WWRC-AM (980) has announced a "Swinging Into Spring" campaign for April, a daily schedule of artists associated with the swing era.
This slight departure from the station's regular offerings of standard bands and vocalists, said program director Kenneth Mellgren, "changes the flavor of the music but does not radically change the format." Each day will be devoted to an individual, group or category of artist (such as crooners), and three or four selections by Tony Bennett, Artie Shaw, Les Brown, the Mills Brothers, Harry James and Ella Fitzgerald, among others, will be played each hour, along with anecdotes about the artists.
WRC is kicking off the campaign with a dance at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill on March 31 at 7 p.m. and is also polling its listeners for their favorite swing song or artist. The results will be played on April 29. Coming and Going
Don Geronimo, who used to blast at the old WPGC a few years ago, is returning to Washington Monday to join WAVA-FM (105.1) in the 2 to 6 p.m. shift . . . J.R. Ichabod has joined WBMW-FM (106.7) in the 7 p.m. to midnight slot, which now features the "Top 8 at 8," based on listeners' calls, and "Heartbreak and Heartaches," dedications and love letters from 9 p.m. to midnight . . . Carol Thayer, the morning news person at WCLY-FM (95.5), is leaving today to devote more time to her hot tub business . . . Edith Smith, formerly of WHUR-FM (96.3) and most recently the national coordinator for the Rainbow Coalition radiothon, has joined WDCU-FM (90.1) as director of marketing. St. Patrick's Day
Two days early, WWDC-AM (1260) has sprinkled Irish music into its lineup today and is toasting Eddie Gallaher's second year at the station with a corned beef lunch at the Henley Park Hotel . . . Pat O'Leary at WLMD-AM (900) will feature traditional Irish songs from 11 to 11:30 a.m. . . . At 5 tonight, WWDC-FM (101.1) is throwing a party at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, with Irish music . . .
WAVA, in cooperation with five restaurants around 19th and M streets NW, will be doing remotes and raising money for Martha's Table, a local organization for the homeless, from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow in the alley between 18th and 19th, L and M streets. Celtic Thunder will play . . .
Mac McGarry of WRC will be the master of ceremonies of Washington's parade on Sunday. Some of his colleagues from WRC will ride in a green '31 Chevy. WAVA will have a van in the parade with Charlie & Harrigan, the new morning duo . . . Max Reznick will play several traditional Irish ballads, such as "Danny Boy," but sung in Hebrew on his Sunday show on WNTR-AM (1050), 9 to 11 a.m. . . . Carol Parker and Jim Elliott of WRQX-FM (107.3) will do a live broadcast from the Bombay Bicycle Club in Old Town Alexandria Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Crossmedia Focus
Katy Daley, who hosts a Saturday show on WMZQ-FM (98.7) from 7 p.m. to midnight, will be featured in the NBC Television "White Paper Special" tomorrow at 10 p.m. The show looks at women who juggle nontraditional careers and family. Daley, 36, who is married to a Fairfax County police officer, worked as an editor for the Central Intelligence Agency for 13 years until the birth of her son three years ago, and has worked at WMZQ part-time for the past five years. Other Specials
Sunday's "All Things Considered," heard on WETA-FM (90.9) at 5 p.m. and WAMU-FM (88.5) at 6:30 p.m., will examine the Sharpville Massacre and its continuing impact on South African politics. Reporter Katie Davis will talk to eyewitnesses, historians and political activists . . . WHUR and the Southern Africa Support Project will cosponsor the seventh annual radiothon for Southern Africa Monday. The station will do a remote from Gallery Plaza at Seventh and F streets NW from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. It hopes to raise $15,000 for the South African Council of Churches . . .
"The Herpes Media Blitz," a one-hour documentary on the misconceptions and realities of herpes, produced by Jill Shapiro and hosted by Jim Angle, will be aired on WPFW-FM (89.3) at 2 p.m. Monday . . . Diane Rehm will be taping Sweet Honey in the Rock on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Kreeger Auditorium, American University, for a special show to air March 29 . . . "Music at Noon," a series of free spring concerts, kicks off next Thursday with host Robert Aubry Davis of WETA dressed as Bach. The first concert is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the rest from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The concerts, which will be aired for nine Saturdays on WETA at 1 p.m., are held at the Western Presbyterian Church, 1906 H St. NW. Funds
WGMS-FM/AM (103.5/570) raised slightly more than $280,000 for the National Symphony Orchestra in its radiothon last week, making its contribution $1.4 million over the past 10 years . . . WKYS-FM (93.9) netted $12,000 for the Easter Seal Society last weekend . . . In a recent on-air auction, WMAL-AM (630) raised $13,000 for Easter Seals.