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Sunday, June 30, 1985
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C2 Akron Beacon Journal Ernest Angley backs new Christian TY station By Mark Dawldzlak Beacon Journal tvteviilen wrtttr Now that Cleveland's new independent station, WOIO-Ch. 19, has shaken up the area's television scene, a corporation backed by Akron faith healer Ernest Angley is planning to have Channel 55 on the air by the end of the year. The Akron-Rhema Television Corp., a non-profit organization headed by North Ridgeville minister Amer Shab, petitioned the Federal Communications Commission five years ago for permission to build a studio facility that would broadcast on Channel 55. Shab, who runs the Crystal Springs Resort Camp, and his associates planned to air religious and family programming, and a Barry Manilow Continued from page CI and it's pretty much me a guy from Brooklyn, a musician, with a Jewish mother so I didn't have to do a lot of preparation for the role. But, still, acting is a craft, and you can't just walk into it. You've got to do a lot of road work beforehand." . Manilow, in fact, has been studying acting for five years with Nina Foch, a film actress of the 1940s and '50s who has since turned to teaching. "I went to one of Nina's classes because a friend told me, 'You've got to see her work,' and I ended up falling in love with what I saw," says the singer. "She knew a lot that I wanted to learn, and I started going to her classes with no particular goal in mind." According to Manilow, Copaca-bana wasn't his first opportunity to act professionally. "The studios have been sending me scripts all along, but I've turned them all down, because for my taste they weren't good enough to warrant me devoting the time to them that I was going to devote," he says. "I just didn't feel that any of them were for me. So I kept plodding away at my acting classes, and I'm glad that I had those five years of training. "I think that it shows up on the screen, because what across is very natural," Manilow says. "I've seen some of the (film footage), and I'm very happy with it. It doesn't look like I'm trying too hard; my performance isn't strained or self-conscious. The critics probably won't give me a chance, but I think an actor who sees what I've done would shake my hand." His work in Copacabana over, the singer is spending most of this summer on the concert trail (including 8:30 p.m. appearances CHANNELS UPDATES TODAY fcOO i.m. Offl BSD Sunday Morning . Community reaction In Alaonquin, III., ' to four citizens being held hostage in Beirut: former baseball player Mickey Mantle: jazz vocalist Carmen McRae. 10.30 a.m. 03 Face the Nation Vice presl- dent George Bush. 11:00 a.m. ffi For Our Tlmaa Highlights of a five-day convention In Washmg- ton, D.C.. in commemoration of the ; victims on the 70th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. 1 LMI Hydroplana Racing Unlimited I Hydroplane Regatta from Miami. Re-. peat. 11:30 a.m. Q SU Fact tha Nation Vice President George Bush. 100 p.m. Q) 8portsBat Athletes for a I Better Education program at Princeton . University; the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament for cancer research. 2:30 p.m. QQDffiPro Football U.S. Football League playoff quarterfinal: Tampa Bay Bandits at Oakland Invad-t ?rs 6:30- p.m. Adam Smlth'a Monay I World "These Women Mean Business: -,'Kamsky Associates and the China I Trade." Businesswoman Virginia Kam- sky's successful trade operations with ' China. 7:00 p.m. O CD HQ 60 Mlnutaa Com- ; panies that run detention centers and " prisons for profit; actor Yul Brynner; the controversy surrounding the use of '. five animals for scientific research. Re- peat. 7:30 p.m. (B Monay World See 6:30 ; p.m. today. 