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3/12: Dunwoody HS grad Jason Pullman joins Kristen Gates as morning hosts at 94.9/The Bull

Former Atlantan and Dunwoody grad Jason Pullman joined Kristen Gates at 94.9/The Bull, taking over for Cletus T. Judd, starting Friday morning at 5 a.m.

Pullman is an active “voice over” talent, meaning you’ll hear him doing promos for shows such as CBS’s “New Adventures of Old Christine” and “Two and a Half Men.” Listen to samples of his work on his site www.jasonpullman.com.

His last radio gig was on Star 98.7 in Los Angeles from 2003-05. He took over for fellow Dunwoody grad Ryan Seacrest (now on 102.7/KIIS FM). In a strange coincidence, Pullman went to high school with Seacrest. He graduated in 1991, two years before the “Idol” host. That makes Pullman about 35 years old.

The Bull has dubbed the show “Caffeinated Radio.” At 5:12 a.m., the pair introduced themselves in a modest fashion. “Neither of us has slept,” Pullman said.

“We’re punchy,” Gates said. “We have Pop Tarts and Diet Pepsi.” (Kristen– Diet Pepsi? In a Coke town? Really?)

“I have done this before but I’m nervous,” Pullman said. He said he got into Atlanta two weeks ago and was going to start the previous Monday but said there were some unspecified “snags” that delayed his arrival on air.

Kristen joked it off by saying she was still recovering from the NASCAR race. Pullman then segued into a promotion that brings listeners to a Keith Urban mini-concert in Chicago. Two minutes of gab and they went into a Keith Urban song.

Scott Lindy, the new program director for 94.9/The Bull (who joined after Judd was cut last fall), said he loves Pullman because Pullman is “a study of the human condition.”

“He’s a guy who will ride MARTA and talk to strangers,” Lindy said. “He wants to talk to everybody. He’s not narrowcast.” [Indeed, in the first hour, he played a call to a Waffle House where he "solicited" listeners and got someone who did not listen to country and mistook his reference to Keith Urban as Steve Irwin, the late Australian "crocodile hunter." He then did a quick Irwin imitation.]

Lindy said Pullman was prepping for Friday’s show and unavailable for comment. I’ll catch up to him later.

Linday is also psyched to keep Kristen Gates, who built a strong following at Kicks 101.5 before she was let go a year ago during the “Leap Day Massacre.”

She’s a mom and provides that perspetive, he said. In comparison,
“Jason’s a single guy, a good looking guy. When I had the two of them in a room, I knew we had something. He has a younger perspective, a little edgier. He has energy you don’t always come across in country radio. We’re placing the needle a little younger than Kicks. We have a hipper attitude. We want to reflect that.”

To a caller who said he was a “baby doll” based on his photo on the Web site, Kristen semi-joked, “He’s cute and he smells good, too.”

Although Pullman has been out of country radio for at least six years (he did country radio in St. Louis), Lindy said he’s a big fan. He especially loves North Georgia’s own Zac Brown band. During his second stop set at about 5:20 a.m., he took a caller and told a story about how he had a friend who said he would provide Pullman free tix to a recent Zac Brown concert but the guy failed. So he ended up cooling his heels at will call for 30 minutes until someone sold him a spare ticket.

“Jason’s the quickest wit you’ll find in radio or in person,” Lindy effused. “He gets the country listener. And he’s from here.”

He showed flashes of the wit early on. When Kristen joked with a listener that he had been prison while away from Atlanta, he said, “I only dropped the soap once.” And during a bit of lame celebrity news in which Keith Urban supposedly was at a party and used a Magic Eight Ball that predicted his latest single would NOT go No. 1 (when in fact “Sweet Thing” would go No. 1), Pullman cracked, “They were drunk.”

Jason is also former classmates with actor Kip Pardue, who also went to Dunwoody High School.

How much breathing room Linday will give Pullman remains to be seen. But Lindy says he doesn’t script his jocks. He wants to give them a shot to be personalities. But since the station is pushing “more music,” don’t expect huge gobs of talk, especially in the beginning. In fact, that’s what Pullman said on the air at 5:23 a.m.: “We’re still playing a lot of music but we’ll have a little bit of entertainment between the songs.”

Their first celebrity news break at 5:35 a.m. took about three minutes, featuring news about Anna Nicole Smith charges and Sesame Street laying off 20% of staff.

“At last they were not involved in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme,” Pullman said.

“They say Bert and Ernie are safe,” Kristen joked.

Speaking of the bad economy, I listened to the first hour at 5 a.m. and there was a complete lack of advertising for the first 45 minutes. Then again, it was 5 a.m. The Bull did do two short three-minute commercial breaks at 5:45 a.m. and 5:59 a.m., followed by a longer six-minute break at about 6:14 a.m. Advertisers include Joanne Fabrics, the AJC Auto show , Amberen (something to stop hot flashes) and Just Brakes.

He is far different from his predecessor Cletus T. Judd, who failed to bring in ratings despite a heavy advertising campaign a year ago and was ousted in the fall. No Southern accent and no redneck aspirations. And Pullman’s first couple of hours show far more promise than that of the short-lived Zakk Tyler on Dave FM last year. Pullman seems amiable, with a fine radio voice. He also knows how to keep things moving and has rapport with Gates. We’ll see if he can draw people away from the established Cadillac Jack and Dallas McCade over at Kicks.

