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Is V-103 considering Al B Sure for Quiet Storm?

Al_B_Sure_ArtistIt’s been more than seven months since V-103 abruptly let go Joyce Littel from the Quiet Storm after a lengthy tenure.

There were rumors soon after that actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe were considering a syndicated night show. That didn’t pan out. Now the latest name thrown out is Al B  Sure, the R&B singer best known for late 1980s hit “Nite & Day.”

A Sure representative at Chicago-based Owens Morris Communications Kenny Johnson confirmed that Sure has talked with V-103. But Kenny said nothing has been signed: “He talks to a lot of different stations.” Rick Caffey, GM of V-103, per policy, declined comment.

Sure has done radio before,  including a show on Hot 92.3 in Los Angeles until last year. He was most recently on the reality show “Ultimate Merger” on TV One starring Omarosa in a “Bachelorette”-style program. Sure made the final three but she ultimately chose nobody.

V-103 has gone without a jock for that late-night show since Littel was let …

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Mike Posner’s ‘Cooler Than Me’ overtakes Katy Perry for top spot on Atlanta radio

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Mike Posner is a new artist, a recent Duke Unviersity graduate who now has the most popular song on Atlanta radio thanks to his R&B/dance hit “Cooler Than Me.”

It upended four weeks at the top for Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” perhaps signaling the end of summer of sure. (Her new single “Teenage Dream” is rising quickly to take its place, jumping from No. 16 to No. 4 with 44 additional spins this past week.)

“Cooler Than Me” was spun 196 times the past seven days, 48 times with Star 94 and 74 times each for 105.7/The Groove and Q100.

Taylor Swift’s “Mine” is also gaining momentum thanks to crossover popularity on top 40 (Star, Q100) and country radio (the Bull, Kicks).

At No. 11 is another crossover hit by John Mayer with “Half of My Heart” a hit on both adult alternative (Dave FM) and top 40 (Star and Q100).

Usher, ranked at No. 20, has a hit that is not getting urban radio airplay: “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” is more a dance song and has gotten 71 spins on …

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790/The Zone now part of Lincoln Financial

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As I wrote a few weeks back, Big League Broadcasting, the operator of sports talk station 790/The Zone, has been having ratings issues and lost a bundle on some St. Louis radio station properties.

Now, Lincoln Financial, which has had a local marketing agreement with Big League Broadcasting for years, is buying Big League’s assets and wrapping 790/The Zone into Lincoln, which also owns Star 94. (Big League never owned the 790 signal. Lincoln had given them a long-term lease for use of it.)

Stephen “Steak” Shapiro and Andrew Saltzman, who created the Zone in 1997, will become employees of Lincoln Financial. Rick Mack, general manager of Star 94, will become the Zone’s senior vice president and general manager. Saltzman’s title will be VP/GM. Neal Maziar will remain station manager, Matt Edgar will stay on as program director and morning host Shapiro gets the new title brand manager. (That’s a lot of managers!)

This will have no immediate impact on what you hear on air. “These …

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WSB 750 AM/95.5 FM pulls in record pledge total for Care-a-thon

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AM 750 and now 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB pulled in a record $1.43 million in pledges in its Care-a-Thon last week for Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The radio station raised about $8.4 million the previous nine years for the charity. The station has reached $1 million in pledges every year since 2005.

This 37-hour marathon broadcast featured stories of hope and inspiration from Aflac Cancer Center patients, families and staff with the help of hosts Scott Slade, Neal Boortz and Clark Howard.

Of all radio station marathons nowadays in Atlanta, the station pulls in the most cash for its designated charity.

From the press release:

Recognized as one of the top pediatric cancer centers in the country by Child Magazine, the Aflac Cancer Center is one of the largest childhood cancer and hematology programs in the country, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with cancer and blood disorders. Staffed by a …

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Former Atlanta rocker Jaron of Evan and Jaron lassos a hit in country music

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Source: Jaronwood

Brian Phillips, president of CMT, was in a bathroom at a Nashville restaurant in June 2009 when he heard a familiar voice.

It was Atlanta native Jaron Lowenstein. With his twin brother Evan, he became a pop star a decade ago with the sweet pop confection “Crazy For This Girl” but that fame quickly dissipated.

Now, Jaron was telling Phillips he wanted to be a country star.

Phillips, who found Jaron’s moxie endearing when he was head of alternative rock station 99X in the late 1990s, decided to support him with advice and names. Within a few months, Jaron had pulled off a hit country single “Pray For You.” He is set to perform at the free Kicks 101.5 Last Blast of Summer concert at Stone Mountain Park Sept. 4. (He performs at 6:45 p.m.)

“He’s a student of the music business,” Phillips marveled. “He’s very politically astute. He meets people. He makes connections. He’s almost like an agent from the Catskills.”

Jaron’s background is hardly the norm for a …

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TV best bets with season finales of ‘Rescue Me,’ ‘Futurama,’ ‘Leverage’

futuramaIn a relatively quiet week on TV as we enter Labor Day weekend, Pres. Obama gives a speech Tuesday but otherwise, it’s mostly the usual mix of fun and frolic.

