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4/8: Morning Mash with new hip-hop station Streetz at 102.9, WABE-FM fundraising, Zone’s latest promotion

If you’re flipping channels today and hit 102.9, you might hear some hip hop music. It’s a new station called Streetz 102.9. It’s actually a simulcast of the HD2 channel on 105.7 and has no jocks or commercials for now. (Hardly anybody, though, listens to secondary channels on HD since few people have HD radios.)

The signal is far weaker than that of rivals Hot, 95.5/The Beat or V-103 but based on spot listening by readers of radio-info.com, they can hear it in West Cobb and Lithonia. I was able to hear it okay in East Lake but it’s fuzzy in the office here in downtown Atlanta on my headphones. Steve Hegwood, a former exec at Radio One (which owns Hot), is rumored to be involved but I just got his response from the intercom at the entrance of his office in downtown Atlanta: “I have nothing to do with it.” He then hung up.

They have a web site up at www.streetz1029.com with no details but a live stream.

Tom Taylor, who writes a daily radio newsletter for radio-info.com, wrote today that “Streetz” is a translator. The FCC allows stations to simulcast other signals through a translator. Extreme Media Group owns the station and purchased it for $235,000, Taylor wrote. Gleaned from the Web, Extreme Media Group, which supposedly has the LMA for 102.9, is at the same address as Hegwood’s office.

Radiofacts.com has more speculation about the station here.

-Despite rough economic times, WABE-FM exceeded $1 million ($1,034,385) in pledges for its spring fundraising campaign, up nearly 12 percent from last spring.

“I’m truly blown away,” General Manager John Weatherford said. “We’ve now been in a period that isn’t paper losses. People are losing their jobs. We thought the spring pledge was going to be far more impactful on individual giving than it turned out to be.”

And given that most pledges are now paid via credit card, virtually all of that money will be collected. The final tally: 10,618 donors gave money, up from 8,514 a year ago.

Weatherford said they have stopped announcing a pledge goal in dollar amounts. Instead, they asked for 10,000 donors. They also stopped asking for a minimum amount of money. As a result, people were giving $5 or $10.

Usually, the fall campaign raises much more money than the spring. This year, the spring numbers were virtually identical to last fall.

Individual contributors provide about half of Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s $11.5 million budget, which also includes PBA 30, the TV station. Corporate underwriting is down, however, more than 10 percent year over year.

“We are working to hold expenses,” Weatherford said. But the good news is no staff cutbacks.

The station is also doing consistently in the ratings, ranked 14th in February, according to Arbitron.

- 790/The Zone loves to promote itself and will occasionally do a wacky stunt to get attention. For a week starting April 27, the Zone is going to outdo itself by having all its radio personalities live for a week in one large home, with “Big Brother” cameras and free booze. (Mike Bell is going to be a happy man!). Listeners will get to vote who will get to live in the master bedroom. Otherwise, folks will be randomly rooming together. Think “Old School,” the movie.

Cody Hicks and Leslie Smith, the promotions folks, said they’ve been talking about doing this for four years, taking an idea from a Dallas sports station. They only now have been able to wrangle a home and get all the radio talk show hosts to cooperate. If it works, they said, they might try to do it every year.

“We’re intrigued by the possibilities,” said morning co-host Chris Dimino. Then again, he cracked, “it’s going to be one of my great nightmares.” He noted that “the good news of being an adult is you can choose who to live with. In this case, not so much.”

Bell, who already lives a “frat boy” lifestyle, tries to pollute his strait-laced radio partner David Pollack to no avail and doesn’t expect the house experience to change things. “I may bring some chicks over,” he said, “but David may try to minister them instead.”

-Praise 102.5 and its listeners raised $210,000 last week for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That’s down from $280,000 in 2008.

- WSB-TV is airing a special at 8 p.m. April 15 about how to prepare yourself for tornadoes, since this is the active season for tornadoes. “Are you ready? Are you prepared? Get some life-saving advice,” said producer Dorthey Daniels, who thought this would be a good preventive news you can use show and will highlight work done by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. I guess this beats airing a new episode of “Scrubs,” which is bumped until 2:05 a.m.

