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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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3/20: Morning Mash with Warren Ballentine & Al Sharpton update, Jimmy Fallon, Rush Limbaugh

A recent CBS poll has Rush Limbaugh at a 19 percent favorability rating, though 47% of Republicans like him. Overall, 40 percent gave him an unfavorable rating. 41 percent were noncommittal.

-I’m interviewing Jimmy Fallon Saturday. The new talk show host is in Atlanta to host an Alliance Theatre fundraising gala that evening. Is there anything you’d like me to ask him? Email me at rho@ajc.com.

-I finally got a hold of Rick Caffey, who oversees WAOK-AM, and the deal with Al Sharpton and Warren Ballentine has not been finalized yet. He said to check in again Monday. I’m sure the fact they dumped Rob Wilson and Rick Joyner already means it’s just a question of ironing out the contractual details.

-Obama disrupting the TV schedules AGAIN is annoying the broadcast networks, who lose millions of dollars each time he does it and disrupts viewing patterns.

-Carolyn Hennesy, author and star on “General Hospital,” is touring through Atlanta to celebrate the release of the third book in her series for children. Hennesy will be in Atlanta on April 14 and 15, and will be doing a public signing at Barnes and Noble in Alpharetta at 7pm on the 15th.

-The “Top Chef” tour is coming back to Atlanta. The date: May 4. Location: TBA. Who will be there? It depends. (Sorry for the lack of details but I’ll provide more when I get them.) Last year, two chefs including local man Richard Blais (season four) and Casey Thompson (season three) did a demonstration at Piedmont Park for a very intimate audience of 40 people in a little RV-type set up. Hopefully, they’ll open it up a bit more this year around and allow more people to meet them.

-NBC’s “The Chopping Block,” which features two Atlantans (Panya Rice and Michael Holmes), did even worse its second week, pulling in just 3.5 million viewers, down from 3.8 million. The Cancellation Ax is coming to chop this “Hell’s Kitchen” -like show down very soon, I’d fathom.

-Atlanta’s Steve Harvey, heard locally on Majic 107.5, is going to be on “Oprah” Monday (4 p.m. WSB) to promote his book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.”

-Kicks 101.5 is in the middle of its annual St. Judes Careathon. Donate here.

-I’ve heard rumblings Rock 100.5’s the Regular Guys might go syndicated in other markets as early as next month. Both Larry Wachs and the boss man John Dickey categorically denied this was happening though both said it’s a possibility and a desire. We’ll see. This won’t fundamentally change the show because they don’t do that much local stuff per se though it might mean they’ll have to set aside separate time to promo Southside Steve’s appearances.

-Georgia Public Broadcasting had some layoffs today, including the radio GM Bob Houghton and Program Manager Rob Maynard. I don’t have all the details but this economy is hitting non-profits, too.

-Brett Martin, the former Fox “Good Day Atlanta” Road Warrior, continues to work his weekly rapping “skills.” Chuckle or cringe:

Top five shows of last week in Atlanta, courtesy of Nielsen:

1- American Idol (results 3/11) 779,000
2- American Idol (performance 3/10) 707,000
3- Dancing With the Stars (3/9 debut) 450,000
4- Lie To Me 3/10 433,000
5- WAGA Fox News at 10 392,000

Top 5 songs of the week on Star 94, courtesy of yes.com:

1- The All American Rejects – “Gives You Hell”
2- Jason Mraz “I’m Yours”:
3- Pink “Sober”
4- The Fray – “You Found Me”
5- Taylor Swift “Love Story”

Top 5 songs of the week on Q100

1- The All American Rejects “Gives You Hell”
2- The Fray “You Found Me”
3- Taylor Swift “Love Story”
4- Pink “Sober”
5- Kelly Clarkson “My Life Would Suck Without You”

Top 5 songs of the week on 95.5/the Beat

1- Flo-Rida – “Right Round”
2- Ne-Yo “Mad”
3- T.I. “Dead and Gone” (with Justin Timberlake)
4- Kanye West “Heartless:”
5- Lady Gaga “Just Dance”

53 comments Add your comment

Alex

March 20th, 2009
1:50 pm

The day racist Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson die, we should all have a big party in the streets. What cracks me up about these racist is that all they ever worry about are what “whitey” is doing. I have never, ever, seen them in SW Atlanta complaining about all the crime blacks cause. Shouldn’t they worry more about “their own” who causes nothing but trouble? Especially in Atlanta?

sam hudson

March 20th, 2009
2:08 pm

WHY???? When our President want to go on TV it’s a problem….. now…..but we never heard of any problem when Bush or Clinton was on TV.

