- 11:25 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting has had a tough few weeks, with layoffs and cutbacks. Now several of its networks are off Dish Network, covering 14 million households. There is a dispute over how much Dish pays Turner for airing its programming, including digital distribution rights, according to a CNN Money story.
The channels affected: CNN, HLN, CNN en Espanol, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM and Boomerang. Turner’s most popular networks TNT [More]
- 10:54 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
For the second week in a row, we get a double dose of “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA. (It goes to once a week next week at 10 p.m. Tuesday.)
First up, Todd claims his ideal Father’s Day would be “peace and quiet.” “On Father’s Day, it should be against the law to be in any contact with the father,” he says.
Instead, the kids take him to Funopolis in Commerce. He’s skeptical. “Who wants to be spun around in a circle til you puke?” he says.
“Mama looks like Shamu over there,” Todd says while watching Faye on the water-based bumper [More]
- 5:30 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Ryan Seacrest called his alma mater’s principal this week after the school named two special needs kids as Homecoming King and Queen.
Seacrest, Dunwoody High School Class of 1993, called Tom McFerrin about a story on NBC’s Nightly News about Gus and Hannah during his radio show.
“If you saw the clip, and I know you did,” McFerrin said.
“Oh my gosh,” Seacrest said. “My mom is in town, so we watched it together.”
“It was an unbelievable moment for me,” McFerrin said. “I’ll never forget that moment.”
“In a world where there are so many stories about bullying, this is a story [More]
- 4:29 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Bostonian Kristen Kish brought a natural likability, a competitive fire and amazing technique to “Top Chef” season 10.
She will bring her sweet personality and cooking chops (minus the need to win a quickfire challenge) to Atlanta Sunday for Taste of Atlanta. Before 40 lucky participants, she will make a vegetable bolognese sauce at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Technology Square. Pasta, a specialty of hers, would have been too difficult to do in this type of setting, she said.
This will be Kish’s first trip to Atlanta. (Treat her well, Atlantans!)
She said on the show, she has always just tried to be [More]
- 3:02 pm Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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]
- 8:00 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
The man who was ousted Monday night from “Dancing With the Stars” was in “Mean Girls” a decade ago but otherwise Jonathan Bennett could hardly be called a “star.” So he should be proud he lasted as long as he did.
Now that the show is eliminating people on the same day as the show, tonight’s dance does not play into their scores. So Bennett left on a high note.
Last week, unfortunately, he had his weakest dance with a new partner during “switch up” week, a jitterbug with Peta Murgatroyd that featured disastrous lifts and clumsy steps. His fate was [More]
- 11:28 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss “Walking Dead” fans rubbing elbows with the cast at Walker Stalker Con, CNN cutting 300 jobs and “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA.
- 4:37 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
A sign that USA is thrilled with Atlanta’s Todd Chrisley & Co., the network has renewed “Chrisley Knows Best” for a third season less than a week after the second season debut.
“Viewers have embraced the Chrisleys for their witty one-liners, laugh-out-loud moments and heartfelt everyday situations,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network in a press announcement. “This family has made an indelible imprint on pop culture, and we’re excited to continue the entertaining journey with them in season three.”
The opener last week drew series best ratings of 1.6 million overnight viewers for each of the two new episodes. With [More]
- 2:54 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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]
- 10:46 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
More than 35,000 “Walking Dead” fans from all over the country converged to meet virtually the entire current cast of “The Walking Dead” at panels, in person and at parties in downtown Atlanta. On top of that, many former cast members were there as well.
The two Nashville-based “Walking Dead” podcasters and convention organizers James Frazier and Eric Nordhoff were a steady presence, moderating several of the panels and keeping the actors happy. They also managed to more than triple the size of the convention over last year’s inaugural one.
Attendees who wanted to be up close and personal to the actors [More]