In what appears to be a growing long-distance remote fever, Gary Spears of WRQX-FM (107.3) is taking his midafternoon show to Hawaii next week. He will be broadcasting live from the Kona Surf Hotel Monday through Friday during his regular 2 to 6 p.m. shift, though he will be almost 6,000 miles away and five hours behind Washington time.
Linda Sherman of WASH-FM (97.1) was nearly 6,300 miles away in Budapest last Friday. At the end of the month her partner Arthur Crofton will visit London. Last month Don Geronimo of WAVA-FM (105.1) broadcast from Walt Disney World in Florida, and last February mobile talk-show host Larry King, who is heard on WTOP-AM (1500), went to Hawaii for a week.
Spears, the newest member of the Q-107 staff, joined the contemporary-hits station in late January after working in Lafayette, Ind., Chicago and New York. "Just 1 1/2 weeks after I started, they proposed the trip. They had to twist both my arms," said Spears, a tall, sandy-haired man who admits to some sun worshiping. This will be his first trip to Hawaii. And maybe the trip is a little compensation for coming to the country's ninth largest market after working in No. 1 and No. 3.
Spears will be accompanied by two of the station's personnel, as well as by 16 listeners. When Q-107 announced it was accepting post cards for the free trip to Hawaii, the station received 5,000 responses in three weeks. Spears intends to include interviews with famous Hawaiians, resettled American celebrities, and, he says half-jokingly, maybe a glimpse at what life is like for exiled Ferdinand Marcos. 'Zoo' Expansion
Geronimo and Mike O'Meara, hosts of "The Morning Zoo" on WAVA-FM (105.1), are negotiating with two local television stations for a 60-minute video show, according to Geronimo.
"The plan is to take phone calls from viewers, play cartoons, regular videos and home videos," he said. The show will be called "Zoo TV" and could debut as early as March 15. Bluegrass Time
Tomorrow is the big night for bluegrass lovers as WAMU-FM (88.5) presents its annual Bluegrass Winter Festival. This year Peter Rowan, the Johnson Mountain Boys and the Nashville Bluegrass Band will be on hand at Fairfax High School auditorium at 8 p.m. Appearing on stage will be station personalities Jerry Gray, Lee Michael Demsey, Dick Spottswood, Ray Davis, Carol Pittard, Les McIntyre, Bill Foster and Red Shipley. WAMU will be playing bluegrass both tomorrow and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Posts at WPFW
WPFW-FM (89.3), which is celebrating its ninth anniversary this month, recently announced three key appointments: Drepenba Manzira, a former volunteer, is now program director; Mary Drayton is operations director; and Don Foster, a former public affairs director at the Pacifica station, is now executive producer. Also, "Midnite Tracks," the station's new jazz and comedy show, will feature Academy Award nominee Whoopi Goldberg tonight at midnight. No Answer
WNTR-AM (1050), the news and talk outlet in Silver Spring, had its phones disconnected for three hours last week. "We hadn't paid the bill" was the simple explanation from Program Director Ed Graham. The station remained on the air. Honors
"Unsung/Unheard: Early Black Concert Artists," produced by WETA-FM (90.9) last year, has won the public station an Ohio State Award. The show, which aired last February, was produced by Fred Calland and Stanley Ware and hosted by tenor George Shirley . . .
Reps. Cardiss Collins (D-Ill.), Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.) were scheduled to be saluted last night at the annual dinner of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters here at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Cash and Calories
Today's the deadline for submitting calorie-laden recipes to the WMAL-AM (630) contest to "Fatten Up Manute," the towering but thin basketball player. Manute Bol, who is 7-foot-7 and 207 pounds, stopped by to chat with Chris Core and Bill Trumbull last week, and the final tasting with Bol will be Monday night . . . The Valentine Day breakfast hosted by Frank Harden and Jackson Weaver of WMAL netted $22,000 for the Leukemia Society . . . The Ken Beatrice Scholarship Program, sponsored by the D.C. National Bank, has increased its fund to $6,000 this year. One male and one female high school senior will each receive a $3,000 scholarship. The application deadline is March 14. New Slots
WMAL has hired a part-time news anchor, Robert Burns, to carry the weekend morning duties. He was formerly with Mutual Broadcasting and WCMB in Baltimore . . . WINX-AM (1600) has announced the appointment of Jeff (Goldie) Goldberg to full-time status from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Jamie Dupree to full-time street and anchor reporter . . . WRQX-FM (107.3) has added Bob Brown to the staff as production director. Sports Specials
WMAL will have the play-by-play of the Maryland Terps against the North Carolina Tar Heels tonight at 9. If Maryland wins this Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament opening-round game, WMAL will go with the next round tomorrow at 3:20 p.m. No matter who is playing in the finals Sunday, the game will be broadcast at 12:50 p.m. . . . WINX is carrying the Montgomery County high school basketball championships tomorrow at 6:45. Doug Glotzbach and John Ricca are the sportscasters . . . Special Interviews
Jeff Little, host of "Masters of the Guitar" on WDCT-AM (1310), will play excerpts from interviews with the late Sophocles Papas this Sunday at 3 p.m. and for the next three Sundays.