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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.
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Video: Talking Steve Harvey, ‘Atlanta Exes’ and ‘Real Houswives of Atlanta’ gossip

  • 11:04 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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CineStar’s Brittany Umar & I  discuss Steve Harveys Neighborhood Awards this past weekend, the upcoming VH1  reality show “Atlanta Exes” and Porsha Williams‘ new gig.

‘American Idol’ bits: Caleb Johnson debut numbers, Kelli Glover on ‘AGT,’ Kris Allen

  • 10:56 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson’s debut album “Testify” dropped yesterday and HitsDailyDouble projects based on first-day sales that he will sell a mere 9,000 to 11,000 copies. That’s even worse than Candice Glover‘s 19,000 last year.

It would officially be the worst-selling debut of any “Idol” winner to date. Not surprising given how the show has disappeared off the pop culture radar screen and the fact album sales continue to slip away with each subsequent year.

His album is coming out sooner than any other winner in history, less than three months after the finale. Most winner albums debut in the fall.  [More]

Atlanta Police Department focal on NatGeo’s ‘Drugs, Inc.’ August 13

  • 5:51 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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The Atlanta Police Department’s Narcotics Unit will be featured on tonight’s episode of “Drugs, Inc.” on the National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m.

The hour-long program features the drug Molly.

According to the NatGeo description:

Molly, a powdered form of the drug MDMA, is exploding in popularity across the United States. Formerly marketed in pill form as Ecstasy, Molly is a total rebrand. Marketed as purer, cleaner and “without the additives,” this powder has become the most fashionable new drug for young people. But as the consumer demand for Molly has exploded, the production of pure MDMA has struggled to keep up with [More]

Channel 2’s Zach Klein goes viral with Robin Williams tribute

  • 5:02 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Zach Klein of WSB-TV has been a sports anchor there for six years. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Certainly, the staff at Channel 2 Action News will deem sportscaster Zach Klein viral video man of the year thanks to his Monday night broadcast where he paid tribute to Robin Williams by weaving 23 references to the legendary actor via 21 movie titles, a TV show and a quote from “Dead Poet’s Society” over two and a half minutes.

The video was acknowledged by USA Today, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Deadspin, to name a few.

Klein said he was hooked by Williams from “Mork & Mindy” on and wanted [More]

Two locals (Dragon House Agents, Adrian Romoff) on ‘America’s Got Talent’ this week

  • 9:39 am Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 914 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Cannon, Adrian Romoff -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Two Atlanta area acts performed in the quarterfinals last night of “America’s Got Talent.”

But they are going to fact some tough competition to make it through to the semifinals. Only 5 of the 12 acts make it through and this was a very good night for “AGT” in terms of talent. Ultimately, several acts outshone both Dragon House Agents and Adrian Romoff.

The Atlanta dance trio Dragon House Agents opened the show with a flashy animated pop-and-lock act with smoke and lights and backup dancers. After watching some of their Dragon House brethren on “So You Think You Can Dance,” what [More]

Catching up with radio legend Tom Joyner (Kiss 104.1): “Sleep is overrated.”

  • 9:36 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Tom Joyner with Sybil Wilkes at WSB headquarters, where Kiss 104.1 is based. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Tom Joyner flew in from Dallas last week to Kiss 104.1 headquarters in Atlanta before his appearance at the annual Flashback Festival. He met with staff and clients of the station, which has aired his morning show for the past two decades.

“Twenty years,” he mused. “It’s still fun. I have a lot of support. They make me look good!”

He was one of the first radio personalities to venture into syndication as radio began consolidating. He is now heard on more than 110 radio stations and 8 million listeners a week.

Better yet, he partly owns Reach Media with Radio One, [More]

Rod Man of Villa Rica in ‘Last Comic Standing’ finals Thursday for $250K

  • 2:49 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
If I were a bettin' man, I'd put my money down for Rod Man to take home the "Last Comic Standing" prize Thursday, August 14, 2014. And I'm not showing hometown bias here. CREDIT: NBC

Rod Man, a Villa Rica native who moved to Los Angeles in 2002, taped the finale of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” weeks ago but he can’t tell me what happened. It could cost him $250,000 and a development deal with NBC.

“The whole thing has been a boost,” he said earlier this week. “I’m winning already. That’s a beautiful thing about it, man. Anything else will be icing on the cake.”

[UPDATE August 14: He won! Details are here. I made a false presumption in this story. Rod Man really didn’t know who had won until yesterday because the producers taped [More]

‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ recap: season 3, episode 16

  • 12:13 am Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Mimi is just thrilled with all these new developments about Nikko. CREDIT: VH1

The truth comes out!

First of all, Mimi Faust admits to friends Ariane and Erica that she had lied to them about the sex tape.

Sure, she still believes (idiotically) that her boyfriend Nikko “lost” the tape of them having sex. Then she tells her friends that Vivid, the production company, and Nikko convinced her to add more scenes to give the tape more heft. That’s why folks who watched it said it looked “produced” because part of it was indeed done like a porn.

Why she held this back all this time to her friends is beyond me. But then her friends [More]

Locals recall Robin Williams (1951-2014) and his Atlanta visits

  • 8:25 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Robin Williams, who died early today, didn’t have super tight connections to Atlanta, but he has performed here over the years and shot a film in Atlanta last year.

Marshall Chiles, owner of the Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown, tried to coax Williams to show up in 2009 by booking Williams’ friend and fellow stand-up comic Rick Overton. But Williams, who was performing at the Fox Theatre, didn’t feel well and ended up getting heart surgery a few days later. (Chiles even invited me to a show expecting Williams to possibly show up.)

Four years later, Williams did [More]

David and Tamela Mann juggling two shows on Bounce TV, BET

  • 1:31 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
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Bobbcat Films has amicably settled a lawsuit with Atlanta-based Bounce TV over a sitcom starring “Meet the Browns” stars David and Tamela Mann.

Bounce TV sued Bobbcat because the two sides had agreed to have the Manns star in a scripted comedy for Bounce called “Mann & Wife.” The company sent out a press release in May announcing the show forthcoming in 2015.

But a few days later, Roger Bobb, who runs Atlanta-based Bobbcat, informed Bounce TV that the Manns were going to a reality show with BET instead. Bounce filed the lawsuit soon after when they couldn’t resolve the issue [More]

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