Cal

March 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

Gotta love the “names” of those black rappers: T.I., Flo-Rida, Ne-Yo, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dog, Big E, Jay Z, ha ha ha. Can’t have normal names huh?

Cal

March 20th, 2009
2:11 pm

Hey Sam, Bush and Clinton NEVER went on any Tonight Show when they were actual Presidents. Only when they were running to be President. Get your facts straight. Obama Bin Laden has more to worry about then being on TV or filling out his bracket.

Keith

March 20th, 2009
2:13 pm

Good work Obama!

AP – President Barack Obama’s budget would generate deficits averaging almost $1 trillion a year over the next decade, according to the latest congressional estimates, significantly worse than predicted by the White House just last month.

Benny

March 20th, 2009
2:14 pm

I see crackaism abounds here. Just like always

SAR

March 20th, 2009
3:00 pm

Nice gig Obama has. Sleeps in late, goes to the gym then plays some hoops and the goes to the Oval Office and gets briefed on the work others are doing for him and then jets off to do the Tonight Show. This sounds like a lot of people I have worked with in the past that knew they had a court order protecting them and they couldn’t be fired. Sweet.

Christy

March 20th, 2009
3:04 pm

Hopefully this losers kids have kids with disabilities:

Appearing on “The Tonight Show” Thursday, the president told host Jay Leno he’d been practicing at the White House’s bowling alley but wasn’t happy with his score of 129. Then he remarked: “It was like the Special Olympics or something.”

Beverly

March 20th, 2009
3:12 pm

Alex, take a chill pill, enhale-exhale, get laid or do somthing. It’ll be alright.

J. R.

March 20th, 2009
3:15 pm

“African Americans and Hispanics, who taken together are about one fourth of the population, account for about two thirds of state prison inmates.I couldn’t agree more. And the numbers are absolutely mind-blowing.”Ed Brayton, Co-founder and president of Michigan Citizen for science. March, 17, 2009.

Christy

March 20th, 2009
3:20 pm

Funny how that works, huh J.R.? And they wonder why they are looked down upon and not liked. Hmmmmmmmm.

Black Woman

March 20th, 2009
3:31 pm

White people are a tripp.

Greg

March 20th, 2009
3:33 pm

wow…that sho is some good old fashion Jim Crow….

lovelyliz

March 20th, 2009
3:56 pm

No complaints about Al Sharpton until you exert equal fervor against Rush Limbaugh.

Personally I am ususally content to change the channel.

fed up

March 20th, 2009
4:05 pm

I think Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are the ones that need to “take a chill pill, enhale-exhale, get laid or do somthing.”, not Alex. I assume it’s supposed to be ‘inhale’. As far as Obama being on tv. I see no problem with it except that he does seem to be on tv a lot more than any other President I can remember especially this far into his presidency. I have seen clips of Obama on Leno and it was pretty funny. I do think that it diminishes the presidency though. I realize that most of the people that voted for him are more than likely to see him on a comedy show than on real news so he’s reaching those that voted for him. He does need to stop the campaigning though. He won let’s get down to work instead of letting your administration do it all.

Black Man Teaching

March 20th, 2009
4:09 pm

Racist people suck! Why do people make comments about others without knowing them personally? Ignorance seems to be the destination while taking the journey to HELL! There is only one JUDGE and you are not it!

Black Man Teaching

March 20th, 2009
4:12 pm

Fed up, You must still be salty! Bush got us into this crisis and self-serving people gained from it! How do you know what presidents do! My bad, you know the whole process right! SF

fed up

March 20th, 2009
4:16 pm

What the heck are you talking about ‘bmt” I didn’t say I knew the whole process…this is an opinion remember bmt. Bush alone didn’t get us in this whole process….you are obviously the one that doesn’t know what you’re talking about.

Alan

March 20th, 2009
4:28 pm

Black people want “equal rights” and for all of us to be looked at and judged the same yet two people in here posted their name as “BLACK Man Teaching” and “BLACK Woman.” Makes me laugh. I guess us white folk should start going by WHITE Alan, WHITE Fed Up, etc.

fed up

March 20th, 2009
4:35 pm

BMT wants to call out someone as being racist….I was always told that those that call someone out are usually the guilty ones. Kind of like Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi and a lot of the other clowns up in Washington.

