'Soundprint' becomes incorporated

AIRCHECK

February 04, 1994|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

The radio documentary series "Soundprint," founded at WJHU-FM (88.1) in Baltimore six years ago, is about to evolve into an independent production company to be known as Soundprint Media Center, Inc.

Although listeners are not likely to discern any immediate on-the-air changes, the development means the program will move this spring from WJHU headquarters on North Charles Street to new studio facilities being built at WAMU-FM (88.5) in Washington.

"We are becoming our own non-profit entity, an evolution of 'Soundprint' that everyone has been looking forward to," says Moira Rankin, executive producer of the series and president of the new corporation.

Final incorporation actions are due by next week, she says.

"Soundprint," a half-hour weekly series whose subjects range widely -- including personality profiles, environmental investigations and international collaborations -- is heard at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m. Sundays on WJHU. National Public Radio also distributes the program to more than 200 other stations nationally.

"It's been a very nice affiliation," said Ms. Rankin of "Soundprint's" association with WJHU and the Johns Hopkins University. "We hope to have a continuing relationship with WJHU."

The physical move of production facilities is tentatively scheduled for April or May.

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What was said? Nobody's saying. But it was "no big deal."

That is what WQSR-FM (105.7) General Manager Brad Murray says of a one-day suspension this week of morning disc jockey Steve Rouse, for saying something naughty on the air Tuesday morning.

"It is something that happened between him and me, and that's all we've agreed to say," said Mr. Murray yesterday. Mr. Rouse returned tothe air yesterday.

* The weekly program "21st Century Radio's Hieronimus & Co." offers a two-hour special this weekend on recently successful efforts to create a Major League Baseball pension fund for surviving players of the Negro Baseball Leagues.

The show, at 10 p.m. Sunday on WCBM-AM (680), will feature historian Todd Bolton, former players -- including Lester Locket of the Baltimore Elite Giants -- and excerpts from Ted Williams' Hall of Fame induction speech in 1971, in which he urged recognition of Negro League players.

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Verdi's "Aida," with Sharon Sweet singing the title role, is tomorrow's live presentation of the "Texaco-Metropolitan Opera" broadcast from New York, at 1:30 p.m. on WBJC-FM (91.5).

And the following week, the Met broadcast will feature Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" ("The Marriage of Figaro").

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