ODDS 'N' ENDS OFF THE BROADCAST BEAMS:
* Radio station WCBM-AM 680 is looking for a new morning partner for news/talker Frank Luber, after longtime host Joe Lombardo's unexpected year's end resignation.
The station's Debra Rabinowitz says Lombardo took two weeks of vacation in December and informed officials just before Christmas he would not return to the 5 to 9 a.m. slot, which he has staffed with Luber since the station's adoption of a talk format several years ago. The two previously did the same show on WFBR-AM 1300.
"He said he has other business interests to pursue," says Rabinowitz. Lombardo could not be reached.
Substitute host George Dail did several weeks on the show, and this week Joe Palka came in for a two-week audition. Others will also be auditioned for the slot.
* Speaking of talk-show vacancies, Washington's WAMU-FM 88.5, which many Baltimore listeners can tune, is still trying out hosts for its weekday evening talk show following the departure late last year (for a Boston station) of the classy Mike Cuthbert.
A few weeks ago, programming manager Steve Palmer even took to the microphones to solicit from listeners what qualities they would like in a new host.
* A week before her scheduled induction into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, and in her 30th year on the music stage, Tina Turner premieres tonight in a pay-per-view cable special. "The Queen of Rock Struts Her Stuff" can be seen on participating systems at 10 p.m., and features Turner's Oct. 6 world tour concert stop in Barcelona, Spain. Check your local cable system for availability.
* A chance to stand up and deliver a message on television is the attraction of WBFF-Channel 45's fourth annual "Champions of Courage" essay competition, now under way and open to city school students in grades 6 through 12.
The deadline is Jan. 11 for students to submit writings of 65 words or less saluting people who have exemplified the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through February, Black History Month, the station will telecast taped readings of the winning essays by the writers themselves.
For information, call 462-4500.
* Before TV moved into the living room, radio was the medium that kept people home, and local station WITH-AM 1230 has launched a nostalgic listen backward.
Premiering New Year's night, the program "When Radio Was. . ." airs weeknights at 11:05, airing comedy, drama and adventure from radio days of old, from "The Shadow" to "The Bickersons." And the host, ironically, is one-time TV celebrity Art Fleming, host of the original "Jeopardy" quiz show.