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Born & raised in Milwaukee, The Artist Formerly Known as Fresh G has worked at 860 WNOV, WLUM HOT 102, and WKKV in The Mil as a Mixer/DJ/On-Air Personality (1985-1996) before being christened Mike Love and moving to Chicago to work nights on WGCI (1996-2007). Now, back in the Mil-town for a second stint at V100.7, he returns with a moniker given to him in Chicago and effectively dismissing part of his legacy as Fresh G, one of the greatest Mix DJs the city ever produced. Will he succeed at The Crib as Mike Love and forge a new identity in a new era, or will the outside forces from the past force him to reembrace Fresh G? Stay tuned...
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"American Idol" is going nuclear for Season 13.
None of the four judges on the singing competition will be asked to return next season, an individual with knowledge of Fox's plans told The Wrap. Longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe is expected to get the boot. And despite reports to the contrary, Fox isn't even considering bringing former judge Jennifer Lopez back as a lifesaver for next season.
Like we said: nuclear.
"All four are gone," the insider told TheWrap. "They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back."
Driven by this belief and the need to attract younger viewers, Fox is set to make major on-air changes to "Idol," the most notable of which will be an entirely new judging panel. New judges pop icon Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country star Keith Urban won't be back. Even original judge Randy Jackson won't survive the blood bath this time around.
A Fox spokesperson declined to comment for this story.
All four judges have options to return for another season, but Fox won't be picking them up, according to the knowledgeable individual, who said: "No more big checks for divas."
The network has resolved to stop paying the huge salaries it has been shoveling out for its big name talent, i.e. Carey's reported $18 million package, Minaj's $12 million salary and former judge Jennifer Lopez's $15 million.
The show's format will also change. Its look will be redesigned and the dated tribute nights will be a thing of the past. But the show's trademark audition episodes will continue.
Behind the scenes, Fox Broadcasting chairman Kevin Reilly is charged with "fixing Idol." And one of the first changes will occur at the top of the food chain: Longtime executive producer Lythgoe is expected to be replaced. What that means for the show's producers, FremantleMedia, remains to be seen.
Fox's meltdown has everything to do with the talent competition's declining viewership. Its ratings are already down 22 percent this season and it hit a series low for ratings last Thursday, when it attracted only 11 million viewers and a 2.4 rating/7 share in the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic. The ratings slide is especially problematic during May Sweeps, where ratings numbers are used to dictate advertising rates.
Viewing has been in decline for several seasons now. At its height during Season 6, "Idol" attracted about 30 million viewers an episode.
So, why not just cancel the show?
"Idol" is still a huge revenue generator for Fox, bringing in $836.4 million in ad revenue last year, according to Kantar Media. Plus, it has nothing to replace it. Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" is far from being "Idol's" heir apparent after failing to meet ratings expectations over its first two seasons. It, too, is undergoing another round of changes for Season 3, with pop star Britney Spears and record executive L.A. Reid not returning.
"Idol's" problems are compounded by the success of NBC's "The Voice." Currently airing its fourth season, the show recently crossed a milestone when it beat "Idol" (and everyone else on the small screen for that matter) in both total viewers and the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Additionally, "The Voice" took "Idol's" spot in the Emmy race last year, replacing it among the nominees in the Outstanding Reality Competition category.
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V100.7 and Parklawn YMCA have teamed up with Life Lessons to sponsor a Mother's Day Appreciation event this Saturday May 11, 10am-3pm. Parklawn YMCA is located at 4340 N. 46th Street.
In order to have a successful event we need donations of new & slightly worn shoes, purses, jewelery, scarves, hats & other accessories. These items will be given to moms in the community who are doing their best to keep things together.
For more information call the Parklawn YMCA at (414) 873-9622
This first-time mommy-to-be sure isn't letting any pregnancy woes cramp her style! Despite complaining of sore feet, expectant mother Tamar Braxton attended her gender-neutral baby shower at Bel-Air Hotel in L.A. on Sunday, May 5 rocking a pair of multicolored, sky-high Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos.
"These are very comfortable," the Tamar & Vince star told Us Weekly. "I'm not going to wear anything that’s gonna make my feet hurt any more than they are. As long as they’re comfortable, they can go with me!"
Joined by her husband of five years, record executive Vince Herbert, the "Love and War" singer revealed that she's luckily been having a fairly easy pregnancy thus far.
"I feel great," Braxton, 35, told Us. "I have a lot of energy. I'm always upbeat and everyone has to tell me to sit down somewhere. But I feel amazing."
"My sisters have lots of advice," Tamar shared. "But I think the one that sticks out the most is be the best mom you can be and always focus on your family first."
But it seems that there is at least one piece of advice that Tamar has not taken from big sis Toni, who said she's been telling Tamar to ditch the heels during pregnancy!
"She's not listening," the "Unbreak My Heart" singer, 45, told Us. "It's just so dangerous. I get it. You want to look cute, but the last few weeks, few months, you have to take it easy!"
As the WE tv star prepares for motherhood, she admits that there is one pregnancy perk she's caving into: Cravings!
"I'm the greediest person in America, of course," Tamar laughed. "I love potato chips! I love a lot of junk food, but I can’t have a lot of salt."
Her hubby Herbert, 43, told Us they're super-eager to welcome their new family addition. I'm elated. I have no words," Vince said, adding of his wife, "I can tell Tamar is going to be a great mom."
Tamar & Vince's first season wrapped in December 2012, but she confirmed on Twitter that they will be back for a second season, with a premiere date not yet announced.