Black Panther (Huey Newton)

March 20th, 2009
4:45 pm

I am so sick and tired of white always blaming African-Americans for their problems. Always black people committs all the crimes lets talk about crime the Barbie Sl** Bandits should be under the jail for Bank robbery, your grandfathers should be in jail for the murders they committed in the 50’s and 60’s. You want to talk about specific people in our race that stand up for them such as Jessie Jackson, Rev. Sharpton and Barack Obama you get visions of Nat Turner and it scares you to death. Fearing we will come together as one village and rise above everything you been to put before us. Back to crime all the thugs in the white race who have killed those punk kids at Cherokee High School who was planning a Columbine type killings but there will be excuses on their behalf trying to explain why they brought the guns to school in the first place just in the case with the Barbi Sl** Bandits.

PIWH5T

March 20th, 2009
4:47 pm

amazing – libaugh has 30 million listeners a week and only 19% like him!!

lovelyliz

March 20th, 2009
4:54 pm

Ever notice how “they” consider your NUT to be so much nuttier than theirs?!?!!?

Black Man Teaching

March 20th, 2009
4:54 pm

* Fed up – remember this?

“He won let’s get down to work instead of letting your administration do it all.”

You said the president lets others do their work not me! I have nothing to feel guilty about. I am in public service, served my country well, and continue to give back to all communities! I do agree with you about the clowns in Washington, self-serving as usual. I think you are still a little salty about who the president of the United States is from your comments! By the way, the rest of my comments did not apply to you, but since you responded to that part of my comment, you (the guilty one), YOU my friend, must be a racist!

lovelyliz

March 20th, 2009
4:57 pm

If you want to rant about the majority of those who are causing real harm, look at all the crime and hatred being committed by WHITE MEN.

Boots

March 20th, 2009
5:00 pm

If I was a rapper, I’d be La-Z or Sweet-T.

Alan

March 20th, 2009
5:01 pm

Black Panther, prime example of a typical thug. He will be dead or in jail within the year.

Black Man Teaching

March 20th, 2009
5:01 pm

I think we need mandatory sentences for everything so no one person or race can say anything about crime sentences. For example, kill someone – 20 years! It doesn’t matter if it was drunk driving, malpractice, or with a 9mm gun! Accidents are the only things that should be held to a different sentence. How about that for justice. You do a crime, do the time! You should not have any rights in prison. Make them work for their stay such as maintaining public buildings, roads, waste facilities, etc. Then, no one could complain that the laws were different for one race or the other.

Robert

March 20th, 2009
5:01 pm

Everybody who hates Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Shut your dumb a.sses up! You make your points about why they aren’t around when Blacks commit crimes. They are. I hear it everyday on their radio shows. The Grand Wizard of the KKK you all subscribe to has you thinking they are making trouble when they call out the disparities in punishment between Blacks and Whites in America. And to the “Fantastic Idiot” who came up with his own census as to what race(s) comprise most of prison, SHUT YOUR DUMB A.SS UP! The reason Blacks and Hispanics comprise most of prison is because we are targets. It goes back to what I said. A Black man robs a store, he gets 20 years, MOST Whites who do it, hardly get any time at all. I don’t care what any of you racists have to say about my words. Most Blacks don’t care what you Whites think of us anyway. We just hate to have to deal with you because you’re so self-righteous and full of double-standards. Thank God for Black President. Maybe he can show you all a good example of a good and honest person.

Alan

March 20th, 2009
5:04 pm

“Lovelyliz” are you high or just uneducated? Do you watch the local news? What race is that who is constantly on the news because of break ins or murders? They sure do look black to me! Go ahead, bring up the typical “what race are serial killers” thing. Yes, that is true, but those are rare. Killings, break-ins, and robberies happen daily, all caused by blacks! Why is it that more blacks are in jail then in college? Hmmmmm.

J. R.

March 20th, 2009
5:05 pm

“The brute fact of the matter is that the primary contact between black American young adult men and their government is via the police and the penal apparatus. Coercion is the most salient feature of their encounters with the state. According to estimates compiled by sociologist Bruce Western, nearly 60% of black male dropouts born between 1965 and 1969 had spent at least one year in prison before reaching the age of 35.” Ed Brayton, Co-founder and president of Michigan Citizen for science. March, 17, 2009.

