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Rusty Humphries first show Jan. 3 on WGST featuring… the Kimmer!

kim-peterson-248x300Syndicated host Rusty Humphries is officially launching his new local afternoon show on Monday, January 3 on news/talk 640/WGST-AM. He will be on from 3 to 6 p.m.

Humphries’ first guest is an intriguing one:  Kim “The Kimmer” Peterson (left). WGST canned the Kimmer in late 2006 after 15 years and unceremoniously replaced him for four years with syndicated consumer activist Dave Ramsey.

Humprhries, aware of the Kimmer’s rabid fan base, said he doesn’t want to be like Jay Leno, who he felt did not not properly honor his legendary predecessor Johnny Carson. He wants to give the Kimmer his props and hopefully transition some of Kimmer’s fans to his camp.

He said he will air his Kimmer interview  at 3:35 p.m. on Monday.

The Kimmer, now retired, said he was a bit skeptical when he got the call from Humphries. “I’m a cynic,” he said.”Would this be Mike Wallace with a hidden camera?” But ultimately, he figured Humphries was a sincerely nice guy and agreed to do it. (The managers who got rid of the Kimmer in 2006 are long gone, too, and the new ones had no objection.)

“I don’t know who’ll be listening either,” Peterson added. “Dave Ramsey has been so long, I don’t think the 3 pm.audience is the one I had.”

He said for the first year after forced retirement, he didn’t miss radio much. His show had been gradually stripped of its key elements toward the end, he said, and it wasn’t so much fun anymore. “It was a relief,” he said. He played lots of golf and rode  his Harleys in Massachusetts and Florida.

But then he started to miss the mike. He’s been a guest on fellow GST alum Denny Schaffer’s night show on 920/WGKA-AM. He did a podcast earlier this year. “It’s hard to get radio  out of your system,” he said.

For now, Peterson has actually spent less time on his motorcycle and with his golf clubs. Why? He got a horse! The name: Jack the Good Boy. He rides Jack every day. “He’s as big as a Clydesdale,” he said. “He’s a nut, has a lot of personality. He’s a jumper and a show horse.”

He now lives almost year around in Palm Beach County, Fla.

“I’m not complaining about my life,” he said. “But if there were openings and a good offer, I’d take it.”

Humphries, in the meantime, will have a producer and two other staff members to play off of. He plans to include some political content like he does on his syndicated talk show (heard late at night here), but wants to make it lighter to reflect the afternoon drive time. That’s the approach the Kimmer took, actually.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

60 comments Add your comment

Jim Listens

December 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Diddle Waxx

December 29th, 2010
5:04 pm

Yay! Kimmer! By the way Rodney, WGST does carry Rusty’s syndicated show, right after Mark Levin. Will WGST continue to air the national show?

AngryHank

December 29th, 2010
5:08 pm

Great news!! Don’t forget to use Kimmer’s theme song. CCR

Randall Bloomquist - former idiot radio programmer

December 29th, 2010
5:16 pm

I’ll be taking my coffee break early on Monday to listen to the Kimmer. Then, it’s back to cleaning the toilets at the Walmart on Bankhead Highway. I ran WGST into the ground.

DollarBill

December 29th, 2010
5:30 pm

What a mistake it was to eliminate the Kimmer show in the afternoon. What a relief he was after all the serious hard hitting stuff of the day, we needed a good laugh.

To the phones… To the phones… Who is this??

The newsmaker line was the best!!!

The Lovely Leslie Dove

December 29th, 2010
5:36 pm

Mens on Balls. Chop. Chop. Go Braves.

Dano

December 29th, 2010
5:54 pm

This is a BRILLIANT marketing and publicity move … how could it possibly come from Clear Channel??

RadioGaGa

December 29th, 2010
5:55 pm

I miss the Kimmer. I didn’t agree with his politics, but I loved to listen anyway because there were lots of laughs.

Freakshow Blue

December 29th, 2010
6:56 pm

Never got the Kimmer, all I ever heard was him saying him haw hee haw yee haa ra ra gumba and then laughing at anything he said or anyone else said. I know it will offend you, but I believe if you thought he was funny or good at all, you must of ate a lot of paint chips and sniffed a lot of glue early in life.

Freakshow Blue's Mama

December 29th, 2010
8:14 pm

Me ‘n your Pa fed you a steady of Sherwin Williams paint chips and look how you turned out.

Colonel Klink

December 29th, 2010
9:47 pm

I was just telling Sgt Schultz the other day that it would be great to hear The Kimmer again,

tvBoy

December 29th, 2010
11:02 pm

WGST is starting to sound good again in my opinion

Mike Honcho

December 30th, 2010
1:00 am

WGST is on the air after Rush? I quite listening after 3 once the Kimmer was let go. I will listen Monday. Right after my afternoon paint chip snack.

