Celebrating Ripken and rock and roll


With the approach of Streak Week, Fox 45 News offers a documentary salute to Cal Ripken Jr. (airing on WNUV, Channel 54).

And from Cleveland, HBO presents a six-hour concert celebrating the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

* "The Iron Oriole: Cal Ripken, The Ultimate Pro" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- A production of WBFF-TV's "Fox 45 News At Ten," this tribute to the Orioles' shortstop gets its first airing on an affiliated station. The narration-free special, featuring commentary from the player, family and friends, will also air on WBFF at 11 p.m. tomorrow.

* "National Geographic: On Assignment: Search for the Battleship Bismarck" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- This repeat traces the hunt for remains of Hitler's legendary battleship, which was sunk by English cruisers on May 27, 1941.

* "Attack of the Killer B-Movies" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Cable's Comedy Central has done so well dicing up terrible old movies on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" that a network assault was inevitable. Campy movie queen Elvira and Dustin Diamond ("Saved By the Bell") are the hosts, and the films include "Killers From Space" and "Wasp Woman." NBC.

* "CFL Football" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- The league-leading Baltimore Stallions (7-3) take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-3), live from Canada.

* "College Football" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- ABC launches the prime-time gridiron season with a matchup between Miami, defeated by Nebraska

last season in the Orange Bowl national championship game, and UCLA. ABC.


* "Concert for the Hall of Fame, Pre-Show Special" (3 p.m.-5 p.m., VH1) -- If you're a rock and roll fan, Cleveland Stadium is where it's at this weekend, with festivities surrounding the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sun pop music critic J.D. Considine is scheduled to do color commentary from backstage as preparations are made for a celebration concert tonight.

* "Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" (7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., HBO) -- Live from Cleveland, where the long-planned $92 million museum has finally opened, the concert presents a panoply of stars both old -- including Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Booker T and the MGS and James Brown -- and more current -- including Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Melissa Etheridge and John Mellencamp.

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