-WGCL’s Steve Schwaid sent me an email noting that while NBC’s WXIA has been doing some “good news” stories recently, WGCL has been doing so for even longer, soliciting good deeds from viewers.

- HBO has renewed “Eastbound & Down,” the comedy that is inspired partly by Atlantan and former Braves reliever John Rocker.

-NBC’s ambitious yet pretentiously portentious drama “Kings” starring Ian McShane has been a ratings bust on Sunday nights so the network has bumped it to Saturdays for its remaining eight episodes. It did the same to “Crusoe” last fall.

92 comments Add your comment

bigeasy830

April 8th, 2009
12:18 pm

I hope that the new station plays a better selection of music than the other hip-hop stations in Atlanta. I am too old to do the stanking leg, the soulja boy and all that other mess that they be playing. I am a “GROWN A$$ MAN DOG”. I need grown music. What about a R&B station that will play NEO Soul. Come on ATL, OBAMA says yes we can and and a few months later you are doing the STANKIN LEG. We can’t and won’t ever be able to overcome like that.

swaybar

April 8th, 2009
12:53 pm

Zany zone promotions are a waste of time.
It’s very 1980’s radio.
The Zone is irrelevant in Atlanta.
680 is also niche listening.
The thought of men in their 40’s doing “Big Brother” is sorry.
What a sorry local genre.

lynn

April 8th, 2009
1:56 pm

no word yet on Warren Ballentine or Rev Al??

Lynn2

April 8th, 2009
2:46 pm

That’s all we need, more superfluous hip-hop in Atlanta. *sigh*

R&Blistens

April 8th, 2009
2:55 pm

Bigeasy830 is right. Mature folks here in Atlanta want constant recently recorded R&B and soft soul music 24/7. There is too much old school or Classic R&B and not enough new school R&B here. You will be surprised at how some of us have to leave the state to learn about what’s new for us and then buy the current R&B CDs in that state. The mid to upper 40s and up are getting very little air play just for us. We need music with an upbeat sound that we can dance sensibly to. Our children would be embarrassed to see us try to dance to the so called STANKIN LEG.

Aaron

April 8th, 2009
3:01 pm

Just what we need, another thug station. I am pretty sure “Streetz” is spelled Streets? I know the blacks have to be different on how they spell things but wow. Just makes them look as uneducated as they are. It sure was nice when we had the simple stations like Power 99, Z93, etc. What a thug city we have.

bigboomNY

April 8th, 2009
3:06 pm

Lynn2 -You have the freedom to change the station at anytime. I bet you a country music person. Hillbilly with a PC.

bigboomNY

April 8th, 2009
3:08 pm

Aaron WOw!!!! ( I know the blacks have to be different on how they spell things but wow.) Thats sounds like a real redneck remark if I ever heard one.

P.S check my spelling, it’s all spelled correctly.

Aaron "suckz"

April 8th, 2009
3:09 pm

Leave it up to Aaron to make it a racial issue. In case you have noticed, hip-hop is multi-cultural, and most of the hip-hop sales were made by the majority population.

Chip Jones

April 8th, 2009
3:31 pm

Get rid of the Hip-Hop crap and have a station that plays Motown music.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

We don’t need more hip hop stations… we just need the existing hip hop stations to stop playing Soulja Boy and T-Pain on a constant loop. There is a LOT of good hip hop being made that never sniffs the radio. Until they start playing a wider variety of hip hop music I’m going to continue listening to my iPod instead.

Ronald W.

April 8th, 2009
3:32 pm

No more Hip Hop …..
Atlanta needs a jazz station.
Let’s add a little more to the city, give the people more choices.

brian

April 8th, 2009
3:33 pm

NO! I’m sick of it! Get some classic rock/oldies

TexasBoy

April 8th, 2009
3:33 pm

Why do we need another hip-hop station for? Hip-Hop/rap whatever you want to call it has been DEAD! a long time ago.

