Doug Roberts is gone from WBAL movie show

Bye-bye: Local media star will be voice of Maryland Lottery and continue to appear in films and on TV.

Radio and Television

March 01, 2000|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Local media star Doug Roberts has contributed his last movie reviews to Allan Prell's syndicated "The Movie Show on Radio."

Roberts, who last was heard on the show Feb. 19, will continue with his Thursday morning "Beltway Gourmet" spots on WBAL-AM (1090), serve as the voice of the Maryland Lottery and pop up on movie and TV screens (he had a small part in Barry Levinson's "Tin Men" and was cast in John Waters' forthcoming "Cecil B. Demented"). But he'll no longer be reviewing films alongside Prell and Max Weiss.

Prell attributed Roberts' departures to conflicting demands on his time, but Roberts said it wasn't that simple. "There's no good answer," he said. "It just didn't work out. I loved doing it, it was a lot of fun. But nothing lasts forever."

Roberts will be replaced on the show by Mike Mayo, who had been on the show once a month.

"The Movie Show on Radio" airs Saturdays 10 p.m. to midnight on WBAL.

Local teen saluted

Glen Burnie teen-ager Amber Coffman has been helping distribute food to Baltimore's hungry since she was 10. Her efforts have made her a poster child for the spirit of volunteerism, and she is among the scheduled guests on a salute to extraordinary teens during tomorrow's edition of "The Montel Williams Show."

Inspired by a school report she wrote on Mother Theresa, Coffman, 17, began the nonprofit group "Happy Helpers." Each weekend, she and a group of helpers put together 650 lunches for distribution to the homeless in Baltimore and Glen Burnie. She has been in the national spotlight repeatedly over the past seven years, including a recent appearance on the cover of Parade magazine.

"The Montel Williams Show" airs 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays on WMAR, Channel 2.

O'Malley for lunch

Mayor Martin O'Malley will be sitting down for a brown-bag lunch with WJHU's Marc Steiner (and anyone else who cares to join in) today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. Beverages will be provided.

You can listen to the lunch time chat on "The Marc Steiner Show." During the show's second half, O'Malley and Steiner will be joined by local reporters Wiley Hall, Ivan Penn and Natalie Davis.

"The Marc Steiner Show" airs noon to 2 p.m. weekdays on WJHU-FM (88.1).

Sneak peek at `Beat'

Anxious to get a sneak peak at "The Beat," the new police drama from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson? If you're Internet savvy, you're in luck.

Log onto www.thebeattv.com, and you'll be introduced to the series' two central characters, Mike Dorigan (played by Derek Cecil) and Zane Marinelli (Mark Ruffalo), cadets at the New York City Police Academy. Designed to look like Dorigan's home page, the site offers snapshots of his life both in and out of the academy, as well as narration from both cadets. The site will be updated weekly to reflect what's going on in the show.

"The Beat," from "Homicide: Life on the Street" co-creators Fontana and Levinson, is scheduled to debut on UPN at 9 p.m. March 21.

WCBM hosts are most

WCBM-AM's Tom Marr and Les Kinsolving are among the Top 100 most important radio talk-show hosts in America, according to a list compiled by Talkers magazine.

Marr, making the list for the third time in four years, was described by the magazine as a "superb conservative issues talker." Marr can be heard on WCBM-AM (680) weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kinsolving, whose show was recently cut back to once a week (Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) is on the list for the fourth straight year.

Also on the Talkers list were two other personalities heard on WCBM: Dr. Laura Schlessinger, whose syndicated show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Joey Reynolds, whose syndicated show out of New York airs weeknights from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Other local talk-show hosts who made the list include WBAL-AM's Allan Prell and WOLB-FM's Joe Madison.

Essay contest honors

Two city high school students shared first-place honors in the 13th annual "Champions of Courage Black History Month Essay Competition," sponsored by WBFF, Channel 45, and WNUV, Channel 54.

More than 6,000 area students in grades six through 12 entered the contest, in which they were asked to write a brief essay saluting a personal hero who had shared with them the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.

The winning essays were written by Malaika Wainwright, of City College high school, who saluted her grandparents ("They are teachers, giants, and champions of courage"), and Donta Rose of Southwestern, who wrote about her grandmother ("Her hope encourages me to achieve the unachievable").

Second place title went to Eron Bruce, of St. Frances Academy, and Thomas Cush of Severna Park Middle School won third place.

Vila restores in Maryland

Historic Preservation projects in Maryland will be featured on Sunday's edition of "Restore America With Bob Vila."

Viewers will be taken to Annapolis, where homes along Duke of Gloucester Street are being restored, including one by a descendant of the original builder; the Federal Hill neighborhood in Baltimore; Cumberland, where stage actor Mark Warhaft has restored the old Embassy Theater; and Sharpsburg, where the Main Street home of Dr. Biggs, the only physician in town at the time of the Civil War Battle of Antietam, is being restored.

"Restore America With Bob Vila" airs 10 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Sundays on cable's HGTV.

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