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Meet Kristin Klingshirn, new Q100 Bert Show member

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On a rock station in Lexington, Ky., she was called Kitten. At G105 in Raleigh, N.C., she was known as Kentucky Kristin.

Starting Monday August 8 on Q100’s The Bert Show, she is using her real name Kristin Klingshirn. Cutesy radio nicknames are off the table. That’s not this morning show’s style.

Klingshirn fills a spot left by Melissa Carter, who departed Atlanta’s No. 2 morning radio show in April on her own accord to explore new climes.

Bert Weiss, who listened to more than 200 tapes before picking Klingshirn, assiduously avoids calling her a “replacement.” In his mind, there is no replacing Carter’s unique position on the show as a calm, rational counterpoint to the other four.

“There were very few women I talked to the last couple of months who had a thick enough skin to take the, ‘That’s not Melissa Carter,’ ” Weiss said on the air last month when the announcement was made. “I think she does.”

How will Klingshirn fit in? It’s too soon to tell. Chemistry is a delicate balance. Weiss hired her because he liked her and thought she was “fearless.”

“We clicked instantly,” Klingshirn said in an interview August 3 at Lenox Square Mall. “It was right. It was a good fit.”

A Lexington native and University of Kentucky graduate, she started in radio promotions. Lexington rock station WKQQ-FM gave her time on the air to develop her craft. She moved to Raleigh in 2006.

“She has that Kentucky spirit,” said “Dead Air” Dennis Dillon, who worked with her at WKQQ. “She doesn’t balk at a whole lot. She loves sports. She likes to drink beer. She’s an outdoorsy girl. She’ll bring fire and honesty.”

At the same time, Klingshirn loves every “Real Housewives” franchise. And she’s a shoe addict, owning more than 100 pairs. During her move to Atlanta, she pared it down – a little. “Certain shoes I get attached to,” she said. “How can I get rid of that pair from spring break 1998?”

While in Raleigh on Bob & the Showgram, Klingshirn participated in all sorts of shenanigans the Bert Show generally eschews. “I’ve been attacked by dogs. I’ve been tackled by rugby players. A snake gave me a back massage,” she said. “I ate a spoonful of cinnamon. That landed me in the emergency room.”

As a teaser, Klingshirn sat in with the show for brief segments last week.

On Thursday, she opened up about her relationship with her boyfriend of five years, Bart Mattingly. Mattingly, she said, was in real estate and when the economy cratered, fell into massive debt. While he pays that off, she’s paying most of the bills.

She defended herself without getting defensive, which is how the Bert Show works: “It’s like a marriage. It works for us. I’m happy.”]

Here’s my interview with Kristin:

Here is Kristin working for a few minutes with the Bert Show this week:

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

65 comments Add your comment

Andrew

August 5th, 2011
12:09 pm

Great addition to The Bert Show!!!! I’ve listened the last few mornings and enjoyed her contributions. She’ll fit very well with the rest of the family. She had me with her accent!!!

Ted

August 5th, 2011
12:09 pm

Wendy hates her. She wanted the job.
Jen hates her. There’s now another semi-cute blonde on the show sucking up her attention.

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

August 5th, 2011
12:16 pm

Great… Another “umm, yeah, like, uh-huh!” gossiper for a show that feeds off of empty drama callers make up just to say they were on the radio. The Bert Show is nothing but a cheap Jerry Springer rip-off. I DON’T CARE about if a caller wants advice how to ask someone out (derp, just do it) or if a woman wants to do something unimportant and needs listeners to say yes or no. Welcome back, Star 94! Cindy and Ray it is…

cat

August 5th, 2011
12:22 pm

Welcome to Atlanta

Maybe you can get the rest of the members of the Bert show to stop using a question mark at the end of every sentence, it’s so annoying

joe

August 5th, 2011
12:24 pm

Jeff looks like he’s pushing 280…run around the block a few times, dude!

Elliot Garcia

August 5th, 2011
12:25 pm

She definitely does not have a face for radio….

Bee

August 5th, 2011
12:27 pm

They are all awful. Unintelligent, self absorbed awful people. She’ll fit in perfectly.

Cindy

August 5th, 2011
12:31 pm

What is up with Wendy’s hair? It’s soooo fried. Shave it and start over! Good thing she’s radio and not tv.

Stone Cold

August 5th, 2011
12:33 pm

She is a great addition to the show! I’ve loved listening to the show again. I’d quit listening about 6 months ago. Welcome to Atlanta, Kristin!

