After more than five years at 790/The Zone, mid-day host Brandon Adams is leaving the world of pampered athletes and obnoxious coaches to delve into the equally Byzantine world of test scores, school boards politics and parental demands.
The 33-year-old Gainesville native and University of Georgia graduate said he is going to pursue a masters degree in educational administration at Georgia State University.
Teamed with Jeff Woolverton from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, he put in his notice last week and informed listeners today.
For eight years, he was an elementary school teacher and is returning to that profession this fall after two and a half years working full time at the Zone. (He worked part-time as an on-air host on weekends for three years.)
“Doing a radio show was a culmination of a dream of mine,” he said in a phone interview today. “I was lucky to get to do that the last few years. I just felt the time is right to focus on the next phase of my professional development.”
He said growing up, he admired Rush Limbaugh and after college, when he heard the Zone, he knew he wanted to work there. “It combined two passions of mine: talk radio and sports.”
He started doing menial jobs at the Zone answering phones and such but finally got a shot at doing radio talk with Woolverton in 2005.
Since he went mid-days, ratings have not been great. And feedback from fans on this blog have been rough.
Adams said he wasn’t immune to the criticism, but he got used to it after awhile.
“It doesn’t really bother me,” he said. “It doesn’t keep me awake at night. I’m thankful for the people who enjoy the show. I appreciate when they listen when they can.”
He thinks his last day will be Thursday on the air. He is just glad he’s been able to say goodbye, something many radio hosts don’t get to do. He also isn’t sure what the Zone’s next step will be during mid-days.
“Whatever shape it takes over the next few months, I’m sure it will be positive changes,” he said optimistically.