Tired of TV? Turn on the radio


Tired of spending New Year's Eve with Dick Clark and a falling ball? Swearing off television as a New Year's resolution? Picture tube on the fritz?

Don't worry. Whether your tastes run to rock, jazz or the spoken word, the radio waves offer plenty for New Year's revelers. Here's just a sample.

* If you enjoy Garrison Keillor's droll wit, small-town sensibilities and fondness for a time and place that seem increasingly distant, tune in to WBJC-FM (91.5) tonight. From 11:30 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., Baltimore's classical music station will broadcast "A Prairie Home Companion New Year's Eve Party."

* Jazz aficionados will want to tune in WJHU-FM (88.1), where jazz will rule for six hours beginning at 10 p.m. The opening segment of "New Year's Eve Coast to Coast" will air live from the Grand Hyatt in New York. Vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater will kick off the evening, accompanied by Frank Foster's New York Orchestra.

From New York, the festivities will move to Denver's Vartan Jazz Club, where Dianne Reeves and the Valery Ponomarev Quintet will usher in the new year. Then it's off to Yoshi's in Oakland, where Joshua Redman and his quartet will join Benny King and his trio to welcome 1996.

* Oldies music and guest celebrities will be the order of the evening at WQSR-FM (105.7), as Brian Harvey serves as host for "New Year's From MGM Studios at Walt Disney World," 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Earlier, from noon to 3 p.m., the station will broadcast "Rewind '95," recapping the year's news and entertainment stories.

* A performance by the Dave Matthews Band will highlight evening programming on WHFS-FM (99.1). The live concert is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Tune in to WHFS at 10 a.m. today for the Top 99 of '95.

* The top 93 country songs of the year, as determined by local sales and airplay, will monopolize evening programming on WPOC-FM (93.1).

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