City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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Worst radio guest ever

IMG_1640Donna Rodriguez was kind enough to invite me to talk live on her weekly radio program, the Dishing with Donna Show, which airs every Saturday at 2 p.m., on WGKA 920 AM.

How did I repay this kindness? By showing up 20 minutes late, that’s how. Between closed highway lanes and a highly regrettable “if only I had first looked at a map moment,” I left this poor woman alone to stall until I burst into the studio. Me, I would have been reciting poems I had memorized in junior high school (”Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me…”), or just mumbling. Donna instead was coolly talking about the building blocks of effective food writing.

Anyhow, you can read about Rodriguez’s experience of keeping it together here, on her blog.

I also recommend the show that, as far as I know, is the only hour of broadcast in Atlanta devoted solely to food and restaurants. Rodriguez does a lot of prep before each show, so the conversation moves briskly and with purpose.

Do you listen to “Dishing with Donna” or any other food segments on local radio? I’m a fan of “The Splendid Table” with Lynne Rossetto Kasper — a syndicated program that airs on WABE 90.1 FM every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

I’ve always been surprised that there weren’t more outlets for food radio in Atlanta. I moved here from Denver where, as I recall, there were three or four popular food programs.

19 comments Add your comment

Rachel Forrest

May 24th, 2010
10:53 am

You should do a radio show! I have one here in Portsmouth and it’s always an anxious time until my guest shows up!


May 24th, 2010
11:16 am

920 AM? Is that a time or a station? Never heard of it, and I’m a radiophile.

790 has done a food show with Kevin Rathbun before, but they are at random times. When I got Sirius, I was stunned that I actually enjoyed Emeril’s show.


May 24th, 2010
11:33 am

Back in the day (1950’s), 920 used to be the poor step child to WSB. I think they used to have their towers on the old Biltmore Hotel. Back then I don’t remember them having the power that WSB did. 920AM used to have the call letters, WGST and would broadcast GaTech games. I have know idea about their programming now, since I only listen to satellite radio.


May 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

You may have been late but I think you just made up for it. I had never even heard of the show OR the station, but I will add them to my dial now.

CIndy Curlee (I think that was her name), Clark Howard’s old producer had a food show on WSB years ago. I used to listen to it regularly.

Program directors for radio are collectively idiots. They keep trying to force feed crap down our throats that no one wants to hear and then they moan when no one listens. They ALL chase the “18-35″ demographics and everything is dedicated to that and the teenie boppers. They lack the vision to sell ads to the people who actually HAVE the money and will support a radio station. It’s kind of like the AJC’s unwillingness to go after the increasing conservative population and continuing to print left wing editorials on the front page and calling it “news.” They wonder why their subscription numbers tank and blame it on the internet, not their biased “reporting.”


May 24th, 2010
2:29 pm

Ouch!! It may be time to revisit 920am if you haven’t been there in a while. Just look at all the new stuff you guys are missing ….. Atlanta’s only food and restaurant entertainment program!?!?!? It’s a platform representing our culinary and dining industry as a whole and a resource for all foodies alike. Plus it’s entertainment driven, so a nice breath of fresh air from the grit of a.m. talk radio. Worth a listen! — Then again …. (I am rather bias) :-)


May 24th, 2010
5:02 pm

Uh, Fred. Stick to food, please. I don’t care to hear your political biases. Go watch Fox and leave the rest of us alone. Thanks.


May 24th, 2010
5:15 pm

“It’s kind of like the AJC’s unwillingness to go after the increasing conservative population”

The problem with the above statement is that it is simply not true. There is no evidence that the population is becoming more conservative. In fact, I would say the opposite is true. Things that would not have even been discussed 20 or 30 years ago, like gay marriage, are very much on the table. On the economic side, poll after poll shows increased support for more government intervention in financial markets. The last few elections bear this out: Clinton, from the social side; Bush, one of the most fiscally liberal presidents ever; and Obama, arguably the most philosophically liberal President ever.
The fact is, most liberals are not supporting newspapers because they are too conservative. Perhaps not conservative enough for their aging readership, true. But by and large liberals look to the Internet, not newspapers, so maybe you are right about newspapers targeting the wrong audience, but it is a diminishing audience they would be chasing anyway.


May 24th, 2010
6:18 pm

Donna — I’m at work, so I’m checking out your web site. Some of those links need to be fixed! But honestly, I had never even heard of 920 (I’ve been in Atlanta). But you’ve got some pub now!


May 24th, 2010
10:26 pm

On Second Opinion Radio (WRFG, Wednesdays from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.) Sonia Swartz has a segment where she recites vegan recipes in her delicious French accent. The recipes are delicious too.


May 25th, 2010
8:00 am

Just when you think a topic has nothing to do with politics, Fred arrives with a rude reminder. Thanks buddy, I’d dropped my guard there for a second!

Donna, I’ll definitely check out the show. I guess 920 AM has been off a lot of people’s radar for a while — I fondly remember WGST.

John Kessler

May 25th, 2010
8:44 am

Thanks for the the tip, Gabrielle. Can’t wait to hear the word “tempeh” with a French accent.
And, yes, everyone — let’s keep this discussion on track — the digestive tract.


May 25th, 2010
8:59 am

My wife and I listen to Dishing with Donna every Saturday while we’re tooling around in the car. We love the show and wish there was more foodie radio on the air.


May 25th, 2010
9:03 am

addendum: 1160am runs “Chef and the Fat Man” Saturday’s from 3pm to 5pm


May 25th, 2010
11:35 am

I guess The Splendid Table on WABE 90.1FM doesn’t count? All about Food, but not local.

John Kessler

May 25th, 2010
2:05 pm

Rick – Thanks for the info.
SarahJane – Please read the post again.

East Lake Ira

May 25th, 2010
2:22 pm

So when will you be on Delicious Dish?

Ray Ferraro's Bobble Head Doll

May 25th, 2010
10:22 pm

Couldn’t you have just done part of the interview over the phone while you were driving?


May 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

LAL there was nothing political there. Pull your head out of your ass. It was a verifiable observation. Just look at the election results to see the direction this state has gone. Look at the declining subscription numbers of the AJC and look at the people they market to. If they wanted to increase their numbers, they would quit pushing the liberal agenda. It’s not the Internets fault that the current population doesn’t want to pay to read their drivel. It is their own fault.

Don’t care for Fox thank you very little. You are typical of the breed however making erroneous assumptions because you are so politically slanted one way. Change your fanatical dogma to the right and you would make as good a brain dead Republican as you currently are a brain dead democrat. Thinking and comprehending the written word just takes TOO much effort for you eh?


May 28th, 2010
1:22 pm

That was Kim Curlee doing the cooking show at WSB. She left and so did the show.

WGST used to run a cooking show on Saturday afternoons, I think. It was on before Cigar Dave.

This was back when radio stations would try for odd things and see what worked, instead of only going for clones of whatever was the hit of the moment.

Clark Howard started out doing a trial travel show on Sundays when it was safe to do that because nobody was listening. It turned into an empire because they let him try.

Nowadays, you can’t even get a try because why bother when there’s some paid show that will take the slot for $200 and you won’t even need to have a human in the station. Do a cooking show with someone who may eventually become a radio force, or take the gold show or the fish oil show? Meh.