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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: optimism out of Kansas City auditions, Josh Gracin, Michael Johns, Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, Sam Woolf

  • 8:01 am Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
AMERICAN IDOL XIII: L-R: Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr, on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Thursday, April 24 (9:00-9:30 PM ET / PT) on FOX.  CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

I’m on vacation this week so I’m leaving this space for you regulars to talk amongst yourselves. I apologize if all this news if a bit old but I needed to fill the space with something while I’m gone!

The ‘American Idol’ judges last week liked what they saw in the Kansas City auditions.

“I think we did find some future superstars,” said Lopez, wearing a sparkling black blouse with sparkly shoes,

Scotty McCreery released a set of tour dates this fall but nothing closer than Columbia, S.C. from Atlanta.


Sam Woolf on his website noted “Idol” has not signed him to [More]

Bret Baier coming to Atlanta for book signing August 23

  • 5:00 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Bret Baier is going to speak and sign his book about his son's heart condition ordeal at the All Pro Dad event August 23 at the Greater Atlanta Christian School as part of a slate of speakers. CREDIT: Fox News

Until 2007, former Atlanta resident and Fox News anchor Bret Baier‘s personal life was hardly fodder for headlines, much less a book.

And everything seemed just peachy in 2007 when he and his wife Amy had their first child Paul – until a nurse noticed their son’s color was a little off.

Then the news got much worse. A doctor gave them this shocking news: “Your son has a complex heart disease. He has a very complicated heart.”

Baier, a Marist graduate who was Fox News’ first Atlanta correspondent in 1998, turned this potentially tragic story into a story of hope called “Special [More]

‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: season 3, episode 17 season finale

  • 9:00 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mimi rages as always in episode 17. CREDIT: VH1

I’m on vacation but given that this is the season finale before the blockbuster reunion next week where Joseline goes cray-cray, I have to write this up:

What’s the truth?

Benzino hears that Joseline’s former driver slept with her for three months.  (She has a driver?)

He thinks Joseline is a major problem for Stevie J, his best bud. Joseline thinks Benzino is the major issue. “All problems come from your bestie,” she tells Stevie.

Joseline denies sleeping with the driver. He never gets around to admitting he smashed Althea.

She starts getting teary, saying he controls her.

“You’ll never be over me,” he says, during [More]

VH1’s ‘Atlanta Exes’ preview before August 18 launch

  • 4:47 pm Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
VH1 "Atlanta Exes" are Monyetta Shaw, Torrei Hart, Tameka Foster, Sheree Buchanan and Christina Johnson. CREDIT: VH1 publicity photo

Atlanta is packed with mostly female reality stars and pseudo stars, from the “Real Housewives” to “Love & Hip Hop” to “R&B Divas Atlanta” to “Married to Medicine.”

Now welcome the “exes” of three famous Atlanta singers (Usher, Ne-Yo, Cee Lo Green), a former Falcons play (Ray Buchanan) and one big-time actor and comic who isn’t really from Atlanta but does spend time here to shoot films (Kevin Hart).

They are part of VH1’s “Atlanta Exes,” which debuts Monday night at 9 p.m., following the network’s most popular show “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” (VH1 is also offering the episode early [More]

TV best bets with series finale of ‘True Blood,’ returns of ‘Dallas,’ ‘Dr. Who’

  • 10:59 am Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

The biggest news of the week is the series end of HBO’s gory, titillating series “True Blood” on Sunday after seven years.

Another cult classic “Dr. Who” returns on BBC America on Sunday while TNT brings back “Dallas” after a short break on Monday. ABC ends the season for “Rookie Blue” Thursday while MTV feeds us another “Video Music Awards” Sunday despite the long-running fact they hardly play videos anymore.

NOTE: This covers Monday, August 18 through Sunday August 24.


“Running Wild with Bear Grylls” 8 p.m. NBC — Tom Arnold and Bear explore the coastal mountains of Oregon, where they encounter river [More]

Paula Deen postpones August Atlanta show to November 16

  • 4:42 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Shane Harrison

If you were looking forward to some Southern-fried goodness from Paula Deen right here in Atlanta, you’ll have to wait a little longer.

The former Food Network star (and now star of her own digital network) has postponed an upcoming appearance at Symphony Hall due to a scheduling conflict. She’ll be in her longtime hometown Savannah filming a show for her new network on Aug. 26, the day she was scheduled for the Atlanta date. The new date is Nov. 16, but refunds will be available to those who can’t make it to that one.

Here’s the full text of the [More]

Oldies 98.9 becomes older-skewing country NASH Icon 98.9

  • 1:40 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Nash icon logo

Atlanta-based Cumulus has turned its 98.9 signal into a format musical chairs.  Today, it changed to its fifth format in less than three years.

Most recently Good Time Oldies 98.9, it’s now NASH Icon 98.9, an older-skewing country format and companion to Kicks 101.5.

So the Beatles, James Taylor and the Bee Gees have been thrown to the curb yet again.

With Cumulus pushing the NASH country brand nationwide, I thought they’d simply change Kicks to NASH, as they have on many of their country stations. That may still happen but for now, the NASH name is now attached to 98.9.

Kicks, the [More]

Two new Atlanta networks launching August 18: Grit and Escape

  • 5:00 am Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Body heat

Two Atlanta-based free over-the-air broadcast channels launch on Monday, August 18, one targeting women called Escape and one targeting men dubbed Grit.

Escape will be available locally on 34.4 (WUVG), a Univision-owned channel. Grit has not found a home yet in Atlanta.

“We’re actively involved in conversations with several local stations and their corporate groups and expect that Grit will be carried in Atlanta soon,” said a spokesman for Atlanta-based Katz Broadcasting, which owns and operates the stations.

Grit will launch in 50 markets Monday, including those in Columbus and Augusta. Escape, with the slogan “slip away,” will start in [More]

Did Villa Rica native Rod Man win ‘Last Comic Standing'”?

  • 11:18 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Rod Man, who grew up in Villa Rica and spent his early comic years at Uptown Comedy Corner, took home the 10th "Last Comic Standing" crown on NBC Thursday night. CREDIT: NBC

Villa Rica native Rod Man became the first Georgia man to take home the crown of “Last Comic Standing” on NBC, beating two very worthwhile competitors.

He takes home $250,000 and gets a development deal with NBC for his own show.

Although the show was taped awhile ago, Rod Man was kept in the dark about the result until yesterday via an ingenious method. The producers filmed each of the finalists as “winners.” This way, nobody in the audience would have a clue either and leak the results. He had to be told yesterday so he’d have time to fly to New [More]

VH1 documentary ‘ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game’ debuts Sept. 2

  • 11:24 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
T.I., already connected with two VH1 reality shows, will partake in a documentary about the rise of hip hop in Atlanta. CREDIT: Getty

VH1 has shown a deep commitment to Atlanta with multiple reality programs: top-rated “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” the family friendly “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and the upcoming “Atlanta Exes.”

Now the network is taking a more serious direction about our city’s legacy as the hip-hop capital of the south with a 90-minute documentary Sept. 2 called “ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game.”

According to the press release:

The film chronicles the decisions of the city’s forefathers in post-civil rights Atlanta as they created an environment for African-American arts and culture to thrive, which set the [More]

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