Originally created 09/13/01

Radio personalities add camera to mike



It's a party, and you're invited.

In fact, all of Augusta is invited.

That's the attitude of Power Hitz, a new video show on WJBF-TV (Channel 6). Hosts for the show are Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best, morning radio personalities on station WPRW-FM (107.7-FM).

The show, which premieres Saturday at 11:35 p.m., will feature the pair in the TV studio showing videos, sharing information about recording artists, conducting contests, giving out prizes and bringing viewers and performers in front of the camera.

"We want people in Augusta to feel a part of this video show, because it's for them," Mr. Fattz said. "We're bringing the party to Augusta."

He and Ms. Best said they were excited about the new program and hope to expand its scope. They had already added new elements to the second show, which was taped this week, before the first program aired.

"This is something we've dreamed about for many years - something I've always wanted to do," Mr. Fattz said. "It's like a dream come true."

The half-hour weekly show will allow them to bring music-video programming to people in the area who don't have cable and usually don't have access to such programming, he said.

Scott Elledge, the show's executive producer at WJBF, has wanted to do a music-video program since he worked on a country-music one in another market.

"I thought Augusta needed this kind of local programming, and we thought they would be great hosts," he said.

Other scheduling changes at WJBF include a second episode of the syndicated Judge Joe Brown at 10:30 a.m. weekdays, giving viewers a full hour of Judge Brown. The second show replaced Judge Mills Lane, which stopped production.

Judge Lane's program isn't the only court show disappearing from local lineups: WRDW-TV (Channel 12) dropped Curtis Court to make room for Crossing Over With John Edwards at 9 a.m. weekdays. On Crossing Over, which began its televised run on the Sci-Fi Channel, Mr. Edwards gives a studio audience messages he says come from their dead relatives. The show began airing on WRDW on Aug. 27.

WRDW has dropped the talk show Queen Latifah and replaced it with The Ananda Lewis Show at 10 a.m. weekdays. The MTV VJ's show began airing Monday.

At WAGT-TV (Channel 26), Home Improvement will disappear to make way for a 7-8 p.m. weekday block of The Steve Harvey Show and Friends, starting Monday. The Andy Griffith Show, which aired at 7:30 p.m., will move to 12:30 p.m., replacing Grace Under Fire.

Bigger changes have been made at WFXG-TV (Channel 54). The Other Half, a View-type talk show that features male hosts instead of female, joined the schedule Monday. It airs at 1 p.m. weekdays. Hosts include ex-Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce and ex-American Bandstand host Dick Clark. The show replaces Divorce Court and Judge Hatchett.

Iyanla, a talk show with a self-help emphasis and host Iyanla Vanzant, airs at 11 a.m. weekdays. The Fox affiliate will also begin airing the animated King of the Hill at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, replacing Cops. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer will show up on the schedule at 7 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Sept. 29; and a new syndicated show, Mutant X, will air Sundays at 10 p.m., beginning Oct. 7 - both shows will replace Andromeda, which will move to Saturdays at 10 p.m.

At WBEK-TV (Channel 67), a second airing of Stargate: SG-1 has been added at 7 p.m. Saturdays. The show already airs at 10 p.m. Sundays. New programming on the UPN affiliate includes Change of Heart, which will replace The Jeffersons at 12:30 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday; Shipmates, a dating reality show on a cruise ship, that has replaced National Enquirer's Uncovered at 7:30 p.m. weekdays; and the game show Street Smarts, which replaces Unhappily Ever After at 11 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday, Oct. 1. Clueless, which airs at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, also will show up at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, replacing Awesome Adventure, beginning Sept. 22.

Reach Alisa DeMao at (706) 823-3223 or ademao@augustachronicle.com.