Mark McEwen still keeps a weather eye on Baltimore AIR CHECK


Mark McEwen came home yesterday to Baltimore radio, where his broadcast career began.

The weather forecaster and entertainment editor of television's "CBS This Morning" dropped by the studios of 98 Rock, WIYY-FM (97.9), to share a microphone for an hour with afternoon personality Kirk McEwen -- his younger brother.

"CBS This Morning" will broadcast live from Baltimore on Monday, beginning at 7 a.m., with anchors Paula Zahn and Harry Smith at the Maryland Science Center and Mr. McEwen reporting from his alma mater, Arundel High School.

The Brothers McEwen asked listeners to phone in their reasons for liking Baltimore and instructions on cracking crabs. They said some comments might be included in "Mark McEwen's Baltimore," a segment of Monday's TV broadcast (scheduled to air at 7:50 a.m.).

The 98 Rock personality called his big brother "Bud," and the former deejay, who at 40 is 11 years older, called Kirk "Baby Brother." The weatherman disclosed that Ms. Zahn is a rocker who wears a Judas Priest T-shirt under her on-the-air clothes.

The CBS personality was born in Texas and lived in Germany and Alabama -- his father was an Air Force colonel -- before the family moved to Fort Meade in 1966. They later moved to the Crownsville area, where parents Alfred and Dolores McEwen still reside.

"It's home for me," says Mr. McEwen fondly of Maryland and Baltimore, adding, "Hey, I grew up on National Boh and [Orioles announcer] Chuck Thompson."

But he also takes note of the area's growth, saying that when I-97 opened five years ago linking Baltimore and Annapolis, "I couldn't even find my house anymore."

Earlier in the day, Mr. McEwen hung out at Memorial Stadium with his oldest friend from "our military brat days," Tony "Mad Dog" Colter, weeknight personality on Washington's WWDC-FM (101.1), A CBS crew taped their warm reminiscences about the Orioles and their childhood together for "Mark McEwen's Baltimore."

"He's responsible for me getting my first job, and I'm responsible for him getting one of his first jobs," said Mr. McEwen, hugging Mr. Colter.

In the mid-1970s, Mr. Colter had an announcing job at the student radio station at Anne Arundel Community College and talked his friend into auditioning. Mr. McEwen soon moved on to Baltimore's WKTK-FM (105.7, now WQSR), as "Midnight Mark," but in less than a year was hired away by Detroit's WWWW-FM.

"I called Tony and said, 'Come up here to KTK,' " Mr. McEwen recounts, and Mr. Colter thus had his first Baltimore rock and roll job. Mr. Colter subsequently was on 98 Rock and later moved to D.C. 101, where Kirk McEwen was on the air from 1990 to 1993.

The younger Mr. McEwen is following in his brother's footsteps in another way, breaking into TV with entertainment reports on weekend news broadcasts on WBAL (Channel 11).

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