Dick Gregory scheduled to join talk marathon Listening: WOLB-AM plans show from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

On the Air

June 09, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Up for 12 hours of Dick Gregory?

Probably not, but you might find an hour or two interesting. Which is why, sometime during the day tomorrow, it might be worth spinning your radio dial to WOLB-AM (1010).

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gregory, a man who's worn any number of hats over the past three decades, will join Radio One owner and CEO Cathy Hughes for a daylong talk marathon.

Those who remember Gregory from his days as a stand-up comic might not recognize him today. He's become equal parts mystic, civil-rights activist, conspiracy theorist and health-food addict (he's worked extensively with the chronically obese, helping them slim down).

And perhaps best of all, he can still tell a pretty good joke.

Saturday jazz

"Smooth Jazz Brunch," which airs Sunday mornings on WLIF-FM (102), has spawned its first progeny.

"Smooth Jazz Saturday," featuring the music of Quincy Jones, the Jazzmasters, Anita Baker, David Sanborn and others, will air from 7 p.m. to midnight each week on the station, owned by Infinity Broadcasting, the nation's fifth largest radio network.

Shirletta Calon, well known to Washington jazz lovers for her programs there, will serve as host.

One other note from WLIF: The station is continuing its free outdoor concerts this summer with performances every Wednesday this month.

The concert series, which features a local band, the Fringe, kicked off at the Annapolis City Dock last Wednesday.

The schedule for the rest of the month includes Executive Plaza Wednesday (McCormick Road in Hunt Valley), the Towson Courthouse Plaza June 19 and Baltimore's Hopkins Plaza June 26.

The concerts, complete with free ice cream, run from noon to 2 p.m.

Returns from Russia

Newshounds take note: CNN is pulling out all the stops in its coverage of next Sunday's Russian election.

The parade of information begins today with "CNN Presents On Assignment," airing on the cable station from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The program will include CNN Moscow Bureau chief Eileen O'Connor's visit with Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, who remains far more popular outside his country than inside.

Coverage will continue throughout this week with daily reports on CNN Worldview at 6 p.m. nightly. On election day, June 16, live coverage will begin at 6 a.m. and will include a special edition of "CNN World Report" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and coverage of the results during "CNN World Today" at 10 p.m.

O'Connor, with 10 years in Russia the longest-serving U.S. correspondent now in Moscow, will anchor the network's coverage. She'll be joined by Richard Blystone, Siobhan Darrow, Brent Sadler, Ralph Begleiter and White House correspondent Claire Shipman.

Live from Nashville

Country fans who can't afford a trip to Nashville for this year's 25th annual Fan Fair, despair not. WPOC-FM (93.1) has got you covered.

Each year, more than 25,000 country music fans head for Nashville to meet the stars, grab a few autographs, snap some pictures and listen to some of the 70-plus free live performances.

Makes sense that WPOC, one of the most dominant country stations in the U.S., goes along for the ride.

Laurie DeYoung will broadcast live from Fan Fair daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. She's promising all sorts of interviews with all sorts of stars, including Shania Twain, Tim McGraw, Terri Clark and at least one Beach Boy.

New to WFBAL news

Welcome to Holly Gauntt, who has just been named executive producer of WBAL-Channel 11's 11 p.m. news.

Gauntt comes to Baltimore after stints as managing editor at KOCO in Oklahoma City (where she helped the station win a Peabody Award for its coverage of last year's bombing) and newsroom editor at KCNC in Denver and WVUE in New Orleans.

She starts at WBAL later this month, where she'll soon find herself embroiled in that station's fight for local news supremacy with the long-dominant WJZ, Channel 13.

WBAL's 11 p.m. newscast won the May Nielsens with 113,000 viewers, compared with 93,000 for WJZ-Channel 13 and 77,000 for WMAR-Channel 2. WJZ came out on top with both its 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. news broadcasts.

Pub Date: 6/09/96

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