Andrew Ockershausen, who led WMAL to the top of the Washington radio market and was long associated with sister station Channel 7 in a 36-year career, has been named general manager of Channel 50 ...

He replaces Nolanda Hill, who relinquishes day-to-day operation of the UHF station while remaining as president and chief executive officer of Corridor Broadcasting, which owns WFTY as well as WHLL in Worcester, Mass. ...

Ockershausen was executive vice president of WMAL Inc. from 1977 to 1986, when WMAL-AM and Q107 were owned by ABC Inc. When Capital Cities took over ABC last year, the new network ownership brought in its own management team ...

His association with WMAL radio and TV began in 1950, when the stations were owned by The Evening Star newspaper's Evening Star Broadcasting Co. After 10 years in TV production and sales with WMAL-TV, he moved to the radio side ...

In 1970, Ockershausen returned to TV as vice president of operations for the three Evening Star TV stations, which were sold along with the radio outlets to Allbritton Communications in 1975. Allbritton held on to Channel 7 when ABC purchased the radio outlets two years later...

Ockershausen has also served as chairman of the joint radio and television board of the National Association of Broadcasters and is a member of the board of the National Commission Against Drunk Driving ...

More importantly, to WFTY management, anyway, Ockershausen is also a member of the D.C. baseball commission, which is seeking a return of a major league franchise to the city ...

Should Washington get a franchise, Ockershausen would be in an influential spot to bargain for team broadcast rights for Channel 50 ...

Yesterday, Ockershausen vowed that the station "will feature lots of sports in the future" and spoke specifically of a bid for baseball rights, the opportunity for which he thinks "might take a couple of more years" ...

The station "has nowhere to go but up," he said yesterday. "It won't happen overnight but we're going to build a real local identity as an independent in this market" ...

He said that by mid-November the station will have a "much improved signal" after work on increasing the height of its transmitting tower in Northeast Washington is completed ...

The fall schedule for WFTY will be released soon, he said ...

Suits brought by the station against both Viacom and MCA over programming rights are still pending, but after a rough patch during its first year of operation, WFTY is reportedly close to operating in the black ...

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Rumour du jour from Studio City is that CBS Entertainment has a script development deal for a movie about Lt. Col. Oliver North, who made headlines during the recently completed Iran-contra hearings ...

CBS Entertainment wasn't confirming late yesterday but the word is that director Mike Robe is working up a script based on "Guts and Glory," a book by Ben Bradlee Jr. about North that is due for publication at the end of the year ...

Du jour's smallest surprise: an announcement from Lorimar Television that Valerie Harper has returned to work on the NBC series "Valerie," along with her husband, manager and "co-executive producer" on the series, Tony Cacciotti ...

In a statement, David E. Salzman, president of Lorimar Television, said, "We are thrilled and delighted that Valerie and Tony are back. We have resolved our differences and put this matter behind us" ...

No word on whether Valerie, who plays Valerie Hogan on the series, received any part of the big raise she had wanted (the betting is that she didn't) ...

One episode, which had her character "out of town," was completed last week. Harper reported to work yesterday for the filming of a second episode in the 22-episode order ...

In another series development, a spokesman for Universal Television said yesterday that "The Equalizer" star Edward Woodward will leave a British hospital today and "return to his home in Oxfordshire, where he will continue to rest while undergoing a battery of tests over the next two weeks that will determine when he can return to work" on the CBS series in New York ...

The 57-year-old actor had been working on a British miniseries, "Codename Kyril," when he was stricken. Last week, Woodward was nominated for an Emmy in the best actor in a drama series category ...

National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) members in Los Angeles and Chicago have called for a vote on NBC's contract offer, despite the union leadership's opposition ...

The strike of 2,800 NABET members against NBC is now in its sixth week. Earlier, members of Local 31 here had asked for a similar vote on the network proposal but the union leadership rejected the proposal ...

"The company certainly is getting a lot of mileage out of the fact that the {negotiating} committee didn't put it to the membership for a vote," said Bruce Black, a union official in San Francisco. "I think it's probably prudent for the committee to ask for a vote" ...

In a July 23 letter to all 8,000 NBC employes, NBC president Robert Wright said, "I wish the union leadership had seen fit to go over the company's proposal in detail with its membership and allow it to vote before calling the strike" ...

That didn't set well with the NABET leadership, which contends they fully briefed their memberships. They also point to a 90 percent strike authorization vote and say the company's final offer is so far from satisfactory that it is not worth voting on by the strikers in six cities ...

NABET spokesman John Krieger said the possibility of a membership vote will be taken up during a conference call among the six locals today ...

In Other News

Paul Myer, Cap Cities/ABC Inc. vice president for government relations here, is recuperating after minor surgery at Fairfax Hospital ...

Bruce and Glen Finland are the happy parents of 7 lb., 4 oz. David Wilson Finland, who was born Monday at the Columbia Hospital for Women ...

Bruce Finland is chairman of Potomac Communications. Young David Wilson joins two brothers ...

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on transportation, tourism and hazardous materials holds a hearing this morning on a bill to establish a single poll-closing time (9 p.m., Eastern Standard Time) in the continental United States in general election years ...

The bill would extend daylight saving time for two weeks in a presidential year in the Pacific time zone, reducing the closing time difference on election night to two hours between East and West ...

George Watson, ABC News vice president and Washington bureau chief, will testify in favor of the legislation ...

Country-western singer Kenny Price, who plays Elrod the sheriff on "Hee Haw," suffered a heart attack at his home Monday and was in critical condition at Booth Memorial Hospital in Florence, Ky. He is 56 ...

Robert Morton, a segment producer on "Late Night with David Letterman," has been named producer on the NBC show, replacing Barry Sand, who resigned to become producer of Fox's "Late Show" ...

1 21.4 The Cosby Show 43 NBC

2 20.9 Family Ties 40 NBC

3 17.9 Cheers 32 NBC

4 16.3 60 Minutes 35 cbs

5 15.5 Growing Pains 29 ABC

6 15.2 Murder, She Wrote 29 CBS

7 14.8 Designing Women 25 CBS

8 14.5 Molly Dodd 26 NBC

9 14.4 20/20 27 ABC

10 14.3 Moonlighting 26 ABC

11 14.1 The Golden Girls 29 NBC

14.1 Three on a Match 26 NBC

13 14.0 Who's the Boss? 29 ABC

14.0 ALF 25 NBC

15 13.7 Valerie 25 NBC

16 13.5 Newhart 23 CBS

17 13.0 Cagney & Lacey 24 CBS

13.0 Choices of the Heart 23 NBC

19 12.8 Amen 27 NBC

20 12.7 Hunter 27 NBC

12.7 St. Elsewhere 24 NBC

NBC was an easy primetime winner last week with a 12.4 Nielsen rating and a 24 percent share of the national audience. CBS was second at 9.9/19 and ABC trailed at 8.9/17 ...

In the network news race, "NBC Nightly News" continued to dominate with a 10.0/23, while "CBS Evening News" and "ABC World News Tonight" tied in ratings, at 8.7, although CBS edged ABC by a share point ...

"CBS Reports: The Battle for Afghanistan" was 41st in the primetime ratings ...