ON AND OFF THE AIR:
* Country music is perhaps best heard in its namesake location: out in the country. And that's the case tomorrow with a special edition of Maryland Public Television's "New Country Video" (at 6:30 p.m.).
Host Laurie DeYoung, of WPOC-FM 93.1 (which simulcasts the weekly program), is taping this week's show at the two-day Fair Hill Country Music Festival at the Fair Hill Race Track in Cecil County.
Festival visitors and artisans will be interviewed, along with some of the festival headliners, who include Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black and Patty Loveless.
In addition, MPT's periodically produced "On Location" spots, in which camera crews have been capturing a variety of events round the state, will run from Fair Hill during short breaks in regular programming from noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow.
Earlier this summer, "New Country Video" visited the Rocky Gap Festival near Cumberland in Western Maryland.
* Elvis sightings! A whole lot of Elvis sightings!
Commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Aug. 16, 1977, death of the king of rock 'n' roll, a dozen or so of Elvis Presley's movies can be found on the tube through this weekend.
Cable's TNT service has a five-film marathon Saturday night and follows on Sunday with three more. The schedule, beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday: "Spinout" (1966), "Girl Happy" (1965), "The Trouble With Girls" (1969), "Harum Scarum" (1965) and "Double Trouble" (1967). And on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m.: "Clambake" (1967), "Viva Las Vegas" (1964), with presentation host and co-star Wayne Newton, and "Speedway" (1968).
Local independent station WNUV-Channel 54 has a four-film Elvis-athon beginning at noon on Sunday: "Blue Hawaii" (1961), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962), "Fun in Acapulco" (1963) and "Roustabout" (1964).
SIGNING OFF -- This is the final edition of the Media Monitor column.
For four years, this feature has attempted to highlight interesting programs and developments in the broadcast world, both on the air and behind the scenes -- and especially to give readers an occasional chance to talk back to the tube. All those who participated in the column's periodic polls, or otherwise contributed to the gathering of the daily fodder, deserve the warmest "thank you."
And remember: "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary." (Yes, that was the swan song sung by the entire cast when "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" left the air.)