B. J. Murphy went home "relieved and disappointed" Tuesday night after more than three weeks living in the studios of WXYV-FM (102.7), after a marathon stunt supporting efforts to win an expansion franchise from the National Football League.
"That approach didn't seem to impress the NFL owners, so we're taking it to the street," says the morning disc jockey, who asked his listeners yesterday whether they wanted him to resume the marathon, which began Oct. 1.
He was relieved that they unanimously voted to alter the effort to a series of rallies and other efforts to support the Baltimore Bombers, he said.
Thus the station plans a variety of public appearances by Mr. Murphy and other personalities before Nov. 30, the date to which the NFL owners postponed a final decision on Baltimore's bid for a team.
And a bet with station KMJM-FM in St. Louis remains alive, too. If the NFL ultimately awards St. Louis a franchise, Mr. Murphy and morning partner Jean Ross have agreed to do the KMJM morning show in their underwear -- and the rival station's personalities will do the same if Baltimore gets the ball.
During another Baltimore vs. St. Louis radio tilt, listeners of Allan Prell on WBAL-AM (1090) on Wednesday may have heard a succinct summary of why the NFL owners did not choose Baltimore.
Morning guys Charles Brennan and Kevin Harrigan of KMOX-AM (1120) bantered with Mr. Prell over the phone the day after the big let-down in Chicago, and complained of East Coast arrogance.
With the Philadelphia Eagles 90 miles north and the Washington Redskins 40 miles south, the St. Louis talk hosts teased, "Why
are people in Baltimore so greedy?"
And speaking of bets, a wager between WPOC-FM (93.1) general manager Jennifer Grimm and WJZ-TV (Channel 13) general manager Marcellus Alexander remains alive, following last weekend's Mini-Grand Prix for Arthritis event at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Shaving their legs on the air comprised the stakes of a bet involving the country station's morning host, Laurie DeYoung, and Channel 13's morning weather guy, Marty Bass. Each agreed to do the deed on the other's program, depending on the outcome of go-cart races between them.
But Ms. DeYoung could not attend the fund-raiser for the Arthritis Foundation Maryland Chapter, which involved 33 sponsored race cars. WPOC traffic reporter Robert Altman and account manager John Stein raced for the station, but were eliminated in preliminary events.
AMr. Bass made the final race-off, but spun out of contention near the end, while running in fourth place. He claimed he threw the race because, "how would it look if one of the media sponsors won?"
"We will still have that race," promises WPOC promotions manager Sheila Silverstein.
But she said, "we were winners anyway because we helped raise $40,000 for the Arthritis Foundation."
"Yellow Submarine," the psychedelic Beatles movie, burst upon the pop culture in 1968 like a display of fireworks.
As a Halloween special, "21st Century Radio's Heironimus & Co." program, at 10 p.m. Sunday on WCBM-AM (680), plans to devote its two hours to discussing the movie.
Guests include John Coates, an animator on the film, writer Erich Segal, who worked on the script, and Heinz Edelman, the art director and co-script writer of the movie.