WCBM rabbi ready for calls

Media: Phone lines didn't get active until the end of Gavriel Newman's first `Doctoring the Soul' show last week.

Radio and Television

February 16, 2000|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Energized by a radio debut that he says clicked on all fronts, Rabbi Gavriel Newman yesterday couldn't wait to return to the WCBM studios for Night 2 of his radio show, "Doctoring the Soul."

The Feb. 8 kick-off "went better than expected," says Newman, who had been a frequent guest on radio but had never had his own show. "I was very nervous, and I had no idea how people would respond. But the feedback since last week has been outstanding. People were uplifted by the show and really found the issues very relevant to their lives, which is the exact sort of feedback I was hoping to get."

Newman, of Temple Beth Jacob on Park Heights Avenue, who has a doctorate in psychology, fielded about half a dozen calls last week. "My only regret was I started getting a lot of calls right at the very end, and I didn't have the time to take them," he says. "I want primarily to be taking calls. I did more talking last week than I want to be doing in general."

Listeners who tuned in to "Dr. Gav" last week should find much the same format on future shows, with Newman devoting time to one or two issues (for the opener, they were forgiveness and the search for meaning in life), taking calls and using the show to hand out a hearty pat or two on the back to those whose actions deserve praise. The first kudos went to Mayor Martin O'Malley, for seeking out senior citizens who needed help during the recent snowstorms.

"Doctoring the Soul" airs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on WCBM-AM (680).

WJHU's `Notes' noted

Notes, the newsletter of WJHU-FM (88.1), recently was given a pair of awards by the Washington chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The six-times-a-year publication was cited in the Technical Publication division/Newsletter and Technical Art division/Promotional Material categories.

Notes has been chronicling goings-on at WJHU since March 1991.

Its current editor is Carol Harper; much of the design for the award-winning issues was the work of Alice J. Becker.

NEA largesse

Soundprint Media Center Inc., out of Laurel, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support "Outposts On the Edge of the Century," a radio and online project, with programs to be built on questions posed by visitors to the project's Web site. The programs should begin production in the spring and air on NPR stations.

The grant to Soundprint is one of two going to Maryland organizations this year: MPT received a grant to help fund a TV documentary (along with the Smithsonian Institution) on the history and development of the piano.

In all, the NEA this year awarded 44 grants totaling $3 million to organizations in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

Free airtime for pols

WMAR, Channel 2, is offering political candidates five minutes of free airtime to make their pitches to the masses before Maryland's March 7 primary.

Using a format still to be determined by WMAR, candidates will be given the time to speak during the station's nightly newscasts. The format will be consistent for all candidates for the same office.

WMAR has sent letters to both national and local candidates.

Rosie does updates

Joey Russell of Havre de Grace, whose efforts to help his best friend's mother led to the establishment of a foundation for people in need of bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants, will be among the guests on a "Human Interest Hour" edition of "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" tomorrow.

In April 1998, Russell appeared on "Rosie" to talk about his decision to auction a rare postcard from the Titanic and use the money to help pay for a bone marrow transplant for his friend's mother. In the course of the show, with both his friend, Kate Shelley, and her mother, Mary, in the audience, the cast of the Broadway play "Titanic" appeared to present a check for $60,000.

Since their original appearance, Mary Shelley has undergone successful transplant surgery and Russell and Kate Shelley have collaborated on a book, "Baltimore in Vintage Postcards," with proceeds going to the Joey Russell and Kate Shelley Funds for Life Foundation.

Tomorrow's "Rosie," airing from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on WMAR, Channel 2, will feature a host of guests from previous shows, all appearing to update their stories.

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