TV/radio briefs: Jim Basile, WIGO/Praise Stellar Award nominations, Adult Swim’s ‘Children’s Hospital’

Ryan Cameron, Wanda Smith and Jim Basile at the 11 Alive Can-A-Thon in 2014. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Ryan Cameron, Wanda Smith and Jim Basile at the 11 Alive Can-A-Thon in 2014. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Saturday, March 5, 2016

Big Sexy” Jim Basile, the V-103 traffic reporter, is also a song arranger on the side. (In case it’s after March 31, 2017 and you are looking for news about his whereabouts, he is not technically employed with V-103 but a third-party company that V-103 no longer uses. More details here on why he’s gone.)

Joe Gransden has a 17-piece big band that performs at Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs twice a month, the first and third Mondays on the month. He will perform some of Basille’s big band arrangements this Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Gransden has had this band going now for almost seven years. “It really sounds great,” Basile wrote in an email.

He sent me a sample of Gransden’s work:

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Two Atlanta stations were nominated for best major market gospel station of the year by the Stellar Awards: Praise 102.5 and WIGO-AM/1570.

While Praise is on a big signal and generates solid ratings, WIGO is a small station on the AM dial, a clear underdog. Larry Young, who runs the station that goes by “Atlanta’s Incredible Radio,” said he’s proud his listeners who voted them in.

WIGO has been around for 10 years. Five years ago, they broadened their mix of programming, adding southern soul, blues, R&B and news/talk. “It’s about having variety,” Young said. “It’s a throwback. It’s a niche audience but with good programming, people will find it.” (Check out the programming schedule here.)

But AM is a tough place to be. He is hoping to find a translator and move to FM at some point.

<Neither ended up winning. A D.C. station took home the prize. He figures two Atlanta stations may have split the vote.

The pre-taped Stellar Awards air on TV One on March 6 at 6 p.m., 8 p.m and 10 p.m.

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Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital’ is ending after seven seasons.

It was the Atlanta network’s longest-running live action program.

Creator Rob Corddry told Vulture:

Part of his decision was based on being very proud of Season 7. He had considered ending the show once before after Season 5, but said that decision was based more on exhaustion and stress, and he wouldn’t have wanted to end it after what he felt wasn’t the strongest season.


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