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NEWS LITE : COUNTRY STAR SENT WAYLON BY SHOW.

Tom Snyder had to wing the second half of ``The Late, Late Show'' when Waylon Jennings hit the road moments before his live interview.

The country music star was scheduled to go on after talk-show shrink Dr. Laura Schlessinger on Wednesday night, but he got annoyed that she cut into his time.

When the commercial break ended and Snyder introduced Jennings, there was only an empty chair. Snyder joked about interviewing his staff, then filled the time by taking calls.

``I've been doing this for 40 years, since I was a kid in Milwaukee, and I've never had a guest walk out before I introduced him,'' Snyder said.

Jennings, who had already been through the show's makeup department, said in a statement: ``I came a long way to do this show, and when I tell somebody I'll do something, my word is good, but I expect the same from them. I didn't leave because I was mad, but I had been misled, and it was the principle of it all.''

KLVE renews bond with its morning DJ

Top-rated Spanish-language host Pepe Barreto will be back on the air Monday at KLVE-FM (107.5) after spending two days at home negotiating a new contract.

Barreto's morning-drive show has ranked first or second in the quarterly radio ratings for the past 3-1/2 years. He wasn't on the air Thursday or Friday while he worked out a new agreement with the top-ranked station, which broadcasts romantic ballads in Spanish.

``It's absolutely win-win for everybody involved,'' said Richard Heftel, KLVE's president and general manager. ``We're very happy with the agreement and ecstatic to have Pepe back on the air.''

Heftel wouldn't divulge the dollar amount of Barreto's new contract, but said the longtime host would remain at the station for at least the next several years.

Barreto, who didn't return calls for comment, will continue to helm the morning show and was given more freedom in terms of on-air presentation, Heftel said.

In the most recent Arbitron survey, Barreto placed second among all local morning hosts with a 6.8 percent share of the radio audience.

Singer's home plan striking dischord

Michael Bolton has his neighbors worried over his plans to tear down an eyesore of an old farmhouse on his Westport, Conn., property.

The singer wants to replace the 1873 house with landscaping and gardens for a more attractive view from the main house.

His neighbors are worried that Bolton will extend his high privacy wall and get rid of a rambling stone wall along the front of the property.

Bolton has put in an application for a demolition permit. He needs approval from Westport's Historic District Commission.

Shepherd's show thrashed soundly

Sympathy for Cybill Shepherd, who opened a two-week cabaret act at Manhattan's Rainbow and Stars this week. Reviews were quite unkind.

The New York Times said she ``performed in the thin, wobbly voice of a tone-deaf teen-ager blissfully unaware of her own lack of talent.''

But it gave her props for ``mouthing off'' on many subjects, noting it could be enough to make her act ``your cup of tea.''

Green liquid suspected

Cosmopolitan's bachelor accused of drugged rape

A man who was pronounced one of America's most eligible bachelors by Cosmopolitan magazine was charged with drugging a woman and raping her.

Ryan Martin, a 22-year-old model and former nightclub manager who lives with his mother in Worcester, Mass., is accused of giving the woman a green liquid he said was a drink, then attacking her after she fell unconscious at his home.

He pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on $20,000 bail. He could get life in prison.

Martin was featured in Cosmopolitan's summer special issue ``All About Men.'' In an article titled ``America's Most Wanted (Men, That Is),'' the magazine profiled a bachelor from each state and the District of Columbia.

As the bachelor from Massachusetts, Martin was quoted as saying his first-date ``turn on'' was ``a really sweet smile and a nice kiss good night.''

Police said the 23-year-old victim and another woman met Martin at one bar, then went to a bar where he worked, Sir Morgan's Cove. The three were allowed in after closing time.

Martin served alcohol to the two women, then gave them each a small plastic cup containing a green liquid he said was something from a nutrition store, police said.

Both women soon became sleepy and unable to drive. They agreed to stay at Martin's home until they felt better, police said. The next morning, one woman awoke and believed she might have been sexually assaulted.

Paul Luthringer, a spokesman for Hearst Magazines, the publisher of Cosmo, said Martin was chosen from hundreds of candidates.

``Each candidate was interviewed over the telephone by an editor to gauge their disposition - to make sure they matched the kind of people that we want to appear in the magazine,'' he said.

News Lite is compiled By Karen Duffy from Daily News staff and wire reports.

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