There’s idiocy on Bravo (”The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunion), college football on ESPN Thursday and ABC Saturday, country music on ABC Wednesday and season finales of “Rescue Me” on FX on Tuesday (yes, that show is still on) and “Futurama” on Comedy Central on Thursday.
MONDAY

“The Closer” 9 p.m. TNT — An officer (Gary Cole) gets in Brenda’s face after three military officers are killed.
“Huge” 9 p.m. ABC Family (first season finale) — Amber and Ian share a moment in the woods.
“Life After” 9 p.m. TV One (second season finale) — Ron Artest discusses life after his big brawl.
“Dance Your Ass Off” 10 p.m. Oxygen (second season finale) — The final three are Adamme, Latoya and Michael.
“Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” 10 p.m. Food (10th season debut) — Guy Fieri samples Eastern European sausage in Minnesota
“Rizzoli & …

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Blogging about the Emmys

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Newcomers injected fresh blood into this year’s Emmys (though no “True Blood.”). And there were plenty of shockers.

Actors from freshman shows “The Good Wife” (Archie Panjabi) and “Modern Family” (Eric Stonestreet) took home awards.

And right out of the gate in its first season, ABC’s “Modern Family” won an Emmy for best comedy. If the writers can keep it up, expect plenty more Emmys down the road.

Although none of the actors for “Mad Men” nabbed an Emmy, the show itself won best drama for the second year in a row.

In one of the biggest shockers, Edie Falco emerged as the best female actress in a comedy over previous winners such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tina Fey.

“I’m not funny,” said a truly dumbfounded Falco, who has won before in drama on “The Sopranos.”

And another surprise: “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick (above right) grabbed the best actress in a drama Emmy over favorite Julianna Margulies from “The Good Wife.” Atlanta-based TNT executives must have been …

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast includes David Hasselhoff, Margaret Cho, Bristol Palin, the Situation, Rick Fox

"Dancing With the Stars" debuts Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.

"Dancing With the Stars" debuts Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.

Here’s the fall cast. Four have reasonable Atlanta ties:

DDD_EP201_BM-0324-thumb-580x344-156667-Margaret Cho (”Drop Dead Diva”) – The part-time Peachtree City resident has had years of success as a stand-up comic and did a modest bit of dancing on the opener of season two of “Drop Dead Diva.” (right) She should at least be able to parry with the judges quite well.

- Bristol Palin. Yes, she’s famous thanks to her mom and her teen pregnancy. From a train wreck perspective, she’s the Kate Gosselin of this particular season. Could she dance any worse?

- David Hasselhoff. He lived here in Atlanta for awhile, not that anybody here is proud of that. The “Baywatch”/”Knight Rider” star theoretically can sing so can he do a paso doble, too?

- Florence Henderson. At age 76, the “Brady Bunch” star is the token old person this season. That means sympathy votes, at least for the first couple of weeks.

- Rick Fox. The NBA star and actor plays Harry on “Tyler Perry’s …

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Catching up with the former members of 99X’s Morning X

Leslie Fram, Steve Barnes and Jimmy Baron back in the heyday of the Morning X in 1996. CREDIT: Charlotte Teagle/AJC

Leslie Fram, Steve Barnes and Jimmy Baron back in the heyday of the Morning X in 1996. CREDIT: Charlotte Teagle/AJC

For much of the 1990s into the early 2000s, one of the most influential and popular morning radio shows in town was the Morning X on alternative rock station 99X.

Nearly seven years has passed since Leslie Fram, Steve Barnes and Jimmy Baron shared a studio, providing Atlantans a daily dose of water-cooler buzz and an upbeat sensibility that personified the era.

There were funny scams (Leo DiCaprio’s answering machine and the fake Hanson brothers come to mind), and notable interviews (Courtney Love, the Dalai Lama.)

Then as Q100’s Bert Show and 96rock’ss Regular Guys siphoned fans and ratings dropped, the Morning X lost its mojo. In October, 2003, Barnes left and the Morning X was no more. Fram and Baron stuck around a few years longer, but it was never the same.

Here’s a quick recap on what they’ve been up to:

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As air traffic controller, he infused …

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Interviews with Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman for DragonCon ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ reunion

Bill Daily, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden back in the day.

Bill Daily, Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden back in the day.

The annual Dragon*Con convention draws tens of thousands to wax nostalgic about sci-fi/horror classics such as “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

But each year, the organizers throw a few curve balls. One year, they brought back the cast members from “Happy Days.” Last year, it was “Dukes of Hazzard.” This Labor Day weekend, the most unusual reunion will feature the original three stars from the late 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie:” 76-year-old Barbara Eden (Jeannie), 78-year-old Larry Hagman (Captain/Major Tony Nelson) and 82-year-old Bill Daily (Captain/Major Roger Healey).

The ostensible excuse? The 45th anniversary of the show’s debut on NBC in 1965, which followed the fantastical premise of an astronaut (Hagman), who discovers a genie (Eden) on a deserted island. She falls in love with him and calls him “Master.” The five seasons revolve around her efforts to please him and the trouble he …

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