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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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‘American Idol’ bits: Free Kellie Pickler concert in Alpharetta Nov. 1

  • 6:18 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Kellie Pickler is performing a free concert at the 86-acre Avalon development Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Alpharetta. CREDIT: Publicity photo

Kellie Pickler is one of my favorite “Idol” people to interview. She’s honest, open, talkative and sweet all at the same time. She’s a rare bird that way.

I’ve talked to her several times since she hit the jackpot on “Idol” in 2006, but it’s been more than three years since we last crossed paths. She called me at 5 p.m. EST Wednesday right on time from Las Vegas to talk about her free concert Saturday at the new Avalon mixed-use development in Alpharetta. Her concert is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. at 2200 Avalon Blvd.

It can only get [More]

The Weather Channel disavows co-founder’s comments on climate change

  • 4:32 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
John Coleman on Fox News earlier this week saying there is no climate crisis. CREDIT: Fox News

Atlanta-based Weather Channel CEO David Kenny told staff in a note today that the network co-founder’s comments to Fox News questioning climate change were not opinions reflected by the Weather Channel itself.

“Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we’ve had in 100 years,” John Coleman told Fox News host Megyn Kelly earlier this week. The  research behind climate change “is bad, bad science.”

Coleman, 80 and a veteran weatherman, helped start the Weather Channel when it debuted in 1981. He has disavowed climate change for many years, calling it a “scam.”

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NeNe Leakes’ blood clot issues nixes ‘Real Housewives’ Philippines trip

  • 1:46 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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TMZ reports that NeNe Leakes can’t join “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” trip to the Philippines for the show, which typically has the ladies travel overseas at least once during the season.

A year ago, she landed in the hospital due to potentially life-threatening blood clots in her lungs. She has problems when she spends too much time in an airplane so the long trip to the Philippines could cause her serious health issues.

The other ladies on the show are overseas now taping what will likely be the climactic season-ending dramatics, whatever that may entail. We likely won’t see [More]

Atlanta Hawks sign long-term deal with SportsSouth

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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The Atlanta Hawks has signed a long-term deal with SportsSouth, its long-time TV partner for an unspecified length at an unspecified dollar amount.

During the 2014-15 NBA season, 75 regular season Hawks games will be televised on SportSouth. Hawks games on SportSouth are available to more than 5.1 million households across Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with SportSouth and build off the record-setting ratings that we established during our thrilling playoff series last season,” said Hawks president Steve Koonin in a release. “The broadcast of live sports is crucial to our business and [More]

‘Survivor’ recap: season 29, episode 6: bring on the rice!

  • 9:51 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Blood is Blood"  - Natalie Anderson, Julie McGee, Josh Canfield, Jeremy Collins and Reed Kelly during the fifth episode of Survivor 29, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Dale Wentworth, with his daughter ousted last week, has to scramble big time to survive. So he creates a fake Idol and hopes to barter it and ensure his survival.

He tries to buddy up to Jon Misch. It is a valiant effort but it failed. He is cut as Jon stuck with the larger group. Dale  couldn’t play his idol because it’s a fake and the team had a back up anyway: Keith Nale. There is no blind side or surprise of any sort this week during tribal council. All went as planned.

The weak Coyopa tribe, which has lost almost [More]

Star 94 hires Donny Michaels as newest night jock

  • 9:26 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Donny Michaels

Star 94’s latest night jock is Donny Michaels.

He begins the week of Nov. 10 and will be on air from 7 p.m. to midnight. He was last a morning host on a pop station WQSH-FM (Q103) in Albany, N.Y.

Michaels replaces Ali Mac, who left for Vero Beach, Fla. last month.

His bio on Q103 is as follows:

Star plays what is dubbed “Hot AC” in radio parlance pop for older listeners with a focus on music from the 1990s to today. It has had trouble keeping night jocks, which tend to be the least stable spot anyway given that it’s a [More]

TMZ: Benzino and Althea booted from ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’

  • 6:27 pm Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Benzino and Althea hanging at Kirk's "I'm Sorry" party. CREDIT: VH1

TMZ reports that Benzino and Althea have been given the boot from VH1’s No. 1 show “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Insiders told TMZ that the two cast members were the scapegoats for the reunion brawl despite the fact Joseline Hernandez made the first move. Ultimately, the producers love Joseline and her ability to draw ratings despite her unapologetic, violent streak.

During the reunion taping in New York City, Joseline became enraged when Benzino and Althea said she was on drugs, implying that was why she thought it was so hot on set. (Details here.)

Althea later sued Joseline and [More]

Five quips from ‘Chrisley Knows Best,’ season 2, episode 5: Chase turns 18

  • 10:01 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chase celebrates his 18th birthday on the fifth episode of season 2 of "Chrisley Knows Best." CREDIT: USA

Chase turns 18 and wants to be like a peacock and “fly.” So his parents Todd and Julie pretend to charge him for services rendered like it’s “Hotel Chrisley.” “Bill or abide by their rules,” Todd says.

“The prices are ridiculous and I’m leaving,” Chase says. He moves to grandma Faye but then has to babysit Faye’s very aged friend Catherine and buy adult diapers at the pharmacy. He lasts four hours. “It felt like four days,” he says.

Here are show’s most notable quips:

“There ain’t nothin’ open after midnight except legs and the ER. And he’s going to stay out of [More]

Preview of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ season 7 debut

  • 8:35 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The new cast of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" features Claudia Jordan, with Porsha Williams bumped down to "friend" status, which means she won't be in every episode. CREDIT: Bravo

Bravo was kind enough to provide me the first episode of season 7 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which returns Nov. 9.

I don’t think anything in the episode will be terribly shocking to anybody who followed the women during the off season.

Here is a quick teaser, without giving away the store but including links to prior stories I’ve already written on the topics in the episode:

- The show opens in early July when Apollo Nida is sentenced for bank, ID and mail fraud that landed him in federal prison for eight years. (Details here.) We find out why [More]

Social media beats on ‘Drumline 2: A New Beat’ but was the overall reaction all that bad?

  • 4:48 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Alexandra Shipp stars in the new "Drumline: A New Beat" debuting on VH1 Oct. 27. CREDIT: VH1

Many Siskels and Eberts of the world pilloried the Atlanta-based VH1 film “Drumline: A New Beat”

I wrote a story about “Drumline: A New Beat” on Thursday but it didn’t exactly win over the search engine gods and was barely read so the poll I posted so far has garnered all of 20 votes and of that way too small sampling, the votes were split among folks who liked it and those who didn’t. So I’m going to post the poll again here, too:

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And truthfully, some folks on Twitter defended the film, with varying levels [More]

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