Far be it from us to encourage the taping of copyrighted material, but you may want to stock up on cassettes. WCXR-FM (105.9), which just finished celebrating its second birthday, is airing "The Lost Lennon Tapes" beginning Sunday at 9 a.m.

Sunday's show is a three-hour special, and from then after, the "Tapes" will air for one hour at that time for the rest of the year. You read it right. This special goes on for an entire year -- at least 55 hours of material.

"Tapes" is a syndicated show from Westwood One and features previously unreleased recordings, demos, concert recordings and original versions of songs Lennon wrote for other artists. Plus the usual interviews and commentary that accompanies any documentary like this.

Charity

From our Good Deeds Bureau, the WLTT Good-Lite Fund has awarded its 1987 fourth-quarter grants to six area charities: Route One Corridor Housing, which administers Mondlach House, a Fairfax County shelter ($2,510); Threshold Services, a Montgomery County organization that provides group homes for the mentally ill ($1,505); Housing Opportunities for Women, an organization that provides low-cost housing to formerly homeless women in Washington ($3,091); the Society of Underprivileged & Handicapped Children, a group dedicated to civil rights issues for the handicapped ($4,500); Central Union Mission, a shelter for the homeless in Washington ($1,800); the Higher Achievement Program, a service that tutors academically promising students from low-income neighborhoods ($509).

The fund comes from proceeds of the weekly W-LITE Good Time Parties, held in area restaurants and clubs. The participating restaurants each contribute $200. Since its inception three years ago, the fund has awarded more than $117,000 in grants.

Black Impact

It's Black History Month, and among the many special programs being aired throughout February is WRC-AM's (980) "Portraits of Black America," five-day-a-week, 60-second profiles of famous and not-so-famous blacks who made an impact on America. For example, there will be the expected profiles of Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr., but the series also highlights Garrett Morgan, the inventor of the gas mask and the traffic light, and chess champion Howard Daniels.

The series will air twice each morning, on "America in the Morning" between 5 and 5:30 and again at 8:45.

WETA Debuts

From our Here's Something From a Public Radio Station That's Not About Fund Raising department: WAMU-FM (88.5) is airing Parts 1 and 2 of "Radio First Termers," a documentary on radio in Vietnam, Friday at 11 p.m. This is a follow-up to a show that aired late last year; as WAMU program director Steve Palmer says, "What with the movie {"Good Morning, Vietnam"} out, we feel the timing couldn't be better." The documentary covers Armed Forces Radio, pirate radio stations and propaganda from both sides.

WETA-FM (90.9) will air "I'm Too Busy to Talk Now: Conversations With American Artists Over 70," at 6:30 Sunday nights. Featured on that show during its 13-week run will be Studs Terkel, Norman Cousins, Sammy Cahn and Rep. Claude Pepper, among others. I'm too busy to explain the title.

Sports and Shorts

From the Sports Department comes the news that Pierce Michaels is the new sports director at WFMD-AM (930). Michaels was most recently a reporter at KMOX in St. Louis.

Continuing in the who's-doing-what-where vein: Joan Doniger has been named news anchor for WWDC-AM (1260), and also is the news writer for WWDC-FM's (101.1) Greaseman show. Doniger has worked for AP Radio, WPOC, WTOP and WFMD.

And finally, Bruce Allan is now officially and completely with WRC-AM (980). Allan has been holding down two jobs -- his first and full-time job at the Metro Traffic Control radio service and his second with WRC as an on-air personality -- since he began working the morning drive shift with Ed Walker last fall.

Operations Manager Ken Mellgren said, "We're glad we got him full time. You can work two jobs like this for a while, but not for very long." Allan, who is helping Metro Traffic find his replacement, said, "It makes it easier to concentrate on doing a good morning show."