ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 30: Ted Turner speaks at UNICEF's Evening for Children First to Honor Ted Turner on March 30, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Ben Rose/Getty Images for UNICEF)
Photo: Ben Rose/Getty Images for UNICEF
Photo: Ben Rose/Getty Images for UNICEF

My 25 most popular blog entries of 2018: Ted Turner, Ben Swann, Ryan Cameron, Sheree Whitfield, Brooke Baldwin

Originally posted January 1, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Showing that V-103 is still the big station in town, six of my top 25 blog entries in 2018 were connected with the station.

Three “Real Housewives of Atlanta” entries made the cut while zero “The Walking Dead” ones did. 

There was some local TV news such as  death (former Fox 5 anchors Roy Hobbs and Amanda Davis) and controversy (Thank you, Ben Swann). 

CNN represented two: Ted Turner’s sad medical news and Brooke Baldwin’s engagement, news that finished at No. 12 in 2017 and actually did better in 2018.

Molly Hopkins of “90 Day Fiance” fame also shows up again in 2018.. 

1- Ted Turner says he has Lewy Body dementia. The CNN founder revealed this sad medical disclosure on CBS Sunday Morning. (9/28/18)

2- CBS’s Ben Swann fired after attempt to revive Reality Check. I never ever spoke to Swann directly, but it seemed like he deliberately got himself fired so he could do his own thing.  (1/29/18)

3- Ryan Cameron leaves V-103, joins branding company. He was very clear at the time he wasn’t coming back to radio. But circumstances change (1/26/18)

4- Sheree Whitfield loses peach again on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” She was a major part of the show for many years but the producers decided to dump her... again. (4/7/18)

5- CNN’s Brooke Baldwin engaged to British producer. This got an additional boost in 2018 by the fact she got married in May, 2018. (7/27/17)

6- Georgia leaders try to stem Hollywood revolt after Kemp’s win This so-called revolt barely got off the ground before fizzling. (11/18/18)

7 - Check out the homes of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ cast  This is one of those items we like to call durable content because people have a perpetual curiosity over where the ladies live. (2/21/17, updated 11/26/18)

8- Did Wanda Smiths husband point a gun at Katt Williams?  This entire story went viral for its pure absurdity. (9/17/18)

9 - Atlanta radio stations guide This is a true case of guaranteed page views every year. 

10 - Ryan Cameron returns to air on Majic 107.5/97.5 Ryan decided he needed a radio gig while keeping his branding partnership. (10/18/18)

11- New ‘Intervention’ season hones in on Marietta, Cobb County Jan. 2 The opioid crisis hits home. (12/28/17)

12 - Amanda Davis fans: check out opening minutes of CW’s ‘Black Lightning’  In a tribute to her mom, her daughter Melora Rivera is the director of development  for the show. Her mom shot several episodes before she passed, playing the fictional anchor. (1/10/18)

13- CBS46 anchor Ben Swann suspended after he tries to revive Reality Check. This was the breaking news, followed by his firing three days later. (1/26/18)

14- Tyler Perry’s former Buckhead mansion back up for sale for $25 million As noted earlier, viewers love to look at celebrity homes. (7/1/18)

15- Exclusive: Frank Ski s bankruptcy, financial problems laid bare in court documents Rather than run away from the issue, he confronted it head on his radio show after this story came out. (2/21/18)

16- Exclusive: Wanda Smith’s husband explains what happened with Katt Williams: ‘I have to protect my wife’  Love me some local exclusives! (9/18/18)

17- Exclusive: Phaedra Parks sells her Chastain Park home for $950,000 A killer combo: “Real Housewives” and real estate. (7/16/18)

18- Confirmed: TLC’s Tyler Perry s ‘Too Close to Home’ cancelled after two seasons  This is when search engine optimization helps. You type in the show and my story comes up near the top! (11/2/17)

19- TLC has placed ‘Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta’ on a break The show came back in 2018. (11/12/16)

20-  Who won ‘The Rap Game’ season four?  “The Rap Game” always treats me well. (2/24/18)

21- Big cast changes for season 7 of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ : Scrappy, Tammy, Joseline out (3/16/18)

22- Weather Channel defends Mike Seidel’s Hurricane Florence viral video Viewers thought he was exaggerating the force of the winds. The Weather Channel said he doesn’t do stuff like that. (9/14/18)

23- Former Fox 5 anchor Roy Hobbs, 64, has died (2/18/18)

24 - Molly Hopkins exclusive interview: how she moved on from ‘90 Day Fiance’  (8/3/18)

25-  Reunion: Frank Ski, Miss Sophia, Wanda Smith back together on V-103 27,915

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