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Release Date: 10.12.2017 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Radio and TV Talk blog

"4 Questions Journalist Spotlight" with AJC Radio and TV Reporter Rodney Ho

Leff's Atlanta Media's Weekly Feature Conversation with an Atlanta Journalist

Each week, in partnership with Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com), Atlanta Daybook presents our "Journalist Spotlight." Mitch Leff offers a conversation with a journalist in the Atlanta market, asking them four questions that'll help you learn more about local Atlanta media. What makes them tick? What's new at their media outlet? What drives them?

This week we're talking with Rodney Ho, who reports and blogs on Atlanta radio and tv news for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He’s a rarity in media: a reporter covering reporters. He’s been with the outlet since 2001, and in that time has seen his job change from “what to watch” to covering Atlanta’s ever-growing section of the entertainment industry.

How long have we known Rodney? Oh, so many years!  Beyond the 15 years he's been covering TV and radio for the AJC, he spent several years with the Wall Street Journal covering entrepreneurship and small business and a couple of years before that writing for the Virginian-Pilot.

What kind of story makes you proud to be a journalist? 

I enjoy profiling interesting people, just hanging around with them and figuring out what makes them tick. I just did one about Mark Arum with WSB Radio, the master of the split shift as morning TV/radio traffic guy and evening talk show host.

What’s new and different about what you’re doing at the AJC?

Clearly, we are having to do more video. While I haven’t done a lot of edited pieces recently, Facebook Live is a great way to showcase certain events. In the case of Arum, I did an hour-long Facebook Live, which provided people a behind-the-scenes look at his crazy traffic reporting schedule.

What is the best and worst thing about your job 

Best thing about my job is the flexibility and freedom I have as a blogger. On one recent day, I did a Facebook Live at a Rock 100.5 event in Dunwoody, then drove down to The Rock Ranch in Rock, GA to interview Steve Harvey about his camp and other more controversial issues (including another FB Live), then came back up to Midtown to talk to former V-103 morning host Mo Ivory, who is running for City Council (and yes, a third FB Live).

I also get to talk to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Carol Burnett and Billy Crystal and make set visits on cool shows like the “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” as well as follow the shenanigans of reality stars like NeNe Leakes.

As for worst thing, there isn’t really much bad about it at all. Doing expenses? That’s just tedious!

What’s the coolest thing people should know about you? 

I’ve been a radio geek from a very early age and would love to be on the show “Beat Shazam,” Fox’s modern-era “Name That Tune.” Many people know this already but the very first person I ever interviewed when I was in 10th grade for a class assignment was a DJ at the time named Larry Addams on WBLI-FM on Long Island in 1985.

I began covering radio in 2001 and around 2003, I had mentioned this Larry Addams to a Sirius radio jock and he told me that happened to be Larry Wachs of the Regular Guys. Neither Larry nor I had made the connection. I dug up my class assignment from my parent’s basement and showed it to Larry, who when he was 23 bragged he could easily do a Howard Stern-type morning show. In the end, he did, successfully, for many years. I ultimately posted the class assignment on my blog. (I got a 98!) 

About Rodney:

  • Last Book Read: “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look On My Face?” by Alan Alda (Read it before I interviewed Alda.)
  • Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Miso Izakaya
  • Favorite Guilty Pleasure: Karaoke at Karaoke Melody
  • Local Getaway: Simpsonwood Park in Peachtree Corners
  • Favorite Non-Work Hobby: Hiking with the dogs
  • Twitter: @ajcrodneyho
  • Web site: radiotvtalk.blog.ajc.com

Mitch Leff is the president of Leff & Associates Public Relations (www.leffassociates.com), an Atlanta-based PR agency. Leff also operates Leff’s Atlanta Media (www.leffsatlantamedia.com) an online database with contact info for thousands of Atlanta-based journalists, and Mitch’s Media Match (www.mitchsmediamatch.com), a service that connects Atlanta journalists with local experts and sources. Contact him at mitch@leffassociates.com, (404) 861-4769, on Twitter (@mitchleffPR), or on Facebook at Leff & Associates.

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Contact Info

Contact Name: Mitch Leff

Company: Leff & Associates PR

Phone: 404-861-4769

E-mail: mitch@leffassociates.com