HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: Mornings should get a lot more interesting in Baltimore soon, according to my radio sources. The popular bad boy of radio, Howard Stern, is expected to make his Baltimore debut in less than a month on the former WFBR-AM, which is owned by Infinity Broadcasting and is now WLIF 1300. (They also own Stern's contract.)
Stern's morning show will be simulcast from WJFK-FM in Washington, the same station that recently hired the "Morning ,, Zoo" boys Don Geronimo (a.k.a. Mike Sorce) and Mike O'Meara away from their morning slot on WAVA-FM in Washington for a reported cool million a year. Hmm. Wonder if that means WLIF will pick up the million-dollar babies "Don & Mike" in the afternoons.
A SIGN OF THE TIMES: The board of directors of the March of Dimes has decided to cancel its scheduled Oct. 4 March of Dimes Gourmet Gala. There was not enough community interest to make it economically feasible, which is too bad, because this gala offered guests a lot more for their money than most galas.
"FORE" CHARITY: Turf Valley's golf course will be filled with celebrity types on Sept. 23, thanks to Jim Palmer, who's hosting the event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis.
Maybe you would like to play a little golf with Peter Gammons, ESPN baseball announcer; Jim Karvellas, voice of the New York Knicks; Larry Lucchino, president of the Baltimore Orioles; John Unitas, former Colts quarterback; Pam Shriver, U.S. Open doubles champ; Dave Leonhard, Palmer's former roommate; other former O's Tippy Martinez, Mark Belanger, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Don Stanhouse and current O's pitcher Gregg Olson; and former Redskins star Joe Washington. For more information on the golf tourney (a $250 entry fee includes the tournament, a dinner banquet and sports auction), call Marc Kanatrowitz at 771-9000.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: An impromptu "surprise" birthday party was held in the H&S Bakery office of its president, John Paterakis, last Wednesday for his close buddy Lou Grasmick. Cathy Lyness, House with a Heart chair, and Michael Angelos, deputy director of the Port of Baltimore, invited a handful of Grasmick's close friends for a crab cake lunch, followed by a delicious cake from Herman's Bakery. The H&S boardroom looked as though it were decorated for a child's birthday, filled with dozens of balloons.
Grant Grasmick arrived with his father, Lou, followed closely by Lou's wife, Nancy, Maryland's new Superintendent of Schools, who gave up lunch with the governor to be at her husband's surprise party. Others there were Gus Prevas, H&S attorney, who did a great job emceeing the toasts; his cousin, Pete Prevas; Henry J. Knott Jr., developer; and Dennis Murphy.
GALA DEBUT: Flowers & Fancy got back into the party business with a bang last weekend when it created more than 150 floral arrangements for the BSO Gala. For the last five years, owners of the company -- Edward, Stanton and Mark Wingrat -- have concentrated on opening new stores and building sales. Now they're ready to compete for the big jobs.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: Something special will be aired on WMAR-TV tonight at 8 p.m. The Emmy Award-winning children's special, "Milo's Secret," was produced at WMAR and will star veteran television personality Stu Kerr and Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken Jr.
BIRTHDAYS: State Senator Norman Stone, last Sunday; Anne Arundel County Delegate Phillip D. Bissett, Wednesday; Baltimore County Delegate Gerry Brewster, last Friday; Baltimore County Delegate Ellen Sauerbrey, Monday; former Oriole Don Aase, last Sunday.
OUR GAL FRIDAY: Dawn Higgins
CLAIM TO FAME: Founder of Take the Cake!
WORK LIFE: Left commercial real estate career to found "Take the Cake," a company that delivers gourmet cakes and balloons for special occasions.
HOME LIFE: "I spend all my time celebrating other people's birthdays."
PASSIONS: Chocolate lover.
HEROES: My brother, Douglas, and Mrs. Fields (the cookie lady).