Baltimore's weekend radio talk show scene gets a new entry today: "The Mitchells' Maryland Magazine," featuring former state Sen. Clarence Mitchell 3rd and his journalist daughter, Lisa Mitchell.
The two-hour show debuts at noon on WOLB-AM (1010), and will PTC be simulcast on Washington sister station WOL-AM (1450). It is an outgrowth a solo show by Mr. Mitchell.
The new show includes a weekly panel discussion of African-American issues, with both hosts and also Clarence Mitchell IV, along with guest newsmakers. This week's show includes representatives of the Nation of Islam discussing the settlement this week of the murder-for-hire charges against the daughter of Malcolm X.
WOLB has also announced two other schedule changes today:
"The Freedom Journal," the two-way talk show launched last month by The Rev. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., former executive director of the NAACP, adds an hour, going from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturdays.
A new program, "The People's Forum," with host Matsimela Mapfumo, joins the schedule from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The host, also known as Mark Thompson, 28, is a Washington community organizer and columnist for News Dimensions, a Washington newspaper.
* WBAL-AM (1090) will carry today's 121st running of the Kentucky Derby live. The ABC Radio feed from Churchill Downs in Louisville begins at 5 p.m. In Baltimore, of course, the Derby is known as the warm-up for the Preakness Stakes, May 20 at Pimlico Race Course, which will get extensive coverage on WBAL.
* Could the almost-local proximity of York, Pa., be responsible for this harmonic convergence? One recent morning, a scan through the frequencies found "Lightning Crashes," the hit record by the York-born band Live, airing simultaneously on WHFS-FM (99.1), 98 Rock (WIYY-FM 97.9), and the X (WGRX-FM 100.7).
* Washington's WAMU-FM (88.5) will air a two-hour special commemorating the 50th anniversary of V-E Day at 7 p.m. tomorrow.
* It was not your imagination, if you thought you were hearing the TV news on the radio. WMAR-TV has begun contributing NewsChannel 2 updates on WWIN-FM (95.9). The 60-second spots, with Channel 2 anchor Keith Cate, are heard weekdays at 4:50 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.