Veteran voices come back on air as vacation fill-ins


They're oldies but goodies! Some veteran radio voices are on the air again in the coming days.

* Gene Leitner and Allan Caplan of the Golden Radio Buffs of Maryland plan a nostalgia trip as they begin two weeks of vacation fill-in tomorrow on the weekly "21st Century Radio's Heironimus & Co." program, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on WCBM-AM (680).

Mr. Leitner, a founder of the club, says this weekend's outing will include broadcast of the first two episodes of the radio drama "Superman," a discussion of the origins of the radio drama "The Lone Ranger" and a broadcast by Alan Young that was recorded in June of 1945 at the Lyric Opera House.

Yes, that's the same performer who went on to co-star in the television series "Mr. Ed."

Mr. Leitner also notes that regular "21st Century Radio" host Bob Heironimus and his wife, Zoh, host of a nightly WCBM talk show, recently received the Golden Radio Buffs' Appreciation Award for support of old-time radio. In addition, Jim West, recently retired broadcaster at WBAL-AM (1090), was presented the organization's Golden Mike Award.

* Johnny Dark, who spun rock-and-roll records on the Baltimore airwaves for close to three decades, mostly at WCAO-AM, is doing vacation fill-in for Dick Ireland beginning next week on WLIF-FM (101.9). He's scheduled from 5:30 a.m.-9 a.m. weekdays beginning Thursday through Aug. 11.

Mr. Dark also currently broadcasts part-time on weekends on Washington's WBIG-FM (100.3).

Although plagued by physical maladies that forced cancellation of some earlier concerts on their world tour this year, the rock group R.E.M. is scheduled to be heard in a live concert broadcast from London from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow on WIYY-FM (97.9) and WHFS-FM (99.1).

The Westwood One network program includes interviews with the performers preceding an uninterrupted concert.

The R.E.M. tour resumed last week after bassist Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery in Germany earlier in the month. March concerts were canceled when drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm.

Did you know yet another drop-out politician has gone the talk show route and can now be heard in Baltimore?

He's former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, who two weeks ago launched a weekday discussion fest originating from WRVA-AM (1140) in Richmond. The show is being carried here from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday through Friday by WOLB-AM (1010).

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