Roekest

August 5th, 2011
12:35 pm

She looks like she’d be fun in bed….

WHAT?!?!? I’m just sayin…..She probably has fun dreams of chasing rabbits or whatever.

I am LEGEND

August 5th, 2011
12:36 pm

She has a Rabbit in bed? What?

Rich Black

August 5th, 2011
12:38 pm

I don’t listen to talk radio.

From NC

August 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

I moved from the Raleigh area in 2008 where we all listened to Bob and the Showgram, mainly because we all had a crush in Kristin. She is definetely not an unintelligent, self absorbed bimbo. Very unique and entertaining to listen to her on the radio. She was always a riot to listen to. Best show ever was the one where Bob and The Showgram celebrated her birthday on the radio. She was drunk by 8:30 in a kiddie pool. Sorry Kristin you have to put up with this, maybe Raleigh isn’t too bad. There you could celebrate UK without getting bashed by the Bulldog fans.

I am LEGEND

August 5th, 2011
12:44 pm

Ok I thought the fat guy on the show quit. Then, I saw him in the clip. I think he was crying about his divorce or something and he quit. Anyway, this new person is annoying.

Bee

August 5th, 2011
12:46 pm

Because being drunk at 8:30am in a kiddie pool makes you a genius.

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

August 5th, 2011
1:01 pm

Next up on the Bert Show, a caller falls into a hole and thinks her former best friend pushed her in so the friend could date her ex-boyfriend from a million years ago. Call in to to give a dumb answer and make sure to end your statement with “and…yeah”!

Heather

August 5th, 2011
1:04 pm

I totally agree with an earlier post. She must have said the phrase “I was like” 25 times in the 8 minutes she was on the air. Hopefully it was just nerves and that won’t be the norm becasue I do enjoy the show.

'trtainmntatitzbest

August 5th, 2011
1:05 pm

Dressed up she’s a baby Kim Zolciak. Annoying as the rest of them, fits right in.Why is Jeff divorced.

Alexia

August 5th, 2011
1:06 pm

I think she’ll be an awesome addition to the show, and am excited to hear her! Personally, I’ve barely listened to *yawn* TBS for quite some time now. It is SO obvious that the majority of TBS’ callers are local actors paid to call in to invent some drama for the show. There is NO way that most of those calls are “real”. Hopefully, Kristen will add some authenticity to this show! I like her already, and she is a million times more likeable than the other female members on the show.

PS — Since women ARE B*tches, I’m SURE Jenn Hobby will hate her because she’s WAAAYYY better looking and seems to have a much better personality! Hopefully, Jenn will be the next to go!

'trtainmntatitzbest

August 5th, 2011
1:09 pm

Jenn is an airhead and looks like one too, but didn’t y’all like her when she just started or no.

mark

August 5th, 2011
1:25 pm

I bet Southside Steve will be all over that come Monday.

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

August 5th, 2011
1:31 pm

Wait… Do these people on the Bert Show count as famous (locally)? Or are they just commercial pushers like late night infomercial “actors”? All they do–in between high school drama callers–is mention places/things they like (to get freebies, I’m sure) because they are WAY too old to be cool at the clubs they “boogie” at.

allen981

August 5th, 2011
1:32 pm

The whole cast is a bunch of self-absorbed celebrity hangers-on who, in total, couldn’t offer a single serious thought or a truly funny line if their lives depended on it. To me, they come off as an arrogant little clique with the same attitude the really popular ‘in’ people had in high school.

Who needs that?

I get more honesty, humor, and fun from any one of 6 different shows in Atlanta, most notably Kristin and Jason on the Bull. Kristin – working mom, married, down to earth – has more natural humor about her than anyone in Atlanta.

Maybe Kristin is the catalyst that will shake that whole show out of its dull, boring rut.

Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!

August 5th, 2011
1:32 pm

and…yeah…

Atlanta Radio Refugee

August 5th, 2011
1:52 pm

Wow.

After reading this article, I am now more thankful than ever for my paid-in-full Sirius-XM Lifetime Subscription.

drew

August 5th, 2011
1:55 pm

what is atlanta’s no. 1 morning radio show?

Rodney Ho

August 5th, 2011
1:58 pm

@drew Frank & Wanda over at V-103

Interactive

August 5th, 2011
1:58 pm

They need to get rid of Jeff. He just doesn’t click.

RK

August 5th, 2011
2:13 pm

Jeff is too witty for them. He says some funny things that the girls turn their noses up at.

