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TV/radio bits: "Dish Nation' renewed, radio-info board dead, 'The Sisterhood' cast member indicted

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Syndicated show "Dish Nation," seen on Fox 5 in Atlanta at midnight on weekdays,  has been renewed for a third season.

Atlanta-based Rickey Smiley, a syndicated show that works out of Hot 107.9's studios, is one of the participants. In case you haven't seen the show, several morning shows across the country riff on the hottest pop culture topics of the day.

Here's how the syndicator touted its ratings:

“Dish Nation” ranks #1 with Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 among all freshmen and sophomore first-run syndicated programs including “Queen Latifah”, “Steve Harvey” (tied for #1 with A18-49), “Arsenio Hall”, and “Katie Couric”. Additionally, “Dish Nation,” which is the youngest skewing first-run program in all of syndication, has grown to 1.3 million viewers daily viewers this season marking a +8% increase over a year ago.

“Dish Nation’s” radio teams include Atlanta’sRickey Smiley Morning Show, heard locally on Atlanta’s WHTA and syndicated in over 60 markets nationwide. It is hosted by Rickey Smiley and features Ebony Steele, Headkrack, Rock-T, Gary with da Tea; Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, syndicated in over 65 markets and based out of Dallas, Texas, features Kellie Rasberry, Jenna, Big Al Mack and J-Si; Seattle’sBrooke & Jubal in the Morning with Brooke Fox, Jubal Flagg, Jose Bolano and Lydia Cruz; and Los Angeles’ Heidi & Frank, also featuring Erik Scott Smith and Sammi Marino, and heard weekdays on KLOS.

Two teams that used to be on "Dish Nation" season one were in New York and Detroit but both dropped out. The Kraddick show has continued even though Kraddikc himself died earlier this year.

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Radio-info, a long-running website purchased recently by Radio Ink and turned into radiodiscussions.com, was shut down. The site survived for 14 years in some way, shape or form.

Radio Ink explained why it shut it down:

The Radio Ink Radio Discussion boards have been shut down as of today. Radio Ink EVP/GM T.J. Lambert said, "This was an economic decision. Our intention was to offer Radio Discussions as an option to our advertisers but we found there was no interest and though we respect what Doug Fleming originally built it simply does not make sense to pour cash into something with no prospect of revenue."

For many years, I used the bulletin board to mine for news, spread the news and gossip. Some of the regulars became friends. We'd occasionally gather at local bars and talk radio. Many were geeks like me, never in the business, just fans of the medium. A few used to be in the business and liked to stay tapped in. On occasion, actual radio folks would participate but most in the business lurked.

In recent months, I looked at it less often. Traffic seemed to go down after Radio Ink changed the format and made it less user friendly.

UPDATE: A possible substitute bulletin board is at radioinsight.com. It looks very lightly populated but here ya go with the url: http://radioinsight.com/community/board/southeast/atlanta/. I had trouble registering and the administrator admitted they were not expecting a sudden influx of registrants. The pages are loading very very slowly. If that isn't fixed soon, this may make a very poor substitute.

I made some good friends from that site, including a man named Neil Millman, who would jokingly fashion himself as the future PD of Dave FM. Dave never hired him but he loved music and critiquing the station's moves over the years on the site. When he died way too young last year of cancer at age 48, he had more than 30,000 songs on his computer. (Mara Davis showed up to his funeral.) So this is for you, Neil. Hope you're doing well from the great beyond.

Here is Neil before he got sick back in 2011:

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Domonique Scott, who appeared on the short-lived reality TLC show "The Sisterhood" earlier this year, was indicted last week for allegations of forgery claiming to tutor low-income students.

She allegedly created a fake company to try to get money from a federal program for tutoring kids but was caught.

More details here.

This is how TLC described her on the promotional website:

Domonique is anything but your typical preacher’s wife. She’s bold, she’s brash, and she’s unapologetically honest. After moving to Atlanta, she met and married Brian, an Evangelical pastor, and they had two daughters together. After years of growing The Good Life Ministry, the couple fell on hard times and were forced to close the church’s doors. They are now looking for new opportunities to fulfill their calling and Domonique is hoping to repair the damage that losing the church caused to her marriage.

Here's what I wrote about her when I interviewed her in December, 2012 before the show debuted in January, 2013: 

Domonique in an interview said “reality shows can be a form of ministry.” She actually embraces watching the other “wives” shows. “I’ve learned a bit of what to do and what not do to. What to wear, what not to wear. It’s all good to me. I believe what will set us apart is our ability to be able to move forward, to agree to disagree, to be honest. And we’re all married. But we aren’t perfect. We have tax liens. We have issues.”

She said her church was relatively small, with fewer than 100 members but the recession made it even harder on them. Ultimately, they had to shut their doors. The show will reveal how she and her husband Brian will try to get back on their feet.

Here is how I described her in an earlier blog entry. She had plenty of financial problems.

Their website goodlifechurch.org is still up. I did a Nexis search on her. She’s 45, her last known address is in Lawrenceville and she grew up in Miami. She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2004. She had an eviction notice placed against her in 2010 in Lawrenceville and she’s had several tax liens placed against her in recent years by the IRS and the state of Georgia.

Below is Brian and Domonique Scott in a TLC promo shot:

Brian and Domonique Scott will be on "The Sisterhood" on TLC.

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