21 and over FRIDAY, JULY 12 Doors Open 8 p.m. Show '6.00 per person - Tickets On IIP WMRTY CENTRE S f-x 8: Sorry Men Vomen Only! xcr'iimp f )y I 21 and over Afc? ftJ 14'hi I U,ru f.ll. 7M.4AftCIII iivuw wwii. i A-r-vvwo.ii lytl 'T : featuring new light & sound Sunday, June 30, 1 935 construction permit was issued in 1984. "That was the critical part of the application procedure," said Carl Fielstra, an attorney with Gammon & Grange, the Washington, D.C., firm that represents Akron-Rhema Television. "Once construction is complete, which it almost is, they can go on the air under what's called program test authority. Then you make a routine application to the FCC that shows you are operating under the guidelines of your permit, and you get your license." Akron-Rhema, however, ran out of operating funds earlier this year. That's when Angley stepped in. "The Akron-Rhema Corp. held the permit," said Lou Spangler, executive director of Ernest An Barry Tuesday and Wednesday at Blossom Music Center). While his unabashedly middle-of-the-road approach is clearly at odds with the current trend toward flashy, cartoon-style pop stars, Manilow continues to draw crowds and probably will continue to draw them when many of today's more colorful hotshots are nothing more than trivia-question fodder. "The danger with that kind of cartoony thing is that it can't last," the singer says. "It's too bad, because some of those (performers) are really talented. For instance, Boy George is a talent 8:00 p.m. EE Straight Talk "Who Has the Right to Die?: Impact and implications of the New Jersey Supreme Court ruling. 10:00 p.m. CD Ken Copeland 60 minutes. In Search 01 . . . switched to 11:30 p.m.; That's Holly wood is pre-empted at 10:30 p.m. (B Lorain Convaraatlon Topic will not be fishin' on the Majestic, as Hated in Channels. 11:30 p.m. CD In Search 01 . . . Switched from 10:00 p.m. WOIO-Ch. 19 will sign off at midnight. 4:00 a.m. W Real Eatate With No Money Down 60 minutes. MONDAY 7:00 a.m. Q ED EH Today Vice president George Bush in Paris; National Organization for Women (NOW) pres vy" . . . TANNING BEST IN AKRONCANTON 8 Sessions Only $29 R56AREGHARMONf) m iune narsiyrmg centers tot net - tot Him APPOINTMENTS SUGGESTED BUT NOT A MUST OPEN EVENINGS CUTTING STVUNQ C0L0RINQ PERMING Rolling Acres 753-307 1 ; at 9 p.m. iSk Sale NOWSlWS system! wri. 4 a L gley Ministries. "They haven't been able to get it on the air. We've been in sales and production for years. They had a good idea. They just lacked the. resources and the experience." Angley and his operation had both. Last summer, Ernest Angley Ministries paid $2 million for the Rex Humbard Foundation's television studio and office complex on State Road in Northampton Township. Already a television veteran, Angley was producing a weekly program from his Grace Cathedral on Canton Road in Springfield. That show, aired in this area on Canton station WDLI-Ch. 17, is seen in more than 100 markets in the United States, Canada, the Philippines and Africa. "There is a contract between will make acting debut Manilow ed singer and songwriter, but you can only take that kind of thing so far, Elton John had the same trouble with his silly sunglasses and his duck outfits. The guy Is a great writer, but you can only take the clown thing so far before the public gets tired of you. Being a musician, I know what substance there is behind the records of a Prince or a Cyndi Lauper or a Madonna. But all of that cartoon stuff has a tendency to make them seem like a flash in the pan. "I don't know about the other middle-of-the-road guys, but I think that I've endured because ident Judy Goldsmith; singers Daryl Hall. John Oates; Larry Collins, author of Fall From Grace, the 1950 Emmett Till civil rights case, which changed the course of Southern politics. OS) CD Good Morning America The Pointer Sisters; author Shana Alexander (Nutcracker); singer Lee Greenwood; Lifetime cable service talk-show hostsex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer; unleaded gasoline. 7:30 a.m. M Straight Talk "What'l Responsible for the Changing Attitudes and Values of the Black American Family?" Kffll Aeroblca: Bodlee In Motion 30 minutes. 8:00 a.m. IfJPjjj SporUCenter 60 minutes. 9:00 a.m. Q) I WW I Donahue Pentagon overspending. Repeat. 