Sauerbrey, WBAL to talk about her returning in fall

AIRCHECK

April 01, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Ellen Sauerbrey's seven-week stint as a radio talk show host )) left her wanting more.

"If things work well for me . . . I'll be greatly looking forward to coming back on in the fall," the former Republican gubernatorial candidate said yesterday, before her final 8-11 broadcast last night on WBAL-AM (1090).

"I've gotten great feedback. If calls mean anything, I've got a great audience," she said, adding, "three hours of being able to say what's on your mind isn't bad."

On Monday, Orioles broadcaster Jon Miller begins a nightly sports conversation show in the time slot -- at least until the strike ends and baseball action returns.

When Mrs. Sauerbrey's addition to the lineup was announced in January, WBAL said her show would have a limited run -- Feb. 13 until wall-to-wall evening sports programming started in April. Mrs. Sauerbrey said no discussion of extending the show took place because of the continuing strike.

"I have been invited to be back," she said, adding that she expects to return in October, after the baseball season. She also expects to do vacation fill-in work for regular WBAL hosts through the summer.

"I was delighted with the job she did. . . . She grew with each show," said Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL vice president and station manager.

He confirmed the station is interested in having Mrs. Sauerbrey continue, and said they plan to meet next week to talk about the future.

"It took me an opening period to get over the what-button-do-I-push stage," said Mrs. Sauerbrey.

Keyes to stay on-air

Speaking of politicians on the radio, officials at WCBM-AM (680) say morning talk show host Alan L. Keyes, who declared his candidacy for the U.S. presidency last weekend, will continue on the air until at least the end of the year.

"He wants to fulfill his commitment to the station," said promotions director Brian Costantini, noting Mr. Keye's contract continues through 1995. No decision has been made beyond that, he said. Mr. Keyes can be heard 9 a.m.-noon weekdays.

Also next week on WCBM: Tom Marr pays another call on Congress on Thursday, broadcasting his talk show live from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. from the Cannon Office Building. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) may be a guest.

Silly songs

Can you finish this refrain?

"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, here I am at Camp Grenada, camp is very entertaining . . ."

If you sang ". . . and they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining," you're among the targets of an April Fool's Day special today on Good Time Oldies WQSR-FM (105.7).

The lyrics, of course, are from the hit novelty song by the late Allan Sherman. It's part of a collection of such unusual records over the years airing from noon to 7 p.m.

Also on the play list: "Mr. Custer," "Witch Doctor," "Flying Saucer," and a variety of tunes from Alvin and the Chipmunks. From noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow, WQSR plans to observe the 56th birthday of the late Marvin Gaye by playing his music and giving away his recordings.

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