Radio and TV Talk 

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

Michael Graham, conservative talk show host, added to All News 106.7 from 9 to noon

  • 5:23 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Michael Graham will be starting on All News 106.7 soon from 9 to noon. CREDIT; Boston Herald publicity photo

All News 106.7 continues to whittle away the “news” part of its  operation, becoming more like a news/talk/sports hybrid with the addition of former New England talk show host Michael Graham from 9 to noon.

Graham posted the news on his website today. His final day on New England Talk Network and Boston Herald Radio will be April 25.

According to the GoLocalWorcester website, “Graham has been a mainstay on conservative talk radio since 1998. Prior to his most recent gig on WCRN, Graham hosted the daily talk show, The Natural Truth on the Boston station WTKK. Graham is also [More]

Jason Goff off 92.9/The Game

  • 3:33 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jason Goff has left 92.9/The Game after 18 months. CREDIT: 92.9/The Game

Another original member of 92.9/The Game has left the station: Jason Goff.

He was on until recently from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Goff came from a sports station in Chicago in October, 2012, when the Game debuted.

His co-host Mac left last year and he has been running solo ever since.

Goff is now on SiriusXMNBA from noon to 3 p.m. on a show called “Off the Dribble.”

He Tweeted his departure yesterday:

This was his bio on the Game’s website until yesterday:

During his 12 years in radio broadcasting, Jason has covered a variety of events including NCAA Final Fours, Boxing Championships in Madison [More]

WSB colleagues mourn Capt. Herb Emory’s passing

  • 5:53 pm Saturday, April 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Capt. Herb Emory, the venerable News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB radio traffic guy, passed away Saturday of a heart attack. He was 61.

He died at 3:30 p.m. at WellStar Douglas Hospital after helping motorists involved in a traffic accident in Douglas County.  More details here.

Emory, a North Carolina native, was an Atlanta fixture at several Atlanta radio stations over more than four decades, including 22-plus years at WSB.

UPDATE: Visitation will be Tuesday at the Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, 2189 Midway Road in Douglasville, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Funeral [More]

Ray Mariner (formerly of Star, the Fan) gets new job in New Orleans

  • 11:09 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ray Mariner is leaving Atlanta after more than a decade on radio here to take over programming two radio stations in New Orleans. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Ray Mariner has found a new gig as program director of New Orleans radio stations Nash 92.3 and 106.1/The Ticket.

He will also host afternoons at Nash, a country station, and contribute occasionally with the sports talk station the Ticket, said Mike McVay, Cumulus senior vice president for programming.

“Great company, fun city,” Mariner wrote in a text today. “I like the challenge!”

In December, Mariner lost his gig at sports talk station AM 680 and 93.7 FM The Fan as a mid-morning host when Steven “Steak” Shapiro took over his job from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays. He had been there [More]

Top Atlanta radio song: Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’

  • 8:58 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
arrives at the 2nd Annual Rebels With A Cause Gala at Paramount Studios on March 20, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

It’s been a few months since I’ve provided a list of the most played songs on Atlanta radio.

Not surprisingly, given the song’s ubiquity, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” has been a cross-format smash. It’s the rare song heard on both Hot 107.9 and B98.5.

It’s on eight Atlanta radio stations tracked by Mediabase 24/7:

Kiss 104.1 (31), Majic 107.5/97.5 (21), Hot 107.9 (74), B98.5 (39), Star 94 (65), V-103 (47), Power 96.1 (128) and Q100 (79). That’s a whopping 484 times, or once every 20 minutes on average.

The last time a song had this level of ubiquity was probably Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” last [More]

TV/radio briefs: Kristen Ledlow, Fish 104.7′s ‘Shake’ video, Praise raises $250K for St. Jude

  • 5:29 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Turner Sports has made Kristen Ledlow a full-time employee just a few weeks after she left 92.9/The Game.

“The offer was too incredible to pass up,” she said. “I loved my time at 92.9/The Game. It was a huge opportunity and a great one. But I love the Turner family so much.”

She had been hosting “NBA Inside Stuff” with Grant Hill, a weekly show on NBA TV. She will now also contribute to NBA Game Time shows and doing more interviews. She also plans to do some correspondence work for sister Turner stations CNN and HLN. “I’ll [More]

Why hasn’t anybody hired the 2 Live Stews?

  • 4:40 pm Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
2 live stews

The 2 Live Stews at their peak a few years ago were on 20 radio stations syndicated nationwide. They were a top-rated shows on 790/The Zone, their home base. They were regularly commentators on ESPN. They were even featured in 2004 in Sports Illustrated as a unique style of sports talk radio: African Americans in a format without a lot of them.

But now, in 2014, the Stews’ fan base affectionately nicknamed dogs and poodles has scattered. Doug and Ryan Stewart have not been able to find a job in radio.

What the heck happened? Why aren’t they on the air [More]

Rush Limbaugh leads Talkers Heavy Hundred radio talk show list for eighth year in a row

  • 11:24 am Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Rush Limbaugh was named the most powerful radio talk show host for the eighth year in a row by Talkers magazine, which covers the talk show business.

He’s often been credited with creating the modern-day political talk format in the late 1980s.

Limbaugh is now on from noon to 3 locally on News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB after spending two decades on 640/WGST.

He is heard by more than 14 million listeners a week nationally, according to Talkers estimates. The lead between him and No. 2 talker Sean Hannity, also on WSB (and a former host based in Atlanta in the early [More]

Talking with DJ Envy and Angela Yee, part of the Breakfast Club, the new Streetz 94.5 morning show

  • 1:50 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho

When New York’s Power 105.1 DJ Envy heard he was being teamed up with Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God, he balked.

He’d been there a year doing afternoons and was happy. His previous foray into mornings didn’t go well and waking up early dealing with other people was not his idea of fun. And he had not heard good things about his new partners.

“Charlamagne has been fired four times. Don’t want to work with him,” Envy said. “Angela Yee? On Sirius, she curses like a sailor! I don’t want to work with that. Sounds like a disaster. We’d get fired [More]

TV/radio briefs: ‘The Walking Dead’ ratings, ‘Suits’ at Ga. Tech, Fish 104.7 & MercyMe

  • 4:21 pm Monday, March 31st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Terminus is an old railroad facility in Mechanicsville. Sanctuary? Not so much. Ratings? Huge! CREDIT: AMC

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season four finale last night drew its second best ratings ever and best season finale numbers at 15.7 million last night.

Of those, 10.2 million were 18-49 year olds. That level of younger viewers hasn’t been seen by any non-football regular series since “American Idol” in its heyday.

The “Talking Dead” after show with Andrew Lincoln drew another 7.3 million, a series record.

The show averaged 13.3 million viewers, up 24 percent over season three.

The drama will be shooting again soon for season five. For the first time since season one, the show shot in downtown Atlanta. The producers [More]