This could start a whole new way of playing the lottery.
Last week on WKYS-FM (93.9), Donnie Simpson and Tony Perkins got into a discussion on Fred Flintstone. How this came about is anyone's guess, but that's beside the point here. The point is, the discussion got around to "What did Barney Rubble do for a living?" Most listeners said he worked at the same quarry Fred did, but nobody could actually remember seeing Barney there. Perkins called Hanna-Barbera, confirmed that Barney did indeed work at the quarry and got a few more answers to trivia questions.
Like, what was Fred's license number?
Fred's license number, announced to listeners last Monday, the second day of Flintstone discussions, was XYZ 643. And guess what the winning number in the Maryland lottery was that night? Right, 643. Yabba dabba doo! At least one WKYS listener won $5,000, and more than a dozen others reported smaller lottery winnings.
If you want to keep playing the lottery with this logic, Beaver and the rest of the Cleavers lived at 211 Pine St., Mayfield; Rusty and Rin Tin Tin were attached to the 101st Cavalry; Granny, Jed and the rest of the Clampetts lived at 518 Crestview Dr. (you know the city); Ralph and Alice Kramden lived at 328 Chauncey St., Brooklyn; and Rob and Laura Petrie lived at 485 Bonnie Meadow Rd., New Rochelle, N.Y.
Fund-Raising Fun and Fillies
It's not the Bedrock Symphony, but it'll have to do. The National Symphony Orchestra and WGMS-AM/FM (570/103.5) are conducting the 1988 Radiothon fundraiser at White Flint mall March 11-13. The annual fundraiser for the NSO will feature a few oddball items up for auction, most notably stud service: It's the chance to breed your horse with Clever Champ, the stakes-winning son of Clever Trick.
At the other end of the classical dial, a new season of Capital City Concerts will begin Friday at WETA-FM (90.9). The 13-week series airs each Friday at 8 p.m. and will include performances by the Washington Guitar Quintet with Charlie Byrd, the Maryland Handel Festival and the American Chamber Orchestra.
Aural Aspirations, Have You?
Is the Greaseman your idol? Do Don and Mike give you goose bumps? Do you send away for tapes of old Larry King shows? If so, you could either seek counseling or seek out one of the internships available out there in radioland. WBMW-FM (106.7) offers three different types, open to college juniors and seniors.
The station's internships are in its news, programming and promotions departments, and it prefers that applicants have majors in communications, journalism, marketing or business. The deadline for applications is April 1; for more information, call B.J. Cohen at 691-1900.
It's Grammy time again, and out there among the countdowns and interminable playings of U2 will be WHUR-FM's (96.3) pre-Grammy special. The show, which airs tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m., will be hosted by Gerry Bledsoe and Linda Reynolds and will feature Grammy-nominated music and information on the artists. And U2.
Homage to 'Nation'
WMAL-AM's (630) senior news correspondent Ed Meyer has won an Alexander Hamilton-Ohio State award for his series "We Have Become a Nation." Meyer, who produced, wrote and narrated the series, will receive the award in a ceremony March 13.
"Nation" was an examination of the character of the men and women who produced the Constitution and the obstacles they had to overcome. This is Meyer's second Ohio State award.
Topical Tax Talk
Speaking of Hamilton, the Constitution and taxation without representation, one of the tax tip shows out there is the "WNTR Tax Show" on (you guessed it) WNTR-AM (1050). The call-in show, hosted by Mark Fisher, airs every Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. until April 11.
The first guests for WAMU-FM's (88.5) "Feedback" have been announced. Sunday's show will focus on the 1988 campaign, and the guests for the first hour will be former Carter press secretary Jody Powell and former Reagan campaign manager John Sears. The second hour of the show will feature political consultant Paul Tully, Curtis Gans, director of the Committee for Study of the American Electorate (a public interest group) and political consultant John Deardourff. The show, produced by WAMU and distributed nationwide, will air the first Sunday of every month.