The best in gospel music will be feted at the 15th annual Stellar Gospel Awards, airing Saturday night at 11: 35 (with a repeat at 12: 05 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning) on WJZ, Channel 13.
Gospel stars Vickie Winans, Bobby Jones and Donnie McClurkin will be hosts of the awards show. All three are also scheduled to perform, along with Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise, Five Young Men, Gospel Gangstaz, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Mississippi Mass Choir, New Direction, Richard Smallwood and Vision plus Kirk Whalum, featuring George Duke and Paul Jackson Jr.
The two-hour show's big potential winners are perennial favorite Kirk Franklin and Richard Smallwood and Vision, with eight nominations each. Dottie Peoples received six nominations, with Vickie Winans getting five. As for a local rooting interest, keep your eye on Randallstown's Maurette Brown Clark, who is up for contemporary female vocalist of the year and new artist of the year.
Also up for an award is Gladys Knight, for urban/inspirational CD of the year.
Kinsolving cut back
"Uninhibited Radio Free Maryland," the ever-erudite Les Kinsolving's nightly forum on WCBM-AM (680), will be cut back to one night a week, beginning the week of Feb. 7. For the remainder of Maryland's General Assembly session, the show will air live from Annapolis, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays; its weekly airtime after April 5 has yet to be determined.
Kinsolving said he was approached by management about cutting back on his program. "I'm not happy about this, but these things happen. I'm going to do the best I can under the situation."
Kinsolving, who recently was named editorial director and White House correspondent for WCBM, is hardly fading away. He'll be doing commentary during morning and afternoon drive times and writing station editorials. He and Tom Marr are gearing up to cover this year's Democratic and Republican conventions.
High school students with something to say about Black History Month and the accomplishments of African-American leaders should enter the ninth annual "Salute to Heritage Oratory Contest," sponsored by WJZ, the Baltimore Museum of Art and Sojourner-Douglass College.
The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12. Prizes for the winning essays are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.
Students need to develop essays based on one of the following quotes:
"The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression" (W.E.B. DuBois).
"Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences" (Marcus Garvey).
"Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for today" (Malcolm X).
Entries should be mailed to 2000 Black History Month/Salute to Heritage Oratory Contest; c/o WJZ 13; 3725 Malden Ave., Baltimore 21211, and must be postmarked no later than Feb. 10. For more information, call 410-578-7571.
Xena block parties
That Warrior Princess woman sure gets around.
Xena, TV's favorite tough-as-nails female, will be showing up on cable's Sci-Fi channel beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1. Eighty-six episodes of the popular syndicated show, starring Lucy Lawless, have been acquired by Sci-Fi and -- get this, Xena fans -- will be aired four at a time, beginning at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night.
The weekly blocks of "Xena: Warrior Princess" will be part of Sci-Fi's "Four-Play" programming, featuring four successive episodes of genre favorites every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. "The Outer Limits" airs on Mondays, "Tales From the Crypt" on Wednesdays.
Booker on `Profiles'
Outgoing Baltimore public schools CEO Robert Booker is slated to appear on Sunday's "Profiles" on WUTB, Channel 24. Craig Thompson is host of the half-hour public affairs program, airing at 8: 30 a.m.
Be his guest
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein will be sitting down for a chat with Marc Steiner during the second half of today's edition of "The Marc Steiner Show."
Other upcoming guests include Baltimore public works director Paul Winfield (tomorrow, second half) and Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger (Monday, first half). "The Marc Steiner Show" airs weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. on WJHU-FM (88.1).
The Rams and Titans may be going at it Sunday, but the real Battle Royale is Saturday, as a pair of combatants who have been slugging it out for nearly half a century go at it one more time.
"Road Runner vs. Coyote: Big Game XXVIII" (Maximus cartoonius sporticus) takes over cable's Cartoon Network from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (with a repeat from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday). The competition begins with "A Look Back," which organizers are promoting as "an overproduced retrospective of the most classic battles in cartoon sports history."
Following that will be the pre-game show, featuring Len Dawson, Nick Buoniconti, Jerry Glanville and Cris Collinsworth. Then comes the Big Game, with commentary from John Madden and Pat Summerall. This year's clash features four cartoon classics: "Hopalong Casualty," "Zoom At the Top," "Fastest With the Mostest" and "To Beep Or Not to Beep."