The news divisions of WMAL-AM (630), WAMU-FM (88.5) and WTOP-AM (1500) were honored last week by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association. WMAL, the largest local news operation on a music station, armed with nine news reporters and two sportscasters, swept the awards in six categories.
Chesapeake AP singled out WMAL for its "outstanding news operation," as well as for its local sports coverage with Johnny Holliday and Ken Beatrice. Its stands on transportation problems, delivered by general manager Andy Ockershausen, won the editorial category. A series on choosing a college, by Karen Leggett, won the public service category. Larry Matthews won twice: his series on a security guard firm that led to the owner's conviction for running an illegal company took the enterprise reporting award, and his look at area men killed in the Vietnam war won the human-interest reporting citation.
"Lost, Alone and Crazy: Those Who Grieve," a three-part series on grief produced and reported by Nick Clark, won the documentary award for WAMU. David Statter's coverage of the kidnaping of Edith Rosenkranz brought WTOP honors in the spot news category.
WMAL and WAMU were also cited this week by the Washington chapter of Sigma Delta Chi. Matthews' report on "Life on the Street," Holliday and intern Joe Daniels' "The Changing American Olympian" and Ockershausen's transportation editorials won for WMAL. A feature story by Mark Boardman on the closing of Sholl's Cafeteria on K Street garnered an award for WAMU. Washington Leave
Jerry Washington, the immensely popular host of "The 'Bama Hour" on WPFW-FM (89.3), will be off the air for the next month resting from chronic diabetes. Substitute hosts for the Saturday show, heard at 11 a.m., have not been announced, but filling in on "The Other Side of the 'Bama," on Sundays at 11 a.m., will be John Zimbrick. Listening Bets
Tonight WWDC-FM (101.1) will simulcast John Fogerty and His All-Star Band's only concert in the last 10 years, recorded earlier this year, with Showtime Cable at 8 p.m . . . WXTR-FM/AM (104.1/1560) salutes the "Class of '65" all weekend with the news and songs of that year . . . WASH-FM (97.1) is playing all the Numero Uno songs from the last 30 years, starting at 3 this afternoon . . .
If you and dad feel like getting misty: WWDC-AM (1260) will play songs saluting fathers or sung by such famed father/offspring duos as Bing and Gary Crosby all day Sunday . . . From 9 a.m. to noon, WGMS-FM/AM (103.5/570) features father/son relationships in classics from the families of Bach, Mozart and Strauss . . . And at 5 p.m. WGAY-FM (99.5) presents a Father's Day special with David Chadwick . . .
WTOP will air "The American Press: The Question of Patriotism" with "Newsmark" host Dan Rather, Tom Wicker of the New York Times and Rep. Robert Dornan (R-Calif.) at 10:06 p.m. Sunday . . . For seven consecutive shows starting next Monday at 10 a.m., Diane Rehm of WAMU will be airing "Children at Risk," a National Public Radio series on child abuse and neglect. The series is hosted by Sen. Paula Hawkins (R-Fla.). Rehm will follow each half-hour NPR segment with an hour with local experts and listener call-ins. Datebook
WKYS-FM (93.9) has more engagements than John Travolta: Tomorrow afternoon the KYS Lipsmackers softball team plays the U.S. Navy Recruiting District of Washington at Friendly High School, Fort Washington. The $1 admission goes to the African Relief Fund. That night Candy Shannon will help the Carter Barron Amphitheatre kick off its season with Angela Bofill. On Tuesday at 4 p.m. WKYS hosts the appearance of the Mary Jane Girls at Tower Records . . .
Greaseman -- or, as his family still calls him, Doug Tracht -- of DC 101 will be live at the Bayou next Friday from 6 to 10 a.m.