ON AND OFF THE AIR:
* Would-be kingmaker Larry King, whose talk show ushered billionaire Ross Perot onto and then abruptly off the presidential platform, tonight steps away from politics for his third show biz celebrity special.
And at 9 p.m., TNT follows with a screening of "The Wackiest Ship in the Army," the 1960 comedy.
Lemmon plays a Navy officer assigned during World War II to command an old sailing schooner in the South Pacific, which he uses for an espionage mission. The late Rick Nelson, then at the height of his pop stardom, plays the first mate.
Trivia note: The movie spawned a one-season TV series, on NBC 1965-66, with Jack Warden and Gary Collins.
* Did you know the majority of members of the U.S. Olympic canoe and kayak team are Marylanders?
Currently training for the Barcelona Olympic Summer Games (which get under way with opening ceremonies Saturday night on NBC/Channel 2), Jon Lugbill, David and Cathy Hearn, Dana Chladek, Elliot Weintrobe, Marty McCormick and Eric Jackson are among the state's paddlers featured in "Olympic Whitewater: Maryland's Quest for the Gold," at 7:30 tonight on Maryland Public Television.
* In another local production, the radio documentary "Soundprint" offers a nice, environmentally and spiritually sensitive visit tonight to "red rock country," the community of Sedona in a steep canyon between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Ariz.
"Your Place or Mine," produced by Njemile Rollins, can be heard at 7 o'clock on WJHU-FM 88.1, with a repeat at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Long a place of reverence to native American tribes, and certified by geologists as a center of natural electro-magnetic power, the Sedona area in recent years has boomed with tourists and new residents seeking New Age spiritualism.
"You go to Sedona and say, 'Wow, this is home, this is where it should have been all along,' " says one entranced new Sedona dweller.
But an Indian chief has some advice for the newcomers when he says, "worship there, and then leave. . . . [otherwise] you're going to destroy it."
"Soundprint," distributed nationally by American Public Radio, this month also launched an enlarged collaboration with the BBC in England, with editions of "Soundprint" airing over there, to good critical reception, and BBC radio productions scheduled here.
The first of the BBC shows, "Muslims in Birmingham," is due in the regular "Soundprint" slot July 29. The show by producer Tony Phillips explores the English working-class city's remarkable ethnic melange.