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TV/radio briefs: 'Little Big Shots,' Jeff Elliott, January radio ratings, Radio Hall of Fame

By RODNEY HO/, originally filed Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NBC has given Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots" a quick renewal after just two airings.

His uncanny ability to kibitz with regular folks (and in this case, kids) is what makes people watch.

"Little Big Shots" opened with massive numbers in its new time slot Sunday night after debuting huge after "The Voice" last Tuesday.

The show about child prodigies averaged 14.8 million overnight viewers Sunday night and a 2.8 rating with 18-49 demographics.

The part-time Atlanta resident now has four shows on his busy docket: "The Steve Harvey Show," "Family Feud," "Celebrity Family Feud" and "Little Big Shots."


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News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB last month continues to ride high with election news as it landed No. 1 for the second month in a row with a 9.1 share, according to Nielsen Audio ratings.

In fact, that's the highest monthly share WSB has ever received since Nielsen began using people meter measurements in 2009.

V-103 remained at the top among 18 to 34 year olds and 25 to 54  year olds.

With football over, both 92.9/The Game and 93.7/680 The Fan fell off with the Game losing far more audience, dropping from a 3.4 to a 2.1.

Among pop stations, B98.5 was on top among both total listeners (5.5, fourth place) and 25 to 54 year olds (5.4, fifth place). In overall listeners, B98.5 beat out Power (4.7), Star (3.9) and Q100 (3.6).

Q100, in fact, had its worst month since November, 2009, a span of more than six  years. Since the Bert Show lost Jeff Dauler in November, its ratings have taken a fall. Is it temporary or something more serious? Too early to say.

A year ago, the Bert Show drew a 9.6 share (No. 1) among 25 to 54 year olds and a 13.3 (No. 1) among 18 to 34 year olds. Last month? The show finished in fifth with a 5.4 share among 25 to 54 year olds, a drop of 44 percent and third with a 7.3 share among 18 to 34 year olds, a fall off of 45 percent vs. a year ago.

The new Jeff Dauler and Jenn Hobby show on Star 94 debuted too late to be reflected in this book. Same with Scotty Kay's sudden departure on Power 96.1. The addition of Tad Lemire on B98.5's morning show didn't hurt: in his first full month, the show jumped from a 3.2 to a 4.2 share among 18 to 34 year olds, ranked seventh.


CNN last year deliberately ramped up its political team for the 2016 election not just on its cable network but online as well.

Adweek wrote a story about CNN's efforts.

To ramp up CNN Politics in a digital space dominated by sites like The Washington Post, Politico and The Hill, CNN went on a hiring spree—doubling the size of its staff and tapping 45 journalists from 15 competitors, including Politico, The New York Times and Mic. “The goal of this team was and is simple: break news, craft narrative-defining enterprise and create smart, original premium video—all of which can have the benefit, but not primary objective, of being reverse-engineered to television,” says O’Keefe.

At CNN Politics, they think of it as digital first, TV soon after.


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John Long, who runs the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in St. Mary's, has more radio memorabilia than he can display. "We've got to grow. We are actively looking for larger space," he said. "The response to the museum has been overwhelming."

If anyone in Atlanta is interested in providing space, email John at


Jeff Elliott worked at B98.5 from 2014 through early this year. CREDIT; CatMax Photography

Former B98.5 morning host Jeff Elliott quickly landed on his feet just weeks after he left the air on the station, landing a gig in Fort Myers, FL. He starts as new morning host Wednesday, March 16 at 96.9/WINK-FM in Ft. Myers, FL, a station similar to B98.5.

"I'm looking forward to getting out of the corporate mud bog and working with a great family-run group of TV and radio stations," he wrote on Facebook, referencing the Fort Myers Broadcasting Company which owns WINK.

Prior to his two years at B98.5, Elliott has worked at stations in West Palm Beach, Dallas and Rochester, to name a few.

B98.5, WSB and the Atlanta Journal Constitution are all part of Cox Media Group.

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