In celebration of its 17th birthday, WIYY-FM (97.9) has chosen eight local rock bands to record a compact disc album, with Epic Records and Sheffield Studios.
The disc is due for release at an Artist Showcase tentatively scheduled for the first week of April, fea- turing groups chosen in a competition last month. A specific date and location have not been named. Recording is currently taking place at Sheffield Studios in Phoenix.
More than 200 tapes made the semifinals of the station's judging, says 98-Rock program director Russ Mottla.
The winners? Bloom, Euthanasia, Gearhead, Machine, Mommi I'm Scared, Nemesis, Naked Lunch and Nothing Face.
"This just proves that Baltimore is a great rock 'n' roll town," says Mr. Mottla.*
Deadhead alert! An hour of commercial-free music from the Grateful Dead is now airing Saturday nights on an Eastern Shore station whose signal can be received in many parts of the Baltimore region.
"The Grateful Dead Hour," originating from WXPN-FM (88.5) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, can be heard at 7 p.m. Saturdays on WKHS-FM (90.5), located at Kent County High School in Worton. *
For a fascinating, authoritative exploration of the world of African-American music, check out "Wade in the Water," an ambitious NPR series being heard in Baltimore on WEAA-FM (88.9), the listener-supported station at Morgan State University.
The first four episodes were heard in February, Black History Month, and the station is now broadcasting installments of the 26-part program at 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
Next week's edition, according to NPR, includes the Baltimore-Washington Prayer Band, an organization whose singers perform "lined hymns," with each voice singing a line of a traditional prayer in turn.*
"It was the coldest I'd ever been in my life."
So says Hal Martin, promotions director of WERQ-FM (92.3), who attended the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
In a promotion sponsored by Coca-Cola, WERQ was one of 30 radio stations in the United States chosen to do some broadcasting from the games, which ended Saturday.
Morning personality Tony Hill and Mr. Martin were the entire WERQ crew. Mr. Hill was heard on the air from Lillehammer for three days, Feb. 10-12, with former gold medal skater Kristi Yamaguchi, former U.S. skier Tamara McKinney and other athletes.
"I even had chemical heat pads in my mittens," says Mr. Martin of the cold opening ceremonies. But he also praised the warmth of the Norwegian hospitality and said the opening gala "really captured the spirit of Norway."
Coming up the next two weeks on the "Texaco-Metropolitan Opera" broadcast, heard at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays on WBJC-FM (91.5):
Tomorrow: Verdi's "Stiffelio," featuring Placido Domingo and Sharon Sweet, with Vladimir Chernov and Paul Plishka.
March 12: Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites," with conductor Kent Nagano making his Met broadcast debut.