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Jason Pullman and Kristen Gates sign new contracts at 94.9/The Bull

Kristen and Jason, Photo courtesy of 94.9/The Bull

Kristen and Jason, Photo courtesy of 94.9/The Bull, taken by Tyler Ward @ 2 Shot Photography

Caffeinated Radio with Jason Pullman and Kristen Gates, the third morning show for 94.9/The Bull in its four-year history, appears to be the keeper.

After two years together, the pair received a multi-year renewal contract which will keep them on the station at least through 2013, according to their boss Dan Persigehl.

Bull ratings have been up and down over the past two years, but the station is doing better with them than without them. For a period in the fall, Pullman and Gates were even beating Kicks 101.5’s Cadillac and Dallas show in key demographics.

The Bull opened in late 2006 with no morning show,  then added a syndicated morning team Big D and Bubba for a few months.  In early 2008, they attempted their first morning show starring country parodist Cledus T. Judd, who had great success in Tampa. He was teamed with Jamie Massey, a Star 94 vet, and Slam Duncan. That did not last long. Kristen came in but soon, Cledus was out. (He is now back in Tampa.)

Kristen and Pullman were then teamed up and the chemistry gelled in a show that is more youthful-sounding than their rivals over at Kicks.

“He’s like my brother, ” Gates said. “You love him but he drives you nuts at the same time.”

Pullman, a Dunwoody High School grad, worked for many years in Los  Angeles before being drawn back to Atlanta in 2009. Gates worked at South 107, 95.5/The Beat, Star 94 and Kicks before joining the Bull in 2008.

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

37 comments Add your comment

JohnC

March 1st, 2011
9:27 am

Who are these people again? And who cares?

Jim

March 1st, 2011
9:27 am

Great to hear. I love their show. Keep up the good work Jason, Kristen and Stocky Stan!

JohnC

March 1st, 2011
9:28 am

Sorry, I guess Jim cares

Jim

March 1st, 2011
9:32 am

allen981

March 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Awesome…they’re a great duo, and Kristen is a smile waiting to happen. JohnC, Allen cares as well, as do several thousand other Atlantans.

Lisa Fisher

March 1st, 2011
9:53 am

I LOVE Jason and Kristen!!! I have lived in Atlanta for the last 9 years and listen to radio in my car on way to work. I drive from Acworth to Atlanta every morning. The Waffle House Spelling Bee is hilarious and Jason is hott! ;) Love Ya, Mean It!

Chad

March 1st, 2011
10:00 am

That’s great to hear! Great morning show! Yes, JohnC, I care too!

I'm Shocked

March 1st, 2011
10:20 am

Too mmuch TALK-not enough song !! Just like all the rest of on AIR radio.

pj

March 1st, 2011
11:07 am

That’s now my station, and the only morning (or otherwise) show I’ll listen to.

Listener

March 1st, 2011
11:29 am

I listen. I like ‘em. They’re more fun to listen to than the geezer morning show at Kicks.

Dr. Johnny Fever

March 1st, 2011
11:32 am

Is she fat enough to be the blonde partner in an Atlanta morning show?

mabell

March 1st, 2011
11:47 am

Good, they are great!!

Julie Rampley

March 1st, 2011
11:51 am

Well you knew SOMEBODY would have to make a fat remark. Every single time there is a picture of a female on this blog, somebody makes some comment about her size. She isn’t fat. Nor are the majority of the women that are featured.

Skippy

March 1st, 2011
11:57 am

They suck big time. He’s an obnoxious jerk and she is so irritating with her stupid laugh.

Kristen Gates

March 1st, 2011
12:01 pm

Can’t be nearly as irritating as being a grown ass adult with the name “Skippy”

AtlantaFan

March 1st, 2011
12:08 pm

Glad to hear this for Kristen and Jason. I love Kristen and try to listen to her as often as possible, even though I am one of those that listens to the old geezers as KICKS more often. It’s good to have 2 country stations in ATL with different formats. I enjoy both.

Jelly Sandwich Meat

March 1st, 2011
12:22 pm

Why is a radio station called “The Bull”?

Carol Fedor

March 1st, 2011
1:13 pm

Jason and kristen are a good team. I listen everyday to them and to the rest of the other people all day and even on the weekends They all make my day brighter!!!!!!!

Michelle

March 1st, 2011
1:14 pm

I don’t listen to them, I listen to 101.5, but I love Kristen.

