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Q100’s Bert Show goes on campaign against the phrase ‘Hotlanta’


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I have noticed over the years that people who don’t live in Atlanta will often refer to our lovely city as “Hotlanta,” thinking they were cool. In fact, they always act as if they’re “in the know” by saying it. Truth is: we never say it. Ever. Except to make fun of folks who say “Hotlanta.”


Earlier this month, I heard actress, D.C. native and cohost Taraji Henson (left, with Terrence Howard) say it at the Soul Train Awards, airing Nov. 29 on BET and Centric. I mocked her in my blog.

Anyway, Q100’s Bert Show has decided to take this important issue head on. They are asking their listeners and celebrities to tell outsiders not to say that term on penalty of eye rolls and sighs.

The morning show already told part-time Atlantan Janet Jackson to spread the word and she agreed to pass it on to Jermaine Dupri. Jeff Dauler saw Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block) referencing the city that way in a Tweet and plans to straighten him out Friday when he comes in studio. They hope to get former Atlantan John Mayer to tell his huge Twitter following (2.6 million) to back off.

There’s a Facebook page about it, too, if you’d like to join.

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Here is a possible origin of the phrase, courtesy of an instrumental tune by the Allman Brothers dubbed “Hot’Lanta.”

150 comments Add your comment

The Bover7

November 18th, 2009
3:41 pm

Mark is a total tool for wasting time on something so stupid. There’s a lot worse things Atlanta could be called…


November 18th, 2009
3:43 pm

Q100? who’s Bert?


November 18th, 2009
4:09 pm

Is the Bert Show really able to influence people that greatly??? I think not….the only ones who listen to that God awful show are local yocals and we all know what kind of outside persuasion they have on the rest of the country. None…


November 18th, 2009
4:25 pm

Ok so Hotlanta is worn out and dated. But I’m still offended by “The ATL”, and I’m even more irritated by people who say A-Lanta.


November 18th, 2009
4:26 pm

Everyone checkout a new song for the city that will help accomplish the task here. It’s called “I LOVE ATLANTA” by Jimi Cravity check facebook or

“I LOVE ATLANTA”- Jimi Cravity

Mark's grandmother

November 18th, 2009
4:39 pm

If you have ever spent time in Atlanta in the summer, it is HOT! What’s in a name anyway? Much about nothing.

Ray Pugh

November 18th, 2009
4:45 pm

Bert Show,

I cannot begin to express how irrelevant you are, and the only why I’m investing 15 seconds of my life into posting this is b/c you THINK you are relevant. Just b/c you feature shallow “celebrities” (and persist in acting like you’re best friends) does not mean anyone thinks you’re even remotely interesting or important. Continue prattering on about Twilight, Facebook and tampons or whatever the hell you talk about all day, but please stop telling people what to do.

Peter Griffin

November 18th, 2009
4:56 pm

You people have it all wrong. Yes, it’s spelled Hotlanta, but it’s actually pronounced Douchelantabag.

booty call

November 18th, 2009
4:57 pm

How can we complain about it when we have a radio station that does a “booty caaaaall” every morning. Peteetong everyone!!!


November 18th, 2009
5:16 pm

a life long atlanta resident and Atlanta earned that name it was the place to be in the 80,s and early 90,s..then the northern ghetto thugs arrived ruining this beautiful city and what i loved about it..then in 2005 the new orlean thugs start moving here further bringing a nasty mix of northern ghetto thugs and new orlean thugs thus ruining are city..then came the worst recession and the first one further ruining what was once the best kept secret in the country at one point HOTLANTA…


November 18th, 2009
5:18 pm

As a born-and-bred Atlantan, I would rather hear it called “Hotlanta” than called “da A-T-L.”

Atl Girl

November 18th, 2009
5:27 pm

Are you guys from Hotlanta? The answer is no. Stop trying to speak for native Atlantans… Go Home and leave Hotlanta alone.


November 18th, 2009
5:35 pm

and someone please tell Wendy that she’s incompetent and horrible on the radio.


November 18th, 2009
5:46 pm

“South of I-20 = THUGlanta”

To Long Live ATLANTA: You’re a jerk. I’m guessing that in you’re little mind “thug” is double-speak (heard of Orwell?) for African American. I live in Sandtown, a beautiful middle class to upper middle class community, south of I-20. Get a dictionary and learn what the word “thug” actaully means before you use it. You may wind up using the term at the wrong place and in the wrong company and get smacked in your racist stupid mouth.


