Kudos to WDJY-FM (100.3), which has been named FM radio station of the year, and to Program Director Brute Bailey, who has been named program director of the year by the Young Black Programmers Coalition. "We are grateful for the recognition," Bailey said, "and appreciate the YBPC for choosing us, as we know they are both streetwise and industry-wise. We will continue to work to provide a service to our community."
The coalition, an association of programmers from urban-format stations in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest, gives the awards each year to a station and a program director on the basis of community service.
Ken Beatrice, You're Next!
And more awards. WMAL-AM (630) Sports Director Ken Beatrice has been awarded the 1987 Citation Award by the Pigskin Club of Washington. Past winners include Branch Rickey, Pete Rozelle, John Sirica and John Hechinger.
The citation is awarded for community service, and Beatrice's involvement with the National Kidney Foundation, the Washington Hall of Stars selection and the Sovran Bank/D.C. National-Ken Beatrice Scholarship program prompted his selection.
WYCB's Charity B-Ball
WYCB-AM (1340) has finished its first Christmas basketball tournament for charity. The station, along with Hechinger Mall, sponsored a round-robin tournament at the Shiloh Family Life Center featuring seven teams -- six from area churches and the seventh from WYCB. The tournament (on Dec. 12 and 19) was broadcast live on WYCB, and all proceeds, which included toys, food and cash, went to needy families.
The New Year's Eve Bashes
For those of you who are going to stay at home and listen to the radio on New Year's Eve (and who isn't?), virtually every station has some special programming planned. Here we go:
On WGMS-AM and FM (570 and 103.5), it's the fourth annual Paul Anthony "Jazz Unlimited" show from 10 p.m. till 1 a.m., featuring a cavalcade of big bands, including those of the Count, the Duke, the late Woody Herman and others ... Bopping on down the dial, WAMU-FM (88.5) will air "Hot Jazz New Year's Eve" from 9 p.m. till 6 a.m. Rob Bamberger, the host of "Hot Jazz Saturday Night," will feature artists of the '20s, '30s and '40s ... Over on the AM band, WINX (1600) celebrates the New Year with a "Hot 100" countdown from 6 p.m. till midnight. Rob Michael (who has taken over the Sunday noon "Washington Top 40 Countdown" from Craig Erickson) will host the hundred ... WMAL-AM (630) presents its seventh annual New Year's Eve benefit with Bill Mayhugh. The show, which is reminiscent of the ". . . from the Limbo Room high atop the Hotel Backache ..." days of radio, will originate from high atop the Capitol Hyatt, and ticket sales will benefit the National Capital Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America. The show, from 9 to 1, features live music from Streetlife and Dave Detweiler and His Band ... WBMW-FM (106.7) will feature 30 hours of commercial-free music, which sounds a lot like its Christmas present to listeners of a week ago. Thursday's edition, we hear, will not have as much (if any) Christmas music ... WMJR-FM (107.7) will air Mike Harvey's New Year's Eve party from Disneyland, from 9 p.m. till 3 a.m. It's a countdown of the top 40 hits of the '50s, '60s and '70s ... From 7 p.m. New Year's Eve until 9 p.m. New Year's Day, WLTT-FM (94.7) will air No. 1 hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s, with no repeats. In the middle of it all, from 11 p.m. till midnight, the station will feature No. 1 hits from 1987.