WORTH NOTING ON TV
Viewer Call-in (C-Span, 8-8:45 a.m. EST): The channel's daily program giving viewers a chance to speak directly with figures active in public affairs.
Sports Year in Review (CNN, 10-11 p.m.): This year the NBA lost its most luminous figure - Micahel Jordan - when he decided to retire after his father was killed. A maniac stabbed the brightest star in women's tennis - Monica Seles. But there were lots of bright spots and many notable events: The World Series title stayed in Canada when the Toronto Blue Jays won again; Alabama copped a national championship in college football.
Nick Charles and Fred Hickman - the CNN sports anchors - have a look at these and a number of other events as they size up the sports year, trying to put in context a sometimes wild and fast-changing scene. * WEDNESDAY
Political Year in Review (CNN, 10-11 p.m.): Anyone who thinks sports had a hectic year should check out the events considered in this assessment of the first Democratic White House in 12 years. CNN anchors Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff analyze the Clinton administration's relations with Congress, campaign reform, and other aspects of politics in the past year. Joining the anchors are Jack Germond of the Baltimore Sun (also familiar as a panelist-gladiator on TV's ``The McLaughlin Group''), Gloria Berger of U.S. News & World Report, and David Broder of the Washington Post.Great Performances: `On the Town' in Concert
(PBS, 9:30-11 p.m.): A superb orchestra and high-powered cast offer a concert version of Leonard Bernstein's irresistible 1944 musical about three sailors on a 24-hour leave in Manhattan during World War II. Among the performers are Tyne Daly of Broadway and television, Frederica von Stade and Samuel Ramey of the opera world, and pop music's Cleo Lane. Bernstein's good friends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, authors of the book and lyrics, are on hand to narrate the telecast, taped in London's Barbican Centre.
Please check local listings for these programs.