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Neal Boortz holding a ‘Happy Ending’ retirement party Jan. 12 at the Fox Theatre

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Neal Boortz, heard locally on 95.5 FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB, is celebrating his retirement January 12, 2012 at the Fox Theatre. CREDIT: AP

Monica Pearson, the Channel 2 Action News doyenne, received a big farewell at the Fox Theatre this summer before her retirement, and now it’s Neal Boortz’s turn.

A bash for “The Talkmaster” is set for Jan. 12, about a week before his official departure from four decades of radio shows. It will feature comedian Jeff Foxworthy and guests Herman Cain, who will replace Boortz in January; his buddy and syndicated talk show host Sean Hannity; WSB talk show host Erick Erickson, also editor of Redstate.com, and consumer advocate Clark Howard. The band Banks and Shane, one of Boortz’s favorite acts and good friends, will perform.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at ticketalternative.com. Prices range from $35 to $100.

Belinda Skelton, Boortz’s longtime producer, said there will be surprise guests as well. “We were working on this before his retirement announcement was made in June, How many times does a larger-than-life person like Neal retire like this?”

The Fox was picked because it’s classy and historical and “screams what Neal is,” Skelton said.

Farewell events also are planned in Tulsa, Okla., Jacksonville, Orlando and Dayton, Ohio, cities where Boortz’s syndicated show has been on the air since the early years of syndication in the 1990s.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

52 comments Add your comment

Tim

September 27th, 2012
4:52 pm

I am going to miss Neal. I would get mad at him and stop listening for a few days, sometimes longer, but I always came back! He has some great insights.

lisa ann

September 27th, 2012
4:56 pm

Who is giving Boortz a “happy ending”? The Sugarloaf Madame?

Who cares

September 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

Like I said. Who cares.

Alan

September 27th, 2012
5:04 pm

Neal, I haven’t had the honor of meeting you yet, but I’ve been listening to you for years. You’ve heard it many times over already, but your going to be missed GREATLY. I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge and wisdom from you. Wishing the best for you and your family. Enjoy your retirement friend.

Shannon

September 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

I do hate to see Neal go, the station will truly suffer. I love Herman and hope all goes well when he takes the reigns.

Is Belinda moving on to other things or will she be a producer for someone else’s show?

Kaley Fornia

September 27th, 2012
5:14 pm

Good Riddance!!!

Dave

September 27th, 2012
5:22 pm

Having stopped listening to him before the loss of Royal, I can’t say I’ll miss him – Boortz that is.

Captain Midnight

September 27th, 2012
5:22 pm

Man, I do love this guy. Cain won’t last a month though.

david c

September 27th, 2012
5:27 pm

“The Fox was picked because it’s classy and historical and “screams what Neal is,” Skelton said.”
That’s the saddest thing I’ve read all day.

Nick

September 27th, 2012
5:39 pm

I’m going to miss Boortz, but Ticket Alternative is great!

Bobby

September 27th, 2012
5:43 pm

Good riddance. Decades of one form of hate radio and speech will come to an end, even though WSB intends to replace with simply more hate speech. Boortz is a perfect example of the Ugly American. Bigoted, hateful and intolerant.

Rich

September 27th, 2012
6:17 pm

Hey Bobby. What is hate speech and how does Boortz speak it?

Just Sayin'

September 27th, 2012
7:05 pm

Best wishes to Neal in his retirement, congratulations on such a wonderful career!

Honey Boo Boo

September 27th, 2012
7:05 pm

The idea that someone would pay to attend this event is mind blowing. January 12, 2013 can’t come soon enough.

Realist

September 27th, 2012
7:26 pm

If no one here insulted The Talk Master he would feel like he has not done his job. Having said that, those of you insulting him more than likely are government leeches………..

Silent Jay

September 27th, 2012
8:03 pm

Stayed 10 years past his prime, to promote his Fair Tax books.

Last 5 years have been a ZZZZZZZZZfest, starring his airplane. God.

Retire? He’s been in Florida for years, often trying to pretend he was here.

I’ll only listen to Cain if he talks about his girlfriends.

Silent Jay

September 27th, 2012
8:09 pm

And while we’re in Jurassic Park: 16 comments speaks volumes. 96rock going Top 40 got 5 pages.

danny

September 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

I hope Neal will remember to thank Hannity for getting Drudge to pull that story about Boortz being interrogated at the Gwinett Courthouse iin the prostitution strings. That’s what friends are for I guess.

dadopee

September 27th, 2012
8:55 pm

Good riddens to bad rubbish.

dadopee

September 27th, 2012
8:57 pm

Good riddance to bad rubbish, as Philip Korula would have said.

