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Archive for August, 2013

Nick Cellini exclusive interview: life after a bit gone bad

nick_celliniNick Cellini, two months removed from a tasteless morning bit that got him fired from 790/The Zone, was back in a studio Thursday, headset on, mic open, expressing dismay about Jason Heyward’s jaw injury and bad odor memories from the old Yankee Stadium.

The difference: he’s doing a podcast in the back of an office near the Punchline Comedy Club. The likely audience for his podcast is in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands of listeners who caught him every morning on Mayhem in the AM on his old radio station, where he worked for more than 16 years.

His paycheck is gone, too, along with his two former colleagues Chris Dimino and Steak Shapiro.

But all is not lost. By doing the podcast, Cellini’s keeping his mind busy, trying to create a sense of normality after one of the toughest moments in his professional career. And he found out who his friends really were, including a few who have placed ads on his podcast. (Two buddies Ray Voght and Patrick Wiebeld help him …

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What TV shows are being shot in metro Atlanta?

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TV productions continue to flourish in Atlanta.

In 2011, I found 25. In 2012, I came up with 33.

This year? I counted 52 in production or have aired this year.

In other words, I’m busier than ever.

Most of the programs are reality programs but there are 19 scripted productions, a record to date since the state passed sweetened tax credits in 2008. Without said credits, only Tyler Perry’s programs and perhaps “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” would even be here.

This compilation below includes shows that are distributed on a network (or via syndication) that airs nationally. Netflix, Amazon and the like have not shot any shows here that have made it to series (though Amazon tested a pilot of “Zombieland” that didn’t make the cut.)

On the list, I’ve been able to confirm only one show which has aired multiple seasons that is officially over: Discovery’s “Auction Kings” after four seasons.  But several programs are on the potential chopping block, including USA’s …

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‘Walking Dead’ Walker Stalker convention in Atlanta Nov. 1-3, 2013 with Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon and will be at the Stalker Walker convention November 2, 2013.

Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon and will be at the Stalker Walker convention November 2, 2013.

You may have watched Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes for years on AMC’s most popular drama “The Walking Dead.” In November, you’ll be able to see them in person at the first “Walking Dead”-inspired convention in downtown Atlanta, the Walker Stalker Con.

Credit Nashville residents Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, “Walking Dead” fans who were inspired to create the convention after visiting Senoia last November, where “The Walking Dead” is partially shot.

While the show was producing its season 3 finale, the two friends were able to meet several of the actors and decided soon after to start a “Walker Stalkers” podcast about the show. Over a span of a few months, they began drawing a following, peaking with 23,000 downloads in March. They interviewed executive producer Greg Nicotero and several of the actors.

“We were blown away he wanted to be on our podcast. And it snowballed …

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Fred Kalil stepping down as 11 Alive sports anchor

fred kalilAfter more than two decades, the esteemed 11 Alive sports anchor Fred Kalil today announced during the 6 p.m newscast that he is stepping down from that much coveted job.

News director Ellen Crooke send out this note to staff today:

Our Fred Kalil …the guy we all love, the guy who makes us laugh, the guy with a heart the size of Buick has an announcement he wants to share with all of you. We are sending it to all of you first before we tell the community tonight. Just remember Fred will continue to cover sports for us on air… in fact watch sports tonight as he previews this weekend’s biggest college game ! We love ya Fred !

In this farewell video narrated by Jaye Watson, he expressed his love for sports and his desire as a young man to become an anchor, a dream he pulled off with aplomb.

He had a benign cyst removed from his brain in 2000 but it took months for him to recover short-term memory. He returned to the air three months later and took …

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Frank Ski to start at D.C.’s WHUR, expand from there

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Frank Ski will be back on the radio airwaves September 9 but not in Atlanta – yet.

The former long-time V-103 morning host will start a solo afternoon show on Washington D.C.’s urban AC station WHUR-FM 96.3, where he did a tryout in April.

This confirms what multiple sources had told me earlier this weekend.

From there, he hopes to expand to other affiliates, including a station in Atlanta.

While most radio personalities have a six-month non-compete clause which prevents them from working in radio in that market, Ski has an even more draconian one-year non compete. So he wouldn’t be able to be on air in Atlanta until late December even if he wanted to.

The WHUR gig “wasn’t even an idea I came up with,” Ski said in an exclusive interview. “It was an idea [WHUR] General Manager Jim Watkins came up with after I spent a week filling in in D.C.”

His producer Nina Brown and he went to D.C. without knowledge they were doing a tryout until they got there. He thought at first that it …

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