A radio person in town suggested I do a list of the top radio stories of the entire decade. I’ve been covering radio here since September, 2001, so I did this off the top of my head. Feel free to add your own stories of the decade. This is not in any particular order and I’m sure I forgot a few things.
The Bert Show and Q100 overtaking Star 94. Back in 2000, dominant CHR station Star 94 was already facing competition on the young end via 95.5/The Beat. Then the Bert Show arrived in the spring of 2001 on new top 40 rival Q100. With straight man Bert Weiss, ever rational Melissa Carter (and first openly gay on-air host in Atlanta), snarkmaster Jeff Dauler and ditzy gossip queen Lindsay Brien, the show began to gradually slice away Star’s 18-34 female demo. (Jenn Hobby eventually took over Brien’s role.) The program focused on Springer-like relationship nonsense and used bits such as “War of the Roses,” in which a man was offered free roses and send them to a mistress instead of