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Wendy Adams leaving Q100’s Bert Show

Wendy Adams has been with Q100 for several years as the traffic person but her final day was today. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Wendy Adams has been with Q100 for several years as the traffic person but her final day was today. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Wendy's departure from the Bert Show

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Just got this brief email passed along to me by a source:

From: Rob Roberts
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 5:00 PM
To: ATL Staff
Subject: Wendy Adams

Wendy leaves Cumulus Atlanta today.

We wish her great things going forward.

Rob Roberts
Program Director
Q100/Rock 100.5/Journey 97.9
Cumulus Atlanta

Wendy Adams has been with Q100 for seven years. At some point, she started doing traffic for the Bert Show. Over time, her profile on the show had gradually been upgraded, especially since she was by far the youngest person on the crew and provided a different perspective from the others, who are now in their 30s and 40s.

“Early on, she was single, she was drinking and clubbing,” said Weiss, in an interview. “She’s now in a relationship and has grown out of that role.” But he still felt she had a place on the show.

UPDATE: Weiss posted his own note about her departure on his website. Read it here.

He said it wasn’t a performance issue, merely a budget cutting issue. Weiss had no control over her employment status since she was effectively a Q100 traffic reporter first, a Bert Show cast member second.

“I understand the business side of things but it doesn’t make it any easier,” he said. Unlike other shows, who are often told not to ever mention the person who was let go, he said he plans to address Wendy’s departure at least two or three times Tuesday on the show.

Over the years, what surprised me was the level of rancor toward her on this blog. Many fans of the Bert Show genuinely disliked Wendy. She also sounded a bit like the new cast member Kristin Klingshirn, who took over for Melissa Carter last year.

The Bert Show ratings remain very strong. It’s regularly the No. 2 show in the market, only behind V-103’s Frank & Wanda.

Based on Wendy’s most recent Tweets (@wendyradio), she didn’t know this was coming.

UPDATE on 6/19/12 at 7 a.m.

Weiss said he expects Cumulus will use the same person to do all traffic across multiple Cumulus radio stations.

“We’re missing her energy and her bubbly personality,” said Jenn Hobby this morning on air. “All the positivity she brings to the room. We’re going to miss her so much.”

“She’s destined for great things,” added Klingshirn.

UPDATE on June 25, 2012: Wendy posted an “open letter” to Facebook. Here it is in full:

To my Q100 and Bert Show family and our listeners:

To say it’s been a crazy past few days may be a bit of an understatement. My emotions have been overwhelming at times on both ends of the spectrum.I’m not going to lie, it’s scary to lose a job. My mind has been in a million directions; from shock, to wondering when and where I will find my next job, to thinking “wow, it’s nice to sleep in,” to “I know I’m going to be OK,” and then back to square one. With that array of emotions, it’s difficult to really put how I’m feeling into words. But here it goes.

It’s always in time of need, you see which people are truly there for you. I am overwhelmed by your outreach of support. I have seen and read every Facebook and Twitter post that you have left. Your supportive comments and well wishes have made me feel blessed. I want you to know how much I appreciate you letting me into your lives. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you; to laugh, cry, involve you in my family drama, share with you my not-so-good relationships, and allow me to boast in my current one. (No, Billy Elliot still hasn’t proposed). Thank you for allowing me to really grow-up with you. It’s been a journey. And I feel like my journey is just beginning.

You may have heard stories before about “radio” people starting at a small station. They move from city to city, station to station looking for the next big opportunity. I have been fortunate enough to not go through that process. Thanks to Susquehanna and Cumulus for the opportunity to work and grow at one station for 7 years. I have been at Q100 since I was 19-years-old back in May of 2004 as a promotions intern. Who knew then that this promotions girl, would then turn in to a phone screener? Who knew that that phone screener would be allowed the occasional opportunity to be on air? Who knew this on-air phone screener would eventually turn in to a co-host at night with Adam-Bomb? And who knew that Bert Weiss, host of one of the best morning shows out there, would notice this night show co-host and her talent? Well, he did. I came in to take over the traffic position, with the hopes of more on-air opportunities with a show that I listened to and a show that I was a fan of. Who could have dreamt of more?

