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3/17: Morning Mash with Jason Segel interview, Warren Ballentine & Al Sharpton on WAOK-AM, SciFi Channel changing name

The film “I Love You Man” comes out Friday starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, who plays Marshall on “How I Met Your Mother.” I interviewed him, mostly focusing on the film. But I asked him a couple of TV-related questions:

Q: How’s it going with [former Atlantan] Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders [on “How I Met Your Mother”] and their simultaneous pregnancies?
A: They’re both so happy and so excited. Alyson is done for the season. We shot a bunch of stuff for her in advance.
Q: How are some ways they’re hiding their stomachs?
A: They’ve been hiding my stomach for four seasons. They’re used to it!
Q: How long before your character Marshall and Lily actually have kids?
A: I don’t know. It’s very interesting they haven’t written it in thus far. They’ll probably put it off as long as they can. It gets tricky having a kid on a show. Kids are only allowed to work for a certain number of hours and slows everything.

Here’s a trailer to the film, which was pretty funny. And if you are still queasy after seeing Segel’s full monty in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” no worries this time. You only see him ripping off his shirt, this time around. “I’m trying to be a legitimate actor,” he joked.

-I hear that Warren Ballentine and Al Sharpton have been picked up by 1380/WAOK-AM, which has dumped local hosts Rick Joyner and Rob Wilson. Ballentine and Sharpton were at Grown Folks 102.5 until last month when that station disappeared. Praise was moved from 97.5 to 102.5 while Radio One created a new R&B station at Majik 107.5, simulcast at 97.5, dropping smooth jazz. Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden moved to Majik from Grown Folks. Sharpton and Ballentine did not.

-SciFi Channel decided it didn’t want to be “saddled” with science fiction as its handle. So it has changed its name to SyFy, according to TV Week. This is similar to CNN Headline News becoming generic HLN or Kentucky Fried Chicken becoming KFC when the brand managers felt a need for an image change.

“What we love about this is we hopefully get the best of both worlds,” Mr. Howe said. “We’ll get the heritage and the track record of success, and we’ll build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.”

Sci Fi is coming off the best year in its history. In primetime it ranked 13th in total viewers among ad-supported cable networks in 2008. It’s a top-10 network in both adults 18 to 49 (up 4%) and adults 25 to 54 (up 6%).

-Not surprisingly, the pretentiously evocative “Kings” saga on NBC opened to a modest 6 million viewers on Sunday night. That’s not terribly good. “Celebrity Apprentice” at 10 p.m. pulled in about 6.7 million – also pretty modest.

-Pres. Obama will be talking to Jay Leno Thursday. It’s rare for a sitting president to do a talk show like Leno’s though plenty of candidates have done so.

-Experts talk to the L.A. Times about why “Dancing With the Stars” produces so many injuries.

Celebs go from zero to 60 when they begin working out, training several hours a day (often in high heels) for about four weeks leading up to the show, then continue training during it. The regimen is more intense than that for beginners or even pros, putting enormous demands on bodies and psyches (witness Denise Richards’ mini-meltdown during a practice session with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy). It’s a perfect formula, say health experts, for overuse injuries. One misstep or mind-wandering moment, and pop! There goes that tendon.

-Christopher Rude and Perry Laurentino , morning hosts at 680/The Fan, are in in Ireland for an all-expenses trip sponsored by Guinness. This is why Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver (normally noon to 2) were handling mornings yesterday. The pair will also be covering for Rude and Perry tomorrow (a travel day.)

-Speaking of Guinness, today is St. Patty’s Day. Rock 100.5 is holding its annual Kegs & Eggs celebration starting at noon at Fado. L.A. Guns is the big name at 3 p.m. and a U2 cover band headlines at 8:45 p.m. called Desire.

22 comments Add your comment

simplistic redneck philosopher

March 17th, 2009
9:01 am

Obama’s entire presidency is one big talk show.


March 17th, 2009
10:27 am

1380 made obvious move but a full day of black nationalist, whining radio does NOT make for entertaining talk. oh well, back to the white guys for talk. shame shame shame the “Black Mecca” cannot find stimulating talk radio targetted to african americans. Some mecca, really a overly credit extended ghetto.


March 17th, 2009
11:11 am

The change to SyFy is silly, but they need to do something. I haven’t been impressed by their programming lately, and what they have isn’t “sci-fi.” However, if they’ve increased their numbers I guess someone likes those cheesy monster movies and endless ghost “hunting” shows.


