Gooooooooooooooood morning, Baltimore!
Four hours a morning, five mornings a week, their voices splash through shower radios, command beltway commutes and perk up offices around town with music and musings. At night, they ease our loneliness and coo us to sleep.
Disc jockeys -- the aristocracy of the airwaves -- determine what, when and how we listen to music (not to mention the number of times we are subjected to Natalie Imbruglia's pop-whine about being "Torn").
But like everyone else, DJs fiddle with their own radios in their off time. Just where do their dials land? Here's a sampling of what area DJs listen to (other than their own stations, of course):
* Frank Ski, 34, Greenspring. Station: WERQ 92.3-FM, urban contemporary.
On the air: 6-10 a.m., Mondays-Fridays. Current musical faves: Yanni, Paul Hardcastle, Jamiroquai, Morcheeba.
Tunes into: WEAA 88.9-FM (Jazz 88.9 -- Morgan State University's radio station) for gospel and WTMD 89.7-FM (Towson University's radio station) for New Age music.
* Kirk McEwen, 33, Baltimore. Station: WIYY 98Rock-FM, modern rock. On the air: 5: 30-10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays; 7 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturdays. Current faves: Etta James, Robbie Robertson, Lenny Kravitz, Megadeth.
Tunes into: WASH 97.1-FM for "easy-listening-type stuff," WBAL 1090-AM for talk, fellow deejays Johnny Riggs at WHFS 99.1-FM for hard rock, Tim Watts at WWIN 95-FM (MAGIC) because "he's the man -- he's been doing it for years and no one does it better than him" and Albie Dee at WXYV 102.7-FM, who "is a good friend of mine but we're both on in the morning."
* India Johnson, 26, Parkville. Station: WEAA 88.9-FM, jazz at Morgan State University. On the air: 2-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Current faves: Maxwell, Janet Jackson, Bob James, Sade and Erykah Badu.
Tunes into: Frank Ski and Miss Tony at WERQ 92.3-FM for urban, Olivia Fox and Les Parr at WKYS 93.5-FM for their hip-hop show, stations that play adult contemporary R&B.
* Jim McBean, 45, Homeland. Station: WOCT 104.3-FM, classic rock.
On the air: 6-10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Current faves: Fastball, Crash Test Dummies, Aerosmith, Rammstein.
Tunes into: WHFS 99.1-FM for alternative rock "to keep up with what's going on," WWMX 106.5-FM ('80s and '90s music) "to listen to the occasional female whining," and public radio "not to sound too snooty, but I like the interviews on 'All Things Considered.' "
* Albie Dee, "about 35," Arnold. Station: WXYV 102.7-FM, contemporary hits.
On the air: 6-10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. Current faves: Fuel, Harvey Danger, Puff Daddy.
Tunes into: WWMX 106.5-FM for songs of the '80s and '90s, WHFS 99.1-FM for alternative rock, WERQ 92.3-FM for urban contemporary, WIYY 98Rock-FM for Kirk McEwen ("I like his style. I've been listening to him since I moved into the market 11 years ago") and WPGC 95.5-FM for the night disc jockey Big Tigger.
* Gina Crash, 28, Silver Spring. Station: WHFS 99.1-FM, alternative rock.
On the air: 7-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays; midnight-2 a.m. Saturdays. Current faves: Beastie Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Smashing Pumpkins, Massive Attack.
Tunes into: WXYV 102.7-FM for contemporary hits; WWZZ Z104-FM "for top 40 dance-type stuff," WARW 94.7-FM for classic rock, WTOP 1500-AM for news, sports, weather and traffic and WBAL 1090-AM for news and sports.
* Dennis Owens, 64, Rockville. Station: WGMS 103.5-FM, classical music.
On the air: 6-10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays. Current faves: Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, the Beatles.
Tunes into: WAMU 88.5-FM "for older classical country stuff," WCSP 90.1-FM (C-SPAN radio) for news and information, particularly the Sunday-morning review of the news, and WBIG 100.3-FM for the pop oldies, which "were the newies when I got into it."
Pub Date: 8/14/98