published Friday, August 19th, 2011

Courter: Lots to talk about in local TV, radio news

It might have been overlooked by some in all of the news about the Tennessee Aquarium partnering with local restaurants in developing a sustainable seafood program, but TV foodie Alton Brown will also serve as emcee for the Cast Iron Chef Cookoff at the Chattanooga Market on Sept. 25.

I've said for years that the cookoffs at the market are among the cooler new events in town, and having Brown involved makes it even better.

n Henry Cho, the Knoxville native and Nashville-based comedian, was in town last weekend performing at The Comedy Catch. If you missed it, you can check out Cho, along with Chattanooga comic Karen Mills, on his latest TV pilot Sept. 8 on the GAC network.

"The Henry Cho Comedy Show" will premiere at 8 p.m. and be re-aired at midnight and 11 a.m. Sept. 9 and 3 p.m. Sept. 10. It will feature sketch comedy, stand-up and musical guests such as Trace Adkins and Vince Gill. Fellow comics Jim Hope and Rik Roberts also perform.

"Henry is the first comic I opened for 18 years ago," Mills said. "I didn't work with him for 16 years, and then he started calling me to work with him on various things."

Mills said she did a stand-up bit and is in one sketch.

  • High school football fans will be able to watch 10 local games live this season on WTVC-TV 9.2. The games can also be seen on EPB channel 169, Charter channel 174, Comcast channel 208, Dalton Utilities channel 157 and Bledsoe Telephone channel 41.

Darrell Patterson will host a pregame show beginning at 7 p.m., and the games will be called by Dave Staley and Jim Reynolds.

Tonight's game features East Hamilton at Signal Mountain.

  • Chattanooga's own "Hey Earl" Freudenberg is back on the air at WDYN-AM 980. The longtime radio personality can now be heard weekday mornings from 7 to 8:45, according to general manager Tom Sneed.

Freudenberg began his broadcasting career in 1962 at WAPO Radio in Chattanooga. He went to WDOD in 1965 and served with the American Forces Network for a year in 1972. He left WDYN radio a year ago when the station was sold to a Charlotte-based radio group.

"Earl brings a wealth of experience to WDYN as he prepares to celebrate 50 years in broadcasting," Sneed said. "After a short absence from radio, it will be good to hear 'Hey Earl' again every morning."

WDYN-AM 980, all-Christian Radio, also streams live on the Internet at with programming 24/7.

*Normally, the last place I would recommend any of you visit is MTV. I'm not really proud of this either, but they apparently have created a new show called "Cuff'd," featuring inebriated folks being arrested. Some of it was shot here. It airs Aug. 29 at 11 p.m.

You can see the trailer below.

Trailer for MTV's "Cuff'd"
about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

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