They were mucking about all over College Park over the weekend in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Maryland's WMUC radio. About 200 WMUC alumni, dubbed "muckers" for their call letters, gathered for parties, seminars and more parties Thursday through Saturday. The three-day event included speeches and seminars during which the alumni professionals offered students tips on job hunting, re'sume's, audition tapes, programming trends and other topics.
WMUC boasts an impressive alumni roster. At the reunion were "Young" Dave Brown and Vince (Vinnie Brewster) Bruce from WWDC-FM (101.1), Lou Katz from WAVA-FM (105.1), Pat Anastasi (WMAL-AM, 630) and enough others to constitute a virtual Who's Who in Washington Radio.
Among the many other WMUC broadcast success stories are NBC correspondent Connie Chung, National Public Radio Executive Producer Jay Kernis, "Oprah Winfrey" Executive Producer Debbie DiMaio, "Ebony Jet Showcase" cohost Deborah Crable and CBS "Morning Program" weatherman Mark McEwen. Other local news alumni include Walt Starling, WLTT traffic reporter, and Harvey Smilovitz, WTOP sports anchor.
"We're all over town," said Bill Bronrott, a public relations consultant who graduated from Maryland in 1977. "This year, being the 50th anniversary, seemed like a great excuse to call for an all-class reunion.
"We considered it a tremendous success. There was just a positive feeling throughout the entire event," Bronrott said of the weekend. "It sort of bridged the gaps between the '60s, '70s and '80s. This is the place that was the springboard for a lot of people -- a lot of people cut their teeth and learned how to cut tape at the same time at WMUC."
Radio at the university started in 1937 when Prof. Ray Ehrensberger arranged with CBS to establish a fully equipped studio on campus, making Maryland the first school in the region to have its own station.
WMUC is 650 on the AM dial and 88.1 on FM, with a broadcast radius of about five miles, and unlike many college radio stations, it is run totally by students and sells commercial time.
Who Are Those Guys?
Who are Jennifer and Ted Stanley?
If you listen regularly to public radio, you'll hear the Stanleys mentioned as sponsors of such shows as "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." "That's always the first question asked," said WAMU-FM (88.5) Program Director Steve Palmer. But not necessarily the first question answered, as Palmer said little else is known about the couple. "They are very private people."
But the Stanleys aren't so private that they're not listed in Who's Who. According to the publication, Edmund A. Stanley and his wife Jennifer live on the Eastern Shore in Oxford, Md., and until recently he was chairman of the board of Browne & Co., a communications firm, in New York.
For political junkies and those warming up for the '88 elections -- or for those who simply want to find out how today's local elections turn out -- WTOP-AM (1500) will air "wall-to-wall" election coverage from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. WMAL will interrupt its scheduled hockey game for bulletins on the initiatives in Washington and the Fairfax race for chairman of the board of supervisors. WWRC-AM (980) will have reports in its regular newscasts every hour, and will insert 60-second updates in its "Talknet" programming on the half hour.
Alan Ginsburg is the new vice president and general manager of WOL/WMMJ. Station owner Cathy Hughes said she was "thrilled to be getting someone with his experience," and that no format change has been planned for either station. Ginsburg was formerly the general sales manager for WGAY-FM ... WBMW-FM (106.7) has installed a toll-free telephone line that will give the latest news on new CD releases. The line is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. The phone number, cleverly enough, is 1-800-CD-INFO1 ... And for any ex-New Yorkers, or for people who want a taste of the Big Apple, "Cousin Brucie" Morrow is coming to town. He'll be filling in on Friday for the vacationing Ed Walker, and will work with regular cohost Bruce Alan on WWRC's morning show.