Beatles fans eagerly await the debut of a "reunion" recording, in which George, Paul and Ringo have taped their performances over a previously unheard John Lennon demo tape, "Free as a Bird."
Will it sound like the Beatles? That's the question awaiting broadcast of "The Beatles Anthology," a three-night, six-hour television chronicle of the Fab Four due on ABC Nov. 19, Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, in which the recording will be premiered. (A second "new" song, "Real Love," will also be heard in the TV show.)
But for a fascinating preview opinion of "Free as a Bird" from
someone qualified to judge, tune in the radio program "Hieronimus & Co." at 7 o'clock tonight on WCBM-AM (680) for the view of George Martin, longtime Beatles recording producer.
The short answer: "This is what we would've made if John were alive today," says Mr. Martin in an interview with host Bob Hieronimus.
He also describes how Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow, provided Paul McCartney with the crude demo of the composer singing the song. Lennon was killed in 1980.
The bulk of the interview with Mr. Martin is devoted to his recollections of the recording of the album "Yellow Submarine," for which he wrote half the songs and was responsible for many of the memorable sound and recording effects.
Also discussing "The Beatles Anthology" on the program is Derek Taylor, former press officer for the rock group.
Baltimore radio figure Roy Deutschman has made another one of those changes of musical tempo that happens in the radio biz. Mr. Deutschman, formerly general manager of WXYV-FM (102.7) and WCAO-AM (600), began work last week as general manager WGRX-FM (100.7).
WXYV and WCAO play urban contemporary music and gospel music, respectively, while WGRX is billed as 100 the X, with a modern rock and roll format.
"I'm looking forward to being back in rock," said Mr. Deutschman last week, noting earlier work with WPJL-FM in New York.
Mr. Deutschman left WXYV/WCAO in April, after Granum Communications Inc. assumed ownership from Summit Communications Inc., in a purchase negotiated in 1994. WGRX is owned by Shamrock Communications Inc.
Contribution to P.A.T.H.
Answer: A nice $5,000 contribution toward efforts to preserve Tudor Hall, the Harford County home of the legendary Junius Brutus Booth, patriarch of the first family of the American theater.
Question: What is the result of Lynn Redgrave's appearance last week on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" Alex? Ms. Redgrave donated half her profits from the quiz show's annual tournament featuring celebrity contestants to the Preservation Association of Tudor Hall, which is seeking to preserve and restore the 145-year-old Booth family house near Bel Air -- also home to John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.
"My reaction is, 'Hallelujah,' " said local actor Gary Sloan, who is leading the efforts of P.A.T.H. Last spring he brought Ms. Redgrave and her husband, John Clark, to Tudor Hall for the first time, and they performed a program in June to raise money for the preservation effort.
"She believes in what we're doing," said Mr. Clark last week, adding that the "Jeopardy!" donation should help P.A.T.H. begin a fund-raising campaign.
Ms. Redgrave did not win her game on last Monday's program, losing in the final round to the winner, novelist Stephen King, and trailing actor David Duchovny ("The X-Files"). But the program promises all contestants a minimum $10,000 contribution toward charity of their choice.