilt Plaza, deYoung's broadcasts are scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. today through Friday.
In addition, deYoung is gathering interview material for thweekly "New Country Video" television show she hosts at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67). The show is also simulcast at that hour on WPOC.
NO-NOS IN THE NEWS -- Media Monitor has said it before, but eyewitness to that South Baltimore Street murder last week used the perfect words at the close of a WJZ-Channel 13 news report on the crime: "It's something you don't want to see anymore."
In this case, however, we're talking about excessive, unnecessary footage of the shrouded bodies of crime and accident victims.
In Channel 13's report on the killing in question, the Thursday shooting of furniture dealer Aaron S. Levenson, viewers saw the covered body over and over, lying on the sidewalk and being loaded by stretcher into the ambulance. There also was a gratuitous scene of the victim's father, stricken by shock, which apparently was taken through the doors of the ambulance. It seemed a shocking invasion of a very private, sad moment.
Yes, it certainly is the role of TV news (as any news medium) to sometimes document tragic events. But lingering on the morbid evidence seems to have become an uncomfortable convention of too many newscasts, both local and network.
In a less serious vein, it seems unlikely that was any accident when WMAR-Channel 2 recently managed to include a station plug in the body of a news story.
Late last month, the station was reporting from Archibishop Spaulding High School where students are doing their own closed-circuit TV news broadcasts. So what was the content of the sound/picture bite the station's story included on the air?
You guessed it: a student on camera saying, "We want to welcome WMAR-TV. . ." to the school.