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Archive for April, 2009

4/3: Morning Mash with Rhubarb Jones update, WCLK-FM’s 35th anniversary

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

I checked in with former Eagle jock Rhubarb Jones earlier this week when I got a note that his 17th annual Celebrity Golf Tournament was still going on as scheduled despite the fact he no longer has a radio platform to promote it. (Kicks and True Oldies are going to help him out. He taped some spots for them a few days ago.)

“I’ll keep doing it as long as people show up,” he said. Charlie Daniels has committed again to be musical entertainment. It will be held May 5 at the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year’s event raised $160,000.

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Jones is now a media professor at Kennesaw State University, teaching “Contemporary Issues in Media” and “Media Management.” “The economy the way it is, I found a niche with something I’m …

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4/2: Morning Mash with Lance Krall & “Free Radio,” “Guiding Light” farewell, end of ER

Lance Krall, a former Atlantan and Whole World Theatre alum, is about to start his second season of VH1’s quirky show “Free Radio.”

Ratings the first season were modest at best, averaging about 350,000 to 400,000 viewers on Friday nights last February and March. But VH1 gave it a surprise renewal.

“I think that the fact we got picked up had more to do with VH1’s faith in the show than ratings,” Krall said. “The people who did watch it last year were big fans of it. But a lot of them don’t usually watch VH1. I had to pull in a whole new audience with word of mouth.”

VH1 has moved the show from Friday to Thursday at 11 p.m., a day with more eyeballs.

In case you missed the first season, it’s an improv-oriented comedy, very different from the “Rock of Love”-type shows that dominate the network now. Lance plays a doofus intern on L.A. fictional rock station K-BOM who somehow landed the morning show host job (”Moron in the Morning”) when his Howard Stern-like boss Rip Rebel …

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4/1: “Project Runway” back on track on Lifetime

Tim Gunn in Atlanta last year. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Tim Gunn in Atlanta last year. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

The parties involved with “Project Runway” have finally resolved their differences, allowing the hit fashion design show to move from Bravo to Lifetime.

The show has been in legal limbo for months. When the makers of “Project,” the Weinstein Company, announced last year it had reached an agreement to move the show to Lifetime, NBC Universal (which owns Bravo) sued, claiming they had contractual rights to keep the show. Through the courts, NBCU was able to prevent the show from airing on Lifetime last fall. Lifetime in November countersued NBC.

Lifetime had planned to debut the show last fall. It even taped episodes of the latest season and went to Fashion Week in New York last month, hoping for an imminent resolution. “Project Runway,” season six, will air this summer.

Here’s the NBC statement:

The Weinstein Company will pay NBCU for the right to move Project Runway to Lifetime. All of the parties are pleased with …

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4/1: CNN, TCM receive Peabody Awards

University of Georgia’s prestigious Peabody Awards bestowed honors to two Atlanta-based networks: CNN and Turner Classic Movies.

The Peabody board gave kudos to CNN’s “unparalleled coverage” of the presidential campaign coverage, citing its “state-of-the-art technology and a small army of reporters, producers and analysts.”

CNN’s sister station TCM also received a nod: “It’s a wonderful network, this dedicated presenter and preserver of vintage films, and after 20 years, no other in the cable spectrum has stayed truer to its original mission.”

UGA’s Grady College of Journalsim and Mass Communication spread its electic mix of awards to a wide array of electronic media, from TV (e.g. ABC’s “Lost,” HBO’s “Entourage” and “John Adams” and AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) to online (the New York Times Web site and the Onion satirical sendup of cable TV news) to radio (a lucid explanation of the financial crisis by NPR and “This American Life”).

And in a broad brush of sorts, the Peabody …

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