Behind the scenes of 'Buskers,' beyond UFO reports

AIR CHECK

August 26, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

In preparation for song-and-dance legend Tommy Tune's new show coming to Baltimore this fall, the weekly Broadway radio revue show "It's Showtime," with host Alan Field, offers some inside information in today's edition, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on WWLG-AM (1360) and WASA-AM (1330, in Havre de Grace).

Mr. Field's guest is songwriter Richard Sherman who, with brother Robert, wrote the score for "Buskers," which stars Mr. Tune as a British street performer. "Buskers" has a pre-Broadway run Sept. 13-24 at the Mechanic Theatre.

Did U.S. government officials perform an autopsy in 1947 on a space alien from a crashed UFO?

The question occupies most of tomorrow night's edition of "21st Century Radio's Hieronimus & Co.," 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on WCBM-AM (680). The show is timed to precede the Fox television broadcast of an hour-long documentary on the subject, "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction," at 8 p.m. Monday on WBFF, Channel 45.

On the radio program, host Robert Hieronimus and guests will discuss a film that is said to have been taken of the medical procedure, supposedly performed after the crash of a UFO near Roswell, N.M.

Guests include Ray Fowler, author of "The Watchers II: Exploring UFOs and the Near Death Experience," and Bob and Betty Andreasson Luca. The couple claim to have been abducted by aliens and the book is about their experiences.

A year ago one of America's finest summer arts festivals was in turmoil. But a weekly program airing Sunday nights on WBJC-FM (91.5) has been giving ample proof of the viability of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.

At 8 p.m. tomorrow, the Orion String Quartet and violin virtuoso Chee-Yun are featured in "Spoleto Festival," which presents performances from this summer's event.

Founded 18 years ago as an American mirror of the famed Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Charleston arts fixture was rocked last fall when Gian Carlo Menotti, director of both events, withdrew his support of the American festival.

However, the city kept the festival going with a reduced 12-day run. And WBJC has been airing the concert performances since July 9.

If you listen to radio, you've probably heard the work of Dick Orkin.

The man who is "generally considered radio's funniest pitchman, or rather, radio's selling-ist humorist," says Yuri Rasovsky, a producer for "Marketplace," the daily business news show heard via Public Radio International.

In Wednesday's edition, at 7 p.m. on WJHU-FM 88.1, Mr. Rasovsky offers an inside look at how Mr. Orkin and his Radio Ranch studios in Hollywood produce advertising spots heard all across the county.

Vicki Hoover, previously on the air at WWSW-FM in Pittsburgh, recently joined the weekend voices of WLIF-FM (101.9). She can be heard from noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and 6 p.m.-midnight Sundays.

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