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Briefs: Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash lineup (Gucci Mane, Migos), 2017 Atlanta Press Club journalism award winners, Tripp West update

This was originally posted Monday, April 17, 2017 by Rodney Ho/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Gucci Mane and Migos headline the next Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash June 17th at Philips Arena.

Hot is aping V-103's reference of its "pop up" concert last month since there are going to be major stars who "pop up" but can't be named. In the past, the likes of Kanye West, Chris Brown, Jeezy and Usher have shown up unannounced.

The timing is good. The top two singles right now on the Mediabase urban airplay chart: Gucci Mane at No. 1 with "Both" and Migos at No. 2 with "T-Shirt." (Migos also has the No. 5 single with "Bad and Boujee.")

Buy tickets here from $10.79 to $189. 

Other artists scheduled to appear:  Fat Joe & Remy Ma (No. 9 single with "Money Showers"), YFN Lucci (No. 20 single with "Everday We Lit"), B.O.B. (No. 30 single with "For Lit"), DJ Luke Nasty, D.R.A.M and Lil Uzi Vert (who guests on "Bad and Boujee.")

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 16: Migos attend "Hidden Figures" Soundtrack Listening Party hosted by DJ Drama with Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Means Street Studios on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)


Saturday, June 17, 2017: 12 noon – 5:00pm  

Birthday Bash ATL “Free Block Party” Downtown

Centennial Olympic Park with live performances and vendors 12 noon – 5 pm.

265 Park Avenue West Northwest Atlanta, GA 30313


Artist TBD

Saturday, June 17, 2017:  7:00pm – 11:00 pm

Birthday Bash ATL “The Pop Up Edition” Concert

Philips Arena

1 Philips Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tickets $10.79 - $189


Here are the winners of the 2016 Atlanta Press Club awards:

Award of Excellence – Print/Online Daily

Brenda Goodman, WebMD:

Tiny But Dangerous: the Mosquitoes Spreading Zika

Fight Turns Personal for a Man at War with Zika

Pregnant Puerto Ricans Fearful of Zika

New Zika Threat to Babies: Late-Onset Microcephaly

Miami Beach’s Dilemma: Zika or Insecticide?

Josh Green, Atlanta magazine

Award of Excellence – Print/Online Nondaily

Josh Green, Atlanta Magazine:

How Gentrification Really Changes A Neighborhood

Elly Yu of WABE. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Radio Reporting

Elly Yu, WABE:

Georgia Governor Set To Veto ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill. Here’s Why

Brendan Keefe, investigative reporter at WABE-FM. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – TV Reporting

Brendan Keefe, 11Alive:

The Investigator

Award of Excellence – Documentary or Series

Jeremy Campbell, Erin Gutierrez, Matt Livingston, Lauren Rudeseal and Blis Savidge, 11Alive:

Charlie Foxtrot

Kait Parker accepts the videography award for the Weather Channel. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Videography

Kait Parker, Marcus Stern and Spencer Wilking, The Weather Channel:

Toxic Lake 

Sean Powers won the "Use of Sound" award for a story about sweet tea. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Use of Sound

Sean Powers, Georgia Public Broadcasting:

Sweet Tea: A History of the ‘Nectar of the South’

October 8, 2014 AJC employee, John Spink. (CHRIS HUNT/SPECIAL)

Award of Excellence – Single Image Photography

John Spink, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Camille Pendley received credit for winning best photo gallery. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Photo Gallery

Dustin Chambers and Camille Pendley, Atlanta Magazine:

Our Voices: 17 metro Atlantans explain what Trump’s victory means to them

Andy Miller (Georgia Health News) and Brenda Goodman (WebMD) won best investigative reporting. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Investigative Reporting

Brenda Goodman, WebMD and Andy Miller, Georgia Health News:

Why Are Kids in Waycross Getting Cancer?

Neima Abdulahl of 11Alivew on Rising Star for journalists under the age of 30. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Rising Star Award

Neima Abdulahi, 11Alive 

David Armstrong of NewsLab won for news innovation. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – News Innovation Award

David Armstrong and the Georgia News Lab 

Hollie Manheimer, executive director of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation won the Club Impact Award. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Award of Excellence – Impact Award

Hollie Manheimer, Georgia First Amendment Foundation

DISCLOSUURE: I am a board member of The Atlanta Press Club


Tripp West is back at mid-days on radio, this time at B98.5. CREDIT: Cox Radio

Jill West posted this Sunday on Facebook about her husband and B98.5 host Tripp West, who had a tumor removed from his brain in February:

Update: We made it back to Atlanta about 2 weeks ago!!!We are so happy to be home and settling in. Tripp is in out-patient therapy and doing well. The confusion is getting better day by day as he is surrounded by familiar people and surroundings. Our girls have been spoiling him and giving him lots of love and extra attention. ❤️😃His lab work continues to level out and stay in normal ranges.

Thank you all for the continued love and support. Extra prayers are always appreciated.

Happy Easter!

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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