Chris

March 20th, 2009
5:06 pm

Hey Robert, Obama is just as much white as he is black, you stupid thug. Go rob someone or something.

Black Panther (Huey Newton)

March 20th, 2009
5:10 pm

Alan you do not know me but what from I can see you cannot handle the facts that was presented to you just like a dumb southern hick. Keep sleeping with your mother, sisters, and cousins living in a one bedroom trailer in the backwoods of North Georgia. I have not committed any crimes let alone been to jail so one I am not a thug is that your new word nig** if so find something else to say. That word is old try expanding your vocabulary for once in your life.

Boots

March 20th, 2009
5:11 pm

I have no respect for Jesse or Al and believe they need racial unrest to make a living.

I voted for Obama and wish everyone would just back off and give him a chance. Certainly he’s bright enough to understand the scope of the problems we face and that’s more than I can say for our former president and the candidate that was foisted on us my the Republicans.

I’ve never seen such a bunch of sore losers and think if we come together we can use the election of Obama to create a better country and improve our standing in the world — a standing that was decimated by a foreign policy that alienated our allies and portrayed us as self-serving bullies.

And, finally, it’s time to restore civil liberties that were trampled underfoot by Cheney/Bush and company.

fed up

March 20th, 2009
5:29 pm

Sorry BMT I am not a racist. How do you even know what color I am. You don’t. Like I said this is an opinion blog. Obama does need to stay in Washington and quit trying to ram things down everybody’s throat as being good for America. The so called stimulus package, the TARP (and yes his treasure secretary was in the meeting before Obama took office) that he signed before he read it, much less the clowns in Congress will come back to haunt us just like the TARP did with the execs bonuses. I don’t give a flip what color he is, I don’t like his policies. And for those on this blog that think that because I don’t like Obama’s policies I automatically agreed with Bush you’re wrong on that too. It’s time to get past the race thing and look at the person’s ideas regardless of their color or their political affiliatiion. This country is in a mess, it started last year and it’s going down hill fast. Inflation is going to hit like a lead balloon.

lovelyliz

March 20th, 2009
5:33 pm

I am just saying Alan…..

Charles Manson, Adolph Hitler, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy J. McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Richard Speck, Richard Angelo, David Berkowitz, Andrew Cunaan, John Wayne Gacy Jr., Theodore Kaczynski, Henry Lee Lucas, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Michael McLendon…

Bernie Madoff, Allen Stanford,

Thinker

March 20th, 2009
7:22 pm

You are more likely to be robbed by a man with a fountain pen than by a thug with a gun. Think about it the next time you look at your
401(K) statement and stock portfolio.

Arff

March 20th, 2009
7:48 pm

Tell em’ again Thinker! Bush, Cheney, Madoff, Wall St. CEO’s, etc. bent all of these good ole boys and girls over for the last 8 years and the wonderful part of it is they didn’t even know they were getting s*c*r*e*w*e*d. Now that Obama is in charge they want him to fix what it took 8 years to mess up.

As for Rev. Al & Rev. Jackson, who fans the flames of racism more than the morons at FOX News??? Call out Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity before you call out either Sharpton or Jackson.

And don’t you just know that all of these brave folks on here that talk about African-Americans and Latinos would never get the nerve to say anything to these groups face to face. They are just a bunch of loud-mouthed cowards!

fed up

March 20th, 2009
8:27 pm

as are you arff

atl1000

March 20th, 2009
8:49 pm

–If you want to rant about the majority of those who are causing real harm, look at all the crime and hatred being committed by WHITE MEN.–

you’ve got to be kidding, aren’t you? i mean, outside my window on beautiful peachtree st., the only ones committing any crimes by FAR are blacks. every prostitute trickin’ her or HIM self constantly every night of the week is black. every ‘homeless’ bum urinating on himself and aggressively panhandling the streets is black. every person i’ve ever seen in handcuffs getting put into a squad car is black, black, black. sorry if us white men are so troublesome. perhaps you should move somewhere where we’re not bothering you, say, like sw atlanta. i hear its real nice over there.

