Radio/TV briefs: ‘Rickey Smiley For Real,’ Streetz 94.5 anniversary, ‘Shark Tank’ auditions, GPB board meeting

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 04: Comedian Rickey Smiley speaks on stage during TV One's "Rickey Smiley For Real" season 2 premiere at SCADshow on May 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One)

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 04: Comedian Rickey Smiley speaks on stage during TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” season 2 premiere at SCADshow on May 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for TV One)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Wednesday, July 20, 2016

TV One has renewed “Rickey Smiley For Real” for a third season.

The show, set in Birmingham (his home) and Atlanta (where he works), saw ratings improve season two over season one. Season two is currently airing.

“The consistent growth of ‘Rickey Smiley For Real’ demonstrates the strong connection our viewers have with Rickey’s lovable family and laughable team,” said D’Angela Proctor, Head of Original Programming and Production for TV One in a press release. “Over two seasons, new and devoted fans have watched as the cast takes great strides in their personal lives and we look forward to watching as the cast exhibits their commitment to the community as well.“

Smiley had mixed feelings about the announcement in the wake of all the police shootings. Last week, he held a town hall meeting on the subject.

I assure you that police violence will be a topic addressed in Season 3 as I feel compelled to use my platform to make change in this country for the good of all our citizens.  I’m thankful my show is doing well, but our nation, especially black America, is grieving at this time.

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Streetz 94.5 is now four years old and is holding a party Thursday to celebrate at Opera in Midtown.

But I love the co-sponsor: Magnum Condoms!
Streetz 945 anniversary party
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ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank” is seeking folks with great business ideas tomorrow at the Fox Theatre.

Numbered wristbands will be given out from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and interviews begin at 9 a.m.

You will get to do a one-minute pitch to producers. To apply at an open call, you must have a completed application. CLICK HERE to download the application.

More details here. 

Shark Tank auditions

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And I know this is hardly compelling video content but I did some Facebook Live of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s board meeting on Wednesday. They only do these meetings quarterly and the April meeting was cancelled.

On the video is Bert Huffman, vice president of external affairs and chief development and a bit of Tanya Ott, vice president of radio, who talks a bit about growth of 88.5/WRAS-FM. The station’s daytime schedule was taken over by GPB amid a lot of grousing among the Georgia State University radio station students. Ratings have gone up 50 percent year over year and the cumulative audience has doubled from around 60,000 a week to 130,000 this spring. The station’s ratings are currently about one-fifth that of 90.1/WABE-FM.


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