WAMU-FM (88.5) is planning a tribute to Fred Fiske, a fixture in Washington radio for 40 years. Fiske will be honored at a reception and dinner Dec. 8. Cochairmen of the event are two other Washington broadcasting institutions, Frank Harden and Jackson Weaver, and former "Joy Boy" turned "Today" weatherman Willard Scott will be the honorary chairman.

Fiske, 67, retired in September from a five-night-a-week schedule, paring his work week to one Saturday morning show, "Fred Fiske Saturday," which highlights the week's top news stories.

Fiske began his radio career as a child actor and performed in radio dramas such as "The Farmer Takes a Wife" with William Holden and "Green Goddess" with Ronald Colman. During World War II, he was an Air Force gunner and radio operator, under squadron leader Col. Jimmy Stewart.

After the war, Fiske ended up as a radio announcer for Washington's WOL, then part of the Mutual Broadcasting System. He was an announcer for the original "Meet the Press" and covered the inaugurations of Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, among other national events.

At one point in the 1950s Fiske was the highest rated deejay in Washington, and in the early 1970s, his "Empathy" (later "The Fred Fiske Show") was the only radio talk show in town. Fiske moved to WAMU after WWDC (WOL was sold years ago and became WWDC) changed to its present rock format.

The reception begins at 5:30 at the Hotel Washington and the dinner follows at 8 at the National Press Club. Tickets are $35 for the reception only, or $150 for the reception and dinner -- but remember, this is a fundraiser for WAMU to set up a broadcast internship program through American University.

The Word From Don Regan If you've been losing sleep wondering how Don Regan has been faring since he left the White House, stop worrying. Westwood One's NBC Radio Network has signed the former chief of staff as a commentator.

Regan will deliver 90-second features, Monday through Friday, beginning Dec. 1. "I'm looking forward to expressing my views, contrary as they may be, to those generally accepted," Regan said.

WBJC's Quick Pitch Up the road a piece in Baltimore, public station WBJC-FM (91.5) brought in more than $37,000 during its three-day fund-raising drive that ended Oct. 31. The 50,000-watt classical music station is one of the first in the area to try a shortened fund-raising approach.

The Rivals Reunited And a blast from the past: Former WMAL-FM (now WRQX) deejay Tom Curtis, in town to film a commercial for a nonalcoholic beer, ran into former archrival Cerphe (then with WHFS-FM, now with WBMW-FM {106.7}). In between the reminiscing, Cerphe found himself making a brief appearance in the ad.

NPR's Four for the Honors More from the awards bureau: National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Horizons" have recently won awards. The National Commission on Working Women gave its top prize for radio news-feature to producer Carol Zimmer for her "Morning Edition" story "ABC News Women Want Better Positions."

In the category of public affairs/documentary, NPR's Donna Limerick and independent producer Johanna Cooper won for "The Sandwich Generation," which aired as part of the "Horizons" series. A two-part series on autism garnered a first-place award from the National Mental Health Association for "All Things Considered" and Michelle Trudeau, and the National Association of Black Journalists gave its first-place award to producer Iemanja Rollins for her "Horizons" documentary "The Pope Don't Know About This: Black Catholics."

Covering Contragate At noon tomorrow, WAMU-FM will be covering the release of the Iran-contra report live from Capitol Hill. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Warren Rudman, who headed the Senate Iran-contra committee, along with Rep. Lee Hamilton, chairman of its House counterpart, are scheduled to hold a press conference that should last about an hour. NPR correspondents Linda Wertheimer and Cokie Roberts will anchor the coverage.