Briefs: Waka Flocka reality show ‘Meet the Flockas,’ new WABE-FM managing editor, Jesse Kage podcast

Originally posted Friday, September 27, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

WE-TV liked former “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” couple Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera so much on three other shows on the network, it has given them a new reality show “Meet the Flockas.”

The Georgia film and TV office posted the name of the show on its list of active productions. WE-TV did not respond to an inquiry about details  of the show.

Rivera appeared on “Love and Hip Hop” from seasons 3 to 7, three of those year as a full-time cast member. Flocka was a secondary character much of the time. They split for a time then reconciled. 

Around 2017, the couple tried to get a spin-of with the name “Meet the Flockas” on air but had no luck .

They then did “Marriage Boot Camp” and a limited series on WE-TV where they got married. They also did some work season 3 of WE-TV’s “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta,” which aired over the summer. 

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Alex Helmick has been named managing editor of WABE News, a position that has been open for about a year.

A year ago, WABE moved Helmick’s predecessor John Haas to a digital operation. Haas will now oversee both podcasts and shows such as “City Lights” and “Closer Look.” 

Helmick will lead the day-to-day operations of WABE’s newsroom covering breaking, feature and enterprise reporting. Helmick joins WABE from KQED-FM, a public radio station in San Francisco, where he had been a senior supervising editor since 2013. He will join WABE on October 21.

“Alex Helmick brings a wealth of experience in local, national and international news to the WABE team” said Wonya Lucas, CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta. “He is a radio veteran who has done it all – reporting, editing, producing, writing, hosting and managing. His passion for storytelling and breaking news is what made him our top choice for this position and we are thrilled to welcome him to the WABE family.”

“I am excited to move to Atlanta and join the outstanding team at WABE,” said Helmick. “It is my honor to lead such a strong group of journalists who have built a loyal, dedicated audience.”

He has also covered business in Chicago and produced the evening newscast for Chicago’s WBEZ.

The station is still seeking a content manager to effectively replace Christine Dempsey. 

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Jesse Kage, who was let go from Rock 100.5 last month by new PD and afternoon host Axel Lowe, has started a new Kage Kultcast, which debuted Thursday, September 27. He brought in Alli That Girl from Tampa. 

The long-time Floridian was at Rock 100.5 for two years as a personality-based jock. But Rock 100.5 recently decided to focus more on music. 

You can listen to his new podcast here. 

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Clint Eastwood is known for turning movies around quickly. He finished production of “Richard Jewell” last month and now it’s set to open December 13 in time for awards season. 

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