Shawn

March 21st, 2009
4:42 pm

atl1000 et. al:

The race of prostitutes is a reflection of the city’s demographics, nothing more. Check the ads for “escorts” and check other zones of the metro area and you’ll find plenty of non-black working girls. The panhandlers? a lot of them are people with mental problems and nowhere to be treated, since some saw fit in the past to cut funding to state-run mental institutions and turn them out on the street. Also a number are veterans suffering from doing the job to protect the rest of us. On the subject of crime: do you have any idea how many are first timers versus multiple offenders? The multiples are committing crime because once they have a felony on their record it’s very hard to get an “honest” job. So they start hustling and seeking work, and some go right back to illegal methods.
In case you didn’t know it, this country has had an ongoing, documented problem with discrepancies in sentencing for people of color and whites. Black defendants tend to be represented by public defenders with inadequate time or resources to present a proper defense, and get harsher sentences, which feeds right back into the problem of recidivism. There’s also a difference in the application of legal force: A black suspect moves a car after the police say stop and they open fire; a white person does the exact same thing and they just pursue the vehicle.

In summary: get some real facts and info about what goes on in this country before you start applying broad strokes to people you know nothing about.

Equality 7-2521

March 21st, 2009
6:10 pm

atl1000

March 21st, 2009
7:25 pm

SHAWN – with all due respect, that sounds like alot of excuses to me. all i know is what i see when i step out of my apartment on peachtree st. the people causing the trouble are almost always black. you may not like the sound of it, but white people generally don’t get shot at by police because with few exceptions, white people ARENT running from police. and as far as poor blacks being singled out and unfairly targeted – sorry, bud, but they are the ones committing the crimes.

Jogger

March 22nd, 2009
12:39 am

Race really does have a place- just ask Al and Jesse, the GA Black Caucas, and anyone who thinks they should get it for free. Obama is impeachable- give him a chance- he has 3 more years to really screw up. Obama is spending more money than Bush did his whole 8 years. Yeah I know- some blame Bush for this problem- but didn’t we vote for Obama to help get us out of it and NOT spend money????????? People cannot be a double edge sword- it goes both ways.
Obama is white also- just ask his white Mom and relatives. Do not make him black-because he is just as much white as black.

WTF?

March 22nd, 2009
10:25 am

Oh now you want to give claim to him being white as well as black. Hmmm I wonder how many times the one drop of black blood rule came up?…..gtf*oh

Erk

March 22nd, 2009
11:40 am

I voted for Obama and as it turns out, it was on of the worst decisions I ever made.

While Washington and the media were going CRAZY last week over the AIG bonuses, the Federal Reserve put into motion a plan that is going to DESTROY THIS COUNTRY!

The Fed going to buy $300 Billion in Treasury bonds. What are they going to use to buy those bonds you might ask? They are just going to print new money!!! They are trying to create inflation to get the economy going!

One problem, it’s been tried many time in the world throughout history and IT HAS NEVER WORKED!!!!! IT RESULTS IN HYPER INFLATION! THE DOLLAR WILL BE WORTHLESS! IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!

The US as we have known it is done.

This problem started with Jimmy Carter, Clinton accelerated the problem, Bush started the bailout fire, Obama is now throwing buckets of gasoline on that fire as fast as he can.

It’s going to get much worse, and will never get better.

Tee

March 22nd, 2009
6:40 pm

Why are so many haters bashing President Obama after being in the white house for only 2 months? If you would have paid this much attention to that thug Bush, we wouldn’t be in this horrible situation right now. The crap about President Obama filling out a bracket is hillarious!! It takes 5 minutes to complete a bracket….Bush was on vacation within the first few months of his presidency.

Your President is BLACK…deal with it or LEAVE!!

San

March 22nd, 2009
6:43 pm

Hey Jogger,

If President Obama was “just as much white as he is black”, you wouldn’t be on this blog complaining!!

tnecvolfan2001

March 22nd, 2009
9:49 pm

Tee-bless your heart. first off, president obama has already taken TWO vacations, a three day valentines day weekend AND an airforce 1 trip with his staff to virginia to the day spa. secondly, bush/cheney will be lookin’ pretty good after your junior college professor president gets through running this country completely in the dirt.

Amy

March 23rd, 2009
8:45 am

tnecvolfan2001…no sweetie, “bless your heart” and PLEASE step away from your meth pipe!! “Junior college president”??? President Obama’s beautiful daughters are more articulate and intelligent than your former THUG ignorant president Bush and that old foggie McClain!! Folks like you would rather have an IDIOT run this country than a well educated, qualified BLACK man. This is 2009…not 1940!!

Like Tee said, YOUR President is BLACK…DEAL WITH IT OR LEAVE!! LOL