Atlanta in 2011 Needs KIMMER Back Full-Time!

December 30th, 2010
2:24 am

What the Heck is this nonsense?

KIMMER Retired?? My Foot!

It should be KIMMER & WAYNE on from 3-7pm on January 3rd, 2011 and every single weekday of the year thereafter.

This country, particularly this city, under the Dark Reign of Pelosi and Obama Jive Talker has never needed KIMMER on the air more than we need him now.

Atlanta Radio Station Program Directors, if you want to make A TON of $$$$$$$ in 2011, get KIMMER back in a show on your station and get it done NOW!

jim

December 30th, 2010
3:47 am

Kimmer will make money, what do you have to lose.

Mike

December 30th, 2010
5:54 am

Yes, bring back more former Atlanta radio people. I love living in the past.

Mr. E

December 30th, 2010
6:59 am

Definitely bring The Kimmer back, but put him on an FM station so we who live out in the boonies can hear him, too. Semper Fi!

Kimmer fan

December 30th, 2010
7:19 am

I will be listening on Monday for sure. Tired of both Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey – can’t stand Michael Medved either.

Looking forward to having Rusty Humphries. I would like to suggest Phil Valentine out of Nashville to plug into Mark Levine’s spot.

john

December 30th, 2010
8:42 am

Are they canning Dave or just moving his show?

jeffv

December 30th, 2010
12:46 pm

I will be “glued” to my radio to hear the best talk show host ever, the one and only Kimmer!! Hooray! I still miss him and Wayne and his show!

Bob Horner had a big fro

December 30th, 2010
2:07 pm

Ludlo Porch will be interviewed at 4:35, and then Gary Mckee at 5:05.

ChunkyMonkey

December 30th, 2010
2:19 pm

Is Dave Ramsey being dropped totally from the WGST line up? Did his listeners fall off? What happened??

N

December 30th, 2010
2:20 pm

Very disappointed they are taking Dave Ramsey off.

DaveRamsey Fan

December 30th, 2010
2:23 pm

I love Dave Ramsey, but I’d love to hear the Kimmer even more. BTW, Dave Ramsey is on hundreds (thousands?) of radio stations, so he’s still going to be around, though not sure where in ATL. Anyway, back to my paint chips.

Semper Fi!!!!

Brent

December 30th, 2010
2:25 pm

Thanks for the heads up, Rodney. Afternoon drive hasn’t been the same and my radio hasn’t been tuned to 640 since Kimmer left.

Bob Dole

December 30th, 2010
2:37 pm

Who cares? This guy is terrible. Who listens to him? Middle-aged bipolar white guys?
He’s like bad breath or warts.

A Kimmer Listener

December 30th, 2010
2:40 pm

@Freakshow Blue 6.56p
you must of ate a lot of paint chips and sniffed a lot of glue early in life.
Now I understand where you are coming from and accept the fact that reading and writing the English language was a prerequisite to listening to “The Kimmer.”

Also A Kimmer Listener

December 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

@Mike 5.54p:
I also love living in the past as it sure as hell looks a lot better than what the Communist, I meand the Community Organizer has in mind for the U.S.A (including Atlanta).
ARE YOU LISTENING WGST?>/b>

MG

December 30th, 2010
2:52 pm

It was Kimmer himself who convinced me that Benjamin Moore paint chips were the best.

Freakshow Blue's kid sister

December 30th, 2010
3:07 pm

Yeah, Freakshow. You and me did it a whole bunch back behind the garage and it didn’t hurt me none, I reckon. Our baby has three heads, but that ain’t no big deal. It kinder looks sorter like Uncle Weejee. Hmmmmm. I like biskits.

@ Bob Dole 2:37

December 30th, 2010
3:11 pm

Yeah, but us middle aged white guys have “big ones”. Mine’s only as big around as a coke can, but it’s twice as long…

Maria

December 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

I CAN’T WAIT!!!
This will be the first time i’ve listened to WGST since Kimmer and Wayne No-Offense were booted!
BTW – i am not a middle-aged, bi-polar white guy…40-year old female – so, Bob Dole – don’t listen.

Traffic Headache

December 30th, 2010
3:37 pm

The only way to get a talk show on the radio today is to believe liberals are evil and to pre-emptively and dismissively hate Obama or anybody Democratic. That and a touch of conspiracy theory.

SHADETREE1

December 30th, 2010
3:41 pm

Kimmer was so boring all he did was call people who disagreed with him bad names

Carole

December 30th, 2010
3:55 pm

I will be listening to the Kimmer. Never could understand why they took him off the air.

Ooh Rah

December 30th, 2010
4:13 pm

Is there any way we can get them to do “flush the lines”?