20 comments Add your comment

tnecvolfan2001

March 12th, 2009
9:10 pm

uh, this just doesn’t sound like its gonna work, but the GOOD thing is i know the bull wants to be more local, so a local guy is smart. but c’mon, the bull is NOT gonna ever beat kicks at their own game, so why don’t they format switch the growing LEGEND (96.7) with the BULL. that way they drag away kicks listeners who would prefer older country but have nothing else to listen to. hmmm, just a thought. what do y’all think?

Mike Rasnake

March 12th, 2009
9:54 pm

Should have brought Rhubarb Jones in with Kristin. Would have been the perfect fight against KICKS. I agree 96.7 The Legend is the future of Country Radio in ATL and Rhubarb would have really helped both Stations. Damn I am disappointed in the new guy.

MJ

March 13th, 2009
9:26 am

I’ll give the Bull a try. The Bert Show used to be fun, but Insecure Jenn and her pal Jenn Jr. (Wendy) jumped on my last nerve today. I’m done.

Gary

March 13th, 2009
11:47 am

I agree with Mike….If you want to beat Kicks, you should have brought in Rhubarb. He is the only Atlanta Country DJ that can hang with Cadillac Jack and Dallas. However, I think he might have a non-compete that is not up until a month from now. The new guy sounds ok, but he is not going to pull listeners over from Kicks. He might pull a few casual listeners from Moby who pretty much relies on die-hard fans, but not from Kicks.

I agree with the Legend. It would be great if they mix it up kinda like Eagle did and bring in Rhubarb. That should be the plan should the current one not work out. Country radio in Atlanta can survive with 2-3 stations in the market.

Warren

March 13th, 2009
8:56 pm

Cadillac and Dallas have deep roots. They are very established and listeners are very comfortable with the duo. I am a CC employee (not in programming and not in Atlanta)and I think that the company has made a great hire with Jason. The building is very excited about his arrival.

Here’s what I do know: Cadillac’s contract is up in 60 days and Kicks chose not to enter into exclusive negotiations from 90 days until the commencement of the contract. Was it an oversight or intended? I don’t have that information. I do know from a sales angle Cadillac Jack is valuable. He voices the Carl Black commercials on my station and that account for us in a medium market is in the $250K range. I can’t imagine the price tag for the account in Atlanta. Cadillac is great with clients. They love him. Many, like Carl, would leave with him (whether to another station in the market or if he left the market many clients would spend their money on other stations or pull entirely). He is extremely sales friendly and a good jock. Bull needs the money and the talent.

Cadillac and the new guy Jason also share the same agent – coincidence?

Doofy

March 14th, 2009
12:48 pm

That is not a very flattering photo of Kristen.

Tg

March 16th, 2009
8:57 am

Kristen is a real talent. She and Pullman will be great together. And I agree….it’s not a flattering photo of her.

Gloria

March 16th, 2009
3:12 pm

I was broken hearted when Kristen was let go at Kicks. I thought she and Cadillac were so good together. I believe Cadillac could work with anyone. He is great!

JP

March 16th, 2009
3:40 pm

The Bull will flip formats in 5 months. This guy is a quick fix and Kristen will bring him down like she has brought eveybody down she has worked with. Justin Pullman I hope you have a solid deal with the devil.

ATTN:JASON, it's Cin-a-Bon

March 17th, 2009
8:05 pm

All you haters can suck AsS! Jason rocks!! he was born for this industry and his wit is indescribable, too fast for most of you!!! J, you know I’m always here for you. Bless YOU and everything you’ve been going through the past year. *CinShine / Cin-a-bon” XoXo, keep in touch, keep me updated, you know I care, I’ll hold on to the YardHouse gift card for when you visit :) Congratulations and GOOD LUCK!!!

no1uno

March 18th, 2009
11:24 pm

KICKS has already taken a HUGE dive in the recent PPM and the Bull is within striking distance even before the new morning show was announced.

D. Lattin

March 19th, 2009
8:35 am

I have listened to Jason and Kristen and all I ever get out of it is how much they drink. It is offensive when you are discussing how wonderful it is to drink when kids are listening to the radio. I am going to change to KICKS. I loved Cledus because he was a “home town guy” and was sorry to see him go.

Ron E.

March 30th, 2009
11:08 am

Caffeinated Radio? Sounds more like he takes a Quaalude each morning. I wasn’t a fan of Cledus. Drove me nuts listening to him but at least he had a pulse.

KEN

March 31st, 2009
1:03 pm

I enjoy listening to Jason and Kristen every morning. I used to listen to KICKS but Cadillac and Dallas use too many curse words and too much sexual stuff. They hardly play any music with all the advertising and talk. As long as Jason and Kristen keep it clean, I will be a long time listener. I grew up on country music. I love country music.

Tim

July 30th, 2009
7:59 pm

I can’t listen to this guy on the bull anymore. He is about as entertaining as watching c-span..

tammy tavares

August 26th, 2009
7:59 am

I listened to wkhx when Moby was there was all good. Now not so much. I switched to 949thebull and it kicks butt. I love Kristen and Jason every morning.

tammy tavares

August 26th, 2009
7:59 am

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Josh

September 14th, 2009
10:24 am

Chad E is the man!

Anne

September 21st, 2009
8:57 pm

I quit listening to the bull when Cledus left, he was the reason I listened at all. I am happy that the Bull is playing my boy Scotty Allen Fraser on Saturday nights though, so I’ll listen then!

Copy Kat, YES JASON ITS ME

January 5th, 2010
10:27 pm

Jason rocks!!! Los Angeles misses him and you guys are lucky to have got the guy out there!!! The best thing about Jason is that he is real and never tries to be more than what he is!