Radio and TV Talk 

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

Rock 100.5’s Lyndsey Marie moves to Chicago but will voicetrack mid-days here

  • 5:18 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lyndsey Marie's Twitter photo.

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.

But for now, she will stay on as a mid-day host at Rock 100.5, just 700 miles away in “voice-tracking” mode. She came to Atlanta [More]

Clear Channel’s corporate name becomes iHeartMedia

  • 6:04 pm Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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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):

Steve & Vikki return in podcast form

  • 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.

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 of its era. Sidekick Tom Sullivan added an extra dose of goofiness. But at the end of 2007, with ratings slipping and Q100’s Bert Show on the rise, Star decided they wanted to go younger and dumped [More]

Old School R&B and Hip Hop 99.3 debuts

  • 9:07 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Luther Vandross is one of the core artists on Old School 99.3/1010 CREDIT: Getty Images

Last month, Streetz 94.5 owner Steve Hegwood quietly added a new FM station in the market, a modest signal at 99.3 he’s called Old School. It’s a simulcast of an AM station he has owned since last year at 1010/WTZA-AM.

It’s a mix of R&B oldies from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s with a heavy emphasis on the 1980s That means Keith Sweat, Chaka Khan and the O’Jays are all in the mix. Since adding the FM signal, he has thrown in a smidgen of hip hop as well by the likes of Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D, LL Cool J [More]

Star 94 loses another night jock in Ali Mac, who moves to Vero Beach, FL

  • 8:02 am Friday, September 5th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ali Mac is now the official night jock at Star 94. CREDIT: Star 94

Pop station Star 94 has lost another night jock, Ali Mac, who left after less than a year in that slot to take a morning show hosting job in Vero Beach, Fl.

This week, she joined pop station 93.7/The Breeze (WGYL-FM), working a guy named Geoff in the mornings.

Her move happens the same week Star’s Jimmy Alexander leaves the station after 21 months during mornings. This morning is his final day. (Details of that change here.)

Ali spent more than three years at Star, doing traffic during mornings for a bulk of that time. Star has been through many night [More]

Jimmy Alexander cut from Star 94’s morning team

  • 5:41 pm Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jimmy Alexander is leaving Star 94 after 18 months. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Star 94 is dropping Jimmy Alexander from its struggling morning show after 21 months.

His agent Norm Schrutt said Star had informed him they were not going to pick up his third-year option but gave him the opportunity to stay through the end of his contract in December or leave the air to seek new climes immediately. He chose the latter.

Alexander’s final day on air will be Friday, Sept. 5. Star is being kind to allow him to say goodbye on air. Most radio stations don’t do that. So kudos to Lincoln Financial, the owner of Star. (Star’s web person didn’t [More]

Jimi Jameson, Survivor lead singer, dies at age 63

  • 2:56 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Singer Jimi Jamison performs Survivor's song "Eye of the Tiger" as boxer Manny Pacquiao walks out to the ring to take on Juan Manuel Marquez in the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Another member from my MTV era youth is dead: Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor.

He died of a heart attack at age 63, according to TMZ.

Although the name Survivor is probably better known now as a long-running reality show, the band had a run of six top 10 hits in the 1980s. Their seminal hit “Eye of the Tiger” was sung by lead singer Dave Bickler. Jamison took over for Bixler as lead singer of the band in 1984. They later united to share singing duties. Jamison was the lead on some of Survivor’s biggest hit songs including “High [More]

Fish’s free Celebrate Freedom concert August 30 features Steven Curtis Chapman, Tenth Avenue North, Montell Jordan

  • 5:10 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 01:  Steven Curtis Chapman performs at the 2nd Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House  on June 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Legendary Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman, Britt Nicole and Tenth Avenue North are among the headliners at the biggest free concert in metro Atlanta, courtesy of Fish 104.7. Dubbed Celebrate Freedom, the annual Saturday Labor Day weekend event is held at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta.

Sure, it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year in metro Atlanta for events but this one is not in downtown Atlanta, at least, where Dragon*Con and college football fans intermingle every Labor Day weekend.

The Celebrate Freedom annual shindig typically draws 50,000 plus people, bigger than most any Braves game. (The Braves [More]

Radio briefs: #SaveWRAS rally today, Rhubarb Jones, Jason Goff, Steve & Vikki

  • 12:45 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Today, opponents of the Georgia Public Broadcasting day-time takeover of 88.5/WRAS-FM is holding a rally at Hurt Park at 4 p.m. as students return to campus.

“Because the agreement between GSU President Mark Becker and GPB CEO Teya Ryan was announced during finals week at the end of the school year in May of this year, many students have not had the chance to voice their anger and frustration at this one-sided agreement which gives GPB everything they want, and gives GSU students nothing but empty promises in return,” said Zachary Lancaster, president of Album 88 Alumni, in a press release. [More]

92.9/The Game becomes a Falcons affiliate

  • 1:39 pm Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

I was out last week on vacation and am reporting some stuff late. But in case you missed it:

92.9/The Game, in a mutually beneficially move with Lincoln Financial, has become an Atlanta Falcons FM affiliate.

As an affiliate, the Game simulcasts whatever 790/The Zone airs regarding the Falcons and they will air both pre and post-game analysis as well. The Game aired the Falcons pre-season game this past Saturday.

Lincoln Financial owns rival 790/The Zone on the AM dial and has been airing the FM simulcast of the games on its only FM signal Star 94, a pop station. Lincoln picked [More]