Nat Turner

August 5th, 2011
2:20 pm

Jeff does look ginormous. He is pushing past 280. And why is Bert orange in that picture? Stay away from the tanning bed/sun for a few minutes.

Would I?

August 5th, 2011
2:23 pm

DebDoes

August 5th, 2011
2:53 pm

And Melissa Carter is LHAO reading the comments here! Haven’t heard the lady as yet….when you are laid off you don’t get up at 5:30 a.m. to hear talk radio for some reason!

jarvis

August 5th, 2011
3:08 pm

I wish she didn’t always wear clothes.

Doll

August 5th, 2011
3:09 pm

Love the Bert Show, and I think Kristin will be a great addition. Wendy still needs some experience in public speaking, she often flubs her lines when doing traffic. She is not really relevant to the show and the rest of the cast treat her like a dumb naive kid. She will get there though. This is good experience. Also, Jenn Hobby is way too classy to be jealous of Kristin just because she is pretty.

Ellen Fix

August 5th, 2011
3:11 pm

Is it just me, or does this Klingshorn gal sound like what used to be referred to as a “Valley girl”? Neither the interview nor the clip of her on the air lent any note of charisma, intelligence, or special personality trait that would make me more enamored of the Bert Show. I have enjoyed Bert and the other gals (except for Wendy – another Valley girl, for sure…) and Jeff’s off-beat and highly under-appreciated originality and humor, but this gal, I don’t know … maybe the demographics of the show is geared toward ten-to-25-year-olds and, at 50+, I’m expecting more substance and less fluff.

Kat

August 5th, 2011
3:38 pm

I get the impression that the people that comprise TBS used to be the people in high school that the popular people made fun of. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

Having said that, I’ve got a new girl crush…um…like…yeah!

Southside Steve

August 5th, 2011
3:58 pm

Hey… (sniff sniff) I’m gonna… (sniff sniff) make that one #408. Yeah com’on!!!!!!

Native Atlantan

August 5th, 2011
4:00 pm

Wow. Just viewed the interview of Klingshorn [sp.?] in her abode. She loves clothes, shoes, sports and ice cream. Deep. Real deep. And that over-dyed, over-straightened hair … does anyone remember the word “teeny-bopper”?

Plus the irritating crackle in her throat doesn’t do much for an on-air voice.

Super-ditz.

Ho Hater

August 5th, 2011
4:02 pm

Rodney Ho, you are just that…a complete tool! You giggle like an asian school-girl in a Hello Kitty store.

Brady Bogen

August 5th, 2011
4:07 pm

is she going to do a billboard for georgia tech football like the one she did for UK?

I am LEGEND

August 5th, 2011
4:08 pm

Come on now. I just finished watching that last video. I need a cigarette.

ljljlj

August 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

I think they should have gotten some rear-end shots in that introduction video. They cut away too soon when she was leaning over the bed. That would have served dual purposes: 1) something for non-listener guys to make this blog entry more interesting, and 2) provide fodder for women listeners to trash her over (”Oh, it’s huge!” or “it’s lumpy!”).

The second seems to be quite popular, if these comments are any indication.

Elliot Garcia

August 5th, 2011
4:38 pm

A boyfriend of five years and no commitment?? That means she is looking….

WHO CARES IF SHE HAS BLOND HAIR!

August 5th, 2011
6:07 pm

She’s still not any better than anyone else. Some of you people think that just because someone has blond hair, they should be put at the top of the food chain. She’s not any better than anyone else in the world.

TheLazyComic

August 5th, 2011
7:21 pm

I am so tired of listening to empty headed bimbettes on the air. I could care less about what they drone on about via the airwaves. Delilah is bad enough. Now we have a whole roster of them. PUKE.

Sam

August 5th, 2011
8:00 pm

Jenn Hobby is so annoying. I hate her nasal voice. She looks like she’s squinting all the time. I’m sure Jenn hates not being the center of attention. Maybe if she ate some more bacon and wore more sleeveless shirts, people would notice Jenn more. Or maybe not. If you’ve ever met Jenn Snobby, you know what I’m talking about.

radio....aka I hate Georgia

August 5th, 2011
11:24 pm

Atlanta radio went to hell when WYAY fired Rhubarb…..Q100 sucks

Just Sayin'

August 5th, 2011
11:49 pm

Congratulations on your new job Kristin, best of luck to you!

Southside Seven

August 6th, 2011
1:15 am

I like here. Yeah c’mon

JustMyOpinion

August 6th, 2011
8:20 am

Welcome Kristin.