November 18th, 2009
5:50 pm

Alright, all you Steve and Vicki fans, quit bashing the Bert Show. They’re awesome.

balad 2004

November 18th, 2009
5:56 pm

the real sad thing you all think you are LIVING in atlanta lol

balad 2004

November 18th, 2009
5:59 pm

scott there is a lot of truth to what you say. put the blame on the rappers for hyping up that messy city down there

balad 2004

November 18th, 2009
6:04 pm

scott the real best kept secret is a lot of the blacks who move there struggle finacially because atlanta is not a town for the unskilled and poorly educated.working two jobs to live there, crazy! .but the word is getting out “it,s not what everybody builds it up to be”and wise folks should take heed before they run down there


November 18th, 2009
6:10 pm

Hot Lanta. LOL what a joke. Have your driven downtown past 6p. Deserted. MyLanta, for muggings, robberies and punks.


November 18th, 2009
6:15 pm

The only thing hot in Atlanta is what’s in the trunk of the car that has the rap music and bass so loud the car is jumping up and down.


November 18th, 2009
6:28 pm

I say we start referring Atlanta as the “404″

Bitter EX democrackkk

November 18th, 2009
6:52 pm

Remember the 80s when they had the HOTLANTA River Raft Race and thousands of queens would descend to the ATL from points unknown? It was a HUGE yearly event for Hotlanta in the 80s.


November 18th, 2009
6:57 pm

Does anyone even listen to The Bert Show or Q100?


November 18th, 2009
7:27 pm


I used that date, because from what I remember, that is when the radio stations started using it. When you hear “March Madness”, you don’t think of Chicago high school basketball, you think of College Basketball, because that is the market inwhich it caught on, but not the origin. I wasn’t trying to argue the origin of “Hotlanta”, I was trying to quantify when the term started to get carried on Atlanta’s air waves. Hope this helps.


November 18th, 2009
8:11 pm

Oh good Lord! Are you serious? Eat a peach for peace. Damn fine tune!


November 18th, 2009
9:14 pm

I long for the days it was “Hotlanta”…………

It’s a shame it did’nt retain anything from the early 70’s……

What a shame………


November 18th, 2009
9:21 pm

I moved to Atlanta in 1964. It’s “Hotlanta” to those that count. But Atlanta is not Atlanta anymore. Northerners, rappers and those idiots that came up with “The ATL” have ruined this town. By the way, Kasim wants to know if there are any more airport contracts left – gots to feed the family.


November 18th, 2009
9:29 pm

My vote is for either HoLanta or Shotlanta. Shotlanta is timely because of the crime, so let’s go with that!!!!

Why don’t the rest of you get a life? Real Housewives. The Bert Show. How about Idiotville?

Phil T

November 18th, 2009
9:43 pm

If the Bert show is ’so’ irevelant, than why
are there two pages of blog comments?


November 18th, 2009
9:50 pm

I’m a native Atlantan that lives in San Francisco. I say that I’m from “the A” and people know what I’m talking about. Occasionally, you get a “Hotlanta” or “The ATL” but it’s normally from someone who’s been to Atlanta ONCE (normally during the Olympics). People who been to Atlanta more than once, call it “the A”. BTW, In Bay Area, the natives called SF “the City”, Oakland “the Town” and the 3 major cities (SF, Oakland, and San Jose) “the Bay”…now onto more relevant conversations….


November 18th, 2009
10:29 pm

Berts a LOSER! Who cares about that show?
Hotlanta was a club at the corner of North Ave and Piedmont, in the 70’s. And a good club at that. That’s where the word came from.


November 18th, 2009
10:34 pm

wah. There are better things to worry about.


November 18th, 2009
10:35 pm

Hot Atlanta is the name because all of the people was hot from the sweat. Hot Atlanta because the native ga peach was something to look at during the 80’s & 90’s. Now its called the ATL from the younger generation.

I’m a native and I use Hot Atlanta online chatting and nobody say anything, So it is what it is……..


November 18th, 2009
10:39 pm

And the club was super hot for a while in the early 70’s when you could still drive drunk and all. The club was BEFORE any of the songs. The club was where the bands when in Atlanta at that time, hence the songs.

The Big Chicken

November 18th, 2009
10:45 pm

The SWATS–aka SW Atlanta..When I here that ..I think of clothes on the line hanging out to dry and kids playing touch football in the skreet.

