Up and at 'Em!
"We've got to get some new people," figured WYCB-AM (1340) sales manager Bob Alston this week upon learning that his station's spring ratings matched winter's weak 1.2 share. "We're doing a good job of holding, but we need to do more on-air promotion like the FMs are doing."
He says the inspirational/gospel station isn't going to waste any time. Weekend host Lucille Banks Robinson Miller will anchor a live remote broadcast Saturday when the city opens a medical center in Takoma Park.
End Notes The Good-Lite Fund, a philanthropic project of WLTT-FM (94.7), raised $7,050 from April through June. Much of the money, which goes to five local charities, comes from businesses funding the station's "Good Time Parties." Since its creation last year, $37,400 has been raised for the fund . . . Speaking of the almighty dollar, the Ford Foundation has given National Public Radio's News and Information Fund a $140,000 grant, and another $25,000 has been handed over by Bankers Trust Co. . . . David Burd, axed last month from WCLY-FM/WPGC-AM, will fill in at WMAL-AM this weekend. He'll be on Saturday, 3 to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 6. On Tuesday, WMAL afternoon quip masters Bill Trumbull and Chris Core will broadcast live from the Redskins' training camp in Carlisle, Pa. The fun begins at 3 p.m. . . . Tyler Haney has backed off the mike at Easy 97 (WASH-FM), giving way to John Bodnar, who'll be the morning mayor from 5:30 to 11. Haney will do occasional movie reviews on the morning show, and All-Pro guard Russ Grimm will provide Redskins reports . . . WHFS-FM's (99.1) Jerry Turdell will inaugurate a bulletin board this weekend on his Sunday evening jazz show. The service, which will offer information on everything from alternative health care plans to movie reviews to community news, was to start this past Sunday, but eight minutes into the 8 p.m. show, lightning struck the Annapolis antenna, knocking the station off the air.