Washington Redskins General Manager Bobby Beathard sounds about as much like a trained announcer in his radio spots as Dexter Manley sounds like Laurence Olivier. Yet there's something comfortable and engaging in the folksy monotone that brings us the inside scoop on the Redskins each weekday morning and afternoon on WXTR-FM (104.1).

"The listener gets to see the team through the eyes of the guy who calls the shots," says station Program Director Bob Duckman. "It's hard-core information."

Although Beathard sometimes gives the impression of a gawky schoolboy delivering a book report, his 90-second updates come straight from the horse's mouth and offer what every Redskins player and all sports reporters in this town want -- the inside story about training camp, the turning point in a big game, the quality of a player's performance.

Beathard's reports, in their fourth season on the oldies format station, are heard weekdays at 7 and 8:30 a.m. and 5 and 6:30 p.m. and will continue through the Super Bowl.

If team members are listening to "Extra 104" this season, you can bet they are also tuning in WTOP-AM (1500) to hear Head Coach Joe Gibbs' reports. Gibbs also provides listeners with an insider's look at the team and his expectations for the season.

"Gibbs is the man on the field making the decisions on a moment-to-moment basis. He is the most intimately involved. That's the reason we wanted him," says Michael Douglass, general manager of the all-news outlet and the man who put Gibbs on the air four years ago.

Gibbs' reports are heard six days a week, four times daily.

WMZQ-AM/FM (1390/98.7) has rehired a "coach" of its own, too. Rich Gilgallon returns for a second season to host "Street Sports."

"I got the job standing right here," says Gilgallon, 33, from behind the bar at the Friendship Heights Chadwicks, where he serves drinks during daylight hours. "I love it. I've come a long way since I first started, and I'll match my show against Dexter's {Manley} any day."

Gilgallon, known to his audience as "The Coach" after a former character on TV's "Cheers," lets his opinions be known. Two weeks ago, he told the country music station's listeners not to buy Joe Theismann's new book "because he {Theismann} is trying to pull the wool over people's eyes." Gilgallon acknowledged that his beliefs were based on newspaper reviews of the book.

Over at WWDC-FM (101.1), meanwhile, defensive end Manley has been doing regular sports reports for the past several months and has interviewed such sports figures as NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Howard Cosell, Jimmy the Greek, John Madden and Bo Jackson. Manley can be heard weekdays at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Other stations have also put players on the payroll. New Age format WBMW-FM (106.7) has signed free safety Curtis Jordon to Friday and Monday morning reports at 7:30. Kicker Jess Atkinson will present two-minute reports to WRQX-FM (107.3) listeners during the 7 a.m. hour on Fridays and Mondays.

All-talk WWRC-AM (980) has signed Redskin Charles Mann to supply pregame reports Friday mornings at 8:45. The defensive end will also deliver training camp bulletins weekdays at 5:45 p.m. until Aug. 28. At 8:45 a.m. each Monday, receiver Clint Didier will dissect the previous weekend's game, and on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m., defensive coordinator Ritchie Petitbon will preview the upcoming clash.

WRC-TV sportscaster George Michael, who left "Q-107" in June after a squabble with the new brass, signed with WAVA-FM (105.1) last Friday to do five or six reports a week during morning and afternoon drive times.

Down the dial at AM-630, WMAL continues to score with the golden pigskin. For nearly 2 1/2 decades, the news, information and personality station has had the exclusive radio broadcast rights to the games. Recently, there has been talk among WMAL insiders of simulcasting the games on FM sister station Q-107, but there is little evidence that it will happen this season.

Listeners can expect another season punctuated by press box banter from the standout broadcasting team of Frank Herzog and former 'Skins Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff.

Center Jeff Bostic returns with Monday through Saturday reports at 6:40 p.m., while quarterback Jay Schroeder will have something to say Fridays at 8:50 a.m. Game day coverage includes Johnny Holliday's "Stadium Show" beginning 1 1/4-hour before kickoff, the "Sonny and Sam Locker Room Report" following the game and Ken Beatrice's "Sports Call" program ringing into the wee hours.

NPR Names Powell National Public Radio last week named Adam Clayton Powell III to head the noncommercial network's news and information programming. The appointment is effective Sept. 1.

Powell, a 15-year veteran of radio and TV news reporting and management, replaces Robert Siegel, who became an anchor on "All Things Considered" in mid-March.

For the last four years, Powell has run a broadcast consulting firm in California and for the past year has served on the National Advisory Panel to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.