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TV Notes: 12/31/02

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

'Odyssey 5' canceled

Showtime has canceled the sci-fi drama "Odyssey 5" after a single season.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Flashback radio

Carnegie Mellon station WRCT-FM (88.3) has a different take on the traditional year-end countdown theme. Jay Thurber, who hosts a weekly oldies program, will be playing the Top 100 songs that would have been played on New Year's Eve 1962.

Thurber compiled his list using hit surveys from Pittsburgh's then-Top 40 station KQV-AM and WABC-AM in New York, along with the Cash Box Top 100. The program also will feature news items and commercials from the era.

The show airs from 9 to midnight tonight.

Tomorrow, WRCT host Zombo will host a six-hour New Year's Day version of his "Mondo Record Party." Zombo plays an eclectic mix of often unusual music and also hosts live DJ shows at clubs around town.

His guest will be Duane Jones, who was a WRCT host in the 1960s.

It airs from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

(Adrian McCoy, for the Post-Gazette)

Christian countdown

Christian station WORD-FM (101.5) will look back at the top news stories of the year in a one-hour news special at 3 p.m. tomorrow. "2002: The Year in Review" is hosted by Salem Radio Network news anchor Bob Agnew.

WORD also will look back at the top contemporary Christian hits of the year in the "WORD-FM 2002 Top 50 Countdown." It's hosted by Kenny Woods and airs noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

(A.M.)

Local music series

WYEP-FM (91.3) will broadcast from the opening night of "100 Bands/31 Nights/1 City." The month-long local music series -- which is presented by the Sprout Fund and Club Cafe -- will showcase new and emerging artists in several genres, including folk, pop, jazz, hip-hop, electronica and jazz. The live broadcast is 8 p.m. Friday.

(A.M.)

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