National Public Radio will air a special two-hour program, "King: A Global Celebration," to honor the life and ideals of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.
The program, produced in association with American Public Radio and WFMT-FM in Chicago, will link live concerts from across the nation Jan. 16 from three leading music schools, and will be transmitted live to public radio stations in the United States, Europe and the Soviet Union.The first part of the program originates from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where King's widow, Coretta Scott King, attended. The conservatory's jazz orchestra will perform "Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature," a composition dedicated to King in 1974.
The second part will air from California, and will include "Magnetic Variations" by Ed Bland, composer of the film score for "A Soldier's Story."
The Midwest is the setting for the third part of the program, with members of the Indiana University Opera Theater performing excerpts of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass."
- LOS ANGELES - Comedian Garry Shandling has enlisted the aid of several other comics to help him save the mythical "Mr. Peck's Nightclub" from demolition.
Shandling will devote two programs to the "benefit" to rescue Mr. Peck's on his weekly "It's Garry Shandling's Show." The episodes are to air on Showtime cable network.
Guest appearances will include Steve Allen, Red Buttons, Charlie Callas, Chevy Chase, Dabney Coleman, Shari Lewis, Martin Mull, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Paula Poundstone, Carl and Rob Reiner, Father Guido Sarducci and David Steinberg.
All purportedly got their first break in show business at Mr. Peck's.
- NEW YORK - "The Eagle and the Bear," a 26-part series documenting the 40 years of U.S.-Soviet relations, begins Jan. 6 on the Arts & Entertainment cable network.
Created by Av Westin, known for his work on ABC's "Our World" and "20/20," series episodes will depict a particular incident that caused a confrontation between the two nations, including the Cold War, the building of the Berlin Wall and the invasion of Afghanistan.
From there, the series will examine current U.S.-Soviet relations in the erA of "glasnost," and what that may spell for future foreign policy.