Big Jim

December 30th, 2010
4:23 pm

Why? Even better question is “why not?”. The audience for WSB and WGST are bleach stains until a sporting event is aired. I ONLY like Coast-to-Coast! After hearing a rant one morning before he was run off,a female caller gave him a taste of his own medicine.He was saying that any parent who raises a child that commits a crime should be jailed. Sounds great,right kunservatives? One thing…the female caller revealed that Peterson’s daughter was a CRACKHEAD.He proceeded to call the woman a bitch,etc. Even female callers were taking his side after this. It was so unfair for someone to do this to him!!!!HE NEVER SAID IT WASN’T TRUE!
HE NEVER CALLED HER A LIAR!!HE STATED THAT THIS WAS HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS(paraphase).Then why pay/listen to someone who has so much negativity about minorities and other possible liberals,when you are guilty of the same things?

Big Jim

December 30th, 2010
4:28 pm

Also A Kimmer Listener

You love living in the past? That explains the hatred for minorities and those that love them! Wanna share a malt? I’ll have to come around back!

I’m another evil,lazy,uneducated,socialist liberal.

UpstandingCitizen

December 30th, 2010
4:40 pm

@Traffic Headache – Check the results of the latest elections. Two years ago America wanted change for change’s sake. Then they found out what “change” really meant and went flocking back to the GOP!!! I think most people would like to be somewhere around the middle, but they found out that given a choice between far left or far right, the American voter prefers the right.

Summit Dawg

December 30th, 2010
4:48 pm

ANOTHER bad programming move by Clear Channel, replacing “The Kimmer” with another Clark Howard type show, Dave Ramsey! They’ve made so manyu bad moves, but this one was the worst!! Bring back “The Kimmer!”

@ Big Jim

December 30th, 2010
4:48 pm

Dude- are you FREAKED OUT over this??????? It seems so with with all the CAPS AND EXLAIMATION MARKS you used!!!!! It’s ALL a FOX NEWS and GOP CONSPIRACY!!!!! Liberals have all the ANSWERS!!!! That’s why the dems got their backsides handed to them in the past election. GEORGE BUSH AND DICK CHENEY are planning a COUP! HOLY COW!!!!! REPUBLICANS are why that BLACK POS shot the Ga State Patrol Trooper, right?

Seriously, it’s just hard to take anything you naive liberal do-gooders have to say. It’s so unfounded in reality. Keep wishing for peace, love, and understanding. Meanwhile, we’ll keep working and picking up the tab, at least for a little while longer.

Brian Wilson

December 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

We don’t need NO lame Ludlow, we got the Brian Wilson talk shooooooow. Member me?

Hey Rodney HO, you can’t block my proxy you low life POS!

@ Upstanding Citizen 4:40

December 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

Best comment of the day. Well said.

Wayne No Offense

December 30th, 2010
6:26 pm

I’m excited. I’m really, really excited. The Kimmer is the best. An Atlanta institution and a damn fine American.

He’s not still calling himself “The Stain” is he?

News Maker Line

December 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

Hey, if JFK was as heard-headed as you he’d still be alive today!
Hi-Oh!

Hank Hill

December 31st, 2010
8:38 am

Hank Hill here. I’ll be taking time off from selling propane and propane accessories to listen to The Kimmer’s interview on Monday. That’s Monday at 3:35pm at 640 on your radio dial in the Atlanta area or online at http://www.WGST.com. Listen. You know that Boomhauer and myself will be listening.

Rupricht

December 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

My nipples are as hard as a rock!

James Whale - LBC 97.3FM

December 31st, 2010
5:18 pm

This is James Whale of LBC 97.3 in London, England. I will be listening to the Kimmer’s interview this Monday on WGST and so should you.

TommyJack

January 1st, 2011
11:00 am

The Kimmer is a great American.

Rusty Humphries

January 1st, 2011
5:25 pm

“The Kimmer” is an Atlanta legend and deserves the respect I plan on giving him. I look forward to checking this board and Rodney’s columns for constructive comments about my upcoming local show. Hosting TWO radio show a day, (WGST and my national show, heard on about 250 stations) will be quite a challenge but I know there are many “old pros” who read and comment here. Maybe some will have constructive comments and advise to help bring local talk and radio to new levels of excellence here in Atlanta.

Honestly, I don’t need the job in Atlanta, I took it for the fun of it. I LOVE Atlanta and missed the day to day interaction with local listeners and business. After the passing of my wife a few years, I needed to spend time with my daughters to be sure they would be ok. They are now in a very good place and I’m ready to get on with my life and career now.

i look forward to finding out if there are people who truly want good radio or are just here to be bitter and want to bitch. I really hope it’s the positive, this will be a lot of fun for everyone!

Thanks for reading and I hope you give me and honest listen and chance here. Thank you!

Rusty Humphries