Radio and TV Talk 

Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

TMZ says Mama June dating a convicted molester

  • 10:58 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

TMZ breaks almost all juicy “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” stories. Who knows who’s getting TMZ’s payments for leaking the dirt but the latest is quite muddy: “Mama June” Shannon, broken up with David Michael “Sugar Bear” Thompson, is allegedly dating a man who served 10 years for molesting a relative of hers and just got out of prison in March.

The new man in her life is named Mark McDaniel, convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004, according to TMZ.  The story says he forced oral sex on an eight year old child who June supposedly knows. It [More]

Pebbles sues TLC over VH1 biopic for $40 million

  • 8:45 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Perri "Pebbles" Reid at a charity event in Atlanta in 2009. She is suing TLC for defamation based on the VH1 film "CrazySexyCool." CREDIT: Getty Images

Perri “Pebbles” Reid is still angry about her negative portrayal as TLC’s boss in the popular VH1 biopic “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which debuted a year ago and has been repeated numerous times since on the network.

She sued VH1 owner Viacom for defamation in April, asking for $40 million in damages. This week, she filed a new lawsuit against surviving members of TLC and executive producers Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas for the same $40 million amount in compensatory and punitive damages.

Pebbles, in the lawsuit filed in the state court of Fulton County, wrote that she was shown [More]

‘Survivor’ recap, season 29, episode 5: tribes are scrambled

  • 10:36 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
"Blood is Blood"  - Julie McGee during the fifth episode of Survivor 29, Wednesday, Oct. 22 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The specter of John Rocker is quickly fading away from “Survivor” land. His Atlanta-based girlfriend Julie McGee is still around but she was safe and barely on camera this week because her tribe won an immunity challenge.

(In fact, McGee has yet to make much of an impression since her tribe has been the immunity challenge winner four out of five weeks.)

The “Survivor” producers this week decided to scramble the tribes into two new teams of seven. Originally, the related couples were separated. Now randomly, four of the five remaining couples reunited.

One (Keith and son Wes) remained separated. Four solo people [More]

CNN, Cartoon Network, TruTV off Dish TV over carriage dispute

  • 11:25 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Anderson Cooper and other CNN faces are not available now to Dish Network customers thanks to a carriage dispute. CREDIT: CNN

Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting has had a tough few weeks, with layoffs and cutbacks.  Now several of its networks are off Dish Network, covering 14 million households. There is a dispute over how much Dish pays Turner for airing its programming, including digital distribution rights, according to a CNN Money story.

The channels affected: CNN, HLN, CNN en Espanol, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM and Boomerang. Turner’s most popular networks TNT [More]

‘Chrisley Knows Best’ recap: season 2, eps 3 and 4

  • 10:54 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Richard Ducree/USA Network)

For the second week in a row, we get a double dose of “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA. (It goes to once a week next week at 10 p.m. Tuesday.)

First up, Todd claims his ideal Father’s Day would be “peace and quiet.” “On Father’s Day, it should be against the law to be in any contact with the father,” he says.

Instead, the kids take him to Funopolis in Commerce. He’s skeptical. “Who wants to be spun around in a circle til you puke?” he says.

“Mama looks like Shamu over there,” Todd says while watching Faye on the water-based bumper [More]

‘American Idol’ bits: Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Phillip Phillips

  • 5:30 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Tv personality Ryan Seacrest attends the 2014 Variety Power of Women presented by Lifetime at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Variety)

Ryan Seacrest called his alma mater’s principal this week after the school named two special needs kids as Homecoming King and Queen.

Seacrest, Dunwoody High School Class of 1993, called Tom McFerrin about a story on NBC’s Nightly News about Gus and Hannah during his radio show.

“If you saw the clip, and I know you did,” McFerrin said.

“Oh my gosh,” Seacrest said. “My mom is in town, so we watched it together.”

“It was an unbelievable moment for me,” McFerrin said. “I’ll never forget that moment.”

“In a world where there are so many stories about bullying, this is a story [More]

Catching up with ‘Top Chef’ winner Kristen Kish, coming to Taste of Atlanta Oct. 26

  • 4:29 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Kristen Kish, "Top Chef" winner last year, will be demonstrated a dish for fans at Taste of Atlanta at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. CREDIT: Getty Images

Bostonian Kristen Kish brought a natural likability, a competitive fire and amazing technique to “Top Chef” season 10.

She will bring her sweet personality and cooking chops (minus the need to win a quickfire challenge) to Atlanta Sunday for Taste of Atlanta. Before 40 lucky participants, she will make a vegetable bolognese sauce at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Technology Square. Pasta, a specialty of hers, would have been too difficult to do in this type of setting, she said.

This will be Kish’s first trip to Atlanta. (Treat her well, Atlantans!)

She said on the show, she has always just tried to be [More]

Pres. Obama talks to V-103’s Ryan Cameron to drum up the vote

  • 3:02 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ryan Cameron

Pres. Barack Obama may be a pariah on the election trail for many political candidates given his low approval ratings. (Senatorial hopeful Michelle Nunn isn’t avoiding Obama compared to a lot of her Democratic brethren, but Republican opponent David Perdue is running copious ads trying to besmirch her by airing ads showing a photo of her with Obama.)

But African Americans still overwhelmingly support him. So Obama is making the rounds of radio shows that target blacks in an effort to drum up the vote.

He recently did  interviews with syndicated shows Rickey Smiley (heard locally on Hot 107.9), Yolanda Adams [More]

Who is out fifth on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

  • 8:00 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
DANCING WITH THE STARS - "Episode 1905" - America's votes are in and the nine remaining celebrities switched professional dance partners on MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on "Dancing with the Stars." International pop superstar Jessie J was the guest judge alongside Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, in addition to kicking-off the night with a medley of her hit songs "Bang Bang" and "Burnin' Up" featuring the Pros. For the first time this season couples danced to new styles of dance including Hip-Hop, Burlesque, and Flamenco among others. (ABC/Adam Taylor)
SADIE ROBERTSON, DEREK HOUGH

Jonathan who?

The man who was ousted Monday night from “Dancing With the Stars” was in “Mean Girls” a decade ago but otherwise Jonathan Bennett could hardly be called a “star.” So he should be proud he lasted as long as he did.

Now that the show is eliminating people on the same day as the show, tonight’s dance does not play into their scores. So Bennett left on a high note.

Last week, unfortunately, he had his weakest dance with a new partner during “switch up” week, a jitterbug with Peta Murgatroyd that featured disastrous lifts and clumsy steps. His fate was [More]

Video: Talking ‘Walking Dead,’ CNN cuts, ‘Chrisley Knows Best’

  • 11:28 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss “Walking Dead” fans rubbing elbows with the cast at Walker Stalker Con, CNN cutting 300 jobs and “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA.