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Melissa Carter leaving Q100’s Bert Show after 10 years

Melissa Carter at the Bert's Big Adventure kick-off party in February, 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Melissa Carter at the Bert's Big Adventure kick-off party in February, 2010. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Melissa Carter is leaving Q100’s Bert Show April 15 after nearly 10 years.

Carter, who joined sister station 99X 15 years ago, started doing news when the Bert Show launched in early 2001, but quickly became a full-fledged member of the team. She said she chose to leave with no safety net, no defined plan for the future.

“I’m taking a risk and I’ve never done that in my life,” Carter said on the air this morning.

Jenn Hobby began crying. “I think it sucks,” she said.  She then said she was proud of Carter to “see what life could bring. Selfishly, I’m really upset.”

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“We are family here,” Carter said. “It’s a tough decision.”

She plans to take a few months off but has no clue what the future will bring. “It’s this instinctual feeling to move on and try something else. That is it. I’m not hiding anything. I’m not playing games with anybody,” she said. “It’s just time.”

Carter, always known as the voice of reason on the team, was the first openly gay morning host in Atlanta radio. She also lived through a kidney transplant while with the show in 2002 and is now 100 percent healthy.

“I’m being stoic until the 15th,” she said afterwards in studio to the other Bert Show members. She hugged everybody but kept the tears in check.

This is the first significant departure on the show since 2002, when Lindsay Brien left, replaced by Hobby.

Bert Weiss said there were no negotiations when her contract came up. She simply told them that her heart wasn’t in it anymore and it was time to move on.

Chris “Crash” Clark, who worked with Carter for many years at 99X, took a break from doing traffic on Dave FM to call in and sing “Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone.”

“I wish you the best,” he said. “The whole radio community is going to miss you.”

Then he joked, “Can I have your spot on Bert’s Big Adventure.”

Carter finally started crying when a caller, a closeted lesbian, has decided to come out at work today, inspired by her.

“Bert gave me a hard time wearing black today,” Carter joked during a break.

Thinking more seriously, she said: “I try to live my life as aggressively and honestly as possible. To think about it is overwhelming.”

Most radio personalities have to be shoved out the door. What Carter is doing, leaving on her own terms, is rare indeed.

As for the Bert Show itself, will they fill her seat? Eventually. Bert, after the show, said it’s been a draining week and the team will take Friday off.  He said he will seek a replacement for Carter but will take his time doing so. “The show is strong enough with the players on it” to soldier on for now, he said. “Chemistry is so important.”

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

242 comments Add your comment

Big D

March 9th, 2011
7:40 am

first. now get wendy out of there.

FIRST

March 9th, 2011
7:40 am

FIRST!!!!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED MELISSA

Jimi

March 9th, 2011
7:50 am

good riddance

Im luvin it

March 9th, 2011
7:57 am

Havent listened to them in years. Sirius Radio is where its at! Commercial free and no BS.

Atlanta

March 9th, 2011
8:00 am

I will miss Melissa. I REALLY hope this doesn’t give Wendy more air time. I cannot stand her fake, little girl voice and whining. Wendy SUCKS.

To Rodney

March 9th, 2011
8:02 am

Since you moderated the comments on Jeff’s divorce so carefully, maybe you should moderate these insensitive comments as well.

Atlanta

March 9th, 2011
8:11 am

I think “To Rodney” is a member of TBS. Don’t read the blog if you don’t like it. Good luck to you, Melissa!

qdouthinkur

March 9th, 2011
8:19 am

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ 1 down 3 to go!

qdouthinkur

March 9th, 2011
8:21 am

To Rodeney…you’re right to hell with free speech!

alissa

March 9th, 2011
8:29 am

I hope Cumulus will hire someone from a major market who will have ideas so Q100 doesn’t have to repeat so many segments. TBS may be on the air for 4.5 hours, but the second half of the show is only repeats of the first half, even the bits that weren’t that good in the first place. When Jeff left early on Friday, Jenn just played each of the 24 American Idol singers’ voices…for 20 minutes! “This is so you can get to know the AI people.” Really? You couldn’t think of ANYTHING else to do?

