The Greaseman goes far but not away

AIRCHECK

February 05, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

The Greaseman is alive and well and living on the air in Los Angeles, as well as across the nation via the Infinity Broadcasting network.

And for Baltimore fans, the outrageous, former Washington-based DJ whose real name is Doug Tracht can be heard more clearly than in the past, beginning Monday, although at a new time.

Mr. Tracht's 10-year stint as the morning man on WWDC-FM (DC 101.1) ended late last month when he moved to Los Angeles, joining an Infinity station there with an afternoon drive-time show.

The show can be heard here from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. weeknights on Infinity affiliate WJFK-AM/FM (1300/106.7).

"We really think it's a big deal to have a personality of that caliber on at night. There's finally something on the air at night in Baltimore," says Ken Stevens, general manager of WJFK, whose FM signal is Washington-based but whose AM-dial location is simulcast in Baltimore.

The Greaseman's show follows the mid-afternoon antics of Don Geronimo and Mike O'Meara. Infinity also carries Howard Stern, heard during morning drive-time, and mid-day talk show host G. Gordon Liddy of Watergate fame.

"I think these guys are going to be the saviors of AM radio," predicts Mr. Stevens.

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Aircheck still has no good news for fans of Larry King. The interview host's new daytime talk show from the Westwood One distribution network, which began airing nationally this week, has not yet been picked up by any Baltimore station.

Baltimore's WBAL-AM (1090), which carried the late-night "Larry King Show," chose not to pre-empt its established afternoon lineup of "The Ron Smith Show" (1 to 4 p.m.) and local news (at 4 p.m.) for the syndicated talker.

"Unfortunately, we still do not have a station for Baltimore. We're looking," said assistant producer Judy Thomas yesterday, from Mr. King's northern Virginia production studio.

Some local listeners might be able to receive the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. King show via Washington's WWRC-AM (980), she said.

Longtime Baltimore Orioles public address man Rex Barney is Ron Smith's scheduled guest today on WBAL-AM (1090). He's plugging his new book, "Thank Youuuu: For 50 Years of Baseball From Brooklyn to Baltimore."

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Unhappy with this week's prognostication of six more weeks of winter by groundhog Punxatawney Phil, morning announcers Libby Cole and Bill Houston of WXCY-FM 103.7, based in Havre de Grace, planned a counter-stunt this morning. The pair said they would unveil a new, more optimistic weather mascot, "Davey the Decoy Weather Duck."

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A series of reports due on National Public Radio programs all next week promises to lift the shroud of secrecy and fascination surrounding the status of women in the world of Islam.

"Beyond the Veil: Women in Islam," can be heard on the programs "Morning Edition" (6 a.m. weekdays), "All Things Considered" (5 p.m. weekdays) and "Weekend Edition" (8 a.m. Saturday), all of which air here on WJHU-FM (88.1).

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, call (410) 332-6506 or fax (410) 783-2519.

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