Baltimore urban contemporary station WXYV-FM (102.7) has won a Crystal Radio Award for public service this year from the National Association of Broadcasters.
The station was one of 10 in the nation selected from 40 finalists for the annual honors, awarded earlier this month at the NAB convention in Las Vegas.
Bob Fox, chairman of the NAB Radio Board, noted the award goes to stations that "set the radio industry standard in local service."
The award cited V-103 for its "Unity in the Community" project, which includes on-the-air citations for good students, a crime hot line for anonymous reporting of criminal activities, a recent "Stop the Violence" effort and a "For Sisters Only" program devoted to African-American women.
"The station's entire focus is on the community . . . listening to their problems and concerns," says Roy Deutschman, vice president and general manager of WXYV, which is owned by Summit-Baltimore Broadcasting Corporation.
One other area station, Baltimore oldies rock WQSR-FM (105.7), was a finalist in the 1994 Crystal Radio Award competition.
The Washington Capitals have made it to the semifinals of the National Hockey League Stanley Cup tournament, and Baltimore's WITH-AM 1230 is carrying the playoff series against the New York Rangers.
Game 1 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sunday from New York. Other dates (as necessary in the best-of-seven series), all airing at 7:30 p.m.:
May 3, from New York; May 5, from Washington; May 7, from Washington; May 9, from New York; May 11, from Washington and May 13, from New York.
WITH has carried a Capitals game-of-the-week through the season, and will carry all Capitals games down to the Stanley Cup finals, if the team makes it.
J. R. R. Tolkien's magical world of hobbits, dwarfs, elves and orcs will be explored this weekend by the "Hieronimus & Co." program, airing at 7 p.m. Sunday on WCBM-AM (680).
In the first of a two-part series, continuing May 8, host Bob Hieronimus will interview Greg and Tim Hildebrandt, brother artists known for their calendar illustrations of the creatures of Middle Earth.
"Financial Focus," a monetary advice show that Michael Hodes hosts on WWLG-FM (1360), celebrates 10 years on the local airwaves this weekend. The two-hour show airs at 9 a.m. tomorrow on WWLG, of which Mr. Hodes last year became part-owner.