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Belinda Skelton, Neal Boortz’s producer, gets her own WSB weekend radio show

Belinda Skelton, Neal Boortz's long-time producer, will continue to oversee Boortz's daily commentaries after he retires and adds her own weekend show to boot. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Belinda Skelton, Neal Boortz's long-time producer, will continue to oversee Boortz's daily commentaries after he retires and adds her own weekend show to boot. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Belinda Skelton, Neal Boortz’s producer for 16 years, has nabbed her own weekend radio show.

The program called “Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Lifestyles” will air from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays after Boortz retires on Jan. 21, 2013 according to Condace Pressley, AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB’s assistant program director.

“Think of Pinterest, Martha Stewart or the Oprah brand where lifestyle can be defined by everything from food, wine and design to family, entertainment and local events,” according to a written statement by Ben Reed, vice president and general manager of Atlanta-based Cox Media Group, which includes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Pressley said WSB has been looking for a program like this for a while. “Belinda is the ideal person to do it. That’s who she is.” Skelton is a University of Georgia graduate with a degree in interior design.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Skelton said in an interview this morning. “The show is right up my alley. I can throw a cocktail party in 20 minutes and be comfortable in my own skin. My parents entertained a lot. We travel a lot as a family.”

She said she will also address topics such as how to choose summer camps for kids or the best place to have an anniversary meal in Atlanta, “things that impact your every-day life.” And she may even get Boortz to call in once in awhile while he travels.

Though Skelton will not be producing Boortz’s replacement show hosted by Herman Cain, she will remain a full-time employee of CMG, handling Boortz’s schedule after his retirement as he will continue to do daily commentaries for the station. “I’m going to do research on his daily minutes and produce those. And when Herman’s off and Neal subs in, I’ll produce that,” she said.

Pressley said CMG is putting a production team together for Cain.

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141 comments Add your comment

missnadine

October 5th, 2012
12:00 pm

I guess her lawsuit against the airport and/or crocs didn’t yield enough $$ for her to retire?

Herb Emery

October 5th, 2012
12:49 pm

1-3 Saturday is Adam Goldfein’s slot.

Great. I’m glad WSB is doing their best to move quality consumer advocates like Clark and Adam into time slots that no one can reasonably listen to for novelty acts like Rush and Belinda.

Shannon

October 5th, 2012
12:57 pm

Hey missnadine – she didn’t ask for a dime in the Croc’s incident – you thanks to Belinda, you will see that every pair of Croc’s comes with a warning tag!

Thanks Belinda for all your great years – can’t wait to hear the new show!

Rickster

October 5th, 2012
1:03 pm

Sorry… I don’t see the draw for Belinda. I get tired of hearing her on all the commercials she does. No way I’d listen to her for 2 hours on the weekend.

OTP

October 5th, 2012
1:04 pm

Another good reason not to listen to WSB on the weekend. 106.7, here I come.

Mercedes S.

October 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

She has an irritating, grating voice. And her accent ought to make her a shoe-in for Baby Boo Boo.

Jason T

October 5th, 2012
1:08 pm

Sure she’s a nice lady but based on listening to Neal for years, there’s nobody home upstairs.

Just the facts maam

October 5th, 2012
1:10 pm

Shannon Shannon Shannon, Belinder said on air that the lawsuit cash would go in little orville’s or was it wilbur’s college fund.

don

October 5th, 2012
1:15 pm

who cares no one listen to that station they all are racist

Wayne No Offense

October 5th, 2012
1:39 pm

I had a weekend Show, once…….once!

The Truth

October 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

Another great Georgia Bulldog.

missnadine

October 5th, 2012
1:43 pm

Shannon – for a person who would have skewered people (esp if they were minority or a Democrat) over raising a lawsuit based on her own stupidity, she deserves all the flak she gets. She showed that taking responsibility for your own actions is only for the other guy.

A reasonable person who not outfit their kid in Crocs -period, especially in an airport. It is her fault her son got hurt, but she blamed everybody but herself. I am sorry her son got hurt, but her stupidity should NOT be rewarded.

Al

October 5th, 2012
1:49 pm

Life is too short, I will never listen to the show.
She has an irritating, too country sounding voice.
And her accent ought to make her a shoe-in for Baby Boo Boo.
Clark Howard or Handle on the Law, please.

Wally Spencer

October 5th, 2012
1:56 pm

Her voice might be terribly grating, but she has a way to go to beat Barbara Dooley.

W.

Wondering

October 5th, 2012
2:06 pm

Why would anyone want to listen to her?
I would rather listen to Clark or Handle on the Law … but not her?
Big mistake…the show will be short lived.

Tammy

October 5th, 2012
2:09 pm

I’m betting this show will not last long.

No visible talent here.