Ummm..Colli Parr–College Park..Not really Atlanta, but a lot of rappers and I dont mean seasonal gift rappers at Greenbriar, have made the ATL really bigger than it is

Hotlanta–I mean it’s not really that hip anymore, thanks to the ‘INTERNETS’ We are all so globally connected now.

I do remember Bo and Luke Duke once saying they just got back from Hotlanta..

How about Bad Street Atlanta GA..



Let's drop DAWGS, it's unbecoming

November 18th, 2009
11:13 pm

- the actual nickname is Bulldogs. Bert, are you with me on this one, Mr. Nickname Police?


November 19th, 2009
4:46 am

I’m just waiting for the Christmas to start on B98.5FM. C’mon JINGLE BELL ROCK!!!


November 19th, 2009
6:30 am

The monicker “Hotlanta” was coined in relation to our once thriving and HOT nightlife. Visitors came to Atlanta to enjoy the clubs and music. Maybe one day we could be Hotlanta again.

Rightwing Troll

November 19th, 2009
6:42 am

I’m suprised nobody has mentioned this yet, but Hotlanta is a name commonly associated with gay events around town.


November 19th, 2009
8:19 am

How ’bout HATlanta? Cuz, cuz guys like Rodney the Ho wear stupid hats!

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November 19th, 2009
11:43 am

Why would anyone admit they are a native Atlantan? You don’t go around admitting your a janitor too, do you? Thank god for honesty though, it helps me know who the retards really are and who is just here by unfortunate fate.


November 19th, 2009
4:34 pm


Cool E

November 20th, 2009
12:55 pm

I like Q-100, but Bert and the rest of his show need to take a hike. Are they even born and raised in Atlanta. May be they could not tell, but Janet Jackson did not take well to their request. HotLanta is fine. Mostly black people use the term. Bert show…. Forget about it!

Brett Shepherd

November 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

Hotlanta doesn’t really bother me, but when they say ya’ll on that Bert Show, that annoys me! It’s not so much the word ya’ll, its how they say it. They say it and it sounds like they have peanut butter in their mouths.
You know what else bugs me about that show, the way they giggle over entertainers that come on their show and it’s even more annoying when they talk crap about them but then they come on the show and they are all so starstruck. MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER!



November 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

Well, anytime anyone out of state has refered to Atlanta is Hotlanta they are making fun of the muggy wet heat here in the summer. “So how’s it over there in Hotalanta?” and then they laugh. And then I say, it’s fine how’s it over there in Anacrime CA. Then they say, TOUCHE!


November 20th, 2009
3:40 pm

You can use HOTLANTA if you want….but just know that you sound STUPID!


January 6th, 2010
6:17 pm

This is nuts. I live in Atlanta, and the term “Hotlanta” is used here all the time by Atlanta residents. Anyone that says different is either lying or isn’t a resident.

Just look at the comments so far. Supposedly, only non-residents use it. Then we’ve had the comment that only rednecks use it. Then someone said only the rappers use it. Then we have long time residents going back to the 60’s saying they use it. I have to laugh since it seems like everyone’s using it.

So where is this nonsense coming from? Some out of touch DJ decided this was his new “cause d’jour”, and has enlisted his mindless minions to his bidding. You can be sure that “Hotlanta” will be around a lot longer than this guy’s radio show.

It’s too bad his listeners don’t have anything more important to do than to worry about whether Hotlanta is the latest name for Atlanta or not. Obviously, they need to get a life, but it would be nice if they could think for themselves, too.

Hotlanta is the one nickname that’s actually weathered the years (there have been many other nicknames). Why? Because it’s the one nickname that’s actually descriptive of Atlanta. We have the hottest nightlife in the south. And yes, it’s hot here in the summer.

There’s even a song done by the Allman Brothers back in the 70’s. And let’s not forget that the word itself is a clever manipulation of “Atlanta”, and guess what? People like it. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation.

As for ATL, what that heck is that? It’s a luggage tag and means absolutely nothing at all. It’s not clever, meaningful, or even nice. It’s just boring and lazy. I have nothing against people using it, but compared to “Hotlanta”, it just doesn’t measure up at all.

The fact that “Hotlanta” promotes our great city to the world not withstanding, how is denigrating what others call our city, a term we ourselves promoted, helpful to our image? If you don’t like the term, don’t use it, but please stop telling others that they can’t use it. That’s just rude.

And we’re the city to busy to be rude…

Whew Doggy

January 11th, 2010
5:01 pm

It’s a whole lot better than that stupid name: NASHVEGAS… Talk about retarded… Vegas has something called CASINOS! Dumb hicks

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