Radio and TV Talk 

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

Star 94 hires Donny Michaels as newest night jock

  • 9:26 am Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Donny Michaels

Star 94’s latest night jock is Donny Michaels.

He begins the week of Nov. 10 and will be on air from 7 p.m. to midnight. He was last a morning host on a pop station WQSH-FM (Q103) in Albany, N.Y.

Michaels replaces Ali Mac, who left for Vero Beach, Fla. last month.

His bio on Q103 is as follows:

Star plays what is dubbed “Hot AC” in radio parlance pop for older listeners with a focus on music from the 1990s to today. It has had trouble keeping night jocks, which tend to be the least stable spot anyway given that it’s a [More]

Ryan Cameron inducted into Georgia Radio Hall of Fame

  • 4:52 pm Monday, October 27th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Current V-103 morning host Ryan Cameron, a new inductee into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, with former V-103 morning host Mike Roberts, who was inducted in 2013. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Several years ago, V-103 morning host Ryan Cameron was nominated for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. He didn’t get in.

But this past weekend, in his second try, the hometown favorite was inducted with seven others.

“Tonight, unbelievable,” said Cameron, who has been on Atlanta radio for more than 23 years with V-103 and the original Hot 97.5, after the induction ceremony at the Hilton in Marietta Saturday. “Everybody who was monumental to my radio career was in the room, which made it that much sweeter.”

Cameron was thrilled to have former V-103 morning host Mike Roberts (Georgia Radio Hall of Fame [More]

Pres. Obama talks to V-103’s Ryan Cameron to drum up the vote

  • 3:02 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ryan Cameron

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]

92.9/The Game approaching two-year anniversary with momentum

  • 2:54 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jamie Dukes is one of the handful of on-air personalities that has been at 92.9/The Game since the beginning. CREDIT: NFL Network

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]

Celeste Headlee’s ‘On Second Thought’ debuts on WRAS-FM Monday Oct. 20

  • 9:24 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Celeste Headlee, a long-time public radio host, will be leading "On Second Thought" on WRAS-FM for GPB starting October 20, 2014. CREDIT: publicity shot

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]

Doug Stewart of 2 Live Stews debuts web radio show on Spreaker

  • 11:25 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Doug Stewart is hosting his own radio show on Spreaker from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. CREDIT: ESPN

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.

You can listen to his show here. He is trying to make it sound like anything you’d hear on radio, [More]

Power 96.1 Jingle Ball Dec. 19: Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy, T.I., Jessie J

  • 5:54 pm Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
T.I. will be at V_103's Car and Bike Show. Here he is at the BET Awards from June 29. CREDIT: Getty Images.

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.

Tickets start at $45.00 and will go on sale Friday, October 10, at 10 a.m. via www.power961.com, The Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office, GwinnettCenter.com, or call 1-888-9-AXS-TIX.

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]

B98.5 host Melissa Carter’s long-awaited baby arrives

  • 8:29 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Melissa Carter is having a baby via a carrier later this year. CREDIT: B98.5

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:

This was the story I wrote about it in April.

Her partner Katie Jo has chosen to use a pseudonym [More]

Power 96.1 jock Sonic is off the station after two years

  • 10:36 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Sonic interviewing Miley Cyrus for Power 96.1. CREDIT: Ben Rose/Getty Images

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]

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]