FOOTBALL SEASON has begun. Well, sort of. The Washington Commandos of the Arena Football League open their first season at the Capital Centre at 9 p.m. Saturday against the Denver Dynamite. Ron Weber does the play-by-play on WWDC-AM (1260).

Breakfast With The Beatles. That's what Cerphe calls his weekly Sunday-morning hour of rare cuts and interviews with the Fab Four on WBMW-FM (106.7). This Sunday at 8, the smooth-talking hipster features tracks from "the lost Beatles album," songs cut for the "Let It Be" album before producer Phil Spector reworked the music. Past interviews with John Lennon and Paul McCartney will also be aired.

Washington soul music veteran Bobby Bennett, now program director of urban adult WHUR-FM (96.3), and the station's new morning host Gerry Bledsoe will host a four-hour "Tribute to Black Music" at noon Sunday. They'll spin music from the late '50s to the present featuring The Drifters, The Moonglows, The Spaniels, Howard University's Donald Byrd and the Black Birds, Trouble Funk and the Soul Searchers, along with interviews.

Here's what else is in the air: FRIDAY

RISE AND SHINE AT 6 A.M.

WDCU-FM (90.1) -- Faunee plays six hours of traditional and mainstream jazz.

FIRST LIGHT AT 6 A.M.

WPFW-FM (89.3) -- Joe Pastori offers a mix of fusion and contemporary jazz until 9.

DENNIS OWENS SHOW AT 6 A.M.

WGMS-AM/FM (570/103.5) -- Four hours of classical music mixed with Owens' dry wit.

TEMPO AT 10 A.M.

WGMS-AM/FM (570/103.5) -- Featuring Rossini, Beethoven, Haydn and Cui.

PERFORMANCE TODAY AT NOON.

WETA-FM (90.9) -- NPR's classical music and arts digest. One hour.

OUT OF THE AFTERNOON AT 4 P.M.

WPFW-FM (89.3) -- Art Cromwell features a mix of classic to avant garde jazz.

JAZZ IMPRESSIONS AT 7 P.M.

WDCU-FM (90.1) -- Bill McLaurin hosts five hours of jazz each weeknight.

NIGHTLITE AT 7 P.M.

WLTT-FM (94.7) -- Steve Allan plays a five-hour blend of soft rock and jazz.

SOCK HOP AT 8 P.M.

WXTR-FM (104.1) -- Sherry Ellison spins oldies until 1.

FIRST EDITION AT MIDNIGHT

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- Aaron Hiter hosts seven hours of news and information.

THE ROCKY ROAD SHOW AT MIDNIGHT

WMET-AM (1150) -- Three hours of blues, country, rock and roll and comedy hosted by a different local personality each weekend night.

SATURDAY

ON THE MOVE AT 6 A.M.

WHUR-FM (96.3) -- Tom Joyner counts down the nation's top 25 urban hits of the week. Three hours.

WEEKEND MONITORADIO AT 7 A.M.

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- One-hour news program produced by the Christian Science Monitor.

WEEKEND EDITION AT 8 A.M.

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- NPR's Scott Simon is host until 11 with news and features. At 11, a two-hour version of the show on WETA-FM (90.9).

BERIMBAU AT 9 A.M.

WPFW-FM (89.9) -- Host Judy King plays two hours of Brazilian jazz.

HENDERSON SHOW AT 10 A.M.

WMZQ-AM (1390) -- Country oldies expert Gary Henderson plays five hours of classic country and hard-to-find recordings.

SATURDAY BLUEGRASS AT 11 A.M.

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- Ray Davis with four hours of it.

THE BAMA HOUR AT 11 A.M.

WPFW-FM (89.3) -- Jerry "The Bama" Washington hosts three hours of blues followed at 2 by three hours of oldies with Billy Ray Edwards on "The Way We Were."

AFRICAN CONNECTION AT 11 A.M.

WDCU-FM (90.1) -- Ibrahim Bah plays three hours of African and Caribbean music.

MAC McGARRY AT NOON

WWRC-AM (980) -- McGarry features Henry Mancini, Nat Cole, Art Van Damne and Joanie Sommers until 4.

ENTERTAINMENT AT 1 P.M.

WGMS-AM/FM (570/103.5) -- Bob Davis with music from Broadway productions. One hour.

THE SATURDAY SHOW AT 1 P.M.

WETA-FM (90.9) -- Lyn Farmer spins four hours of recent classical recordings on vinyl and compact disc.

DATELINE AMERICA AT 1:40 P.M.

WTOP-AM (1500) -- With Charles Kuralt.

FELIX GRANT AT 4 P.M.

