- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Dylan on the dial

Never noted for loquacity, reclusive folk-rock icon Bob Dylan is, nonetheless, moving behind the mike to host his own show on satellite radio starting tonight.

The long-awaited “Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan” debuts in its regular weekly slot at 10 p.m. on XM’s Channel 40. Each hourlong show will feature an eclectic mix of music based around a theme. Mr. Dylan, 64, will offer stories about the music and topics of interest. The legendary singer-songwriter also will read and answer select e-mails sent in by fans. Contributions from special celebrity guests — including Elvis Costello, Charlie Sheen, Penn Jillette, Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel — also will be featured.

“With ‘Theme Time Radio Hour’ Bob redefines ‘cool radio’ by combining a sense of intellect with edginess in a way that hasn’t been on radio before,” says Lee Abrams, XM’s chief creative programming officer. “Bob has put a lot of work into his XM show, and it’s clear that he’s having a good time behind the mike.”

Weather will be the theme of tonight’s premiere, say representatives for Mr. Dylan and XM, and will feature a song list that includes “A Place in the Sun,” sung in Italian by Stevie Wonder, “The Wind Cries Mary” by Jimi Hendrix and “Keep on the Sunny Side” by the Carter Family. Song lists for future shows will be built around such themes as cars, dance, police and whiskey.

Encore broadcasts of Mr. Dylan’s show will air throughout the week on Deep Tracks (XM Channel 40) and its folk music channel, the Village (XM Channel 15). XM has about 6.5 million subscribers.

Paris, beau split

It’s over, apparently, for hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos.

Elliot Mintz, Miss Hilton’s publicist, yesterday confirmed the breakup to Associated Press but provided no details. Miss Hilton, 25, and Mr. Niarchos, 21, began dating last year. She ended her engagement to Paris Latsis, another Greek shipping heir, in October.

Out and about

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has been released from a New Zealand hospital where he was admitted with a head injury after he reportedly fell out of a palm tree, AP reports.

Mr. Richards, 62, suffered a mild concussion while on vacation in Fiji on Thursday.

The son also rises

Denzel Washington’s son is going that extra yard to make sure he’s known for more than just his dad’s Hollywood success.

On Monday, John David Washington was signed to the St. Louis Rams as a running back, the New York Post reports.

The younger Mr. Washington, who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 200 pounds, played for Division II Morehouse College in Atlanta. Last year, he led his conference in rushing and was named a national player of the week by D2Football.com.

Rush to judgment

Some Christian music fans are not standing by their man.

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken reportedly was bounced from an Atlanta fashion show after reports surfaced about his romantic involvement with another man.

According to the New York Post, Mr. Aiken’s reported affair with John Paulus was made public along with claims that he trolled the Internet to establish relationships with men on homosexual Web sites. The newspaper said Mr. Aiken was disinvited from Sunday’s Pure Fashion show in Atlanta — described by organizers as “committed to promoting the virtues of modesty and purity in our culture” — and that his upcoming Bible-thumping album was then postponed.

“We were so excited about Clay Aiken appearing as a young man who promotes Christianity in the music industry, and then we started to be inundated with e-mails referring to scandal,” Pure Fashion National Director Brenda Sharman wrote in an e-mail to the group’s members. “We searched for his public response and couldn’t find one, so at this time we will have to err on the side of caution until these matters are resolved.”

Mr. Aiken was replaced by Christian singer Rebecca St. James, the New York Post reported in yesterday’s editions.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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