David Page, news director at WRQX-FM (107.3), got into hot water his first day on the job Monday by devoting his commentary to why Washington shouldn't want a baseball team. Dozens of listeners called to say that Page had struck out, and the station aired an apology on Tuesday.
"He said baseball was having problems with the outrageous salaries, attendance problems, prima donna players and drug usage, and he said, 'Let's be smart and ban baseball in D.C.,' " explained program director Randy Lane. The 10-second apology, read by Lane, said, "Many of you were offended by some comments made by David Page, our new news director yesterday morning . . . We apologize." Lane said that the station received about 50 calls and that there also was a lot of mumbling in the halls around WRQX, which shares a building with WMAL-AM (630), a leader of the drive to bring a baseball franchise here in 1987.
Page, who describes himself as a "polarizing personality" who has prompted station apologies in previous jobs, said he had learned one lesson: "Apparently people are supersensitive about baseball." Page has worked for stations in Memphis and New Orleans and as an editorial assistant for CBS Radio News in Paris. Though he had been hired for his "controversial and biting" style, Page said he wasn't upset about the apology. "I thought it was a good idea. I think that given the sensitivity . . . they should make it clear that what I say is not what everyone else thinks."
In addition to the commentary at 7:40 a.m., Page is anchoring the news during the Jim Elliott and Scott Woodside show, the noon news and a Sunday night talk show, "Live Line," from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Page said the station had not asked to see his copy in advance or given him any guidelines for topics. "I just want him to be responsible for what he says. I want him to have his facts together," Lane said. Other Assignments
Sherry Ellison, the most recent voice on "Love Songs," and the overnight announcer on WCLY-FM (95.5), is moving to WXTR-FM (104.1) starting Monday. Ellison, who worked at WCLY for the past seven years in a variety of jobs, including public affairs director, decided to change jobs for the opportunity to do strictly announcing. "I decided if I could find a job doing one of the things I was doing here WCLY , it would be perfect," said Ellison. She'll have the 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift at the oldies station . . . Alex Mitchell has left, said WXTR program director Bob Duckman, to pursue a career outside radio . . . Bill Redlin, an editor at WAMU-FM (88.5), former press secretary to Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-Kan.) and a former Mutual Radio correspondent, has been named local host of "Morning Edition." The National Public Radio news show is heard on WAMU from 6 to 10 a.m. daily . . . Mace Rosenstein, an attorney and broadcaster, has joined WGMS-FM (103.5), where he will be holding forth Thursday and Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight and weekends from 6 p.m. to midnight. He did antitrust work in a local firm for the last year after seven years with a classical station in Chicago and, he says, "missed sharing music with people" . . . Katy Daley has switched from WMZQ-FM (98.7) to WMZQ-AM (1390) to host the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. show . . . Dave Adler, an alumnus of four local stations, has been named promotion manager of WLTT-FM (94.7), where he has worked for two years . . . Lisa Simeone, a host and producer on WETA-FM (90.9), leaves the station next week to find a job closer to her home in Baltimore. Farm Aid
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard & Co. will be on WPKX-FM (105.9) from noon to midnight Sunday in the monumental concert to raise money for American farmers. Inspirational Sports
WDCT-AM (1310), the talk format with an emphasis on inspiration, is keeping up the tradition of its predecessor, WEEL, by including plenty of sports in its lineup. The station is carrying the Air Force Academy football games -- tomorrow it's Air Force versus Rice University at 3 p.m. -- and, starting Nov. 23, the road games of the George Mason University basketball team. At 8:45 a.m., Monday through Friday, Nick Giaquinto, a former Redskin, gives a five-minute sports report. Also on the weekday schedule is a 15-minute show at 6:15 p.m. with Bob Gotkin, a member of the George Mason University sports staff, and Tom Coll, operations manager and sports director of the station. Remotes
For the next four weeks, starting tonight, Don Geronimo of WAVA-FM (105.1) will broadcast from 3 to 7 p.m. from the Pierce Street Annex on 19th Street . . . Shadow Smith of Q-107 will broadcast from Boomerangs on Route 123 tonight from 6 to 10; the event is a benefit for the American Cancer Society . . . WYCB-AM (1340) is broadcasting from the groundbreaking of Metro's Green Line at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Howard Road SE tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. . . . Chris Core of WMAL will be broadcasting live from the tailgate parties at the U-Md.'s Byrd Stadium at 6 p.m. tomorrow, just before the Maryland-West Virginia game . . . Bob Edwards, host of NPR's "Morning Edition," will be anchoring Wednesday through Friday from KWMU-FM in St. Louis . . . And, Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., Bill Trumbull and Chris Core will be working from the WMAL van traveling around the Beltway. Other Events
After the Notre Dame versus Michigan State game, which starts at 7:30 tomorrow night, WWDC-AM (1260) will air the heavyweight bout between Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks . . . WINX-AM (1600) is one of the sponsors of an eight-kilometer road race in Olde Towne, Gaithersburg, Sunday at 9:30 a.m. . . . D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is scheduled to discuss local news next Monday during the call-in segment of the "Daily Drum" on WHUR-FM (96.3) at 6:30 p.m. Anniversary
WYCB-AM (1340) is celebrating its seventh year Sunday with gospel great Shirley Caesar at Constitution Hall at 4 p.m.