Jaddie Dodd

September 27th, 2012
9:05 pm

I love Neal and have disagreed with very little he’s said over the many years he’s been on the air. I stopped listening to him back in the days of “The Truth Will Make You Mad” ads. It’s true. I always found his shows upsetting. It was the opposition to his views that I found troubling. I mean, how can people believe that government owes them healthcare?

Aside from sometimes being unnecessarily abrasive, Neal is a fine example of libertarianism and a heck of a man.

Glad he's gone.

September 27th, 2012
9:19 pm

This goon should have retired centuries ago. Good riddance, baffoon.

The American Dream

September 27th, 2012
9:26 pm

Neal is the Ugly American. He never held an honest debate with any of his guests during his entire career. He, like Sean Hannety, prefers to talk over his guests and shoot down those who disagree with his point of view. It is so easy in American to oppose everything and to see everything as waste. If we all shared Neal’s perspective America would truly be a depressing place. Unfortunately, the damage that Neal has caused can never be undone. His brand of hate has affected many in our state. Good bye Neal! Florida deserves you.

Long time listener, first time caller...

September 27th, 2012
9:32 pm

…How you doin’…

Luv ya long time…

AMF…

What will me mirmedons do without you?

Ah, well – adios mother tucker…

Kujohn

September 27th, 2012
10:07 pm

Is the klan invited

salvatore

September 27th, 2012
10:19 pm

Neal was right when he said WSB stood for “We’re so Boring”. Neal and all of his cronies are what dumb people think smart people sound like.

Evander Holyfield

September 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

I’m looking for a good attorney, Neal do you think you could do a better job for me this time.

Kujohn

September 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

Well hopefully since the President is gonna be reelected. Neil will move too another country like he promised Oh an take his grand baby Not gonna miss hearing bout that little tard

Bryan G.

September 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

I miss Neal every time he’s out and I have to hear Eric Erickson lisp and spit all over the mic or listen to Herman Cain have brain cramps all over the radio. I will be done with WSB when he leaves

skeeter

September 28th, 2012
12:23 am

If the “mighty whitey” is reading these comments, answer this question: Since Royal died your true racist behavior is in full force. You always say that blacks vote for Obama only because he looks like them. I will agree to degree but what you don’t say is HOW MANY WHITES DO NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEM. Which number do you think is greater?
Do the arithmetic you A-Hole.

Matthew Shardlake

September 28th, 2012
1:23 am

Wore thin after about 1980.

J Hueb

September 28th, 2012
5:44 am

Neal is living proof of the old saying”Empty barrels make the most noise”

Unaffiliated

September 28th, 2012
6:00 am

They gotta play ‘Boo Got Shot’ …and we must remember Royal Marshall and his interpretation of same!
We all miss Royal!

Unaffiliated

September 28th, 2012
6:09 am

Seriously, Boortz changed my entire political perspective in the 1990s during the Clintonista Regime!
I hope that he changed some of YOURS during the Obongo Regime!

THANKS Neal Boortz – you overcame the evils of loiwyerin and pursued your passion to amazing success!

Harvey

September 28th, 2012
6:42 am

Who will get the ticket money?

HossBubba

September 28th, 2012
7:28 am

Notice how the rants about Neal’s “hate speech” are filled with just that? Haw!

Bill C

September 28th, 2012
8:01 am

Can’t come soon enough!

Bill C

September 28th, 2012
8:01 am

Enter your comments here

Auntie Christ

September 28th, 2012
8:15 am

I had planned to go to the zoo that day, to watch mindless apes throw feces, but I can save that admission fee and just go to boor tz’s party and see the same thing.

TG

September 28th, 2012
8:32 am

lol These comments are hilarious. I love reading the ajc blog because you find out all the juicy info you wouldn’t know otherwise. Danny, what is this about a prostitution ring? I haven’t heard that story. Hmmm

Re Boortz, he was at his best when he was being purely libertarian. He was downright insufferable when he wore the Republican/Bush banner last decade and even moreso when his hatred was in full force during the Obama years. Royal was a good foil for him, made him seem less racist (if there are degress of racism?). He is unchecked now and personally I can’t listen. I can’t listen to him talk about how “dangerous” Obama is after he sat on his azz and praised Bush for eight years, a man directly responsible for illegal wars and the fall of our economy. Boortz lost all credibility there and I found it hard to listen to him most of the time. He should have stuck with the libertarian talk, I learned a lot from him on that front.