I would like to thank Bert for that opportunity of becoming more than just a traffic reporter. He gave me the chance to grow; to find my own radio personality. I was even given a computer in studio for my traffic reports, so that I was able to interact on every segment during the show. No other traffic reporter was given that opportunity. I was a true member of the Bert Show. Thank you to Bert for that opportunity and for all your guidance through the years. I feel blessed to have sat next to Melissa Carter, one of the strongest women I know. She was my Mama Melissa, always giving me advice. She taught me to be fearless; to share my opinions regardless of what others thought. Jeff has taught me to laugh at myself. We all have faults and things we’d rather people not know. I learned to embrace those things and was able to laugh at myself. He is like a big brother I’ve never had; he would pick on me, but would be the first to have my back. Jenn has taught me confidence and to be true to myself. Jenn has been a great role model for me. She’s my big sister. From her I’ve learned that what I share on the air about myself is important. There is always someone out there that is in the exact same place as I am. She also taught me: to be a great interviewer is to listen. That’s one piece of advice I will never forget. To Tracey, you are a rock star. You are one of the hardest working people I know. Thanks for listening to me and having my back when I’ve needed it. To Dylan, a huge thank you for giving me my first chance in radio. Without your belief in me and your advice, I wouldn’t be where I am today. To Adam Bomb, thank you for letting me be your co-host for 2 years. I’ve learned from you that radio is fun and is a great place for creative minds. You’ve helped me get to that next step with the Bert Show. To Rob Roberts, thank you for helping me to improve and to be the best I could be. To the rest of my Bert Show family: Kristin, Tommy, Carl, Natalie, Josh, Cassie and Marisa, thanks for being my second family.

Like I said before, losing a job is scary, but I’ve got a great second family. We’re all trying to make it in this economy. Companies are trying to make it in this economy too. Budget cuts happen; down-sizing happens. I will be OK. Thank you again for all of your supportive thoughts and well wishes! I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the next chapter in my life. :)

Wendy

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

145 comments Add your comment

Chengdu

June 18th, 2012
6:51 pm

First. Now get rid of Eric on TRG.

Double D

June 18th, 2012
6:55 pm

Shocker! A Cumulus firing?

girl123

June 18th, 2012
7:30 pm

she is better than kristen

Long-time fan

June 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

Best wishes for Wendy with whatever comes next. She came a long way with the Bert Show and I think she’ll do well with her future endeavors. It will hurt the Bert Show to no longer have a young 20-something member.

TRUTH

June 18th, 2012
7:57 pm

FRANK & WANDA ARE REALLY, REALLY BAD….. So how bad are these guys?

kalli

June 18th, 2012
7:59 pm

Thank god! Seriously, her favorite song is Barbie Girl and she thought that group was God’s gift to music. Come on, really?

Daily traveler

June 18th, 2012
8:05 pm

Agree with 123. Kristen is horrible. The Bert show continues to suck since the departure of Carter. I even find myself disliking Jen Hobbie, which I once thought was impossible. Jeff sobbing on mothers day was the nail in the coffin for me, Burt is the only interesting one in the bunch and clearly carries the show. There’s likely more to this story with Wendy, but who cares. NPR is more entertaining, looking forward to football so sports talk radio will become more interesting.

Patrick

June 18th, 2012
8:06 pm

Wasn’t her biggest fan, but over the years, she’s definitely improved a lot. Dint think the level of vitriol was warranted on these blogs, but that’s life in the spotlight with the online haters. Hope she goes on to great career. No one in this economy needs to be cut, no matter how much you don’t like them.

Jason

June 18th, 2012
8:07 pm

I am so very sad that Wendy is gone. I loved her on The Bert Show so much and she fit right in with them. I really hate that Cumulus would fire Wendy because she so did not deserve it. She was so good on there. I am so sad about this. :’(

Paul

June 18th, 2012
8:16 pm

That Weiss said he had no control is just pushing it off.. if he wanted her there it would have happened, that she was under another departments budget could have been fixed in seconds. It’s just Burt letting someone else be the bad guy.

Christi

June 18th, 2012
8:17 pm

I liked Wendy, she is on the road to much better things!!!! One door closes, another opens and it usually works out to be a better opportunity. Good luck!

Kimberly

June 18th, 2012
8:27 pm

I never liked her and mostly thought she was embarrassing to the young 20s demographic. It is sad, though, that she’s losing her job in this economy, but I’m (kind-of) sure she’ll find a job in a different market. For a traffic girl, she had years of cast member experience. I think the “budget cut” issue is more of a “Christian Grey of Traffic” issue. So many listeners of The Bert Show LOVED him that Wendy’s traffic job was made redundant. They’ll probably patch in his traffic reporting like they did when she was on vacation.

Also, I love Kristin. She’s got a great spirit and a wonderful laugh. I also think she’s funny with her side conversations to Jeff. Hobby comes off insincere at times even though most people love her, and I think Kristin’s sincerity and humility really offers a nice contrast to Hobby’s elitist demeanor.

RK

June 18th, 2012
8:33 pm

I guess she didn’t get that raise, huh?

Fire Wendy!

Hire Christian!

RK

June 18th, 2012
8:36 pm

Patrick, you’re right, she was incredibly annoying at first, like complaining that she was a pound overweight, but she worked her butt off (some awful hours) and matured.

