Black history celebrated in film

Movies: A retrospective on BET Movies/Starz recalls some of the best work of African-American actors.

Radio And Television

February 02, 2000|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

A retrospective of the best work of African-American actors is the centerpiece of this month's Black History Month celebration on BET Movies/Starz.

Among the highlights -- and almost all the movies play more than once, so check daily listings -- are Paul Robeson in 1933's "The Emperor Jones" (9: 15 a.m., Feb. 13); Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby in 1974's "Uptown Saturday Night" (4: 20 p.m., Feb. 15); Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard in director Morgan Freeman's "Bopha!" (4: 20 p.m., Feb. 19); Danny Glover and Mel Gibson in "Lethal Weapon" (10: 25 a.m., Feb. 26); the documentary "Melvin Van Peebles' Classified X" (5: 15 p.m. Feb. 27) and Blair Underwood, Sheila E. and Kurtis Blow in the 1985 rap musical "Krush Groove" (6: 20 p.m., Feb. 29).

Rabbi starts phone show

Rabbi Gavriel Newman, of Temple Beth Jacob on Park Heights Avenue, will be host of a new phone-in show on WCBM-AM (680) beginning Tuesday.

"Dr. Gav," as he will be known on the air, will serve as host of "Doctoring the Soul," airing Tuesdays from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

"We hope to uplift people with a spiritual message that is nondenominational, that goes to the universality of all human conditions," says Newman, who has a master's degree in psychology.

"We'll be addressing psychological issues such as marital relations, death and the recovery process from loss, pain, letting go of anger and finding meaning in life."

This will be the first radio show for Newman, a native of South Africa who arrived in Baltimore last year.

Since leaving South Africa in 1985, he's lived in New Orleans and Montreal.

Disney adds `Pepper Ann'

"Disney's Pepper Ann," the animated adventures of Pepper Ann Pearson, has been added to the line-up of "Disney's One Too," an animated programming block of Disney cartoons airing Sundays through Fridays on WUTB, Channel 24.

Beginning Feb. 6, the two-hour programming block will consist of four half-hour programs, beginning with "Disney's Doug" and following with "Sabrina, the Animated Series," "Pepper Ann" and "Disney's Recess."

"Disney's One Too" airs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Baltimore's UPN affiliate.

Many of the same shows are part of Disney's "One Saturday Morning," airing Saturdays from 8: 30 a.m.-10: 30 a.m. on WMAR, Channel 2.

Good ratings greet Berry

Drew Berry, the new vice president and general manager of WMAR, Channel 2, got himself a nice welcome Sunday night, as local viewership of Super Bowl XXXIV jumped 21 percent over last year.

In Baltimore, ABC's coverage of the Rams-Titans contest finished with a 34.8 rating, 43 share, compared to a 27.4 rating, 38 share last year, when Fox broadcast the game (and it aired on WBFF, Channel 45).

Ratings measure the number of households watching the broadcast; each point translates to approximately 10,000 viewers. Share represents the percentage of television sets tuned to the game; this year's numbers mean 43 percent of all Baltimore televisions turned on Sunday night were watching the Super Bowl.

Diane Lynn on the air

Diane Lynn, formerly of WPOC-FM (93.1), has been hired to serve as a fill-in DJ on WLIF-FM (101.9).

Although she won't be heard regularly on the station, she will be frequently, whenever another member of the station's roster is sick, on vacation or otherwise off the air.

Dave's Top five

Fans of David Letterman who long to see some of the great "Late Show" broadcasts of the past, here's your chance.

This week, CBS is airing the top five "Late Show" episodes, as voted by the fans. Already, we've been treated with encores of the first show, with guests Bill Murray and Billy Joel, and Madonna's infamous obscenity-laden appearance.

Tonight, Dave helps out at a neighborhood Taco Bell.

If you want to vote on what will air Thursday and Friday, yoo can log on to the "Late Show" Web site at, or telephone 212-975-5300.

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