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TV/radio briefs: Jim Sciutto, Lisa Hagen, Tommie Lee, Elle Duncan, Wendy Williams, SB Nation Falcons podcast

Originally filed Monday, September 17, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

With Chris Cuomo moved to prime time, there has been a shift in CNN’s morning shows. John Berman has already been placed in “New Day” and Jim Sciutto gets Berman’s former anchor spot on “CNN Newsroom” from 9 to 11 a.m.

Sciutto, CNN’s chief security correspondent, will retain that reporting role. He began his new role this past Monday, working side by side with Poppy Harlow

"Sciutto will bring his extensive experience covering the intelligence community, foreign policy and the Department of Defense, including more than a decade as a foreign correspondent based overseas, to the New York-based program alongside Harlow," the network said in an announcement.

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9/20/2016 Public Broadcasting Atlanta WABE Lisa Hagen, Reporter Photo: Mark Hill (Mark Hill/Mark Hill\A+E)

For the next two years, Lisa Hagen of 90.1/WABE-FM will focus on the role of guns as part of a collaboration called “Guns & America” the station has with nine other public media stations nationwide. 

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(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 27 : Tommie Lee attends Roger Bonds Birthday Celebration at Compound on January 27, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage) (Prince Williams/WireImage)

Tommie Lee of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” was facing two years in prison for a 2016 DUI arrest but made a plea deal that limits jail time to just two days. According to TMZ, she will spend her time at the Fulton County jail next week. 

She also has to finish 40 hours of community service and receive alcohol and drug treatment. On the show, she has grappled with issues regarding her drinking. And over the years, she has been arrested numerous times. 

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Bristol, CT - October 5, 2016 - Studio X: Elle Duncan on the set of SportsCenter (Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images) (Rodney Ho/Radio and TV Talk)

Elle Duncan, former V-103 host and now ESPN SportsCenter anchor, returned to work this past Saturday after taking maternity leaveShe had her daughter Eva in July with her husband Omar Abdul Ali.

She is working Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings with Matt Barrie

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Wendy Williams attends Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by (Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)) (Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)

“The Wendy Williams Show” has always done extremely well in Atlanta on Fox 5 and when it opened last week for its 10th season, it proved to be the No. 1 market for her in the entire country in terms of ratings.

According to the show

"Wendy's" first-place finish delivered 100,000 viewers with a 3.9 rating and 14 share of the household audience airing at 10 a.m. on WAGA FOX 5, as well as a 2.4 rating and 21% share of the coveted women 25-54 audience in the hour.”

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SB Nation, the sports network from Vox Media, has started “The Falcoholic Podcast” focused on the Atlanta Falcons. The hosts for The Falcoholic’s flagship show are Jeanna Thomas and David Walker; Cory Woodroof will serve as host for “The Falcoholic Postgame Show.”

Atlanta joins SB Nation’s seven other NFL team specific podcasts on the Vox Media Podcast Network. Listeners can subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and wherever listeners enjoy podcasts. 

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

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