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The summer of travel took me down south again last weekend, as I visited Atlanta for my first time ever. Thursday night I left the studio, pulled an all-nighter, and made my non-stop 6 a.m. flight to the ATL. Instead of taking the airport shuttle upon landing, I thought it’d be a good idea to walk from my terminal to ground transportation at Hartsfield. That airport is MASSIVE and my idea was not one of the good variety. Regardless, I eventually made it on to MARTA, Atlanta’s public transit. That’s where I snapped this selfie.


First stop: Cumulus Media headquarters. Our Senior Vice President of Programming and Content, Mike McVay, was kind enough to score me Yankees/Braves tickets for that night in Turner Field AND give me a tour of our facilities. The corporate HQ is located in the Buckhead section of town, an upscale area with a lot of great hotels (and subsequently, hotel bars), high-end shops, and steakhouses. It was great to see familiar faces and meet some new ones, all in their element instead of on the road in New York or Los Angeles.

Next up: CNN World Headquarters downtown! I had no idea that the massive property is connected to both an Omni Hotel and the Phillips Arena.

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I joined the panel on HLN’s “The Daily Share” to chat about everything from Donald Trump to Justin Bieber.


Again, it was great meeting people who I have corresponded with for years in real life and seeing a few familiar faces. I said my goodbyes and took the Marta back to Midtown, where my hotel was. I needed to tape and edit two radio segments for affiliates, and it left me with just enough time to grab a Caribou Coffee and egg sandwich (again!), change in to my away Derek Jeter jersey and meet colleagues at this spot called The Nook. From there, it was off to the 755 Club at Turner Field for the Yankees game.


We at some point made it to our seats and yes, I ate that full hot dog. I know, real sexy.\
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ANYWAYS, Yankees won, and my coworkers were kind enough to treat me to a steak dinner afterwards because they’re great.

Saturday was awesome. Slept in, day drank, thrift shopped, bar hopped, went to an outdoor wine festival.

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And at the suggestion of many, tried the Coronary Burger from The Vortex. It lived up to the hype.

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Special thanks to Aaron Roberts for playing the role of “tour guide” for most of the trip. Happy to be back home, and next weekend it’s back to home-home – Niagara Falls!

I can’t thank Vinnie Politan and the crew at CNN Headline News “Prime News” enough for inviting me back for the second time within a week! Vinnie brings a new vibe to that show, one that I think is more conducive to having a younger guy like me on as a guest. Once again I helped to comprise a panel that gave it’s opinions on a number of different stories.

The topics ranged from the women pay gap to weight discrimination, and a new vodka/gym partnership.

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Looking to ignite a little spark behind the movement of her second single, Priscilla Renea teamed up with B.o.B. for a remix to “Love Sick.” The track world premiered on “The Ralphie Radio Show.”

Renea said she first linked up with the Atlanta-rapper on Twitter, and later met through a mutual friend at a studio. The original version is on Renea’s debut LP, Jukebox.

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Will Pugh and Joseph Peppers from Cartel stopped by “The Ralphie Radio Show” to chat about the band’s new single, “The Perfect Mistake” off of Cycles. Will and Joseph also talked about Tiger Woods, making it big in the A-T-L, and an alleged run-in with Hillary Duff.

T.I. is recording material for a new album, and according to one artist he collaborated with, is in good spirits as he prepares new tracks for his forthcoming LP.

“Oh yeah, he’s definitely got a lot to prove,” remarked B.O.B. The Atlanta emcee is signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label, distributed by Atlantic. “(He has) a lot of motivation.”

Authorities released the “Live Your Life” rapper from prison to a halfway house last December. T.I., real name Clifford Harris, is permitted to leave the house on weekdays for work purposes, but must return by evening. Jim Jonsin, who has produced a plethora of hits, including “Whatever You Like”, is also confirmed to be working on the project. T.I. will leave the halfway house on March 26.

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On Monday, after the interview with B.O.B, T.I.P made his first public appearance, at a charity event organized by his fiancée, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. He also created a Twitter account. Already “Verified”, there is only one tweet from username “Tip”, a tease for a “major announcement” coming next Monday at T.I.’s website, trapmuzik.com, with the hash tag “#kingsback.”

“We actually got in the studio recently, recorded a track for his album,” B.O.B said on working with the head of his label. Although later he clarified that the song may not appear on T.I.’s album, but will see the light of day in some form or fashion.

B.O.B’s LP, B.O.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, hits stores on April 27 – actually pushed up from an original May release date due to the success of the single, “Nothin’ On You”, which features Bruno Mars. The emcee is currently on tour with Lupe Fiasco.

last weekend i sang, “sex is like riding your biiiikkkkkkkeeee” to the tune of t.i.’s “whatever you like.” needless to say, i feel a bit immature after watching these kids from atlanta…