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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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‘American Idol’ bits: ‘Idol’ tour at Verizon Wireless 7/24, Power 7, Nikko Smith, Ryan Seacrest

  • 11:20 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

“American Idol’ is still going to do a tour this year but they are changing to a slightly smaller venue in metro Atlanta: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

The 41-city tour stops in Alpharetta on July 24. Tickets go on sale May 9. Details at I will update later with ticket prices.  The top 10 will be there.

Verizon’s peak capacity is 12,000 with 7,000 reserved seats and 5,000 on the lawn. Gwinnett Arena, where the concert was held for the past 10 years, has a capacity up to 13,000 though “Idol” has set it up for smaller than that. “Idol” was [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]

TLC’s ‘Women of Homicide’ features Atlanta detective Summer Benton

  • 12:33 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Summer Benton earned her fedora after closing her first homicide case. She is a star of the docu-series "Women of Homicide" on TLC. CREDIT: TLC

Summer Benton, an Atlanta Police Department homicide detective featured on TLC’s new show ‘Women of Homicide,” can rock a fedora as if she were part of “The Untouchables.”

“We’re known as the hat squad,” she said on the show. “You have to solve a homicide before you can get a hat.”

Over five years in homicide, Benton has solved 28 cases and now owns plenty of cool hats.

TLC, which chases female viewers, has had success with its “Police Women” series the past five years, which focuses on crimes in progress. “Women of Homicide” takes a deeper look into specific murders and how [More]

How did NeNe Leakes do week 5 on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

  • 10:55 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NeNe Leakes from week four with Derek Hough. CREDIT: ABC

NeNe Leakes was “in jeopardy” to go home week five, but the way “Dancing With the Stars” works it, that doesn’t always necessarily mean she was really threatened.

On Monday night’s Disney-themed night, she garnered her first 9′s of the competition, from all four judges (including guest judge Donny Osmond) with a sassy foxtrot.  She danced amusingly to “Cruella de Vil.” She also returned to her original dance partner Tony Dovolani after spending a week with Derek Hough.

“You owned that dance floor,” Osmond said. “I never saw anybody work their hips like that.”

“You mean mean mean and nasty girl,” said Bruno [More]

Mimi Faust of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ does a sex tape

  • 3:59 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mimi Faust is going all dirty dirty with a sex tape, according to TMZ. CREDIT: VH1

For folks who think “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is too trashy for their taste, they haven’t seen “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Mimi Faust, one of the cast members, is releasing something that no housewife that I know has ever marketed: a sex tape.

According to TMZ, she and her love partner Nikko Smith did the tape and somehow it ended up in Vivid Entertainment’s hands. The adult film company plans to release “Mimi and Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta.” The producers of the VH1 show don’t seem to mind. In fact, they are using it as a major plot point in [More]

TV best bets with season finales of ‘Scandal,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mom,’ return of ‘Devious Maids’

  • 12:20 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Although the official (and increasingly outdated) broadcast season isn’t over until next month, several shows are ending a bit early.

“Mom” on CBS finished its first season tonight and will be back next season. NBC’s “Parenthood’ ends its fifth season Thursday with its fate for a sixth season a tossup. NBC’s “Community” also closes its fifth season the same night and is also on the fence. ABC’s “Scandal” is certain to be back for a juicy fourth season after Thursday.

Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,’ shot primarily in Stone Mountain but set in Beverly Hills, will return on Sunday night.

And in the most intriguing [More]

USA renews ‘Chrisley Knows Best’ for second season

  • 12:03 pm Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Roswell’s Todd Chrisley told “The View” this morning that USA has renewed his reality show “Chrisley Knows Best” for a 12-episode second season.

Chrisley, the so-called “patriach of perfection’”for his family with five kids, lives in a huge house and is an inveterate control freak with a penchant for pithy one liners.

“I let him worry so I don’t have to,” said his wife Julie on the show. “I let him do and think he’s in control. You have to let him think he’s in control.”

Former Atlantan and CNN anchor Don Lemon, now based in New York, was a guest host. He [More]

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap (‘Final Curtain Call’): Season 6, episode 22

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, April 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Kandi Burruss made it through her musical A Mother’s Love” without any major hitches.

This made for a not terribly suspenseful season finale since that was the focal plot line for the episode. And NeNe Leakes, who had blood clots in her lungs and landed in a hospital, was barely there.

But Bravo was smart. They included a special one-on-one “Watch What Happens Live” show featuring NeNe for 30 minutes right after the finale. That was far more interesting because NeNe is seldom boring. (See some of her comments below.)

During the musical, Porsha Williams, who plays Kandi’s younger sister in the musical, [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]

TV briefs: ‘Atlanta Eats’ in Vegas, AMHQ at Atlanta Botanical Garden, local ‘Shark Tank’ connection airing tonight

  • 5:18 pm Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

“Atlanta Eats,” Steven “Steak” Shapiro’s creation, is opening its fourth season this weekend on Peachtree TV by trying out restaurants… in Vegas.

The episode runs at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, on Peachtree TV.

“We decided to try something out of the box,” Steak said Friday. “We felt like that’s one of those cities many people travel to and don’t really know where to eat.”

He was already doing some production work for the Venetian so he decided to tie that in with “Atlanta Eats.” He spent a half day each with Thomas Keller, “The Cake Boss” Buddy [More]

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