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3/12: Morning mash with Glenn Beck, Cold Case, AnnaLynne McCord, Jimmy Baron, Michael Stipe, local ratings

Glenn Beck at the Cobb Energy Centre last year. CREDIT/Rodney Ho

Glenn Beck at the Cobb Energy Centre last year. CREDIT/Rodney Ho

In his first two months at Fox News, Glenn Beck has been a bonafide hit at 5 p.m., often bringing in more viewers than MSNBC, CNN and HLN combined.

On Monday, according to TVNewser, Beck drew 2.1 million viewers compared to 770,000 for Wolf Blitzer at CNN, 687,000 for Chris Matthews on MSNBC and 222,000 for HLN.

Among news hours, he is only behind Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly.

Beck fits with the Fox News brand and is making the most of it by taking on the Obama administration. He’s doubled ratings in that time slot compared to a year ago.

In fact, overall, Fox News is seeing major ratings spikes since Obama took over while CNN’s numbers have fallen. In February, Fox was up 29 percent.

Here are some of Beck’s comments about the nation’s direction told to the L.A. Times:

“If I told you what I really believe was going to come — I’ve made people cry,” he said in an interview. “I think we’re headed for real trouble.

“You’ve never met anybody who wants to be wrong more than I do,” Beck added. “I have nothing to gain and everything to lose. If I’m right, what do I have? I don’t grow my business. I have no reason to say these things.”

-With ratings flagging a bit, aging shows “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace” are “on the bubble” with CBS and may not come back next season, according to

-Former Atlantan and “90210″ star AnnaLynne McCord wrecked her Mini Cooper before admiring photographers Tuesday.

-Top 7 shows in Atlanta the week of March 2, 2009:

1- “American Idol” Fox (Tuesday-semifinal performance) 674,000 viewers
2- “American Idol” Fox (Wednesday-semifinal results) 635,000 viewers
3- “American Idol” Fox (Thursday-wildcard 596,000
4- “The Bachelor: After the Rose” ABC (Monday) 468,000
5- “The Bachelore finale” ABC( Monday) 362,000
6- “CSI” CBS (Thursday) 338,000
7- “Hell’s Kitchen” Fox (Thursday) 331,000
SOURCE: Nielsen

-Jimmy Baron, former morning host at 99X, has inexplicably struggled to find a job in front of a mike in nearly three years in this market. So he has begun working the mike — at two restaurants for trivia night. He’s doing Midtown Tavern at 554 Piedmont Road from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and the Midtown Front Page News (1104 Crescent Ave.) on Thursday nights. I stopped by last Thursday for his first one. Sure, this is not a glamorous job but I was just glad to hear Jimmy behind a mike, even if it’s just an audience of trivia nerds. (My team came in second!)

- I have an updated list of Atlanta radio stations. Tell me at if you see any discrepancies.

- Athens musician Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is not a man who has aged well. Here’s his recent appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show:

11 comments Add your comment

Your teachers must be proud

March 12th, 2009
10:17 am

“Here are some Beck comments about the nation’s direction told to the L.A. Times:”

How could we rewrite this to be less awkward? How about “Here are some comments beck told the L.A. Times about the nation’s direction” or “Beck commented to the L.A. Times about the nation’s direction.” Either one makes more sense and flows better.

And while we’re on the subject…

“Former Atlantan and “90210″ star AnnaLynne McCord wrecked her Mini Cooper before admiring photographers Tuesday.”

What, she wrecked her car and then admired the photographers? Grade-schoolers could tell you that you should have written “Former Atlantan and “90210″ star AnnaLynne McCord wrecked her Mini Cooper in front of admiring photographers Tuesday.”

1 time

March 12th, 2009
11:07 am

Jimmy Baron, oh how times have changed. I remember a smug answer from you saying “I DON’T NEED TO WORK”, that was 3 years ago. Well, looks like you found a job that suits your skill level. Never bite the hand that feeds you Baron. You will stay gone from ATL radio till I feel you have learned from your mistakes. And that’s that!


March 12th, 2009
11:15 am

Michael stipe still lives here…

Jack McMillan

March 12th, 2009
4:58 pm

Jimmy Barron, what? He can’t find a job? No way?
Anyone that ever listened to him on radio would
know why. I’m sorry, but at his best he is nothing
more than a good voice over for commercials and
that is a compliment.

Randall Bloomquist - fired WGST PD

March 12th, 2009
5:13 pm

Jimmy – the Walmart on Bankhead Highway is currently hiring folks to clean toilets. With your skills, you are more than qualified for the job. Talk to my buddy, Chuck Deskins, as he will gladly help you get hired.

Chuck Deskins - fired Clear Channel Manager

March 12th, 2009
5:15 pm

Bloomquist, you big idiot! Since I did not toss you from the Building of Death, Clear Channel got rid of me. Neither of us have any talent, but at least I still have my job cleaning toilets at the Walmart on Bankhead Highway.

Randall Bloomquist – the Colonel Klink of Atlanta radio.

Colonel Klink

March 12th, 2009
5:17 pm

General Burkhalter would have had Bloomquist arrested, jailed, and sent to the Russian front.

General Burkhalter

March 12th, 2009
5:18 pm

At least we would have never hired Bloomquist or Jimmy Baron for our German radio stations. Though the war probably would have ended sooner if those two goons were on our side.

Major Hochstetter

March 12th, 2009
5:19 pm

What is with all of this talk about Bloomquist and Baron? It’s driving me crazy!


March 12th, 2009
10:17 pm

Trivia nerds? Dude you may needs some new friends. Or at the very least people who know who the Incas were..

Taylor Botcho

March 16th, 2009
11:23 am

Wait, let me get this right: in an economy approaching – and in many cases past – 10% unemployment, you people are criticizing a guy (Jimmy) for trying to make a smidge of a living? I’m guessing it’s not his first choice but I can’t be hard on a guy for trying to earn some money for his family.