March 17th, 2009
12:18 pm

Hey — I like those ghost hunting shows!


March 17th, 2009
3:18 pm

Sci Fi name change = epic fail

@JTesla, don’t forget the wrestling and infomercials!

Tony B

March 17th, 2009
3:52 pm

I hope that this transaction with Rev. Sharpton and Mr. Ballentine goes smotthly and quickly. I’m not to crazy about Rob Wilson or Rick Joyner. The right wing racist have their talk radio and I can only listen to so much music. The sooner the better.


March 17th, 2009
5:25 pm

I’m probably a little behind here, but what happened to Derrick Bozeman on WAOK. The guy was a stooge, so I am glad that he has gone but didnt know the backstory.

James Evans Sr

March 17th, 2009
8:57 pm

BOZEMAN IS STILL ON WAOK from 10-2. I hope Rob Wilson is able to find another station to educate us on, maybe US Talk network or blog talk radio. This is a sad day for WAOK. You got rid of the Right Side with Shelley, Autoscoop, and now Solutions and Remedies. That show was helping people out as well educating us. Rob even saved a guy from killing himself, and this is the way he is done. I will never listen to that radio show again. I will just go to the competition and listen to Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey. Rob, find another home soon! And Shelley, come back to radio!!!


March 18th, 2009
12:16 am

it’s about time black radio station AOK did something right giving us something to really listen to Rob Wilson was a joke never talking about anything important and Rick Joyner all he talked about was tabloid junk!!! the real show Aok had was Mr Bozman so thanks AOK for giving us real talk programing

The Truth

March 18th, 2009
9:21 am

They need to focus on their signal. You can’t even hear the station through the AM dial, you have to listen online. You can’t even listen on a mobile device. They need an all around upgrade.


March 18th, 2009
10:34 am

KUDOS!!! to WAOK for not keeping with the status quo and picking up Warren Ballentine. Some black folk like to expand their mind beyond listening to music.

Let’s go to the WAOK website and thank them for bringing Warren back to Atlanta.


March 18th, 2009
10:37 am

Whitey can have their racist talk shows, but Blacks can’t have informative talk because current Whitey is acting in the same spirit their lying, killing, thieving ancestors did. The days of keeping Blacks in the dark and behind the times is gone. Get over it. We know the schemes of you ignorant people and the same game that you’re playing with lives is the same you’ll get back for your stupid children. They don’t even know the truth behind the killings and lying you people have done. That’s why you can’t have a national week or month of White history because they’ve done nothing noteworthy that’s positive… Oh, well, maybe killing and stealing from Africa is positive to you all because that’s what you know best. AIG is a huge example of what you people do.


March 18th, 2009
10:45 am



March 18th, 2009
11:10 am

I am a hudge WAOK fan. Upgrade for WAOK. The Rick guy was boring, i feel bad cause i dont think he even put in two months on the job. Rob gave good info, however his delivery was rough, and that diluted the message. In terms of delivery he is as bad as Dave Ramsey. HaHahaha i even remember about 5 years about hearing Rob (accidently, iam sure)curse he said the word that south park did an episode about. All said and done Rob will be missed. AOK doesnt have 24 hour programing why not just move him later in the evening. After 7 pm is Bev Smith. They could put him on at 6 and move Bev back.

James Evans

March 18th, 2009
1:09 pm

Excactly Spyder, or have him on Saturdays or something.


March 18th, 2009
5:54 pm

I will miss Rob Wilson. His message is still needed in the Black community and even more so with the current economy. How many of you have a budget even after his 7 years on the air.
I was getting use to Rick Joyner. At least it was not constant whinning. Derrick is okay and I do listen but he really does not know everything as he wants you to think. He talks over his callers. He does not listen. He doesn’t show respect for others opinions. He should be on for no more than 2 hrs. Four hours of him bashing President Obama and every decision made and bashing the city of Atlanta one would think that they are listening to Shawn and Rush on 750 a.m. Just because one does not agree with Derrick does not mean that they do not understand public policy as if he’s the only one who does. He lost the city council race and has been hating ever since.


March 21st, 2009
1:33 pm

In hindsight I would say that Shelley Wynter was probably the best black personality that has ever been on black radio in Atlanta. Why do I say that? He challenged black people to think outside the proverbial “victim of whitey” box that most of us are mentally trapped in.

