The Good-Lite Fund of WLTT-FM (94.7) this week announced its first annual grants totaling $7,200 for eight social service groups.
"The Fund is an excellent way for us to use our own creative resources to do some good for organizations that really need help. We decided to spread the money around and buy things that these people told us they needed," said general manager Jim Keating. The clubs and restaurants that sponsor the station's weekly "good time" parties contribute $94.70 to the fund at each event.
The recipients are: Independent Living for the Handicapped, My Sister's Place, the Hospice of Northern Virginia, Sarah House, the House of Ruth, Martha's Table, Stepping Stones and the Washington Ear. The purchases range from baby cribs to tires for a van. $& Star Quality
Tempestt Bledsoe, the sly Vanessa of "The Cosby Show," will preside over the live broadcast of the five Henny Penny Playwriting Contest winners at the Kennedy Center April 13. The Washington-based Children's Radio Theatre, along with National Public Radio and the Kennedy Center, will sponsor the 10 a.m. performance, which will air on WPFW-FM (89.3). A Visit to . . .
. . . The Georgetown workshop of producer Connie Goldman, who has spent the last 18 months interviewing such luminaries as John Huston, Burl Ives, Louise Nevelson and the late Alice Neel. The results, "I'm Too Busy to Talk Now: Conversations with American Artists Over 70," will be presented for 13 consecutive weeks on WETA-FM (90.9), beginning next Thursday at noon.
Goldman's studio overlooking M Street NW is a lively melange of books, tape equipment, colorful thermoses and a fireplace. An animated woman with a salt and pepper bob, she talks nonstop about the project, from cajoling her subjects into talking to renting distribution time on the satellite. "By the year 2000 there will be 35 million people over the age of 65 in the United States. Also, I was 54 this January, and you start considering your own aging process," she said. Yet the ways and wisdom of the elderly had been one of her themes in 18 years in radio, nine of them spent as a reporter, producer and host at NPR.
To test her idea, Goldman took the interview she did with Beatrice Wood, a ceramic artist, to eight senior centers. "I wanted them to say, 'Oh, that's so and so' and then say, 'I feel that way, too.' I didn't want them to be intimidated because they were public figures," she said. "They made two suggestions. They said the music was too shrill, too intense. So we lowered the sound. Then they said I had not given them enough background on the artists. So then I did some rewriting."
Some of the interviews became special moments. "With M.F.K. Fisher, it was an experience, not an interview or conversation. She was recovering from a hip operation, yet she insisted on cooking lunch and dinner. And I got to see how the community treats her. She doesn't go out because of her disability, but people would leave all sorts of bounty on the doorsteps," Goldman recalled. Poet Stanley Kunitz discussed the years his work had only a small audience. "He talked very slowly when he discussed the hardships. Maybe the pause or catch in his voice is what people might identify with."
The series, which starts with actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, is the first major project of Connie Goldman Productions Inc., a nonprofit company she incorporated in 1982. The series was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and a personal grant from producer Norman Lear. Goldman borrowed an idea from public television and enlisted station WHA in Madison, Wis., to help her put together the distribution system. She is already working on a spinoff, and has produced five-minute segments of the first interviews. Radiothon Results
WMAL-AM (630) raised $651,346 in its annual drive for the Leukemia Society of Greater Washington. Dial Changes
Rudy Maxa has moved back to the studios of WNTR-AM (1050), away from his booth at Joe & Mo's eatery. He is now heard weekdays from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by Dr. Gabe Mirkin. Also at the Silver Spring outlet, morning anchor Ed Enderle has left and Ed Graham is doing the shift alone . . . WDCT-AM (1310) has brought on Matthew Gross as its morning man and news director . . . WMTG-AM (1150) has dropped the commentaries of veteran Shelly Tromberg but added a five-minute preview of Montgomery County Council business each Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Specials
WINX-FM (1600) will be carrying a national call-in sports show tonight -- all about the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, which of course includes the Georgetown Hoyas -- from 9 to midnight . . . Don Lee of WETA has prepared a profile of writer Flannery O'Connor for what would have been the writer's 60th birthday, Monday at 10 p.m.