Nicole

April 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

no more hip hop radio, im tired of that mess, and im only 30yrs old. Bring back R&B

Dark Knight

April 8th, 2009
3:35 pm

To you all who have issues with the music selection, you should take that up with Radio One. If you travel to different cities, all urban radio plays the same stuff. Urban radio in DC sounds the exact same thing as it does in NYC, Chicago, Philly, ATL, Dallas, Miami, etc.

ELIZABETH

April 8th, 2009
3:37 pm

NO I DONT THINK SO!! I THINK WE ARE FINE WITH WHAT WE HAVE!!!!!!

AJ

April 8th, 2009
3:40 pm

Who cares? Rap is for lower class trash.

“I bet you a country music person. Hillbilly with a PC.”

I’m more surprised that a black person has a PC. Did you steal it?

Who Cares?

April 8th, 2009
3:43 pm

Not only does Atlanta not need any more hip-hop music, they need to loose the hip-hop and rapping thugs and losers that listen to that type of music. Let them go to another crime-ridden city. Detroit would be a suitable option. Yes, everything is not “OK”. That crap is degrading and disrespectful to every culture except those who lookup to crime and illegal activities. It can’t leave soon enough!

Greg

April 8th, 2009
3:45 pm

I am tired of the stankin leg, non english speaking, rims, tims and bling. How about some real hip hop from thinking emcee’s such as Pharoah Monche, Asheru, Y Society, CL Smooth, KRS ONE, Akrobatik and others who are consistantly making good music that never gets airplay. Also, the station could mix in Neo Soul artists as well. Rap on the radio is not real its pop rap. All sounds the same…prepubescent and illiterate. PLEASE KILL THE WACKNESS!!

This Guy

April 8th, 2009
3:45 pm

Who cares? Obviously you for even taking the time to read this article and make a response. You care!

db

April 8th, 2009
3:45 pm

People still listen to the radio these days? wow!

bigboomNY

April 8th, 2009
3:46 pm

Dark Knight- that statement about the Radio stations sounding the same is wrong. Born and Raised in NY, and the southern rap rules the airwaves here. When I go uptop, you here alot of Tri-state artist(NY,NJ,CT). I listen to all types of music, and if you are not a fan, then you can change the station.

Waronxmas

April 8th, 2009
3:47 pm

For those who want Neo Soul and Jazz there is already a station in Atlanta. 91.9 WCLK. Definately check out Morris in the morning and Jamal Ahmed from 3 to 6pm.

bigboomNY

April 8th, 2009
3:49 pm

AJ- No, I didnt steal it. your mother traded for that Hit of Meth.

This Guy

April 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

Oh, and Greg, you can listen to WCLK. I think that is 91.9 FM. If you don’t like it, turn the station or turn the radio off altogether. All this crying and complaining over a genre of music is down right ignorant. GROW UP PEOPLE!

outspoken1

April 8th, 2009
3:50 pm

Atlanta could have 20 thousand Hip Hop stops and I still would not listen. It is incredible that you think that just because you add more stations you’ll add more listeners.
How stupid!

SAR

April 8th, 2009
3:51 pm

I agree with Chip, play some of the old Motown stuff. I remember when motown music, what we called soul music…crossed all race lines and we all listened to it. No more music that makes your vehicle vibrate.

Chucky T

April 8th, 2009
3:52 pm

How ’bout all Lil Wayne all the time?

NICK

April 8th, 2009
3:52 pm

HELL F-ing NO!!!!!!!!!!

Greg

April 8th, 2009
3:56 pm

To “This Guy”…I do not listen to the radio. How do you think I know of artists other than TI, Young Jeezy and the latest LIL doe doe bird out today? The internet has me covered, however, it would be nice to actually turn on the radio and hear consistantly good music every now and then. People who cry over a genre of music are purists who actually care about the music, and how its turned into garbage. Its cool though… I hear you.

2muchmusic

April 8th, 2009
3:57 pm

This is why I only listen to XM/Siruis satelite radio (which is bad now too) and my iPod. There more stations appealing to this particular demographic than any other in Atlanta. Why do we need another? Bring back WJZZ for crying out loud and give us something adults can listen to without DJs that make us want to gouge our eardrums out with a fork.

gtfan

April 8th, 2009
3:58 pm

If the market supports it, why not? I don’t have to listen to that crap but if others want it, then so be it. I just don’t want to hear crap about a damn fairness doctrine.

