B. J. the deejay says he has not decided what he will do if the National Football League owners choose next week not to give Baltimore an expansion team franchise.
That's B. J. Murphy, of WXYV-FM (102.7), who today entered the 22nd day of his "Give Baltimore the Ball" marathon broadcasting stunt.
He vowed on Oct. 1 to stay on the air until the NFL granted Baltimore a franchise, and he has been eating and sleeping in the station's studios ever since.
"We're very excited about Tuesday, hoping the NFL owners see the light," he said yesterday, noting plans are in the works for him to travel to Chicago and broadcast live from the team owners' meetings.
As for that precise wording of his pledge -- it could be a long, long marathon if Baltimore does not get a team this time around -- he laughed and said "it's undetermined" what he will do in that event.
The station, however, has made a bet with KMJM-FM in St. Louis, one of the cities in competition with Baltimore for a football team.
"If they get a team and we don't, [V-103 personality] Jean [Ross] and I have agreed we'll go there and do their morning show in our underwear," said Mr. Murphy. "And if we win, their people will come here and do our show in their underwear -- and cook us breakfast, too."
Baltimore-born deejay Michael Tearson, who has been on the air in Philadelphia for more than 20 years, is celebrating that he can finally be heard in Baltimore -- and via a highly unorthodox transmission line.
Mr. Tearson, who did a late-night show on Philly's WMMR-FM for 22 years, moved earlier this year to alternative rock station WXPN-FM at the University of Pennsylvania, his own alma mater.
In September, the station began simulcasting some of its fare over WKHS-FM (90.5), a non-commercial station operated primarily by students at Kent County High School, in Worton on the Upper Eastern Shore.
"This is the first time my mom has ever been able to hear me on the air at home," writes Mr. Tearson, who went to Park School and whose mother still lives in northwest Baltimore.
The final two hours of his show, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., can be heard on WKHS weeknights, audible to many Baltimore listeners, and even as far south as Annapolis, he reports.
"So far, it's been a beneficial arrangement all around," says Rob Futterman, a teacher and director of the WKHS operation at Kent County High, describing the unusual affiliation with WXPN.
He said junior and senior students largely operate the station's "top 40 and adult contemporary" music sound from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with volunteers doing a variety of community-based evening shows.
WXPN fare heard on the station includes the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. "Kids Corner" show with host Kathy O'Connell and the regular WXPN lineup from 11 p.m. overnight on weekdays and through the weekend.
National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition" tomorrow and Sunday will include a feature report by Susan Stamberg on the recent tour of Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by the National Symphony Orchestra.
The NPR correspondent accompanied the tour. "Weekend Edition" airs tomorrow and Sunday at 8 a.m. on Baltimore's WJHU-FM (88.1) and at 9 a.m. on Washington's WAMU-FM (88.5).