Ratingzzz Haterzzz -- and we know you're out there -- you can breathe easy. The A.C. Nielsen computer went phhhhht! again yesterday so the weekly prime-time numbers got here so late we won't even bother you with the weekly blow-by-blow. This morning . . .
(Some Ratingzzz Haterzzz have even gone so far as to mail their breakfast nook straps to Captain Airwaves as a Form of Protezzzt. Some, even, with the buckles still attached. Airwaves thinks that's going a little too far. Besides, it could prove dangerous some morning for the Strapless Ones, should a particularly exciting item suddenly appear in the TV Column) . . .
For example, Strapless Ones, Captain Airwaves hears that NBC News was approached by a free-lance photographer in Beirut last week claiming he had still photos of interviews he had recently conducted with the six remaining American hostages in the area . . .
NBC News, according to our sources, paid him a fee, taped an interview and planned to air its big scoop over the weekend . . .
However, and nobody at NBC was talking yesterday, when the corroborative film was developed . . . it proved to be blank and the project was abandoned . . .
(Kind of miss those straps right now, do you, Strapless Ones?) . . .
David Hartman of "Good Morning America" and Terrence Smith of "CBS Morning News" were aboard yesterday afternoon's Eastern Shuttle flight that was aborted on takeoff when a helicopter came into the pilot's field of vision. Neither was hurt . . .
"Airwolf" star Jan-Michael Vincent was charged with felony battery yesterday in Malibu, accused of punching a woman acquaintance in the face. The woman suffered a broken nose and a split lip that required 16 stitches to close, the district attorney's office said . . .
At a symposium yesterday in New York conducted by the Washington Journalism Review, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger backed off statements he made in the wake of the Beirut TWA hostage crisis in which he called on TV to refrain from broadcasting terrorist demands and interviewing hostages, a practice he said humanized the terrorists . . .
Yesterday Kissinger told the panel that "if the context (of such interviews) is constantly explained, it would help the public enormously" to understand . . .
The panel on terrorism also included Van Gordon Sauter, executive vice president of CBS Broadcast Group; Roone Arledge, president of ABC News; Tim Russert, vice president and assistant to the president of NBC News; and Rep. Thomas A. Luken (D-Ohio) . . .
The folks from the syndicated "Star Search" program (Channel 5 at 9 p.m. on Sundays) will be in town starting tomorrow to interview potential participants . . .
On Thursday from 1 to 5 p.m., they'll interview dancers at the GC Dance Studio in Waldorf; on Friday, from noon to 10 p.m., it will be male and female vocalists and bands at the Omega recording studio in Kensington; and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., models, actors and actresses at the Marbury House, 3000 M St. NW in Georgetown . . . Also in the News
The audience tomorrow night for "An Evening With Bill Cosby" at the Kennedy Center concert hall will be treated to a tape-delayed showing of that night's season premiere of "The Cosby Show" on a large screen starting at 8:30 . . .
Opera star Placido Domingo, popular singer Julio Iglesias and comedian actor Cantinflas will take part Sunday via satellite in a 12-hour international televised fundraiser for victims of the Mexican earthquake . . .
Domingo lost four relatives in the collapse of a Mexico City apartment block . . .
In Los Angeles, the president of KMEX, an affiliate of the Spanish International Network (SIN), said that its broadcast of that city's Ninth Annual Street Scene Festival has been converted into a Live Aid-type concert that will be broadcast from L.A. and New York all over the United States, as well as to Europe and Latin America, via satellite . . . The telethon, to be called "Mexico . . . Estamos Conigo" ("Mexico . . . We're With You") will run 12 hours on Sunday over SIN stations (including Channel 14 here) . . .
In addition, WTBS, the Turner Broadcasting System superstation, will air a taped-and-live two hours from the concert starting at 8:05 that evening . . .
Festival officials said 300 rock, jazz, country music, salsa and dance groups and performers had already been scheduled to appear at the weekend festival, including Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Donny Osmond, Richard Pryor and Joan Rivers . . . And From the
Airwaves Archives: the results of a Cornell University study of TV correspondent visibility patterns on ABC, CBS and NBC, released in July when C. Airwaves was Out West . . .
The study was prepared by Joe S. Foote, a visiting professor of communications arts at the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell . . .
Foote examined correspondent visibility on the network evening news from 1983 and 1984 and concluded that "although women are doing better than ever before, they comprised only 10 percent of the top 30 correspondents but 30 percent of the bottom 30 . . . "
Foote said that the best ticket to success for either male or female correspondents is a Washington assignment . . .
Foote said that many women "are stuck in the woman's ghetto" where exposure on the evening news is anything but routine. He said that while several women are "taking long, quick strides up the visibility ladder," hardly any have dislodged men from their "star" roles . . .
The 10 most visible male correspondents in those two years, ranked by number of network appearances:
Chris Wallace, NBC, 262; Dan Cordtz, ABC, 257; Sam Donaldson, ABC, 253; John McWethy, ABC, 188; Robert Hager, NBC, 183; Bill Plante, CBS, 171; Bruce Morton, CBS, 169; David Martin, CBS, 167; Brit Hume, ABC, 154; and Marvin Kalb, NBC, 145 . . .
The 10 most visible female correspondents over the same two years:
Lesley Stahl, CBS, 141; Susan Spencer, CBS, 123; Lisa Myers, NBC, 107; Lynn Sherr, ABC, 98; Rita Flynn, ABC, 95; Bettina Gregory, ABC, 88; Cassandra Clayton, NBC, 74; Meredith Vieira, CBS, 71; Andrea Mitchell, NBC, 69; and Rebecca Chase, ABC, 67 . . .
During that period, Lisa Myers of NBC showed the greatest increase in appearances (115 percent) over the previous year, while Rita Flynn of ABC showed the greatest decrease (73 percent) . . .