ON AND OFF THE AIR:
* The numbers are sobering: 150 or so people murdered in Baltimore already this year, plus 330 raped, 3,000 assaulted and 5,000 robbed. Local news ought to be probing the criminal climate, as WMAR-Channel 2 does tonight.
"Town Meeting: Surviving the Streets" is scheduled to air live at 8 o'clock, with anchor Stan Stovall hosting an examination of what citizens can do to safeguard themselves and their communities.
It is also nice to see it is not just the city that is being portrayed, with remote reports by reporters Randy Paige and Carolyn Presutti scheduled from both the city and Anne Arundel County.
Like earlier Channel 2 town meetings, the show includes a studio audience and panel discussion.
Note, however, the one-hour special moves NBC's movie, "Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion," back one hour to 9 p.m., which means that "Law & Order" will not be seen tonight. The station will show the series instead at 11:35 p.m. on Sunday.
* In another local angle, a Maryland Public Television special tonight focuses on the work of a Maryland man who overcame polio to become an author and advocate for the rights of the disabled.
"Coming to Terms" (at 11 p.m.) tells how Hugh Gregory Gallagher, author of "FDR's Splendid Deception" and a resident of Cabin John, found President Franklin D. Roosevelt's handling of his polio inspiring. Gallagher was stricken at the age of 19, in 1952, with the disabling disease.
The documentary is said to contain rare film documenting the president's skill in managing his crippling ailment, as well as keeping it from the public eye.
* Here's something unusual: a TV awards ceremony you can't see on TV.
It was scheduled last night in Hollywood, where the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences -- the Emmy organization -- was inducting five people and one show into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Honorees at the non-televised black tie affair included the late Desi Arnaz, Danny Thomas and Leonard Bernstein, as well as BTC James Garner and Mike Wallace. The series making the hall was "I Love Lucy."
* Radio daze: WIYY-FM 97.9 says it is conducting a search for an afternoon personality to take over from program director Russ Mottla, who assumed the morning drive time slot yesterday, in place of the departed Chris Emry and Erika (Puzulis).
"Very Baltimore and local in nature, spontaneous, extremely topical and wicked fun with lots of rock 'n' roll" is how Mottla, 33, describes the "Morning Mania" show.
* WMAR-TV has announced that it will air the new weekly talk-show collaboration between Phil Donahue and Soviet official-turned-commentator Vladimir Pozner.
"Pozner & Donahue" is getting a weekly Sunday-at-11:35 p.m. slot, beginning Oct. 13 for a 13-week run.