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TV/radio briefs: Lance Houston, Eric Ludgood, Ted Hall

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Lance Houston, who has been afternoon host at 94.9/The Bull since its debut in 2006, will become the program director at WPOC, a country station in Baltimore. He will continue to his on-air duties at the Bull, according to Radio Online. Presumably, he will move to Baltimore and do his Atlanta show remotely.

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Eric Ludgood, who was last news director at CBS Atlanta/ WGCL-TV until last month, has landed a new gig as assistant news director at Fox 5/ WAGA-TV under Mike McClain.

Based on my sources at CBS Atlanta, the employees liked Ludgood. It just sounds like new upper management simply wanted a change.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Eric to FOX 5 Atlanta," McClain said in a statement. "He’s an energetic and enthusiastic leader… and his experience in the Atlanta market is a great benefit to our team."

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Ted Hall, anchor and reporter at 11 Alive sent out this note via Facebook:

Good news and bad news.
Bad news: youngest son needs another brain surgery to get growing tumor.
Good news: surgeon told us today he thinks he can get it all out without any damage to vital parts.
Surgery in May at a time to least disrupt sons life.

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Long-time CBS Atlanta reporter Adam Murphy is hosting a special fundraiser at the Hawks game March 15.

The event will help raise money and awareness for a rare brain disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or PSP. Adam's mom, Janice,  is battling the horrible effects of the disease. Profits from tickets sold through www.miracleformom.com will go to Murphy's non-profit.

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Atlanta-based TBS has picked up a four-week test run of a late-night talk show to air after "Conan" featuring comic Pete Holmes. And TBS noted that "King of the Nerds" viewers' median age is only 32 years old, a factor which may have played into such a quick renewal.

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Did part-time Atlantan and TV/radio host Steve Harvey or his bodyguard key an automobile in Florida? This story insinuates this.  Harvey's manager Rushion McDonald said it's not true at all.

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Rumors are now floating around that former V-103 morning host Frank Ski is close to penning a syndication deal, something CBS couldn't provide him so he walked. But where could he land locally? The most obvious homes in Atlanta would be Kiss 104.1 and Majic 107.5/97.5 but  both stations have contracts with existing personalities (Tom Joyner and Steve Harvey, respectively). Perhaps Ski could do an afternoon syndication deal. There aren't many of those around (Michael Baisden has a solid afternoon syndicated slot on Majic, though.) Ski, who was on a new CNN pop culture forum yesterday with Ryan Cameron and my colleague Jennifer Brett, sent me a note via text: "Working on it. A lot of moving pieces."

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I'm previewing Atlanta-based TNT's "Boston's Finest," which debuts tomorrow at 9 p.m. It's a very stylized reality show about cops in Boston. TNT has not had any luck yet with reality programming. It's past two unscripted efforts, Mark Burnett's "Wedding Day" and Ron Howard's "The Great Escape," did not survive past one season. This one is impressively calculated to try to draw fans of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles", based in Boston, and/or the on-the-street nature of "Southland."  The Irish theme music even sounds a bit like that of "Rizzoli & Isles."

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CNN send out a release noting that in February, the first full month with Jeff Zucker at the helm, closed the gap with MSNBC for second place among the news channels. Here's their opening graf:

In February, CNN narrowed the total day gap with MSNBC to only -9k in total viewers (424k vs. 433k) and -11k in 25-54 (130k vs. 141k). At its recent monthly peak (October 2012), the gap was -180k in P2+ and -72k in 25-54.  Last month it was -43k in P2+ and -26k in target demo.

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