Radio and TV Talk 

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

Dragon*Con 2014 lineup includes Patrick Stewart, Lou Ferrigno, Walter Koenig, Mary McDonnell, Sean Maguire

  • 3:00 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lou Ferrigno has made multiple appearances at Dragon Con. CREDIT: Getty

The annual Dragon*Con convention is less than five weeks away and the guest list is almost complete.

I readily admit I’m no sci-fi expert by any stretch, but the celebrity attendee list seem to be a bit softer on star wattage than in recent years.

Among the bigger names I see on the notables list include returnee Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “X Men”), Walter Koenig (Chekhov on “Star Trek”), Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Major Crimes”), Lou Ferrigno (“The Incredible Hulk”), Kristin Bauer (“True Blood”), Sean Maguire (“Once Upon a Time”), Julie Benz (“Angel,” “Dexter”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad,” [More]

Three-way battle for top Atlanta radio song led by Nico & Vinz’s ‘Am I Wrong’

  • 1:54 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Nico & Vinz were spun 322 times on Atlanta radio this past week.

It’s a tight race this week for most popular song in Atlanta, with Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” just squeaking by Magic’s “Rude” and Sam Smith’s fast-rising “Stay With Me.”

They are separated by just 14 spins over the past seven days: 322, 321 and 308, respectively.

In fact, “Stay With Me” has some factors going for it that will likely propel it to the top, possibly in a few days: it’s played on seven stations in Atlanta vs. the four pop stations for the other two songs. All three have support from Star 94, Q100, Power 96.1 and B98.5, according [More]

Three metro Atlanta acts make top 48 of ‘America’s Got Talent’

  • 10:00 pm Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Adrian Romoff is a precocious genius with a flair for the dramatic on the piano. CREDIT: NBC

Three metro Atlanta acts made the cut of the top 48 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night.

Next week the show goes live to feature 12 acts each over four weeks.

Adrian Romoff, a precocious 10 year old pianist who hopes to be in college by age 12, wowed the judges with his keyboard playing a few weeks back:

Here’s part of the bio from NBC:

He discovered the piano at age four and taught himself to play under the careful eye of his mother, Olga. He gave his first concert at age five and has since played countless public concerts and recitals. [More]

Paula Deen teases her online Paula Deen network

  • 4:21 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Paula Deen attends KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Grand Tasting Village on February 23, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)

The resurrection of Paula Deen continues.

Georgia’s own received a $75 million-plus influx of cash earlier this year from private-equity firm Najafi Companies to reinvent her brand after all the brouhaha last year.

Part of her investment is an on-line subscription television network set to debut later this year. Last year, she was banished from the Food Network after 14 years and lost a host of endorsement deals after a lawsuit deposition indicated she admitted to using a racial epithet multiple times in the past.

According to People magazine, which received an exclusive on the news, “pre-registration for The [More]

Atlanta radio ratings for spring 2014: WSB at top, Bull, Fish move up

  • 2:58 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The current WSB Radio logo.

News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB remained Atlanta’s most popular station during the second quarter of 2014, a title it has kept since last fall.

The station averaged a 7.2 share of the audience, comparable to its first-quarter average of 7.4 and well ahead of second quarter 2013′s 6.3 share.

WSB has not been noticeably impacted by changes over at what had been All News 106.7, which changed to NewsRadio 106.7 during the spring as it added more talk programming.

NewsRadio 106.7 did have its best quarter in its two-year history, averaging a 1.9 share. That’s up slightly from a 1.8 share during [More]

‘The Bachelorette: Men Tell All’ recap: Marcus, Andrew, Chris

  • 9:06 am Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Chris made the final three on "The Bachelorette." CREDIT: ABC

I have never watched an entire season of “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” before. So this is my first “Men Tell All” as well.

Honestly, I’m not sure we learned a heck of a lot about anything. But here ya go:

Time killing moments: Teaser of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which involves blood, an assault and handcuffs. Just like paradise! Season 7 “Bachelorette” Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum, that rare couple that worked out, are having a baby and they find out live that it’s a boy.

Did Andrew say “blackie”? After Ron and Marquel, the two token black dudes, were given roses at [More]

‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: season 3, episode 13

  • 10:55 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Nikko is thrilled to be trending worldwide. CREDIT: VH1

Mimi Faust doesn’t quite understand freedom of the press.

She gets all upset when Benzino said he wanted to  is place her on the cover of Hip Hop Weekly — without paying her for the honor. He simply wants her cooperation for an interview and a photo shoot. She wants $10,000. He balks. He’s a journalist, he says.  He doesn’t have to pay her diddly squat to put her on the cover.

So she threatens to sic lawyers on Benzino and storms out. As a public figure, unless the magazine deliberately slanders her, she has virtually no legal leg to stand on [More]

‘American Idol’ bits: Jena Irene interview for Atlanta tour stop July 24; Fox chief comments;

  • 4:32 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
AMERICAN IDOL XIII: Jena Irene performs on AMERICAN IDOL XIII at the NOKIA THEATRE L.A. LIVE airing Tuesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / PT) on FOX.  CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright 2014 / FOX Broadcasting.

‘American Idol” runner up Jena Irene had her share of critics on this blog this year. Many just found her style grating, her enunciation poor.

But you have to give her credit for working on her craft, taking critiques seriously and improving week by week. She was also far more versatile than most of her competitors. able to work behind a piano a capella and rocking it with the live band. And the bottom line is she has charisma and can sing, two important components for any artist.

I spoke with her in an advance of the upcoming stop at Verizon Wireless [More]

Radio/TV briefs: Kicks Country Fair 2014 with Miranda Lambert; Kicks afternoon jock shift; ‘Jeopardy contestant

  • 3:12 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Miranda Lambert will be at Verizon Wireless October 18, 2014 for the Kicks 101.5 annual Country Fair. CREDIT: Getty Images

Kicks 101.5 Country Fair this year is headlined by A-list country star and recent Rolling Stone cover girl Miranda Lambert.

Lambert will perform October 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Tickets went on sale July 19 and are going fast.

TV best bets with return of ‘Project Runway,’ ‘Hotel Hell’

  • 9:16 am Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Heidi Klum is back on "Project Runway" Thursday. CREDIT: Getty Images

This is a very quiet week on TV, with the only really notable show returning being Lifetime’s “Project Runway” on Thursday as it enters its 13th season.

Otherwise, Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” wraps up the same night and Gordon Ramsay‘s “Hotel Hell” returns on Monday. (Gotta have Ramsay on at all times on Fox!)

WGN enters the scripted series game with its critically acclaimed “Manh(a)ttan)” on Sunday about creating the atom bomb during the 1940s.

And if you’re into those dopey shark films, Syfy has a new one on Saturday night.

MONDAY

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC — The rejected guys dish on Andi and each [More]