Frank DeFilippo is host of new radio talk show


Longtime Maryland political commentator Frank DeFilippo will launch a weeknight talk show on WBAL-AM (1090) next month, " after the end of post-season baseball coverage.

"The Frank DeFilippo Show" will be heard from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. beginning Oct. 30 and is scheduled to air until the beginning of next season's baseball coverage, said Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL vice president and station manager.

The show takes the slot filled for 13 weeks before baseball broadcasts began in the spring by Ellen Sauerbrey, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor in 1994.

"Flip is somebody that we know, and we like him. He's worked for us as an analyst for a number of years. . . . He's been around," said Mr. Beauchamp. Mr. DeFilippo, who was press secretary to former Gov. Marvin Mandel, has frequently done election night commentary for WBAL, and is a regular Monday guest (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.) of afternoon talk host Ron Smith. He has also been a contributor to The Sun's op-ed pages and writes political commentary in other local publications.

When Ms. Sauerbrey launched her show last February, Mr. Beauchamp had said the station would consider returning her to the nightly lineup after the World Series. But the station manager said she cannot return regularly because of her new partisan position as Maryland campaign director for presidential candidate Sen. Phil Gramm.

Last edition

In another change on WBAL, "The Dan Rodricks Show," which has been heard from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays since November 1992, aired its last edition Sept. 23.

Mr. Rodricks, who writes a local column for The Sun and also was host of a WBAL evening show from 1989 to early 1994, said he chose to discontinue the show to follow other pursuits.

The program was a general interest call-in show that included regular guest appearances by Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. It also aired occasional editions highlighting Maryland culture and history, such as "Along the River," a feature about the Gunpowder Falls system that won a silver medal in the New York Festival for Broadcasting Excellence in 1994.

Beginning yesterday, and for the near future, frequent WBAL guest host Bruce Elliott, a former television news figure with a politically moderate viewpoint, will fill the Saturday slot.

Weather watchers

WBAL-TV, Channel 11, is seeking more schools throughout Maryland to serve as weather reporting stations -- and as on-location reporting sites for meteorologist Tony Pann.

The morning weatherman three weeks ago began making a weekly visit to participating schools in the Insta-Weather School Net, which involves students in meteorology instruction and climactic-condition reporting.

Every Friday during the station's "11News at Sunrise" (6 a.m.) and its cut-ins to the NBC "Today" program (7 a.m.-9 a.m.), Mr. Pann will do his forecasting with the help of students at a different school.

Officials or parents interested in having their schools involved should contact chief meteorologist Tom Tasselmyer at (410) 338-6609.

Towering job

Maryland Public Television has announced that one of its six transmission frequencies in the state, Channel 67 in Owings Mills, will be off the air from 10 a.m. to noon Monday to accommodate tower maintenance.

Signals on Channels 22 (Annapolis), 28 (Salisbury), 31 (Hagerstown), 36 (Oakland) and 62 (Frederick) will not be affected, nor will cable TV subscribers suffer any interruption in MPT programs.

Former ambassador

Israeli statesman Moshe Arens, former ambassador to the United States, defense minister and foreign minister, is the scheduled guest tonight of host Stu Feiler on "PageOne," from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on WWLG-AM (1360) in Baltimore and WASA-AM (1330) in Havre de Grace. The interview, taped at the National Archives in Washington, includes discussion of Mr. Arens' book, "Broken Covenant."

Frank salute

And in other news from the twin "Legends Radio" stations, midday host Ken Jackson begins on Monday a daily salute to "Ol' Blue Eyes," crooner Frank Sinatra, as the initial observance of the stations' warm-up to the singer's 80th birthday in December.

"Lunch With a Guy Named Frank," featuring songs from the Sinatra archives, will air from noon to 1 p.m. on WWLG/WASA every weekday until Dec. 12, the singer's birthday. On that day the stations plan a 12-hour broadcast of Sinatra's top 100 hits.

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