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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion part 1 recap, season 6

  • 10:48 pm Sunday, April 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Kenya uses a megaphone to make her point to Porsha on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." CREDIT: Bravo

Porsha Williams got mad as hell and couldn’t take Kenya Moore anymore.

So on tonight’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion show, for the very first time on a reunion show, someone attacked another cast member. There have been threats before (think Lisa Wu Hartwell at Kim Zolciak season one) but this is the first time a woman got down and dirty.

What was the straw that broke Porsha’s ability to control herself? Kenya accusing her of cheating on her now ex-husband Kordell Stewart, then using her megaphone to calling Porsha a “dumb ho.”

We’ve known about this fight for more than two weeks, [More]

‘Devious Maids’ returns for second season of deviousness April 20

  • 5:13 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Devious Maids," shot in Atlanta, returns for a second season April 20 on Lifetime. CREDIT: Lifetime

“Devious Maids,” Marc Cherry‘s confection for Lifetime shot in Atlanta but set in Beverly Hills, started slow last summer in its debut season but built momentum as the season drew to end, finishing 50 percent higher.

The show continues its snarky, conniving and often hilarious ways in its second-season debut Sunday, April 20, at 10 p.m. for 13 episodes.

If you still haven’t caught the show, its feel and tenor is similar to that of Cherry’s classic ABC soap “Desperate Housewives.” (ABC rejected “Devious Maids,” which opened the doors to Lifetime.) The dialogue is zippy, the plot twists zany, the characters rife [More]

Friends wish Capt. Herb Emory a fond farewell at memorial service

  • 3:00 pm Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

When snow jam 2014 paralyzed Atlanta on January 28, Capt. Herb Emory stayed on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB providing updates for more than 18 hours straight.

“My biggest problem,” said program director Pete Spriggs during a memorial service Saturday morning at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, “was getting Herb and the traffic center to take a break and relax. And eat. He just wanted to serve while you were stuck.”

Emory, 61, died of a heart attack April 12 after helping victims of a two-car collision near his home in Douglasville. He was a dedicated traffic reporter, a [More]

How did Atlanta radio stations do in ratings first quarter 2014?

  • 8:13 am Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

V-103 calls itself “The Big Station,” a title it has earned thanks to its incredible legacy and dominant ratings over the years that once far exceeded its rivals across all major age groups.

But that dominance has faded over the past year.

In recent months, V-103 saw slippage from January to March among 25 to 54 year olds and overall viewers, according to Nielsen Audio numbers. The R&B/hip-hop station did hold as the top station among 25 to 54 year olds in the first quarter in March, but fell to third among all listeners behind News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and [More]

TV briefs: New ‘Married to Medicine’ cast member Lisa Nicole Cloud, GPB’s ’37 Weeks: Sherman on the March,’

  • 5:54 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” introduced a new character 11 days ago when the second season launched: Dr. Heavenly Kimes.

This Sunday, the show officially debuts a second cast member to the fold: a doctor’s wife named Lisa Nicole Cloud.

“I thought it would be a great opportunity to be on a show that really embraced professional, educated, family-oriented women,” she said. “I don’t think there’s another show that captures all those qualities.”

This doesn’t mean the show doesn’t stoop to petty arguments and last season, a physical fight.

“I steer more to the side of the positive,” Cloud said. “Empowering and  encouraging. I [More]

The eight crazy things that happened on the ‘Scandal’ season 3 finale

  • 11:36 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
SCANDAL - "The Price of Free and Fair Elections" - Election Day has arrived and nothing is off limits as the candidates try to capture votes. Meanwhile, Olivia tries to understand Maya's motives and Charlie makes a very surprising move, on the season finale of ABC's "Scandal," THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Ron Tom)

“Scandal” finished season 3 with a bang and then some.

Shonda Rimes left nothing on the table. She grinded out an election plot line, a bombing, a murder here, a murder there, a little papa ruse and Liv’s escape plane away from everything.

Here are nine crazy things that happened tonight:

My eyes! My eyes! Abby and Harrison catch Quinn and Huck in action just a few feet away from Rowan’s blood at the office. Yuck! Charlie leaves Quinn but provides info about Huck’s family. Huck sees said family.

Da bomb! Da bomb! B613 was able inform the right folks and evacuate folks from [More]

‘American Idol’ top 7 results recap

  • 6:16 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
AMERICAN IDOL XIII:  Alex Preston performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII airing Wednesday, April 16 (8:00-10:00PM ET /PT) on FOX. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

Dexter Roberts, a seemingly nice guy and decent country singer, finished up at No. 7, eliminated tonight.

He picked a really obscure, somewhat darker song and did a good job with it but maybe it didn’t inspire enough votes. And besides, everyone did pretty well last night so it was a tough call.

He did far better than I had expected entering the top 13. I found him nondescript, a good bar singer but not much else. He lacks that “it” factor that would make me think he’s got a long career in country. He has a decent voice, a pleasant demeanor [More]

Exclusive: ‘Paternity Court’ with Lauren Lake moving to Atlanta

  • 5:25 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lauren Lake is returning to Atlanta to shoot her syndicated show "Paternity Court" for the 2014-15 season. CREDIT: MGM

Freshman hybrid judge/talk show “Paternity Court” led by former Atlantan Lauren Lake is moving its operations to metro Atlanta for its second season 2014-15, the production company informed me today exclusively.

The syndicated show, which is seen weekdays on the CW network in Atlanta at 1 and 1:30 p.m., focuses on paternity cases but isn’t purely about the DNA results. Lake talks to the families and advises them on how to deal with the results. In a sense, Lake plays relationship counselor as well as judge and jury.

It was renewed for a second season in January, averaging a 1 share in [More]

Snellville resident on Discovery’s ‘Naked and Afraid’ April 20

  • 1:00 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Snellville’s Sabrina Mergenthaler, a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom of three, was dropped into the jungles of Bolivia last November without food, water or clothing for Discovery’s hottest new show “Naked and Afraid.”

She and her husband Bob stumbled upon the show one day last year. “We were laughing and I said, ‘I can do that so easily,’ ” she said in an interview. “He said, ‘Why don’t you apply?’ It was mostly in jest but I called his bluff and applied. I was in shock when they wanted me to audition.”

The series creates an Adam and Eve feel by having one naked [More]

Chilli of TLC wears a fat suit for Oxygen’s ‘Celebrities Undercover’ April 22

  • 5:00 am Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chilli of TLC will not look like Chilli on the April 22 episode of "Celebrities Undercover" on Oxygen. CREDIT: Getty Images

The last person you’ll ever see fat is Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC fame. At age 43, she’s a serious fitness and nutrition buff with washboard abs.

“I don’t think I could be a size 8 even if I tried,” the singer said in a phone interview earlier this week.

So when Oxygen approached her to do “Celebrities Undercover,” where famous folk disguise themselves to hear what regular folks think of them in their earshot, she was game for anything. (Her episode airs Tuesday, April 22, at 10:30 p.m..)

“If they wanted me to be a street walker, I would have been fine [More]

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