Drew

June 18th, 2012
8:40 pm

Totally bummed and disappointed by this announcement.

Moving to Atlanta just 3 years ago, I instantly fell for The Bert Show and connected with Wendy’s opinions from the perspective of a 20-something year old (me being in my mid-20’s). I do feel like Wendy’s credibility was often discredited by other members of the show I always ‘felt’ this exuding from their morning radio talk show.

She was always inspiring, entertaining, and I am a little disappointed with her exit and Kristen’s existing establishment.

We will miss you, Wendy! Keep your chin up and shoot for the stars!

tee

June 18th, 2012
8:47 pm

I guess she did not get that raise that she was hoping for.

diego montrego

June 18th, 2012
8:55 pm

Watch the dominos fall–first Wendy, next Jenn, then Jeff. The show is going through a major reorganization and change in vision. Bert will hire a bunch of Kristen clones, which could make for great or terrible radio (I predict terrible).

poppy

June 18th, 2012
8:55 pm

Yeah, agreed. Burt’s deflection only makes him appear a small weazle. What a weird thing for him to throw out. No spine.

poppy

June 18th, 2012
8:56 pm

On a side note, nothing in ATL radio is as bad as Chuck & Turnoff 680. They are pathetic.

really dont care

June 18th, 2012
9:01 pm

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Melanie

June 18th, 2012
9:02 pm

Heck Yeah! Wendy was so shallow! Best move the Bert Show did! Bring the guy back and do traffic.

Yo Mama

June 18th, 2012
9:05 pm

Prediction for tomorrow’s show. Bert: We’re like all totally bummed about Wendy man!! I wish there was something we could do. Like. I don’t know. Give money from the celebrity incarceration draft. But I mean, man, what can you do? It is out of my control. Jeff: This [voice cracks] sucks. I’m mad. I mean really mad… Kristin: [What she wants to say is I hope the listeners don't push me off a bridge now that I'm staying. What she will say...] The Bert Show has been like a family since I moved to Atlanta. So welcoming. And Wendy is like a sister to me… Jenn Hobby: Ahem. [Glances over the script the interns or her PR team has written for her...] Wendy, I know God has a better plan for you. I’m so blessed to have known you and have you in my life. And now I turn it all back to ME, ME, ME.

80s Girl

June 18th, 2012
9:27 pm

LOL @ Yo Mama!!!!!! I can soooooo see it playing out that way!!!!! Good luck Wendy! You will be missed!

Mike

June 18th, 2012
9:28 pm

All the hear say going on needs to stop. They’re are 2 people who know the truth. Maybe 1. All the “bert did it. He could have stopped it if he wanted” mumbo jumbo needs to stop! Get off the dudes back! No one posting on these boards knows what happened, just chill out, and let them discuss tomorrow. People who think they know what’s going on, when they really have no clue are annoying.

Lara

June 18th, 2012
9:35 pm

I hate that Wendy was let go…she seemed genuine (unlike Jenn). Best of luck Wendy!

Sam

June 18th, 2012
9:38 pm

This show is just tired. I think they should all move on. I can ignore Wendy, but Jenn Hobby is the most annoying idiot ever.

Michael

June 18th, 2012
9:38 pm

If her name was “Adamstien, or Adamswietz” she may still be there…….
Bert is all about letting his audience know how special and advanced his viewpoints are while most of his handpicked minion fall in lockstep right behind him……. Snobs on radio is what his show should be called…Maybe Wendy wasn’t one of them?

Who?

June 18th, 2012
9:41 pm

If you are mentally beyond the age of 15 you’ve never heard of this person. I listened to this with my kids in middle school. Beyond that, you’ve got issues if you still tune in. Good luck to her but is this really news?

Rachel

June 18th, 2012
9:46 pm

Can’t say I’ll miss her. She was often (too often) whining about her dad…do I try to mend our relationship? Do I cut him off? Oh should I take him back, it’s Father’s Day after all… GET INTO THERAPY. Oh, no sorry, you don’t trust therapists. Give yourself the BIGGEST gift of your life and see a psychologist!

Atlanta Native

June 18th, 2012
9:51 pm

A few times a week, the Bert Show is genuinely entertaining. However, the rest of the week they are talking about such idiotic or embarrassing or irrelevant topics that I can’t stand them. Of course, I’m on the older end of their audience, but both Kristen and Wendy are teenybopper / valley girl clones who come across as speaking on behalf of the entire female population yet remain shallow and unfunny. And Jeff, while often off-color, is one of the most clever members of the team. And I do like the way Bert’s intelligence and social awareness carries the show.

PMC

June 18th, 2012
9:54 pm

always hilarious when I hear guys like that say it’s tough because of budget reasons….. yeah, that traffic reporters salary is really killing the revenue isn’t it Bert. God forbid they start looking at the guys making the huge money on those shows right… That would be REALLY tough.

