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Adam Bomb leaving Q100, Bert Show’s Big Adventure #8

adam bombAdam Bomb, the night jock at Q100, did his last show on Tuesday night.  He was on air for at least three years.

His boss Rob Roberts said he has a new job within the Cumulus Media family, presumably in a different market. I would guess it’s going to be a morning or afternoon gig, which is a step up from nights.

I left a message with Bomb this morning. No answer. (I know, I know. Obviously, Bomb is not his real name. Should I call him Mr. Bomb?)

There are two major possibilities for his destination: Houston and Dallas. Cumulus has a successful top 40 station in HoustonKRBE 104.1. It also recently launched a top 40 station in Dallas I-93, where Q100’s mid-day gal Brittany voice tracks. Cumulus has a top 40 station in Nashville as well.

Here’s some video of Adam in action from 2007:

Anyway, the Bert Show left this morning for Disney World on Bert’s Big Adventure from the Sheraton Gateway by Hartsfield International Airport.This is Bert Weiss’ eighth year sending terminally and chronically ill children on a vacation.

This year, he took 13 families and 72 people. (Disney gives VIP treatment to groups under 75.) Bert’s wife Stacey helps organize the entire operation. “She worried about this for 340 days of the year,” Bert said. “I worry about it for about ten.”

Bert and Jenn gab with one of the families this morning at the Sheraton during the kickoff party. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Bert and Jenn gab with one of the families this morning at the Sheraton during the kickoff party. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Weiss was inspired to start Bert’s Big Adventure in 2001 from his former boss Kidd Kraddick in Dallas, who had Kidd’s Kids. He has since sent 85 famliies to Disney. Stacey said while many of the kids were terminal, the trip is like a cosmic elixir. She knows of only four children who have passed among the alums.

About 120 families applied this year for just 13 slots. She said it’s heartbreaking to have to reject so many people but she said medical experts screen the kids to ensure who can do this and who can’t. The families are also selected partly based on financial need. Many of the kids and even the parents had never flown in an airplane, much less have had the time or finances to go to Disney.

Two families received big prizes this morning. One got a wedding, the other a handicap-accessible van.

Tucker resident Orvia Cushnie has a five-year-old son, Louis, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a non-reversible condition which makes it impossible for him to walk. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime for us,” she said. At the send-off party, while I was talking to Cushnie, a man dressed as Jack Sparrow was speeding Louis around the room in a conga line (below).

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Cushnie said he’s been in a wheelchair since he was two, when he learned how to drive one himself. The Bert Show surprised her with the van, replacing her tiny Nissan Centra.

Meanwhile, Cumming’s Heather Pruit’s six-year-old son Hunter (below, with Jeff Dauler) was teasing Bert on the air for his fear of roller coasters. “Chicken!” he told Bert, bawking like a fowl.

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Here’s my coverage from a year ago.

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12 comments Add your comment

Rodney Ho's Fedora

February 18th, 2010
1:15 pm

The Bert show? Sounds gay. Is it?

jestthinking

February 18th, 2010
3:06 pm

Bomb to Houston

yamama

February 18th, 2010
3:54 pm

as much as the Bert show aggravates me, I think it’s wonderful what they do for these sick kids. I imagine the majority of them would never be able to go on a trip like this without this event. I hope it continues for a very long time.

Where It's At

February 18th, 2010
4:23 pm

Uh, Nashville, a “larger” market than ATL???

Big Guy

February 18th, 2010
4:37 pm

Wendy still sucks

Rodney Ho

February 18th, 2010
4:44 pm

I meant larger in terms of one of Cumulus’ larger markets, not necessarily larger than Atlanta. I’ll clarify.

jestthinking

February 18th, 2010
5:02 pm

KRBE, NOT WKRB… HO-STER

Getitright

February 18th, 2010
6:20 pm

It’s Kraddick, not “Kraddock”. Also, Adam is going to I-93 to do mornings in Dallas. Count on it.

Rodney Ho

February 18th, 2010
6:26 pm

Thanks. And I didn’t realize 93.3 had changed format last September to top 40. Dallas’s I-93 certainly looks like a possibility since it’s a new station.

David

February 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

I didn’t think it was possible but Jeff Dauler looks like he has blown up even more. The dudes a walking heart attack. Try the Healthe Trim fat a$$!

Radio Fan

March 1st, 2010
7:41 am

Yes, Wendy still sucks. Why does she say “like” every third word? Why does she say “anyways” instead of “anyway?” She grates on my nerves!

Radio Fan

March 3rd, 2010
7:08 am

Listening to Jen Fallon read the traffic (in for Wendy). She is GREAT!!!