Management at WMAL-AM (630) yesterday acknowledged that it appears WTOP-AM (1500) will be renewed as Washington's affiliate to the Baltimore Orioles station for the next three years. WMAL Operations Director Jim Gallant said the Birds brass called Friday to ask "if WMAL wanted to reconsider anything in our proposal." The deep-pocketed Capital Cities/ABC-owned station has been rumored to be hot to carry the broadcasts and on at least two occasions met with the team's executives in Baltimore to show what it could do. However, WMAL apparently was not as hot for the Orioles as it was to sign the Washington Redskins last year when it signed a three-year, $8 million deal.

Gallant yesterday refused to discuss the specifics of WMAL's offer.

Both Gallant and WMAL President and General Manager Tom Bresnahan stressed that it is not "official-official" that WMAL is out of the deal.

WTOP General Manager Michael Douglass, a man of few words, offered his standard "no comment" on the subject. The 50,000-watt Chase Communications-owned news-sports-talk station has carried the Birds' games since 1978.

Hearst Broadcasting's WBAL-AM (1090) announced to listeners last night that it had been chosen as the Orioles' flagship on the 35-station network for the next three years. WBAL Vice President and General Manager David Barrett said Joe Angel and Jon Miller will return to the broadcast booth next season. Miller, the principal voice, who is under contract with the Orioles, will also announce Birds games on WMAR-TV-2 and on some ESPN broadcasts. Chuck Thompson, 70, who was the voice of the Birds on radio from the '50s through the '70s and on TV until several years ago, will fill in for Miller on radio.

The Orioles' brass could not be reached for comment.

Joining the Simulcast Crew Big band and popular-standards station WWDC-AM (1260) yesterday began simulcasting WRC-TV-4's two-hour weekday news package beginning at 5 p.m. News writers at the TV station have not been instructed to write news for the ear, said Wendy White, executive producer of "News 4." "We can't do anything that will affect our product," she said, noting that the writers already use "good descriptive language."

Another station here, WCPT-AM (730), has been simulcasting CNN "Headline News" since spring and, generally, observers see the radio-TV cross-pollination as good for both parties. Meanwhile, WWDC-AM is also carrying Notre Dame football on Saturdays, and on Sundays airs Mutual Broadcasting's NFL "Game of the Week." Up the dial at 1580, business-formatted WPGC-AM has expanded into sports coverage this football season, carrying all University of Virginia games. ... Redskins defensive end Charles Mann has signed on at WRQX-FM to give team reports each Monday and Friday at 7:20 a.m. through season's end. Wide receiver Art Monk is a frequent guest. ... Former Redskins tight end Rick "Doc" Walker has returned to WHUR-FM (96.3) for his third season of hosting "Redskin Wrap," heard Mondays and Fridays at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., as a segment of "The Daily Drum," which begins at 6 p.m. weekdays.

All-Rottweiler Radio Unleashed If you missed local talk radio last week, let's get you up to speed. It was all dog talk. Dog attacks. Dog bites. Dog owners. Dog doctors. Dog lawyers followed up by gab hosts' dog dogma. 'Les Talk' Too Much for One Station Les Kinsolving's unique brand of "Uninhibited Radio" returned to Baltimore last evening after 10 months of near heart-stopping silence (his heart, that is, because he hates not having a forum to speak his mind) on WCBM-AM (680). Kinsolving, who replaced ABC talker Sally Jessy Raphael, is heard weekdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and also can be seen on Baltimore TV-13's Saturday evening shout show, "Square Off." Kinsolving intends to continue his often off-the-wall commentaries on Greenbelt's business-formated WPGC-AM (1580) and writing General Manager Ben Hill's editorials for FM. Shop Talk Viacom Broadcasting has named Charlie Ochs vice president and general manager of its country combo here, WMZQ-AM/FM (1390/98.7), replacing Paul Wilensky, who in July took over the company's San Francisco Bay area FM simulcast stations KDBK and KDBQ. Ochs had been general manager at WQYK-AM/FM in Tampa. ... Former WWRC-AM (980) morning host Bruce Alan has been hired to do weekend anchor work at WTOP-AM. ... Gary Spears, axed from WRQX-FM (107.3) three weeks ago when the station dropped its 11-year-old "Q107" Top 40 format for a "Hot AC" presentation, has joined Chicago's "B-96" (WBBM-FM). For Spears, a 14-year veteran of broadcasting, the firing was the first. "I knew it was going to happen though, and I wore all black to the meeting" with program director Lorrin Palagi. "I just wish I had a chance to say goodbye to listeners, although I did make a reference {on the air} to having to get fitted for a toe tag" during what was to be his last show at WRQX-FM (107.3).