10:00 a.m. Q Donahue Pentagon over- Mellett Plaza 478-0029 . S us ft the two organizations," Spangler said. "We're supplying the faculty and financial support. They simply couldn't afford to build a studio. We're technical advisers and have the responsibility for finding programming." Although Shab named Ann Spear as Channel 55's general manager, she suggested that all questions be directed to Spangler. The station has yet to name a program director, and Spangler said that programming decisions are being made by a committee made up of representatives from both Ernest Angley Ministries and Akron-Rhema. "I would say that I speak (or that committee," said Spangler, who also is acting as Channel 55's general sales manager. Spangler declined to say Just I've never been fashionable," -Manilow says. "It's never been fashionable to be a Barry Manilow fan; I've never been trendy. I don't like following trends. If anything, I would like to set a trend, but I don't really care about that. I just do what I do, and I don't know how to follow a trend. If I see one, I get out of the way. If I'm going to endure, It's because 1 try to write or record standards and make music that will outlive me. I try to create a persona that people will remember after I'm gone, whether they like it or not." What Manilow who sees his image as that of a "clean, down-to-earth city guy who knows a little bit about music and is out there to please people" would most like to be remembered for Is 2 AM Paradise Cafe, a jazz-flavored album of saloon songs released late last year. The record, now nearing the million mark In sales, received generally good reviews. For once, Manilow agreed wholeheartedly with the critics. "It's one of the best albums I've ever heard," says the singer, who rounded up such jazz greats as Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan and Gerry Mulligan to back him on the project. "This has nothing to do with me; the other people on the album are legends and people should listen to them. The album is great, and I hope that when I'm dead and gone this record is still selling. This is what I want the public to remember me for, not for I Write the Songs-" Manilow, who cites Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Puccini and Chopin as his favorite composers, got the idea for the Paradise project after his 1982-83 tour. "I had culminated eight or nine years of wonderful, sold-c-ut con spending. Repeat. O CD GOD The $25,000 Pyramid Laurl Hendler, Nathan Cook. M Heartllght City Daryl Hall & John Oates, Rosanne Cash, Nona Hendryx, Chicago, Beach Boys. 2:30 p.m. CD INN: Midday Edition Travel expert Arthur Frommer, model author Jerry Hall (part 1 of 2) . 3:00 p.m. O CD BSD Guiding Light Mi-chael Wilding, son of Liz Taylor and Michael Wilding Sr., debuts on Guiding Light this week. Wilding, who does mostly theater work, played Jesua In TV movie a lew aeaioni ago. 4:00 p.m. Q Merv Griffin Danny DeVlto. wife Rhea Perlman; Shari Belefonte-Harper, Bob Harper; Pamela Bell-wood, Nick Wheeler. If i Winter Guard Is the name given to the flag corps which work with drum corps during the summer, but perform and compete on their own In the winter. Channels 4549 present taped highlights of the finals of the 1985 WINTER GUARD INTERNATIONAL OLYMPICS (held in April In Dayton, Ohio) this afternoon at 2. Don't miss the precision drills and flashy how much money Angley is putting into the station. , Channel 55's transmitter will be on the same Brecksville tower that's used by Cleveland radio stations WZAK and WWWE. The FCC has assigned Channel 55 the call letters WPSC, but Akron-Rhema has petitioned to have them changed to WBNX. Spangler refused to comment on why the switch was requested. The Independent station will be the 12th must-carry local signals cable operators are required by law to carry for most Akron-area cable systems. "We were shooting to be on the air July 16," Shab said, "The main studio will be in Cuyahoga Falls (the actual mailing address of the Northampton facility), but we will be doing some program certs and my second album of greatest hits was bulletlng up the charts," he says. "I was sitting at home asking myself, 'What now?' I wasn't burned out; I just didn't know what I wanted to do next. I was a very happy man, but it all felt