Radio and TV Talk 

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

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]

Porsha Williams in and out of jail for attacking Kenya Moore during ‘Real Housewives’ reunion

  • 9:15 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Porsha Williams had time to put on makeup and do her hair for her mug shot since she voluntarily turned herself in for misdemeanor battery.  CREDIT: APD

Just in time for this Sunday’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion show, the Atlanta Police Department served Porsha Williams with an arrest warrant for her attack (captured on film) on Kenya Moore.

Kenya called the police two weeks ago after the fight happened and filed a report.

Tonight, Williams turned herself in, got her mug shot taken and left on a $2,000 bond, according to APD. (Thank you, my fellow AJC staffer Alexis Stevens for making the call.)

She was charged with a misdemeanor battery. I presume a fine is in order and maybe a few hours of community service.

Insiders say Kenya goaded [More]

‘American Idol’ top 7 performance recap

  • 6:06 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
C.J. Harris last week during 80s theme week doing Tom Petty's "Free Fallin.' " Will this be his week to fall? CREDIT: Fox

The theme tonight seemed rife with potential sabotage: the contestants picked songs for their fellow singers.

Why not force Dexter Roberts to sing R. Kelly? Or have CJ torture us with a Whitney Houston tune? Or Sam Woolf attempt Queen?

Instead, the top 7 basically helped their fellow rivals out with songs in their zones. The result: a solid night that lifted almost all boats.

The solo songs in general were all relatively modern and to some degree, lesser known, with Radiohead‘s “Creep” sung by Jena the closest to oldies.

The duets (and one trio) were enjoyable, even if the chipper Sam/Alex “Let It [More]

Michael Graham, conservative talk show host, added to All News 106.7 from 9 to noon

  • 5:23 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Michael Graham will be starting on All News 106.7 soon from 9 to noon. CREDIT; Boston Herald publicity photo

All News 106.7 continues to whittle away the “news” part of its  operation, becoming more like a news/talk/sports hybrid with the addition of former New England talk show host Michael Graham from 9 to noon.

Graham posted the news on his website today. His final day on New England Talk Network and Boston Herald Radio will be April 25.

According to the GoLocalWorcester website, “Graham has been a mainstay on conservative talk radio since 1998. Prior to his most recent gig on WCRN, Graham hosted the daily talk show, The Natural Truth on the Boston station WTKK. Graham is also [More]