The court battle between WCLY-FM (95.5) and a listener over the number of buttons on a statue of Theodore Roosevelt has ended with a Montgomery County judge ruling that there is no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the station.
"I was disappointed," said Charles Heyda, a Defense Mapping Agency linguist who contested the station's answer to a question in its "Great Classy 95 Washington Trivia Quest" last May. Heyda filed suit in August, charging that WCLY was wrong in saying that the Roosevelt statue on the Potomac island named for the former president has 22 buttons. Heyda and at least one other contestant claimed it has only 21 buttons. Heyda contended that there's no button on the statue's left cuff; the station contended that it is partially obscured, but there. Heyda's suit was for the value of the contest prize, a $1,738 weeklong trip to Paris, plus interest.
However, last Friday a judge decided that the station had operated a fair contest. Jeanne Oates, WCLY's station manager, said, "I feel if the judge had ruled any other way, I would have to stop running contests. I am glad he found us impartial."
0f Public Radio Funds
A Radio Program Fund to bring risky and diverse projects into the public radio marketplace was approved by the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting last week. The fund, for which the board approved $3.15 million in fiscal 1987, will be administered by CPB. The CPB board also approved nearly $32 million in community service grants for public stations for fiscal 1987, an increase of $7.6 million over last year.
WRQX and Merriweather
WRQX-FM (107.3), the contemporary hit station of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., has signed an agreement with the Merriweather Post Pavilion to be its "official" station this season. That's seven years in a row for the station. According to spokeswoman Vivienne Vaughan, that means WRQX is the only station allowed to broadcast from the premises; tomorrow it will do a remote from the Robert Palmer concert at 6 p.m. with personality Paul Fuller. Other stations can, however, promote individual concerts and give away tickets.
More on 'Hands'
While millions of Americans are expected to be joining hands to raise money to help the poor and homeless, WMAL-AM (630) will broadcast from 1 to 4 p.m. from the corner of Wisconsin and Jennifer streets NW. Joe Palka will anchor and receive in-flight reports from traffic reporter Andy Parks and personality Tom Gauger . . . WBMW-FM (106.7) will go live with Jon Murphy at 3 p.m. from the line in front of the White House . . . Shadow Smith of WAVA-FM (105.1) also will be in front of the White House with live cut-ins starting at noon . . . The Associated Press plans to feed its affiliates, including WTOP-AM (1500), WDJY-FM (100.3) and WMZQ-FM (98.7), with reports from music reporter Sam Litzinger from 10:30 a.m. until the conclusion of the event.
Tomorrow at the Mr. Wash Car Wash, 6815 Annapolis Rd., Landover, Paul Porter of WKYS-FM (93.9) will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. to remind people about Sunday's event, and all carwash proceeds will go to Hands Across America.
Linda Sherman and Tyler Haney of WASH-FM (97.1) raised $7,500 recently for the Treatment Centers for Disabled Children and Adults and $644.07 in pennies for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation . . . WTKS-FM (102.3) estimated that it helped the Prevention of Blindness Society raise close to $8,000 at a recent bike-a-thon . . . The Metropolitan D.C. Police Boys & Girls Clubs received $17,000 from the Gross National Parade of WMAL . . . Bob Duckman of WXTR-FM (104.1), Bill Mayhugh and Karen Henderson of WMAL and Eddie Gallaher of WWDC-AM (1260) helped raise $25,000 for the March of Dimes last weekend.
Bill Cerri and Martin Goldsmith of WETA-FM (90.9) were recently cited for their work by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women . . . Andrew M. Ockershausen, former WMAL general manager, was honored this week by the Advertising Club of Metropolitan Washington.
The Multi-Media Training Institute, a local nonprofit organization, is holding auditions Tuesday and Wednesday for a series of radio dramas. The institute recently received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and $10,000 from National Public Radio to reproduce four dramatic scripts originally done between 1948 and 1950 on black American life.
Diane Rehm of WAMU-FM (88.5) will moderate a forum of the Ward 3 candidates for D.C. City Council at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday from the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5522 Connecticut Ave. NW. The American University station is located in Ward 3.
WETA will simulcast with WETA-Channel 26 the program of Leonard Bernstein and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra tonight at 9. The series continues next Friday. Also on the simulcast schedule is an "On Stage at Wolf Trap" program of the music of John Philip Sousa conducted by Keith Brion at 10 p.m. Monday.
WPFW-FM (89.3) is planning a "Salute to Black Youth" from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Drepenba Manzira will lead a discussion of family and peer relationships and employment. At 3 p.m. Ray Whitfield will anchor a call-in segment . . . Mia Cara of WMDO-AM (1540) is hosting a debate on the politics of Paraguay tomorrow from the La Plaza restaurant. The station will air the discussion from noon to 1 p.m.
WPWC-AM (1480), a country outlet in Dumfries, Va., has increased its wattage from 500 watts to 1,000 watts, according to Program Director R.C. Woolfenden. The station broadcasts 18 hours a day and this Sunday will carry the Indy 500 live starting at 11 a.m.