Les Kinsolving receives a 'Most Important' award Radio: Talkers magazine named the talk-show host to its Top 100 list, citing his "daring demeanor" and unpredictability on the air.

On the Air

February 23, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Congratulations to the ever-erudite Les Kinsolving, who has been named one of the 100 "Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts In America" by Talkers magazine.

Kinsolving, whose "Uninhibited Radio" is broadcast from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday (and is broadcast from Annapolis every Wednesday) on WCBM-AM (680), is "absolutely fearless," according to editor and publisher Michael Harrison.

"Les' daring demeanor makes him dangerous to his foes and unpredictable to his audience," adds Harrison, "and that's what great talk radio is all about."

Kinsolving was the only Baltimore-area broadcaster to make the list. Whatta guy!

BSO concert

Classical music fans -- or music fans of any ilk, for that matter -- may want to check out Thursday's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert on WBJC-FM (91.5)

Conductor David Zinman is scheduled to lead the orchestra in performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8.

Sun music critic Stephen Wigler, whose judgment I bow to in all such matters, particularly recommends the Shostakovich piece.

"Russia suffered more than any other country during World War II," Wigler says, "and Shostakovich depicts that suffering and tragedy in what is possibly the greatest tragic symphony of the 20th century."

Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, the son of Russian author Alexander, will also be featured in the broadcast, which begins at 10 p.m.

'Dateline NBC'

If you plan on watching NBC's presentation of "Schindler's List" tonight, you might want to turn your television on a half-hour earlier. Your reward: a "Dateline NBC" interview with Miep Gies, the woman who helped hide Otto Frank and his family in an Amsterdam attic during World War II -- and who, after they were discovered and hauled off to Nazi prison camps, found and preserved his daughter Anne's diary.

Gies is the last survivor among those who helped hide the Franks, and anyone who saw the Oscar-winning "Anne Frank Remembered" knows she was quite a hero in her own right: Not only did she risk her life by keeping the Franks supplied with food and clothing, but after they were arrested, she fearlessly marched into Nazi headquarters to try to gain their release.

When filmmaker Jon Blair received his Oscar last year, he brought Gies on the stage to accept it with him. Unfortunately, the house band cut her off before most people even realized who she was, much less before she had a chance to talk. Tonight, she'll get her chance.

"Dateline NBC" airs at 7 p.m. on WBAL, Channel 11, followed by "Schindler's List" at 7: 30 p.m.

Most romantic

The returns are in, and the Most Romantic Couple of 1997, as chosen by the folks at the Romance Classics cable TV network, is Howard and Alison Stern.

Howard and Alison Stern? The guy who surrounds himself, whenever possible, with scantily clad or naked women, who believes lesbians are the keys to good TV, whose face appears next to the word "raunch" in the dictionary that Howard Stern?

Sure, why not. It's the '90s.

"If you've listened to Howard's show, watched him on E! or read his books, you have discovered a side of him that is truly romantic," says Kate McEnroe, president of Romance Classics. "It demonstrates that romance doesn't always come bundled in hearts and flowers."

Sure doesn't. Here's an example of modern romance, Stern-style, taken from his book, "Private Parts" (soon to be a major motion picture).

"Within a week after our relationship began," Stern writes, "I knew I was going to marry her. We would tell each other that we're going to be like those old people, growing old together. And it was true. Every time I reject another Penthouse pet, that vision gets sharper and truer."

Oscar extravaganza

Turner Classic Movies' "31 Days of Oscar," an annual chance for movie lovers to see scores of both winners and losers in the Academy Awards derby, begins its run Saturday.

Just about every movie scheduled to air during the month has some sort of Oscar tie, either as a winner or nominee. The festival kicks off Saturday, with evening programming dedicated Best Director winners. And it kicks off with one heck of a bang, starting with "Gone With the Wind" (Victor Fleming) at 8 p.m., "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (John Huston) at midnight and "The Deer Hunter" (Michael Cimino) at 2: 30 a.m.

The Best Director winners continue next Sunday, with "A Place in The Sun" (George Stevens) at 8 p.m., "On The Waterfront" (Elia Kazan) at 10: 05 p.m., "Ben-Hur" (William Wyler) at midnight and "Casablanca" (Michael Curtiz) at 4 a.m.

Such theme nights continue throughout the month; you'd do well to keep a close eye on the daily listings. I'll do my best to point out the highlights, but hey, I can't do everything!

(One warning: Last year, the more recent films were often edited, to take out any potentially offensive language or nudity. This led to some unfortunately dubious dubbing at times -- particularly in "Ordinary People," where some rather interesting curses were bandied about.)

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