Mayoral candidates' debate will be re-broadcast


Political static comes with the territory in a mayoral campaign -- but not the kind experienced Thursday night when WJHU-FM (88.1) planned to simulcast the audio portion of a televised debate between Baltimore's Democratic candidates.

The debate originated at MPT studios in Owings Mills. Transmission difficulties at the MPT transformer in Anne Arundel County left the radio station with dead air, and listeners ended up hearing National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."

But WJHU program director Chris Wienk says the lively debate among Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and third candidate Kelley C. Brohawn will be re-broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. (MPT will air the debate, whose audio portions were disrupted for some viewers of Channel 22, at 11 p.m. Wednesday.)

Those Three Democratic mayoral candidates in the Sept. 12 primary can also be heard in a live forum today on "The Dan Rodricks Show," from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on WBAL-AM (1090). Call in with questions for those who would be mayor.

Two more political debates among Democrats can be heard next week on "The Mark Steiner Show," on WJHU. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the candidates for city comptroller -- Julian Lapides and Joan Pratt -- are scheduled. And at the same hour Wednesday, the candidates for city council president are up: Councilman Joseph J. DiBlasi, 6th; Councilman Lawrence A. Bell III, 4th; Councilman Carl Stokes, 2nd; and Councilwoman Vera P. Hall, 5th.

Cal Ripken Jr. dominates a whole day's programming Wednesday on WBAL, as the Orioles' broadcast carrier salutes the durable shortstop's expected setting of a consecutive-games-played record.

From 5 a.m. to the beginning of the Orioles broadcast from Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m., all the day's programs include primary attention to the "ironman" achievement.

Among the highlights: A "Sportsline Special" with Pam Ward pre-empts "The Rush Limbaugh Show," 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and a documentary special with Jon Miller, "The Road to Game 2,131," airs 5 p.m.-6 p.m. (and repeats from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday).

The Labor Day holiday began on WOCT-FM (104.3) "The Colt" yesterday afternoon, as the station began its "Colt A to Z Weekend."

WOCT plans to play all the songs in its "Greatest Hits of the '70s" library, beginning with Eric Clapton's "After Midnight" and concluding at midnight Monday with David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust."

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