WWRC-AM (980) -- Featuring Richie Cole, Robert Cray and Ray Bryant followed by NBC Talknet at 8.

CATHOLIC MASS AT 5:30 P.M.

WMET-AM (1150) -- Half-hour mass for shut-ins. Repeats Sunday afternoons at 12:30.

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION AT 6 P.M.

WETA-FM (90.9) -- Taped. Storyteller and humorist Garrison Keillor delivers the weekly "News From Lake Wobegon." Repeats Sunday at 1.

FAVORITE THINGS AT 7 P.M.

WDCU-FM (90.1) -- Jazz 90's Gerry Hanlon counts down the country's top 30 jazz albums of the week. Three hours.

"SOLID GOLD" AT 7 P.M.

WMJR-FM (107.7) -- Live from New York, Dick Bartley hosts a five-hour oldies request program. Call 800/634-5789.

"SUPER GOLD" AT 7 P.M.

WXTR-FM (104.1) -- Mike Harvey hosts a five-hour live request show from the West Coast.

SUNDAY

GOSPELTIME AT 5 A.M.

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- Walter Kennedy features traditional gospel music followed at 6 by Red Shipley and "Stained Glass Bluegrass."

AMERICAN TOP 40 AT 8 A.M.

WRQX-FM (107.3) -- Casey Kasem counts down Billboard magazine's hits of the week.

MUSIC AND MEMORIES AT 8:05 A.M.

WMAL-AM (630) -- Bill Mayhugh features the hits of the '40s, '50s and '60s.

RICK DEES AT 8 A.M.

WAVA-FM (105.1) -- L.A.'s hot DJ counts down the nation's Top 40 hits.

"AWAKE, ALIVE & JEWISH" AT 8 A.M.

WNTR-AM (1050) -- Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan and Michael Hoffman are hosts. One hour.

PLAY IT AGAIN, ED AT 8 A.M.

WWRC-AM (980) -- Ed Walker spins tunes from the '30s through '60s.

JAZZ BRUNCH AT 9 A.M.

WLTT-FM (94.7) -- Steve Allan spins three hours of contemporary light jazz favorites until 1.

WEEKEND EDITION AT 9 A.M.

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- NPR's Susan Stamberg hosts a two-hour news and information magazine that tracks the progress of arts and leisure projects. One hour of the program is repeated at 11 a.m. on WETA-FM (90.9).

MASTERPIECES AT 10:30 A.M.

WGTS-FM (91.9) -- Ron Bardach hosts works by Palestrina, Vaughan Williams and Dvorak. Two hours.

DICK SPOTSWOOD SHOW AT 11 A.M.

WAMU-FM (88.5) -- Traditional music with country roots, the blues and the music of America's minorities until 2.

WOMEN HELPING WOMEN AT 11:45 A.M.

WINX-AM (1600) -- Host Joan Dorf highlights the conference for National College leaders and Women of Achievements.

JAZZ AT NOON

WDJY-FM (100.3) -- Brute Bailey hosts three hours of mainstream and contemporary jazz.

WASHINGTON TOP 40 AT NOON

WINX-AM (1600) -- Kraig Erickson counts down the area's top 40 songs of the week. Three hours.

BEST OF BROADWAY AT 1 P.M.

WWDC-AM (1260) -- Eddie Gallaher features an hour of cast recordings from Broadway's best shows.

WORLD OF OPERA AT 1 P.M.

WGMS-AM/FM (570/103.5) -- Paul Hume examines the Boston Opera's first season (1909-10), featuring pieces by Delibes and Rachmaninoff.

MATINEE AT ONE

WGAY-FM (99.5) -- "South Pacific."

IRELAND'S OWN AT 2 P.M.

WNTR-AM (1050) -- Music, news and sports from Ireland with hosts Pat Troy and son Patrick.

JAZZ CORNUCOPIA AT 2 P.M.

WPFW-FM (89.3) -- John Zimbrick features three hours of mainstream jazz.

ALL THINGS CONSIDERED AT 5 P.M.

WETA-FM (90.9) -- An hour of news and information from National Public Radio.

NATIONAL GALLERY CONCERT AT 7 P.M.

WGMS-AM/FM (570 AM/103.5) -- Featuring the Bowdoin Trio live from the National Gallery's East Garden Court.

"THE BLUES ROOM" AT 9 P.M.

WCXR-FM (105.9) -- Frank Adair features two hours of blues.

NEWSWEEK ON-AIR AT 9 P.M.

WTOP-AM (1500) -- A radio version of the weekly news magazine featuring top stories of the week and interviews with prominent newsmakers. One hour.

BLUES EXPERIENCE AT 10 P.M.

WDCU-FM (90.1) -- Steve Hoffman highlights current blues albums.