Some prefireworks skirmishes over the advertising parameters for the Fourth of July concert on the Mall -- the city's largest free entertainment event and the most prestigious promotional event undertaken by a local station -- seem to have died down with WAVA-FM's (105.1) rights firmly established.
WAVA won the exclusive contract over longtime cosponsor WRQX-FM (107.3) because the Love Foundation, the concert's sponsor, liked WAVA's audience, its business approach and its quick response to the foundation's requirements. "I was anxious to work out a deal before we went into production. WAVA was handling itself like businessmen in response to our needs," said Joseph Strauss, president of the foundation. "It further became apparent in the radio world it might be better for us to go with WAVA. Its audience isn't as targeted as some of the other bidders. Also, Q-107 waffled at the additional cost, and I couldn't wait."
A spokesman for Q-107 would not comment on the controversy over its advertisement for the concert, which WAVA and Strauss objected to and which was eventually pulled, or any other aspect of the bidding process.
Costs increased significantly this year for the local cosponsors, Strauss said, because of cleanup and protection fees to the National Park Service. When asked if the cosponsors were paying $40,000 each, he said the amount "was not far off," and WAVA would not confirm the price. Profits go to the Statue of Liberty restoration.
WAVA will originate live from the Mall beginning at 10 a.m., where its on-air people will be helping emcee and interviewing performers such as the Beach Boys, Katrina and the Waves, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Four Tops, Christopher Cross, the Oak Ridge Boys and Mr. T. The station kicks off its Fourth mania with a remote from the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill July 3 with Charlie and Harrigan. Patriotic Notes
Tom Gauger of WMAL-AM (630) will be live from the Air and Space Museum with the U.S. Air Force Band and Paul Williams from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Fourth . . . Q-107 will play a Beach Boys special from 3 to 6 p.m. . . . WKYS-FM (93.9) will broadcast the Hall & Oates concert from the Statue of Liberty from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m . . . WXTR-FM/AM (104.1/ 1560) is planning an all-day travelogue with such songs as "California Dreaming" . . . WASH-FM (97.1) is doing a similar musical atlas but adding interviews from tourists in Washington on what they like about their home towns . . . WWDC-AM (1260) is playing Kate Smith and company all day, while WWDC-FM (101.1) plays the best of American rock . . . WMZQ-FM (98.7) will present "Happy Birthday America" with Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys from 8 to 11 p.m. . . . WPKX-FM (105.9) features flag-waving songs from the Oak Ridge Boys, Janie Fricke and Conway Twitty from 9 p.m. to midnight . . .
KIX is playing a patriotic song by a country artist every day at noon until all the hostages in Beirut are released . . . And WMZQ is holding a moment of silence every weekday at 8 a.m. and weekends at noon for the hostages. Yesterday's tribute was introduced by Redskin Mark Moseley. Revving Up
Starting on Independence Day, WPKX-AM (730) will debut live coverage of car racing with the Pepsi Firecracker 400 from the Daytona International Speedway at 9:45 a.m. KIX has picked up the broadcasts from the Motor Racing Network, which is to carry 11 races between July 4 and Nov. 17, including the Talledega 500 and the Winston Western 500. A Worthy Wash
To help USA for Africa's famine-relief efforts, Paul Porter of WKYS is joining Mr. Wash Car Wash and Penguin Feather Records at a special bumper-soaping tomorrow at 6815 Annapolis Rd., Landover, from noon to 3 p.m. Technical News
WHFS-FM (99.1) installed a new antenna and transmitter last Saturday and is now operating at a full 50,000 watts. The station was off the air six days last month when a storm badly damaged the transmitter. While it was installing the new equipment last week, it was dark for two days . . . WETA-FM (90.9) installed a new antenna last Friday, a day after it went dead for four hours. The station is hoping a new transmitter can be installed next week. Bulletin Board
John Riggins will join John Diamond of KIX at a remote broadcast tomorrow from the Old Town Armory (215 King St.), noon to 2 p.m. . . . Instead of doing a remote broadcast from Charlie's Georgetown, which was forced to close because of delinquent tax payments earlier this week, Felix Grant of WWRC-AM (980) will air a farewell tribute to namesake Charlie Byrd and all the artists who have performed at the club in the last five years, from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow . . . Johnny Holliday of WMAL will be talking to Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford and other stars at the Crackerjack Old Timers Baseball Classic Monday night at 7:30, broadcast on WMAL.