Jeff

March 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

Congratulations to both Jason and Kristen… they are a talented, enthusiastic pair and they really enjoy what they do, and they have a dedicated audience.

Personally, I have known Kristen for over 20 years… she has worked very hard at her craft and she’s the ultimate professional. She loves radio, loves the Atlanta area, loves her family, and loves doing what she does for a living. I am very proud to know her and very happy that she’s finding continued success at 94.9. You rock, Kristen, and you have a TON of friends who are happy for you and who are glad to see you succeed!

Good luck, guys, and I hope you continue your program for many years to come!

GiddyUp

March 1st, 2011
2:07 pm

They are fan-damn-tastic. Glad they are sticking around.

The REAL Skippy

March 1st, 2011
2:43 pm

Congrats! Kristen is THE BEST. I have yet to work with another person who has a heart as big as hers. Don’t worry Kristen – the Original Skippy still loves and adores you!

Native Atlantan

March 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

Love it. Listened to Kicks for years but the Bull does play more music, and Brian and Kristin are great together. Granted I listen between 5-6am, but they play enough music and have great on-air banter. Congrats to them. Just stop calling it the NEW 94.9 The Bull…it’s been several years – it’s not NEW anymore!

GeorgiaGal

March 1st, 2011
3:01 pm

They’re the reason I quit listening to 94.9 in the morning. I enjoyed the station when it first started, and listened to it all the time. I’m not happy with any of the country stations in Atlanta overall. They have a limited play list. When you go to a different state, you hear a completely different lineup. Atlanta needs to step up to the plate and update their playlists and their DJs.

Jim

March 1st, 2011
3:11 pm

who’s Brian and Kristin?

Billy

March 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

Anything is better than Dallas. How repulsive can you get???

DawgFan

March 1st, 2011
4:20 pm

What Atlanta station doesn’t have a limited playlist??? I have to stream out of state stations to hear something good.

Mila

March 1st, 2011
4:28 pm

I like them…but, really….I agree with “Native Atlantan”….what’s up with the NEW 94.9 The Bull??!!?….I get SO tired of hearing that….it’s not new anymore….it’s OLD. I’m not sure what the point of that is? Maybe they are too cheap/lazy to do new promos?

AtlantaFan

March 1st, 2011
5:25 pm

@Mila – I agree. I’m not sure what’s up with the “NEW” part either. When do you stop being “new” or are we missing what they “new” is?

Stan

March 1st, 2011
8:43 pm

She is the most difficult, shallow, jealous, spiteful personality in Atlanta. It would be challenging to find anyone at South, Star, Kicks or the Bull who would not agree. But, she is very blue collar and the country audience lives and loves that. The contracts were done late last year and already KG has created an HR nightmare at CC which is why Holly was brought in for 3 days recently to sub for her.

jimbo

March 2nd, 2011
5:52 am

Stan, explain. PR nightmare?

Asking Alice

March 2nd, 2011
6:14 am

Human Resources nightmare?

Public Relations nightmare?

Who is Holly?

Native Atlantan

March 2nd, 2011
6:38 pm

Stan – if you’re going to accuse you need to back it up with some fact…

Holly Firfer subbed recently – I figured it was because Cobb Schools were out that week so Kristin tooks a couple of days off.

And I guess they name of the station isn’t “94.9 the bull” but “the NEW 94.9 the Bull”…because it’s not new in the sense of the word new anymore.

Sup

March 3rd, 2011
8:40 pm

Bron Bron James may not be liked by folks in his previous cities, may be liked by others, but nobody can argue that the dude can ball. Kristen can flat out do radio and she has finally found a partner that they love to hate eachother, argue and disagree, but in the end, the two together are pretty dang good.

Sup

Sara

March 5th, 2011
4:23 pm

My only complaint about their radio show is that they have terrible leads into stories. They say we are going to talk to teachers about students and play a clip of a teacher on line one and then play 3 songs, talk news, talk about the teacher thing and never get to the teacher on line 1. Very disorganized. I turn on the bull to listen to the music, but as soon as they start their disorganized mess I switch to Q100 or kicks for more music.

scott

March 5th, 2011
4:31 pm

radioio.com! Bubba The Love Sponge!

A Different Jeff

March 9th, 2011
1:07 pm

I still listen to 92.5 the Bear whenever I’m south of the perimeter. Way better than either the Bull or Kicks. And, frankly, Jason sounds like he was trained to be a Casey Kasem clone and couldn’t find work anywhere but at a country station.