so final, like the credits should be rolling by. I was in great shape, I wanted to do something else, but I didn't know what. Making another album of pop music didn't turn me on. Neither did going out on the concert trail and singing I Write the Songs again. "So I didn't do anything. I tied myself to a chaise longue, because relaxing Is something that is difficult for me, and I waited for inspiration. Little by little it came, and when I got the idea for the album of saloon songs, I took it all the way to the end. I did that album for me, and I felt so good about it that I didn't care if it made it to No. 1 or not." Manilow recently embarked on another personal project writing his memoirs. "I've been keeping a journal for 12 years, and I've made a deal with a publishing house," he says. Those hoping for a sleazy tell-all are doomed to disappointment. "I want the book to be uplifting, something that will give people a shot of encouragement," Manilow says. "You know, 'If I can do It, so can you.' " There'll be no revelations about problems with drugs or alcohol, for instance; Manilow says he never was tempted by either. "But once success hits, it's very difficult to keep your feet on the TIIECniSPOT TOD. Single Site Parade Of All-Gas Homes Tour 9 Beautiful New ALL-GAS Homes D J tenet Gen: I? 'W it mi umw n mm Stark Counlv 1 Home Buiide's Association, Inc 4M. M.-J C.C .'3 .l M (. V,j. 0 c8 m .MM. VwltnU2loe II i WMKdayiSloS ,11 f I I Of by Appointment II KeT 'SffiM 4w towiiioNiiu paiiiBaiiiJ jSAVE50l I r INTERNATIONAL dance routines of this exciting competition. ming from Crystal Springs." Spangler said that he has no specific target date to begin broadcasting, but it "certainly will be by the end of the year" and It "hopefully" will be by September. "It's going to be a Christian family station," he said. "It won't be, if you'll pardon the expression, wall-to-wall preachers. There will be a considerable religious presence, but It won't be 24 hours of ministers. We'll have several hours of local and national ministers, and we'll also have family shows. "I can't get Into specific titles, but there will be old family shows like Leave It to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show programs in that spirit. We're still finalizing agreements for titles." on TV Barry Manilow Where: Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Northampton Township When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday Cost: $11 (lawn) Information: 920-1440 ground," he acknowledges. "I can see why people go nuts and get into trouble with drugs or alcohol. What threw me for a loop was the emotional side of things. Emotionally, I lost it for a while. I didn't know how to handle all the adulation. . . . The success was very heady, and I wasn't used to it. "I think that I probably became a real creep for a while," he says. "I don't know for sure, but people remind me of things that I did back then that I'm embarrassed about now. Well, not really embarrassed, but I feel bad about the way I treated people. It all happened because of being scared and not knowing the arena that I had been thrown into. I mean, I was struggling a long time, but when Mandy hit I became successful basically overnight. There's all this pressure, and you're being applauded and patted on the back you can't go to school to learn how to handle that. Now, of course, it's 10 years, things have calmed down, and I'm feeling much more in control." Our All New Luncheon Special "LITEDIET" SUPER GIGANTIC SALAD TABLE , Mon. Ihru Sat. Over SO items (probably the largest in Northern Ohio Area) Bl I IP Vow Choke of 2 Homemade rlUi Soups of the Day Your Choice of 10 Beveroget m-e) Dl I tC cludir,9 Coffee, Milk, Sonka, rLUj Tea & Most Popular Cola Drinkj PLUS No Tipping All For The Outstanding Price .:v$2.99 Beat Thn Outstanding Feed Value V You Can. Choice of t Salad Drewnji - 4 lite 12 tegular. BELDEN VILLAGE 5000EVERHARD ROAD 494-6066 MASTERCARD VISA 1 jf 1985 1 TE" ".a. WINTER GUARD OLYMPICS Today at 2 p.m. 500 E. Waterloo Rd. fMLE MKE HEV IEVJ 0 linn fP.

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