National Public Radio focuses on abuse


The problem of child abuse is drawing significant attention from National Public Radio this month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

"Breaking the Cycle: How Do We Stop Child Abuse?" is a series of four hourlong specials with NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg and Alex Chadwick, airing on WJHU-FM (88.1) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Two more weekly editions remain, and the station plans to

conclude the NPR offering with its own locally produced call-in program examining the problem in this region.

With host Marc Steiner, the 90-minute WJHU program is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 28.


A Baltimore guitarist, Munir Nurettin Beken, has made the finals of a "Guitar Wars" live radio competition that originates in Philadelphia but which can be heard by Baltimore listeners this afternoon via WKHS-FM (90.5).

The ethnomusicologist from the University of Maryland at Baltimore is one of five finalists in a competition organized by WXPN-FM, which originates from the University of Pennsylvania.

WKHS is a noncommercial station operated by students at Kent County High School in Worton, on the Upper Eastern Shore, and it re-transmits much of WXPN's programming.

The Maryland station, whose signal can be heard in much of the Baltimore area, plans to air "Guitar Wars" live, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The acoustic guitarists are competing to win a $2,100 12-string guitar and tickets to see guitarist Leo Kottke live in concert at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia on April 20.


Baltimore-born opera star James Morris has a featured role this weekend in the "Texaco-Metropolitan Opera" broadcast, heard at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays on WBJC-FM (91.5).

The bass singer, who grew up in Baltimore County and attended the Peabody Preparatory School, plays Scarpia in the Met's cast of Puccini's "Tosca," which also includes Maria Guleghina in the title role and tenor Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi.

Coming up on the Met broadcast April 23: Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos," with Deborah Voight, Tracy Dahl, Teresa Stratas, Wolfgang Schmidt and Hermann Prey.


"The Derek McGinty Show," heard at noon weekdays on WAMU-FM (88.5), originating from American University in Washington, has been awarded the 1994 Gold Award for Public Affairs Programming from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The prestigious award, the top honor in public radio broadcasting, was announced by the CPB Monday at a conference in San Antonio. The award cited the program for "solid guests and a curious, conversational host meeting a real need in their community."

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