Get Real

April 8th, 2009
3:58 pm

Are you kidding? MORE hip-hop? We need a lot LESS. It has no musical qualities whatsoever.

Now run tell Al and Jesse what I said, stupid people.

Chaz

April 8th, 2009
4:00 pm

Broadcast radio stinks, no matter what the format. It’s all programmed by accountants.

There’s nothing there even worth arguing about.

for real

April 8th, 2009
4:01 pm

Hip Hop is nothing but a bunch of computer generated garbage or samples from real artists. Give me a break!

bigboomNY

April 8th, 2009
4:03 pm

Get Real- I am starting to realize that there are some real Ignorant people here in ATL. For those who dont know, other Minorities listen to Hip/Hop.
Also what does Jesse or Rev Al have to due with any of this. Some people have nothing of content to add, so they repeat what they hear others say. Sort of like trained Monkey…

JustMe

April 8th, 2009
4:04 pm

I’m only 31 and have been tired of alot of the “now days hip hop”. Just bring back Smooth Jazz 107.5 along with more Neo soul. They can leave that stankin leg and other shoot out mess in the garbage.

That’s my OP and I’m sticking to it!

Tina

April 8th, 2009
4:08 pm

Hell No!!!!!!!!!!!! What they all need is JESUS

This Guy

April 8th, 2009
4:11 pm

Greg, only the first part was directed at you. I was genuinely trying to give you a station to listen to. I could care less about what is played on the radio.

Melissa

April 8th, 2009
4:14 pm

I’m black and I don’t listen to hip hop stations. Atlanta does have too many hip hop stations.

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Colonel

April 8th, 2009
4:39 pm

Hip-hop music and the hip-hop culture that goes along with it has been the downfall of the city of Atlanta. We have too many hip-hop stations now.

Sue

April 8th, 2009
4:40 pm

Does anyone remember Power 99 in the 80’s and early 90’s? Best radio station ever!!

Bob

April 8th, 2009
4:41 pm

We still need a good oldies station without I-Mess

Pretty fly for a white guy

April 8th, 2009
4:42 pm

I’d like to hear more stuff from the late 80’s and early 90’s. That was the golden era of hip hop and I very rarely hear it on the radio. If a station played nothing but that it would probably be the only radio station that I listened to.

Turkey Slayer

April 8th, 2009
4:43 pm

As for the White minority: We don’t want Hip-Hop at all, infact I think that we are being descriminated against by being forced to listen to your booming car sounds. We are gonna sue everyone who plays Hip-Hop above 35 decibles. That should help clean things up a bit.

Greg

April 8th, 2009
4:50 pm

Colonel…this is the problem with radio. I agree that 95% of hip hop that is played on mainstream radio is terrible, drug promoting, female degrading, gun toting garbage. Its incredible that the FCC even allows this stuff to be played. There is something called REAL HIP HOP. What you hear today is not real HIP HOP. There used to be a time when the storied told by rap artist meant something. Now its disposable music. Not one of the rap artists out today has mad a classic song.

I hate to agree, but the music being pushed nowadays has led to the downfall of many young people today. They glorify thuggish behavior behind POP RAP nonsense.

-Greg

Royce

April 8th, 2009
4:52 pm

Atlanta does not need another hip hop station!!!! 91.9 should have been moved to a stronger signal. Not everyone cares about cars, rims, and what jeans you have on, yet these are the artist who are glorifed by our youth, not artist with a positive message, such as Common. One person I admire on radio is Co-Co Brother formerly of 107.9, he decided that it was time to grow up and leave all crap music to something positive. And we wonder why syndicated shows do so well here..

bigboomNY

April 8th, 2009
4:56 pm

Turkey Slayer: notice you said White Minority, Because the White Majority are the ones I see getting drunk in the club and dancing off tone to what!!! HIP-HOP… Give it up, HIP HOP is here to stay!!!