Roswell

March 9th, 2011
8:37 am

I used to not be Melissa’s biggest fan, but now that we’ve had Wendy, she has definitely moved up on my list and I will definitely miss her. And seriously….I agree…I hope this doesn’t give Wendy more air time. That was my first thought, “oh no, this doesn’t mean Wendy will fill in, does it?”

Gordon

March 9th, 2011
8:39 am

On a TOTALLY UNRELATED topic, *KUDOS* to 97.1 The River for FINALLY dropping that “new” crap from their promos!!! Maybe Atlanta radio stations are finally coming coming to their senses.

Big D

March 9th, 2011
8:39 am

Wendy still sounds like any random person plucked off the street and put on the radio. She is horrible.

Rancid Meat

March 9th, 2011
8:42 am

Buh-BYE to that whiney know-it-all!!!

Matt

March 9th, 2011
8:42 am

Honestly, you could tell in her voice that her heart wasn’t in it anymore. She seemed quick to get angered by callers and wasn’t as excited by everything. Good luck to her!

Jay

March 9th, 2011
8:42 am

Bye bye… You were suppose to leave 6 years ago we Atlanta said NO to same sex

austellga

March 9th, 2011
8:43 am

Maybe I’ll start listening to Q100 again.

Amanda e

March 9th, 2011
8:45 am

Wendy used to just (try to) read traffic. Now, she’s in-studio the entire time. They still want to position her as a “financially strapped 20-something,” so they will not announce that she is a full-time cast member with a substantial paycheck. If only she would read a dictionary, not call grown men “boys,” etc.

From Where I Sit

March 9th, 2011
8:46 am

Great! That annoying laugh of hers really has worn out the air waves here in Atlanta. The Bert Show is gay womanized show! YUCK!

jd

March 9th, 2011
8:46 am

thank the lord…one down now its time for Jenn Hobby to go…

Former Listener

March 9th, 2011
8:47 am

Best of luck to Melissa. I’ve not so much as stopped on that station, not even for a second, since Cumulus renewed Jeff’s contract couple years ago. If Jeff would leave, I would consider listening again.

3yearlistener

March 9th, 2011
8:48 am

Good luck Melissa

Raul

March 9th, 2011
8:48 am

GET RID OF WENDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt

March 9th, 2011
8:49 am

Rodney, off topic, but do you know if TNT will bring Southland back next year? Season ended last night and left me hoping for more.

Patrick

March 9th, 2011
8:49 am

You guys on this comment section make me so proud to be from Atlanta………just like the “Real” Housewives of Atlanta.

Call it like it is

March 9th, 2011
8:49 am

Oh no, Atlanta’s version of the VIEW is breaking up, how will we ever continue. Best news I have heard today, hell Melissa cant go 2 minutes without talking about Katie Joe, Susie Loo, or whatever the hell her name is. We get it your Gay, move on!

Patrick

March 9th, 2011
8:50 am

Jay, Melissa probably has more “balls” than you. Easy to say something online, isn’t it?

jd

March 9th, 2011
8:50 am

hopefully this doesnt mean joanna gets more airtime…she sucks almost as bad as wendy

Patrick

March 9th, 2011
8:55 am

Oh no, another loser took time from their insignificant life to bash someone else……

Uriu

March 9th, 2011
8:58 am

Joanna 100 times better than Wendy.

Lola G

March 9th, 2011
8:59 am

I think now that Jeffs single, she cannot trust herself around him, so rather than ruin her relationship she is leaving the show and temptation. Just kidding!!

Amanda e

March 9th, 2011
9:01 am

More Joanna! She is hilarious. Less Wendy, and less of her bad grammar and giggling through traffic. Less Jenn “Snobby” Hobby. Bert is great! Show really stalls out when he’s not there. Jeff is funny.

Russ

March 9th, 2011
9:01 am

Melissa can get annoying with all her talk about Katie Joe and whatnot but I think she’ll be missed as she’s such a fixture and indeed a voice of reason sometimes. I agree that I just hope this doesn’t give us more Wendy (and Billy Elliott!)…SO SICK OF HER! The good news is, I believe that AWFUL Joanna is leaving too!!!!

