WOLB covers Simpson trial gavel-to-gavel after survey


March 04, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

We want the O. J. trial! That's what listeners to Baltimore station WOLB-AM (1010) and its originating station in Washington, WOL-AM (1450), said in a recent poll.

As a result, you can now tune in to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the murder trial of the former football star.

Talk-show host Cathy Hughes, whose program airs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, asked her listeners for their opinion early last month. The stations, which target a predominantly black audience, simulcast the same programming from studios in Washington.

"About 1,500 people responded, and 92 percent were in favor of having the trial," says WOLB spokeswoman Kathy Hurley.

The stations recently began picking up the ABC Radio feed of the trial from Los Angeles, in which Mr. Simpson stands accused of killing Nicole Brown Simpson, his former wife, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

"Listeners didn't feel they were getting the full picture just from news coverage," Ms. Hurley says.


In another Baltimore/Washington simulcast situation, Baltimore's WJFK-AM (1300) recently began airing more locally oriented traffic and weather reports.

The local station simultaneously broadcasts the daily talk lineup of Infinity Broadcasting, as carried by Washington sister station WJFK-FM (106.7) and traffic reports and weather all originated at the Washington station, paying scant attention to conditions in Baltimore.

Now, however, since last week, traffic reports and local weather from Baltimore are inserted throughout the day, twice an hour from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lisa Callahan handles the morning and afternoon shifts, and Bob Barr and Don Wicklen do the reports midday.

* "A Garrett County Journal, the Maryland Mountains in Winter," highlights today's edition of "The Dan Rodricks Saturday Show" on WBAL-AM (1090). The 8 a.m.-to-10 a.m. special includes interviews with residents of Western Maryland and visits to a number of the area's scenic attractions. A similar special about the Gunpowder Falls, "Along the River," won Mr. Rodricks (who is also a columnist for The Sun) and the station a silver medal in the New York Festival for Broadcasting Excellence.

* "It's Showtime," a weekly program highlighting Broadway music, moves to a new time today: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WWLG-AM (1360). In today's edition, host Alan Field focuses on March 1970, when four shows opened: "Applause," "Purlie," "Minnie's Boys" and "Look to the Lilies."

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