J Will

June 18th, 2012
9:57 pm

Who cares!!!!

When are you leaving? That’s what I’m waiting for!

Westy

June 18th, 2012
10:09 pm

I am sick of how Cumulus lays off people. Unfortunately they have bought up too many of the Atlanta radio stations. Money is always the bottom line, isn’t it? Keep it up and you hurt quality.

Lance

June 18th, 2012
10:21 pm

It wasn’t budget, to say that was a lie.
Cumulus is run by crooks, plain and simple.

BertWho??

June 18th, 2012
10:27 pm

Can a real, thinking adult listen to this crap anyway? I once was a BS (Bert Show) regular, but it got so inane, so filled with inside, look-how-trendy/relevant we are jokes, that I tuned out. I slip back over once or twice a month just to be reminded how bad they are (it’s a long commute.)

I’ll take Cadillac and Dallas, Kristen at the Bull, anything on Sirius, or even Scott Slade over the BS show any day.

Tiffany

June 18th, 2012
10:34 pm

Kristen’s replacement in Raleigh is AWFUL–. Miss Kristen–hope she’s happy in Atlanta.

Frost

June 18th, 2012
10:37 pm

Perhaps Wendy and her dancer boyfriend can have “naked read the classifieds” time. Good riddance to you, your daddy issues, your idiocy, your petty whining about wearing yellow, and anything else you complain about.

Perhaps finishing college would have made you a little more marketable and allowed you to keep your job.

Seems now the working trouble is going to be in your household trying to figure out how to make rent.

Amber

June 18th, 2012
10:41 pm

Star 94 is hiring!

Ron Hyatt

June 18th, 2012
10:42 pm

Silence would be an improvement over all Morning Radio.

Eldrick

June 18th, 2012
10:42 pm

Who is the fat guy who cries like a little botch about his divorce?

Elvis Duran

June 18th, 2012
10:42 pm

My show is a lot funnier.

Wultk

June 18th, 2012
10:47 pm

Wendy has long been the annoying little sister of the show. With guests & listeners confusing her and Kristin’s voice and the overwhelming response to Christian while she was gone, her firing doesn’t seem all that surprising. I too would like to see Jenn go next – has become really condescending towards other cast members & callers. Boring and needs to lighten up. Jeff cracks me up. Bert is narsisistic, but has his funny moments and keeps it interesting. Cumulus made the right move imo.

Cassie

June 18th, 2012
10:51 pm

She got on my last nerve the way she went on and on about family issues, wondering over and over about how she might have depression or bipolar, but refuses to see a therapist. It’s pretty naive to think that a therapist is going to run tell her business to somebody…does she not realize that there’s a confidentiality requirement? I was kind of on the fence about her till that segment…then that was it for me. I can’t remember if that was before or after the I won’t vote for a woman for president debacle.

Better Late Than Never

June 18th, 2012
10:51 pm

I am so relieved I won’t hear: Weather FOR today… Seriously, she is intellectually challenged. “Me and Billy Elliott.,..” Wendy: it’s Billy Elliott and I — your grammar and ignorance of the correct definitions of words were like nails on a chalkboard to me. Yet, you scoffed at “the grammar police.” If you’re a communications pro, at least try, Dear.

Hallelujah

June 18th, 2012
11:05 pm

I hope when she updates her twitter profile to remove “Bert Show Radio Personality” that she also considers deleting “Lover of squishy/shiny things.” (What a deep thinker.) A year ago, she bragged about being “Daddy’s Little Girl” and said her father told her bf that he better not ever hurt his little girl. NOW, she says she was never close to him and is currently estranged. Which is it, Wendy?!! One of many examples why her firing is a great decision. Maybe I can now not switch channels when she talks. THANK YOU!!!

Is It Just Me?

June 18th, 2012
11:11 pm

When Wendy went on her vacations last month and the Christian Grey traffic reader received rave reviews on Facebook and Twitter, later TBS removed the string of FB posts, right? I thought that was curious. Maybe that’s why Wendy wouldn’t take vacation days in the past? She may have suspected something such as this would happen…and it surely did. I don’t believe asking for a raise had anything to do with it; Cumulus can handle someone asking for a raise.

Bobby's Cox

June 18th, 2012
11:11 pm

Guys keep with Rodney jokes!!

Douglas12

June 18th, 2012
11:12 pm

She had the most annoying voice… Talked through here nose. I used to cringe on her traffic reports.

Bobby's Cox

June 18th, 2012
11:13 pm

rodney headed ho?

ATL radio is horrible

June 18th, 2012
11:28 pm

Rob Roberts needs to learn how to program a REAL top 40 station!!