Meredith

March 9th, 2011
9:01 am

I listened to the Bert Show for nearly ten years, every morning on my way into work. Last year I began to realize that more often than not I was rolling my eyes at them. Bert is so arrogant and full of himself that he has become intolerable, Jeff I would put in the same boat and he lost my vote when we were supposed to feel sorry for him when he was negotiating his salary a few years back. Jenn was ok for a while but after her marriage crumbled and then she became this “voice for the divorced ladies” for all of five seconds and then she jumped back into marrying some guy she’s known less than a year because she’s too scared to be alone, she really lost all credibility. Wendy and Joanna are whiny and annoying and Wendy is especially horrible–slutty and bad at her job but the Bert Show has said repeatedly they don’t care what listeners think, they are leaving her on.

So I gave up on the Bert Show and as of Jan 1 of this year I haven’t listened. And I discovered that the only one out of the show that I even remotely missed, that even remotely resembled a human being was Melissa.

All my best wishes to you Melissa. I know there are greener pastures for you.

mark phillips

March 9th, 2011
9:01 am

What is with all the anger…… If you don’t like the show don’t listen…. if you don’t like gays, you are in the wrong city

Wells

March 9th, 2011
9:02 am

Thank you “call it like it is”. I thought I was the only person who felt that way.

St. Padriak

March 9th, 2011
9:05 am

no way DO NOT GET RID OF WENDY!

she’s the freshness of the Bert Show.

Wendy needs more air time.

I love her voice!

Rodney Ho

March 9th, 2011
9:08 am

@Matt. Yes, that IS off topic! Ratings for “Southland” have been marginally okay. Not sure if it will merit a new season. We’ll see.

Toonces The Cat

March 9th, 2011
9:08 am

Enter your comments here

Billy Ray Valentine

March 9th, 2011
9:08 am

More Wendy is right. I enjoy Wendy.

Rodney Ho

March 9th, 2011
9:08 am

As usual, so much sweetness and light in the comments section today, eh?

Billy Ray Valentine

March 9th, 2011
9:09 am

Wendy is smoking hot, cute voice, bangin bod…I wish The Bert Show would do a live feed and air the show.

Anastasia

March 9th, 2011
9:09 am

I believe there were “no negotiations” because Cumulus wasn’t renewing her contract. Melissa has talked about how very expensive invitro is and wondered if they could afford it. SO, why quit your high-paying job? With absolutely no idea of what you’ll do? Not buying it. At all. Agreement was for everyone to say (repeatedly) that this was all Melissa’s decision. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

Uncle Fester

March 9th, 2011
9:10 am

Time to inject some testosterone into that show. Bring on The Kimmer & Larry The Cable Guy!

To Rodney

March 9th, 2011
9:13 am

@Atlanta – Nope, definitely not.

@qdouthinkur – That was my point! I understand being sensitive to a very personal issue – divorce, but he moderated my comment, which just asked if anyone knew why.

Stacy

March 9th, 2011
9:15 am

Wendy gives all women in their 20’s a bad name. Please just limit her to traffic

ilovemyipod

March 9th, 2011
9:16 am

WOW, I really haven’t listened to this station in a long time. I didn’t know Jeff was divorced; when did this happen? Good luck Melissa.

Vince

March 9th, 2011
9:16 am

It cracks me up to read some of these comments and then I always hear that phrase in my head: “Atlanta–the city too busy to hate”. Unless you’re gay, apparently.

I quit listening to terrestrial radio years ago, so my recollections of Melissa are mainly from 99X. Good luck to her–it takes a lot of guts to just up and say, “Well, time to try something else.” She may be back after a while, or she may go on to the next thing and be happy. Either way, you can’t succeed unless you try.

Billy Ray Valentine

March 9th, 2011
9:16 am

Stacy,

How does she give women in their 20’s a bad name?
Do you know her personally?

Shar

March 9th, 2011
9:34 am

Think it was just fine for Wendy, in order to get air time, call her “bestie” a drunk on-air? How humiliating & embarrassing. Very mean and not very nice of her.