The past is back at WITH-AM (1230). And we're not just talking about the music, either.
Buddy Deane and Jack Gale, two prominent names from Baltimore's radio past, are back on the airwaves, thanks to the wonders of satellite technology and WITH's desire to tap into the memories of local baby boomers yearning to return to those rock and roll days of yesteryear.
Few names stand out from Baltimore radio like Buddy Deane's. In 1951-'57 and again in 1963-'64, he was host of WITH's morning show. Between those stints, he was ringleader of the mythical (at least locally) "Buddy Deane Show" on Channel 13.
"It's a lot of fun," says Deane, who opened his first show back on the B-more airwaves with "At the Hop," by Danny and the Juniors. "The first program was last Saturday [May 4], and I got a lot of calls from people. It was fun to be back in Baltimore."
His show, complete with on-air phone calls from listeners, will bring back plenty of memories from the days when he was famous as the first Baltimore DJ to play rock and roll, Deane promises. "We'll be playing a lot of the music we played on WITH originally," he says from his Arkansas home, "as well as the music we played on television."
Gale replaced Deane on the radio while the latter was off concentrating on TV. His career included being named Billboard magazine's Disc Jockey of the Year in 1970, after he left Baltimore.
"It's great being back," says Gale, who also was scheduled to debut May 4, but was sidelined by the flu. "You know, Buddy and I were never competitors. Buddy would concentrate on the music, maybe play 15 songs an hour. I concentrated on the show, almost a comedy sort of thing, and maybe play three or four songs in an hour."
Gale can be heard live on WITH from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays via satellite from Florida. He also can be heard on tape as host of "Hound Dog Kingdom," a revival of the legendarily manic program he aired here in Baltimore for many years, from 11 p.m. to midnight, also on Saturdays.
Deane, who owns three radio stations in Pine Bluff, Ark., will be on live from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
With Buddy Deane back, of course, the logical question is: Can Kirby Scott be far behind?
Remember Brian Wilson, half of the once-dominant morning radio team of Brian and O'Brien, the man Dundalk loves to hate?
Well, he's not back, but he does have a new book out, "The Little Black Book on Whitewater."
The book, Wilson explains, is "a compendium that quickly answers all the questions about Whitewater -- except one. You get the who, what, where, when -- but not the why. If I knew that, the book wouldn't be selling for $12.95."
The tome may be purchased by calling (800) 732-2863, Ext. 7141, or by signing on to Wilson's Internet web site at http: //www.myrmidon.w1.com. The book has nothing to do with any towns in Baltimore County. Just thought you'd like to know what the guy's been up to.
WPOC-FM (93.1), which announced last month that it was eliminating its afternoon news, isn't the only organization cutting back on its news operations. Monitor Radio, the broadcast arm of the Christian Science Monitor, is eliminating its weekend news broadcasts effective July 1.
The change won't be noticeable in Baltimore, Monitor Radio news is heard on WBJC-FM (91.5) weekdays, 5 a.m.-6 a.m., and on WJHU-FM (88.1) 2 p.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. But it's another sign of the diminishing role of radio news.
Officials at Monitor Radio say they want to concentrate their resources on weekday news broadcasts, which consist of early, mid-day and daily editions fed to participating radio stations from 5 a.m. to 7: 59 p.m. and a 24-hour-a-day headline news service that runs Monday-Friday.
Kudos to the cameramen and photographers at WBFF-TV 45, who helped earn the Fox affiliate Station of the Year honors from the National Press Photographers Association.
WBFF's win marks the first time in more than 20 years the honor has been given to an East Coast station.
"Our photographers are journalists first," says Scott Livingston, chief videographer for WBFF's "News at Ten." "Unlike conventional news operations, the 'News at Ten' videographer is an equal partner with the reporter."
If you still own one of those stone-age Beta VCRs and are wondering where you can find tapes to play on it, take heart: New Jersey-based Brauer Trading Ltd. issues an extensive Beta catalog three to four times a year, featuring all-new videotapes at some ridiculously low prices.
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Pub Date: 5/12/96