Briefs: Shannon Burke, Kara Stockton join new talk station at 102.1/1010; Mara Davis Music Mix on ‘hiatus’ on WABE; ‘The Banker’ gets new release date

Shannon Burke with his producer Kara Stockton hope to stay in Atlanta but Burke is open to moving if need be.

Originally posted Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The new 1010/102.1 talk station featuring Kim "The Kimmer" Peterson and Mike Brooks will now add former Talk 106.7 hosts Shannon Burke and Kara Stockton as morning hosts.

The shows debut on Monday, February 3.

New co-owner Will Regan (with Jamie Chapman) said he was able to convince Burke to work Monday through Thursday from 7 to 10 a.m. on top of his full-time job in Orlando at Florida Man Radio from 2 to 6 p.m. In other words, Burke's willing to work on air 36 hours a week on air for two different stations and that doesn't include all the prep work necessary to do his job effectively.

“I like to work,” Burke said in a text. And he adores Stockton. The pair were on Talk 106.7 for three years.

“I’m excited. I’m glad Shannon is willing to do this,” said Stockton, who will be based in Atlanta while Burke remains in Orlando remotely. “I worked in the newsroom before I started working with him. We hit it off. We became buddies. I miss him. I hate he’s in Florida.”

On Fridays, Stockton will do her own show, bringing in a guest each week. Her first one will be Real Dwayne, one of their former favorite callers.

Right now, Regan plans to have Brooks from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Kimmer from 4 to 7 p.m. He will be testing out people for the mid-day slot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Each will have two weeks to prove themselves. First up: J.D. Hayworth, a former Arizona House Republican from 1995 to 2007. Following him is Rich Sullivan, a former Dave FM host who did a talk show for a couple of years on 640/WGST-AM. The third round is still up in the air.

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Credit: CR: Evan Jang/WABE. Steve Goss and Mara Davis.

Credit: CR: Evan Jang/WABE. Steve Goss and Mara Davis.

Mara Davis' weekly Music Mix with Steve Goss on 90.1/WABE-FM will go on "Indefinite hiatus" after this Thursday morning's segment on "Morning Edition," according to a Tweet Davis sent out today.

Instead, the station is going to beef up its political coverage, Davis said. With two Senate races and a presidential election this year, politics is an important arena for WABE and any news organization in the state.

Davis - a former Z93 and Dave FM mid-day host for many years, worked with former WABE morning host Goss on the weekly previews of upcoming music events for WABE since 2013.

“It was a great run and we loved supporting local music and touring bands,” Davis said in a text. “It was a great place for music discovery and bringing together music fans of all genres. Steve is the best partner and we had a blast doing the segment.”

Hilary Silverboard, senior VP for marketing and business strategy, provided this statement:

Mara's Music Mix was a 3 minute weekly segment within Morning Edition and is currently on hiatus. We are replacing it with newsmaker interviews and are expanding Political Breakfast to a weekly segment. WABE remains committed to bringing its listeners the very best in music coverage. We will continue to feature music and long-form music-related interviews and stories during City Lights with Lois Reitzes and Blues Classics and Jazz Classics with H. Johnson.

Davis is also a talent booker for Adult Swim streams and contributes to Steak Shapiro's "Atlanta Eats" and the syndicated Bert Show, heard locally on Q100.

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VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Anthony Mackie walks the red carpet ahead of the "Seberg" screening during the 76th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2019 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Credit: Theo Wargo

Credit: Theo Wargo

Atlanta-produced “The Banker,” which was postponed from theater and Apple TV+ release last month after some controversy concerning the actions of a producer, has a new release date for both theaters and streaming in March.

The film is abut Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), two black businessmen who purchased real estate and banks in the 1950s and 1960s using a white man as a cover. It was set to come out last month when family members accused Garrett's son and executive producer Bernard Garrett Jr. of sexually abusing them as children. Garrett has since been taken off the film's credits.

"We created Apple TV Plus as a home for stories that matter and believe 'The Banker,' inspired by the brave actions of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African American businessmen who brought about positive social change, is one of those stories," a spokesperson for the tech company's content arm Apple TV Plus told Variety.

Apple said it “wanted to take the time to understand the situation at hand — and after reviewing the information available to us, including documentation of the filmmakers’ research, we’ve decided to make this important and enlightening film available to viewers.”

It is set to come out in theaters March 6, followed by wide release on Apple TV+ on March 20.

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