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]

The Regular Guys’ Justin Bieber protest hoax goes viral worldwide

  • 4:03 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

Rock 100.5 morning show The Regular Guys duped hundreds of media outlets this past weekend by creating a fake protest of Justin Bieber’s possible new residence in Buckhead.

From TMZ to the local TV news stations to international media, stories about the protest posted without question before the Regular Guys revealed the hoax at 8:50 a.m. this morning. (The only suspicious media outlet was Creative Loafing.)

You can listen to the reveal here.

Larry Wachs of the Regular Guys last week was talking on air about Bieber considering a home in Buckhead. He mentioned that maybe Buckhead [More]

‘Southside’ Steve Rickman gets married

  • 9:28 pm Sunday, January 26th, 2014 by Rodney Ho

An event many thought never would happen actually did: “Southside” Steve Rickman got married Saturday at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek before 150 friends and family.

The Regular Guys radio host met nutritionist and weight-loss counselor Amanda Bakalar two years ago and fell in love. They tied the knot in classy fashion.

The marriage ceremony was simple and elegant, with candles attached to the windows and Bach and Handel as a backdrop in music. (No Journey until the reception!) Bakalar, in a beautiful flowing wedding dress, was brought down the aisle by her father Steven Bakalar. It went off [More]

Regular Guys lose their Dallas gig

  • 2:51 pm Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 by Rodney Ho

Rock 100.5 The Regular Guys’ short-lived experiment with syndication is over.

It’s not really their fault. The rock station in Dallas at 93.3 (called in recent months as Quality Rock 93.3) has simply switched formats. Rumors are jazz or R&B or even FM sports. Its ratings were pretty pitiful, ranking 37th among Dallas radio stations in July overall.

The Regular Guys show went to a two-city set up in April. It meant they had to be more strict about the clock and make occasional references to Dallas. Otherwise, the show wasn’t that different to the average listener. Atlanta ratings didn’t seem to [More]

Ga. Voice blogger not happy with Regular Guys ‘gay kiss’ punishment

  • 10:37 pm Thursday, May 21st, 2009 by Rodney Ho

Bo Shell, art director at Atlanta gay publication Georgia Voice, this week in his blog expressed concern about a Rock 100.5 Regular Guys contest in which the loser has to “kiss a dude,” calling it “nonchalant homophobia.”

Co-hosts Larry Wachs and “Southside” Steve Richman each are challenged to lose body fat. The one who sheds the most fat gets $2,000 from the other guy. The presumed loser has to kiss an unspecified guy for 10 seconds on the lips.

Here is the Web site explaining the challenge.

On Wednesday, they even tried to entice Bert Weiss from sister station Q100 to [More]

4/24: Morning Mash with Eric Von Haessler pondering a Senate race, Regular Guys syndicating

  • 4:28 pm Friday, April 24th, 2009 by Rodney Ho

“I don’t know what all kinds of FCC regulations come into play,” he said. “There are two schools of thought. One is that I’d have to leave the air as soon as I got the nomination for the Libertarian Party [in April of 2010]. Some think it might only have to be four weeks out.”

So for now, “I’m officially just exploring the idea.”

He noted that this is not a radio stunt. “I’ve been a political junkie all my life,” he said. “I’m a capitalist. I was never moved to get involved until I heard the rhetoric of the past few [More]