I did not agree with his political positions, and believe that his often harshly abrasive approach diminished his effectiveness – and ultimately caused his dismissal. But I believe that his overall point of trying to instill an attitude of an optimistic approach to life’s circumstances, and taking ownership of EVERY difficult situation you encounter is well said.

I’ve lived in Georgia my entire life (over 40 years) and can say from age old experience that the biggest problem we (black people) have as a race is what we think of ourselves. We have deeply embedded with us from early life that we are, as a race, in the predicament we’re in because slavery. That builds an anger (against whites), resentment, hostility (often subtle, but detrimental nonetheless) that stays with us for life.

I don’t consider myself Republican, and have never voted so, but Shelley (a Republican) brought forth a big picture message that was thought provoking and very valuable.

The best learning comes from challenging situations, and the biggest wins in your life comes by being the most intelligent and most controlled problem solver in a conflicting circumstance. I personally can’t stand Condoleeza Rice’s politics and don’t care much for her former boss (Bush), but her father taught her one simple principle that I believe is the strongest foundation for her success, and one that all people of color can live by. He taught her to “let racism be the racists’ problem, not yours”. In other words, take the high road and work conflicts to your advantage.

How many more people do we need telling us more of the same crap that Derek Bozeman and the other race mongerers (Sharpton & Co.)? I personally don’t care – because I bought into that whole victim mentality for many many years – and got nothing and learned nothing new. But now me and my family avoid that crap like the plague, and look at people based upon common values NOT color. That’s other people’s problem.


March 21st, 2009
2:01 pm


Shadow Boxer

March 22nd, 2009
1:20 pm

I’m glad WAOK is revamping the sound of the station because “grow folks” drop the ball trying to be all things to Black people. We need a black talk station that can carry a message pass “What Obama gon do for black folk”. It’s sooo much repair the need to be done in our community that the talk content is out there, we just have to research,plan and produce good informative talk for our people. Please find a place for Alisha Thomas, she get’s it.. I love WAOK and have been praying for the station to step it up for years!!!I’m excited for the progess of the Station and please keep the rewinds on the weekend.Now if only you could give Shelly another chance,I would buy airtime…He ain’t all bad,I enjoy controversy.Peace and Love WAOK!!

WAOK Listener

March 23rd, 2009
2:04 pm

I am pretty sad to hear about Rick Joyner. He was pretty entertaining and did not have a victim mentality mind set. Rob Wilson presented information that was/is valuable, but his diction made it difficult to listen to him. I recommend WAOK do the following: 1) Increase their signal strength. 2)If they are bringing on Ballentine and Sharpton, all of the day time hosts are extremely liberal. I think the station needs more diversified hosts. 3)I can’t think of the ladies name but she sits in with Lorraine Wright (the sociology professor). I think she is awesome. I would love for her to have her own show. 4) Also, present more content that will make African Americans the best we can be – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Dr. Phyz

April 11th, 2009
8:22 pm

Rick Joyner was hard to listen too…that laugh. Rob Wilson difficult to listen…the diction. Lorraine Jacques-White, c’mon for someone who’s involved with people for as long as you have, stop ACTING so naive. It is unbecoming an intelligent woman. Derek Bozeman, an overweight man eating while the microphone is open is REPUGNANT (SAT word)!. WAOK get a call screener, because there are some regulars that really bring the conversation down. For God’s sake, everything is not the fault of post traumatic slave syndrome, your children breaking into someone else’s house is not the fault of the white man, every child that drops out of school has not done so because he/she has been miseducated. Perhaps he/she was lazy and had no goals…that’s not the white man’s fault. Everything is not a racist plot! BRING SHELLEY BACK on the condition that he permit callers to finish their thoughts before he interrupts with ‘lemme finish’ and the show could get syndication. I loved listening to him! He stopped those ignorant calls from those regular callers who attribute everything to the slavery and opened up the lines for more intelligent conversation, seriously. If you can’t get Shelley then the sociologist that has had a guest spot on the show is what the show needs…a serious injection of good sense, logical,intelligent refreshing and relevant dialogue.


April 28th, 2009
12:21 pm

Dr. Phyz said everything I would have said. Thank You Thank You Thank you!!! and Amen