After 18 years with V-103, Jean Ross gets own show Host: The Baltimore native is the only African-American woman on the East Coast to headline her own morning radio program.

On the Air

August 11, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Move over guys, there's a new gal in town.

Well, not really. More like an old gal with a new, higher profile, one the folks at WXYV-FM (103.7) hope could be the start of something.

Jean Ross, a longtime fixture at V-103, will take over as host of the station's morning show tomorrow, becoming both the first African-American woman in Baltimore to headline her own morning radio show and the only such figure on the East Coast.

"I've been at V-103 for 18 years," Ross says, "and even though people have always said to me, 'Why don't you have your own show?' I've always been comfortable with what I was doing. I guess the time is now."

Until now, the Baltimore native has served as morning co-host, sharing billing with such on-air personalities as Randy Dennis and Frank Ski. But now she'll be calling the shots and setting the tone all by herself.

"In the past, it's always been somebody and Jean. Now it's Jean and somebody. I like that," she says.

Station officials will reveal more details at a combination press conference/contract signing Wednesday, but they promise format that will focus on African-American women 18 to 44 years old. Emphasis will remain on the music, but Ross plans to bring in prominent entertainers and sports figures to be co-hosts on her 5: 45 a.m.-10 a.m. show.

Sitting in with Ross -- not as a co-host, station officials stress, but more as a sidekick -- will be V-103 newcomer Eric Hollywood Davis, who had been handling the station's afternoon broadcasts. In September, "Jean Ross & Co." will take its show on the road, broadcasting from a different area eatery each Wednesday.

A Ravens extra

WMAR, Channel 2, is jumping on the Ravens bandwagon with an expanded edition of its "Sunday Sports Extra."

Beginning tonight, host Keith Mills and company will fill a half-hour with Ravens information, highlights, interviews and just about everything short of a 30-minute caw.

"Sunday Sports Extra: The Ravens" (guess they didn't spend much time working on a title) will air at 11: 30 p.m. weekly.

'Silent Sunday Nights'

Fans of movie comedy are in for a treat, as Turner Classic Movies' "Silent Sunday Nights" will feature two of celluloid's funniest comics.

Two films by Harold Lloyd, a comedian forgotten by much of the public, will be shown today: 1923's "Safety Last" at 2 p.m. and 1924's "Girl Shy" at 3: 30 p.m. (No, I have no idea why "Silent Sunday Nights" are showing films in midafternoon. Must be part of the comedy concept, I guess.)

"Safety Last" features Lloyd's most famous scene, where he's dangling from a huge clock hand suspended over a busy Los Angeles street. If you've heard of Lloyd, it's probably because of this scene, which made the cover of Time magazine a few years back. And "Girl Shy" ends with a chase that includes just about every type of street transportation imaginable.

Next Sunday, TCM will air Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush" (it's the one where he eats his shoes) at 2 p.m. His first full-length feature, 1914's "Tillie's Punctured Romance," will follow at 3: 30 p.m.

"Silent Sunday Nights" features professional clown Bill Irwin as host. You may remember Irwin as the circus performer who courted Marilyn on "Northern Exposure."

Modern medicine

A show that hopes to demystify medicine and a game show in which celebrities try to uncover the fake family member are being added to the f/x cable lineup.

"fxMD," with host Jeff Probst and physician Serena Joseph will try to guide viewers through the morass that is modern medicine -- not to turn listeners into their own doctors, but to help people ask the right questions. The show, which began Aug. 5, airs 3: 30 p.m.-4 p.m. daily.

"No Relation," which premieres at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and will air Monday through Friday, asks a celebrity panel to pick out the impostor from a group of family members. The show is from Dick Clark productions, with Baltimorean and Towson State grad Mike Rowe as host.

Rockers' agenda

Rockers take note: this week's concert and interview lineup on WIYY-FM (97.9) includes Sponge and Alice in Chains on "Off the Record," 9: 30 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. Sunday; Bush and Soundgarden live in concert, 10: 30 p.m.-midnight Sunday; and everyone's favorite multimillion-selling frat band, Hootie & the Blowfish, will be talking to listeners for 90 minutes on "Rockline," beginning at 11: 30 p.m. Monday.

Pub Date: 8/12/96

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