Radio and TV Talk 

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

Will the Regular Guys and the Bert Show add new members any time soon?

  • 5:14 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The current trio on the Bert Show: Jeff Dauler, Bert Weiss, Kristin Klingshirn.

Meanwhile, the Regular Guys have not added any major on-air talent since Eric Von Haessler was unceremoniously dismissed ten months ago.

Their website shows the trio – Larry Wachs, “Southside” Steve Rickman and Tim Andrews.

Sebastian Davis, known on the show as “Sebas,” was promoted in April to executive producer, taking that job from Andrews, who remains as a Regular Guy. For many years, Sebas has provided the show with comic relief, taping many interviews of, say, drunks at bars or Dragon Con attendees.

Wachs, in a text, considers Sebas a Regular Guy in a sense, but he has not been [More]

Bert Show’s Jeff Dauler lands in hospital over an abnormal heartbeat

  • 11:36 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Jeff Dauler in 2012. CREDIT: Q100

The Bert Show’s Jeff Dauler posted on Facebook and Twitter that he landed in the hospital Tuesday evening over an abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

He didn’t identify which hospital he is staying in.

According to WebMD, “atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Signs include dizziness, weakness, and fatigue. Treatment involves medication and lifestyle changes, and sometimes procedures such as cardioversion, ablation, pacemakers, or surgery.” It says 2.7 million Americans live with it.

A Facebook follower Susanne Snider Smith posted this. “I work in cardiology. I know its scary. It happens [More]

Three-way battle for top Atlanta radio song led by Nico & Vinz’s ‘Am I Wrong’

  • 1:54 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Nico & Vinz were spun 322 times on Atlanta radio this past week.

It’s a tight race this week for most popular song in Atlanta, with Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” just squeaking by Magic’s “Rude” and Sam Smith’s fast-rising “Stay With Me.”

They are separated by just 14 spins over the past seven days: 322, 321 and 308, respectively.

In fact, “Stay With Me” has some factors going for it that will likely propel it to the top, possibly in a few days: it’s played on seven stations in Atlanta vs. the four pop stations for the other two songs. All three have support from Star 94, Q100, Power 96.1 and B98.5, according [More]

Atlanta radio ratings for spring 2014: WSB at top, Bull, Fish move up

  • 2:58 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The current WSB Radio logo.

News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB remained Atlanta’s most popular station during the second quarter of 2014, a title it has kept since last fall.

The station averaged a 7.2 share of the audience, comparable to its first-quarter average of 7.4 and well ahead of second quarter 2013’s 6.3 share.

WSB has not been noticeably impacted by changes over at what had been All News 106.7, which changed to NewsRadio 106.7 during the spring as it added more talk programming.

NewsRadio 106.7 did have its best quarter in its two-year history, averaging a 1.9 share. That’s up slightly from a 1.8 share during [More]

Radio/TV briefs: Kicks Country Fair 2014 with Miranda Lambert; Kicks afternoon jock shift; ‘Jeopardy contestant

  • 3:12 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Miranda Lambert will be at Verizon Wireless October 18, 2014 for the Kicks 101.5 annual Country Fair. CREDIT: Getty Images

Kicks 101.5 Country Fair this year is headlined by A-list country star and recent Rolling Stone cover girl Miranda Lambert.

Lambert will perform October 18 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. Tickets went on sale July 19 and are going fast.

Exclusive interview w/ Claudia Jordan, new member of Rickey Smiley Morning Show

  • 5:02 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Claudia Jordan started on the Rickey Smiley radio show on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. CREDIT: Getty Images

On June 26, TV host Claudia Jordan ran into Rickey Smiley at his Uptown Magazine cover issue party in New York City. Smiley off the cuff invited her to come down to Atlanta and sit in on the show. Jordan had  no idea he was quietly auditioning her to replace Ebony Steele, who was doing “Dish Nation” TV work in Los Angeles at the time. “I sat in for two days, came back for a third,” she said in an exclusive interview after her second day on the show this past Wednesday at Radio One’s Atlanta headquarters in downtown [More]

With Jason Bailey out, Mike Bell joins 92.9/The Game

  • 3:23 pm Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mike Bell, who lost his gig when 790/The Zone dropped local programming in May, might have a bead on a job at 92.9/The Game. CREDIT: The Zone

Morning host Jason Bailey is out and former 790/The Zone afternoon host Mike Bell is in at 92.9/The Game.

Bell came on air at 3 p.m. today to announce his arrival. Starting Monday, Bell officially joins Carl Dukes and the show time will add an extra hour, ending at 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The show will air from 2 to 7 p.m.

Up to this point, 92.9/The Game has failed to – or resisted – hiring any talent from 790/The Zone. (The 2 Live Stews anybody?)

Bell –  who was on the Zone for 15 years  until it dumped [More]

Sirius/XM report: Anthony of ‘Opie & Anthony’ not sorry for nasty tweets; three new channels coming July 17

  • 11:08 am Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Anthony Cumia has been part of "Opie & Anthony" since 1995. The show started on XM radio in 2004. CREDIT: Getty

Sirius XM recently fired Anthony Cumia over harsh Tweets he made toward a black woman he claimed punched him in the face on the street. He has been unrepentant, refusing to apologize.

I won’t repeat the nastiness he unveiled but if you’re really curious, you can read some of them here.

Cumia told Fox News’ “Red Eye” he never used specific racial invective, choosing terms like “savage” and “animal” instead, saying she got violent for no reason. But those are code words a lot of racists have used against blacks so his defense was pretty weak. Co-host Andy Levy even said: [More]

Steve Craig (99X, The River, X107.1) reminisces about the Ramones

  • 10:49 am Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Steve Craig of X107.1 and 97.1/The River, has warm memories of The Ramones. CREDIT: The River

Steve Craig, who worked at 99X for 16-plus years and is now a jock on 97.1/The River and music director of new alternative rock station X107.1, has been a huge Ramones fan for nearly four decades.

When I heard drummer Tommy Ramone had died over the weekend and that all the original members are gone, Craig came to mind since he used to do the delightfully silly “Wheel of Ramones” bit during his noon Retroplex every week on the now defunct 99X. (He did his final “Wheel of Ramones” for 99X online in 2008, landing on “Rockaway Beach.”)

Craig, on [More]

Kicks 101.5 is now almost all current songs, eliminating most from 1990-2009

  • 3:47 pm Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Kicks has scaled back 1990s cuts in recent months and is now almost exclusively current songs. CREDIT: Getty Images

In recent months, the once dominant Atlanta country station Kicks 101.5 has gone back to being almost exclusively current based after a foray mixing in older tunes from the 1990s.

Clearly, Kicks has decided to match up as closely as possible to 94.9/The Bull, which has been the leading country station in the ratings almost across the board since last November. This past June, the Bull had its biggest month in its eight-year history, landing at No. 5 among all radio stations with a 5.7 rating compared to a 3.5 for Kicks, tied for 14th place, based on Nielsen Audio [More]