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TV/radio briefs: John Lemley, HLN host punk'd, Harry Samler, Millennial cord-cutting

By RODNEY  HO, originally filed Thursday, October 1, 2015

John Lemley is back on public radio - in a modest role.

The former 90.1/WABE-FM classical music hostwas let go about nine months ago when the station dropped music during weekdays. He will be joining Georgia Public Broadcasting's portion of 88.5/WRAS-FM as a guest pledge drive host during episodes of "On Point," "The Takeaway," "Here and Now" and statewide, "Mid-day music."

"Who knew that my 'begging skills' would be in demand?" he mused to me via text.

Lemley continues to do his daily City Cafe on AM1690/The Voice of the Arts from noon to 2 p.m. weekdays.

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Yasmin Vossoughian gets punk'd by a comic who "mistook" Edward Snowden with Edward Scissorhands. CREDIT: HLN

Oops. The bookers at HLN must be kicking themselves for allowing a comic get on air on the "Daily Share" today with Yasmin Vossoughian supposedly to talk about Edward Snowden as a "supporter." The problem: said comic Jon Hendren answered her questions as if she were talking about "Edward Scissorhands."

Clearly, Yossoughian was not listening to him terribly carefully because he managed to stay on air an impressively long time.


Harry Samler

Harry Samler is off the pothole/traffic beat during CBS46 mornings. He has returned to special projects and will focus on consumer investigations.

Paul Ossmann has been doing some of the traffic in his place and sharing weather duties with Jennifer Valdez in a "team" mode.


Kicks 1015 logo

Scott Lindy, a well-respected program director at 94.9/The Bull (2008-2010) and Star 94 (2010-2015), is coming back to Atlanta after a short stint in Indianapolis. He will become the program director of his third Atlanta radio station: Kicks 101.5. He replaces Greg Frey, who gets promoted to a newly created position at Atlanta-based Cumulus overseeing all their country stations nationwide.

Kicks had struggled against the Bull the past two years but the Bull has seen its ratings fall alarmingly the past two months. In the latest September Nielsen Audio book, Kicks pulled out its first victory over the Bull in overall ratings since the fall of 2013. So Lindy is entering with momentum on his side. (Lindy's departure from the Bull was never explained but Star was changing ownership so that wasn't a huge surprise.)


Millennials are known as the first generation that has gone without a TV because they can watch what they want to watch on demand via smartphone, laptop or tablet. In other words, it's a solo activity.

But once they start having families, a recent Nielsen study shows, 80 percent opt for a cable or satellite subscription.

Sure, they could get a TV and just use Hulu and Netflix, too, for that communal feel. Still, cable and satellite may still offers the most convenient packaged options. As a result, Netflix and Amazon are wisely investing in children's programming to try to shift the script.

According to a New York Times story:

About 80 percent of millennials with their own homes who have started families subscribe to cable, and an additional 14 percent get television with an antenna, according to Nielsen. Only 6 percent have just broadband connected to a television set.

Among childless millennials who live in their own homes, about 75 percent subscribe to cable television, while 13 percent live in so-called broadband-only homes.

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

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