- 3:02 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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]
- 2:54 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
This Friday marks the two-year anniversary of 92.9/The Game. It was the first full-signal Atlanta FM sports talk station and proudly proclaimed from day one that it would be 24/7 live and local.
But the station struggled out of the gate. It lacked big name local personalities or any local team affiliations. Ratings were anemic. On-air hosts came and went. Money flew out the window.
Program director Terry Foxx from day one said this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint, that everyone just needed patience. CBS, the owner, was committing to this format in multiple markets, seeing potential [More]
- 9:24 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
90.1/WABE-FM has spent decades with a split personality: a blend of news/talk and classical music.
Now Georgia State University’s 88.5/WRAS-FM has its own dual format: news/talk during the day, college alternative music by night.
Georgia Public Broadcasting, in a controversial deal with GSU, has been airing national public news/talk programming such as “All Things Considered” and “Here and Now” since late June on the station. And Monday morning, October 20, GPB is rolling out its first local weekday program at 9 a.m. hosted by former National Public Radio host Celeste Headlee. (GPB has no affiliation with WABE, which is run by Public [More]
- 11:25 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Doug Stewart, who hasn’t been able to procure a gig on the AM/FM dial for two years, last month started his own radio show online.
It airs weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m but is also available in podcast form.
“I control everything,” Stewart said. He said his producer Trei Taylor convinced him to do it.
Stewart is currently in his third week and has received more than 11,000 listens to date with 567 followers as of 11:13 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.
- 5:54 pm Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Power 96.1’s third annual Jingle Ball will feature a mix of rock, pop and hip hop including Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy, T.I. and Jessie J.
The top 40 station has also moved the concert from Philips Arena to the smaller Gwinnett Arena. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 19.
This is a decidedly less compelling line up than the first two. In 2012, Power 96.1 brought in Ke$sha, Enrique Iglesias, Justin [More]
- 8:29 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
B98.5 morning host Melissa Carter and her partner Katie Jo welcomed a baby today at 3:59 p.m. EST.
“He’s here and he’s perfect,” she told Jeremy Powell, her producer who sent out the news today.
She and her partner had hired a surrogate from the Pacific Northwest. Doctors had embryos from both women inserted into the surrogate’s uterus and one of them took.
Carter told listeners in the spring that they had been trying to have a baby for six years.
Here’s Carter’s Tweet:
Her partner Katie Jo has chosen to use a pseudonym [More]
- 10:36 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Sean “Sonic” Leckie has left top 40 station Power 96.1 after two years. He was one of the station’s original jocks.
He had been on air from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.
Sonic confirmed the news on his Twitter feed and to me via text with the two words, “Parted ways.” He didn’t explain what happened though it sounds like management simply did not renew his contract. A new program director Dan Hunt joined Power earlier this year after the first one Rick Vaughn was ousted after 16 months.
On Wednesday morning, he posted this message on Instagram:
2 years ago [More]
- 5:18 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lyndsey Marie, mid-day host at Rock 100.5 for the past three years, has moved to Chicago to be the new mid-day host at 97.9/The Loop, a classic rock station there.
Atlanta-based Cumulus owns Rock 100.5 and operates the Loop, which has been around for 30-plus years and ran as a hot talk format for a time in the 1990s.
Marie started this week. She showed off photos of Chicago and her new apartment on her Instagram.
- 6:04 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
They also have several radio personalities “pitch” themselves to advertisers as endorsers here. For some reason, the videographer has them looking away from the camera during the pitch. This is Rich “Sully” Sullivan from WGST-AM (who used to be on Dave FM):
- 11:38 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
One of the biggest morning shows from the early 1990s through the mid-2000s was Star 94’s Steve & Vikki show.
Now Steve McCoy and Vikki Locke have reunited in podcast form to reignite their magical chemistry. UPDATE: 10/10/14: McCoy has joined Spreaker, just like Doug Stewart. You can sign up here. They do it weekly in McCoy’s basement and have started picking up sponsors.
Here’s the latest one they did that debuted Oct. 10:
McCoy’s humor (still evident in his daily Facebook observations) and Locke’s sweet sensibility combined to draw a huge soccer mom contingent that made Star the top pop station [More]