Barbara Bush to read holiday tales


November 27, 1992|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

Politics aside, the presidential election may have brought an end to a nice radio tradition established just last year by first lady Barbara Bush. But happily, "Mrs. Bush's Story Time" can be heard again this holiday season.

Did you listen? Last night on WBAL-AM 1090, Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. joined everybody's aunt Mrs. Bush and other celebrity voices to read holiday stories for kids.

The four-hour Thanksgiving special also included ABC weather guy Spencer Christian, country singer Reba McEntire and Winnie the Pooh.

The Thanksgiving show will be followed by three hourlong weekend specials featuring Mrs. Bush next month, and a pre-Christmas evening broadcast. The weekly specials air at the early hour of 5 a.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; the Christmas special is at 8 p.m. Dec. 22.

Among future celebrity guests: talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, Olympic skater Kristie Yamaguchi, Bill Cosby and ABC news anchor Peter Jennings.

"Mrs. Bush's Story Time" is a production of ABC News and the Children's Literacy Initiative, with funding from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Chase Manhattan Bank.

No word on whether Hillary Clinton will continue the holiday radio tradition as first lady next year.

* You've heard his voice since 1974 on the National Public Radio news magazine "All Things Considered." Now you can hear host Noah Adams in person in Baltimore.

Mr. Adams will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday at Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University. The cost is a $5 donation to Friends of WJHU-FM 88.1, the station that carries "All Things Considered" (at 5 p.m. daily).

Mr. Adam has written a book, "Noah Adams on 'All Things Considered,' " which chronicles a year in the life of the program. A book signing session will follow his speech.

For information, call (410) 516-9548.

* The 53rd consecutive season of live opera on radio begins Dec. on WBJC-FM 91.5, with Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore" as the first production of the weekly "Texaco-Metropolitan Opera," at 1:30 p.m.

Kathleen Battle heads the cast as Adina, with Francisco Araiza as Memorino, Mark Oswald as Sergeant Belcore and Enzo Dare as Doctor Dulcamara.

But to get in the mood, fans can also hear highlights of five decades of the Met broadcasts at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, in "The Met Marathon," including taped performances and interviewes with a variety of artists and other opera figures.

Peter Allen returns for an 18th season as host, and Richard Mohr is also back with intermission features, such as "Opera Quiz" and "Opera News on the Air."

Aircheck is a column of radio news and highlights appearing every other Friday. Send items to Aircheck/Steve McKerrow, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or call (410) 332-6506 or fax (410) 783-2519.

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