Rodney Ho

I cover local radio, TV, comedy and film for both the print and online editions. I have been covering radio since 2001 and TV since 2005. I have been in journalism since 1991. Other subjects I have covered over the years: education, transportation, banking, entrepreneurship, country music, nightlife, youth culture. My entertainment blog Atanta radio stations What TV shows are in production in metro Atlanta?

Latest from Rodney Ho

‘American Idol’ recap: season 17 final audition episode
 Jade Flores – 22, Waxahachie TX. She comes in with so much enthusiasm, she is borderline annoying, like Catie Turner hepped up on caffeine. But once she starts singing, she sounds impressive, a hefty country sound that works for her. The judges have no problem putting her through. <iframe width="480" height="270"...

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Jade Flores – 22, Waxahachie TX. She comes in with so much enthusiasm, she is borderline annoying, like Catie Turner hepped up on caffeine. But once she starts singing, she sounds impressive, a hefty country sound that works for her. The judges have no problem putting her through. <iframe width="480" height="270"...
‘The Walking Dead” recap (“Scars”): season 9, episode 14
 Show runner Angela Kang decided to experiment with storytelling and this Michonne-focused story largely worked. There’s no doubt some will cringe at Michonne having to kill kids to save her own but that act leaves plenty of scars, as the show title notes.  It’s part flashback, explaining why Michonne is so wary of the outside...

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Show runner Angela Kang decided to experiment with storytelling and this Michonne-focused story largely worked. There’s no doubt some will cringe at Michonne having to kill kids to save her own but that act leaves plenty of scars, as the show title notes.  It’s part flashback, explaining why Michonne is so wary of the outside...
‘American Idol’ recap, more auditions: season 17, episode 4
 This was a mostly disappointing night for talent. The only two that stood out to me were returnee Alyssa Raghu and pop singer Ashley Hess. The two Georgians included a horrific beat boxer and a model/singer/actress who charmed Luke Bryan but doesn’t seem to have the voice to make it far in Hollywood.  There were a couple of...

Posted: 18 hours ago

This was a mostly disappointing night for talent. The only two that stood out to me were returnee Alyssa Raghu and pop singer Ashley Hess. The two Georgians included a horrific beat boxer and a model/singer/actress who charmed Luke Bryan but doesn’t seem to have the voice to make it far in Hollywood.  There were a couple of...
‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’: season 11, episode 18, Eva gets hitched
 Poor NeNe Leakes. While the other women appear to be having happy relationships/marriages, NeNe and Gregg are on the verge of separating... again. NeNe told Cynthia Bailey at Eva Marcille’s wedding that right before the event, Gregg told her he wanted to separate.  “Last night, I felt like I was broken,” she said. ...

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Poor NeNe Leakes. While the other women appear to be having happy relationships/marriages, NeNe and Gregg are on the verge of separating... again. NeNe told Cynthia Bailey at Eva Marcille’s wedding that right before the event, Gregg told her he wanted to separate.  “Last night, I felt like I was broken,” she said. ...
TV best bets with Michael Buble, Rob Lowe, Patricia Arquette
 Michael Buble, the modern-day crooner, gets his own NBC special with an explanation point attached “Buble!” this Thursday. On the same night, Patricia Arquette stars in a horrifically dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship in Hulu’s “The Act” based on a true story.  And Rob Lowe hosts his first...

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Michael Buble, the modern-day crooner, gets his own NBC special with an explanation point attached “Buble!” this Thursday. On the same night, Patricia Arquette stars in a horrifically dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship in Hulu’s “The Act” based on a true story.  And Rob Lowe hosts his first...
Shannon Burke, as Talk 106.7 awaits its demise, is confident he can find new work 
 Shannon Burke came to Atlanta’s NewsRadio 106.7 in 2016 after several years in Florida with no name recognition. He replaced Michael Graham, who left in a blaze of infamy. Within a matter of a few months, he more than doubled Graham’s ratings and quickly built a loyal following. Unfortunately, Atlanta-based Cumulus Media...

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Shannon Burke came to Atlanta’s NewsRadio 106.7 in 2016 after several years in Florida with no name recognition. He replaced Michael Graham, who left in a blaze of infamy. Within a matter of a few months, he more than doubled Graham’s ratings and quickly built a loyal following. Unfortunately, Atlanta-based Cumulus Media...
HBO moving some jobs down to Atlanta in AT&T restructuring
 HBO will shut down a broadcast operations facility on Long Island, N.Y. with some jobs coming to Atlanta. The network said of the 200 current jobs, 75 will be eliminated. Some of the remaining 125 positions will move to HBO’s new offices at Manhattan’s new Hudson Yards while others will move to Atlanta, where Turner broadcast...

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HBO will shut down a broadcast operations facility on Long Island, N.Y. with some jobs coming to Atlanta. The network said of the 200 current jobs, 75 will be eliminated. Some of the remaining 125 positions will move to HBO’s new offices at Manhattan’s new Hudson Yards while others will move to Atlanta, where Turner broadcast...
TMZ: Mama June and boyfriend arrested over crack cocaine
 TMZ got the skinny on “Mama June” Shannon and her Geno Doak getting arrested Wednesday in Alabama following an alleged domestic incident. Doak was arrested for domestic violence/harassment, felony possession of a controlled substance (unspecified) and drug paraphernalia. Shannon was also cuffed for possession of a controlled...

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TMZ got the skinny on “Mama June” Shannon and her Geno Doak getting arrested Wednesday in Alabama following an alleged domestic incident. Doak was arrested for domestic violence/harassment, felony possession of a controlled substance (unspecified) and drug paraphernalia. Shannon was also cuffed for possession of a controlled...
Carol Burnett returns to Cobb Energy March 25 and you better be on time
 Carol Burnett is big on punctuality. She always made sure the taping of her legendary sketch comedy show, which aired from 1967 to 1978, did not take longer than necessary. “It’s because of my theater background, I don’t like to keep an audience waiting,” she said during a recent 40-minute phone interview which started...

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Carol Burnett is big on punctuality. She always made sure the taping of her legendary sketch comedy show, which aired from 1967 to 1978, did not take longer than necessary. “It’s because of my theater background, I don’t like to keep an audience waiting,” she said during a recent 40-minute phone interview which started...