On a lighter note, his moving on will mean no more of Belinda Skelton’s insufferable voice/hillbilly accent. Yuck!

logrhd

September 28th, 2012
8:51 am

Talk radio is really gonna suck after next January. Neal was by far the most entertaining ,funniest,and wit tie talk show host ever. Herman u better get ur big boy pants on. Love u Neal see u at the fox!!

Becky

September 28th, 2012
9:09 am

You could NOT pay this right-wing girl enough money to put my hands on Neal Boortz to give him a neck rub, let alone give him a “Happy Ending.”

Becky

September 28th, 2012
9:19 am

I wonder if this topic of the day will make “Neal’s Nooze” on his personal web site:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tpAOwJvTOio

belinda gump skelton

September 28th, 2012
11:22 am

Ah hope everbody will git out to the Fox Thee-a-ter to say goodbah to Nale. I’m a wrahtin’ a speech about Nale and how good he wuz to the wimmen in his laf, ’specially the wimmen out at Sugarloaf and ones on Ponce. Must be nace to be able to pull straings when the vace squad comes a callin’.

Bubbles

September 28th, 2012
11:27 am

LOL – love ya, Becky…and TG makes good points. A prostitution ring?? Sources please! Also, the insufferable Belinda is getting her own show (!). Regarding the ‘happy ending’ bit – I know he thinks he’s so funny, but sorry, that was just plain crass.
Heard him insist on ‘voting your conscience’ for twenty years, then when it came time to support the ONLY Constitutional candidate, with a career to prove it (Dr. Paul), ol’ Neal backs the establishment hack (Obamney, oops – meant Romney), a tax-a-chussetts liberal who has flip-flopped his way into the nomination, using dirty tricks (stuffing ballot boxes, closing precincts) in the primaries, capped with a last-minute rule change at the RNC. Romney supported TARP, the bailouts, the 2.5 trillion dollar increase in the debt ceiling since the republicans regained the house, NDAA, the “Patriot” Act, the build-up of the TSA and DHS, and wants to invade Iran, or anywhere the CFR deems necessary. He will trample the Constitution just like his predecessors.
The manufactured bro-mance between Boortz and Cain was sickening, too. It was transparent from the get-go that “We’re Such Buttheads” (one of Neal’s cut-downs of the station in the past) was grooming Cain for a show. Everyone knew he had ZERO chance getting the nomination – it was all about raising his profile. Referring to him a ‘pizza-man,’ while never mentioning his time as chairman of the Federal Reserve in KC was deception. Cain is an insider, not merely a businessman.
Also, all that flat-tax blather? Telling dummies what they want to hear. Never gonna happen, but folks like Neal, Linder, and Cain are making money off the fantasy, nonetheless!

Bragging about living large was a goodly portion of the show, and now he is off to spend his millions. Perhaps he’ll talk his daughter into an abortion next time, being so strongly in favor of it. That way, he and ‘the queen’ can spend it all.

Marc Morgan

September 28th, 2012
1:47 pm

Don’t understand all the negative comments about Neal Boortz. Not only was he great employee who delivered great ratings, he handled all of my divorces!

Sports Espanol

September 28th, 2012
3:04 pm

Appears to be ESPN Deportes radio

"Capt." Herb

September 28th, 2012
3:12 pm

Whatcha got on the perimeter, DUH-TUMBUHHHH!

ed

September 29th, 2012
11:29 am

Putting Neal Boortz in the same class as Monica Pearson is a great injustice. He should have been gone long ago and now one has to pay to see him go just adds to the injustice. Radio station also needs to keep Limbaugh off the air. Maybe Neal’s fee could be used keep Limbaugh off. Give Clark Howard more time, He does some good for people.

a.wilson

September 30th, 2012
3:40 pm

I’m with Tim (the first poster here). Started listening *most of the time* when he came on our local station in North GA four years ago, after Ludlow Porch’s show was replaced.

Neal was alright on most occassions.. but could be a complete ‘arsehole’ on some subjects — Such as the typical “Anti Tobacco / No Smoking” butt-belching we’ve all heard about a contrillion / bazillion times from brain washed Libfreaks across the country for the last 40 years.
And his disgusting “pro Abortion” stances were a complete turn off. But otherwise the guy was okay on other issues..

Judging from other comments, I guess I am with the only few handfull of people who actually likes Hermain Cain. Lol.