Re-Boortz, Clark Howard, or Herman Cain would be MUCH BETTER.

lkjlj

October 5th, 2012
2:34 pm

Crocs are still around? Haven’t seen anyone wearing them in quite a while…

Nohome4Oldguys

October 5th, 2012
2:47 pm

This is really sad. Here, we are looking at a talentless woman, another ‘hanger-on’, who should have been fired long ago. She is an buttkisser, a selfish person who offers nothing to the airwaves, and the faster that WSB can fire her usless butt, the better.

Nohome4Oldguys

October 5th, 2012
2:50 pm

” Georgia graduate with a degree in interior design.” Uhh, what? Isn’t that basket weaving?

oldschool15

October 5th, 2012
3:01 pm

I agree with the other posters. I find her irritating, incompetent, and arrogant. Hopefully this show has a short shelf life.

markie mark

October 5th, 2012
3:01 pm

wow…what a bunch of jerks….for years, I called into neal’s show as “mark from acworth”. Belinda was always charming, quick and to the point. I have met her many times at “meet and greets” and have always been impressed by her professionalism and intelligence. And for those of you who don’t care for Belinda’s accent? where the hell do you snobs think you live? and why in the world do you think CMG would employ an idiot for 16 years? you people have no clue….

James

October 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

Congrats Belinda!!!

I just want to know why Clark Howard was disbanded to night side when he’s been one of the most highly rated, reliable member and devoted members of the Cox team?

Belinda will do well. She’s worked with one of the best for a number of years.

OrlandoDawg

October 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

You go Belinda, the haters are just jealous!!! Go Dawgs!!!!

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 5th, 2012
3:13 pm

I wonder what her shtick will be to appeal to WSB’s “lily white entitled cracker” demo

Nohome4Oldguys

October 5th, 2012
3:17 pm

OrlandoDawg, no one is jealous, I really think people are tired of old BS, and that’s what you’ll get with a show from her. Ultimately, the woman has zero talent and cannot carry a show based around food and home decor. No one gives a damn, just the way it is.

erubi

October 5th, 2012
3:21 pm

WSB lost my ear when they got rush lardball!

BigAintheBigA

October 5th, 2012
3:28 pm

Who listens to AM radio on Saturday afternoon? Might as well turn the transmitter off. Except for those advertising dollars. But anyway, Go Belinda! You earned it.

DeVon

October 5th, 2012
3:48 pm

I’m just excited to hear that Neal Boortz is retiring in January. That just made my weekend and its not even 5pm!

Allison Wonderland

October 5th, 2012
3:52 pm

I am done with anything that has to do with Cox….even you Rodney!! Done! Bye!! Good Riddance!!

June

October 5th, 2012
4:02 pm

Congratulations Belinda!!

rod

October 5th, 2012
4:04 pm

she had a weekend food show that sucked and got cancelled. she rides neils coattails on the endorsement money, she gets a big checkf rom Crocs at the airport and now they are keeping her to manage Neils retirement. Must have been included in the retirement parachute. i will not use annyone she endorses

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 5th, 2012
4:07 pm

So what is the story about her Crocs?

Rodney Ho

October 5th, 2012
4:08 pm

SAWB

October 5th, 2012
4:09 pm

Why? Handle and Goldfein can run laps around her.

No icing for me, please!

October 5th, 2012
4:17 pm

Belinda, you have a cute Southern accent; however, I shudder to think of hearing your voice for 2 hours straight. Your accent is good for lil’ bits and pieces only.

WSB, please give us more Handel on the Law and Mark Arum!! Please lose Erick “Oink, oink” Erickson and Rush “Full of Hot Air” Limbaugh!!!

Blue Ridger

October 5th, 2012
4:19 pm

Glad to see a fellow dumb ass redneck do well

Captain Midnight

October 5th, 2012
4:22 pm

Congrats Belinda,she’ll do fine with the “hey there you” Sat afternoon soccer mom crowd.
RIP Royal, AMF Neal. Love the Talkmaster! Hate, hate, hate, to see him go.
WELCOME GODFATHER!
WSB, now go get Levin!
I like Herman, but I don’t give him a month. Ecspecially after President Romney is sworn in.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 5th, 2012
4:23 pm

Thanks Rodney. I don’t want to see Belinda fail, but I can’t imagine that many people will tune in to a weekend AM talk show about anything, really. But you have to fill the airtime with something, and maybe it will be a spring board for her to something else. Unfortunately I think WSB radio has shamelessly cornered the “lily white and scared” audience in Atlanta, just like WSB-TV has done on television–so she’ll need some sort of gimmick to capture predominately racist listeners.

bill

October 5th, 2012
4:26 pm

Y’all might want to read Rodney’s link about the lawsuit before “poppin’ off”….

SAWB

October 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

So, WSB-TV is now racist. I wonder what Jovita would have to say about that?

Highlander

October 5th, 2012
4:32 pm

I’m betting most of the negative comments here are from folks who have never met Belinda and are assuming things based on her accent. (Are these negative critics FROM here? I mean, if you’re from Georgia, does Belinda sound like she has an accent or does she just sound like everyone you grew up with?)

@Markie Mark, fair play to ye! While I won’t be tuning into Belinda’s new show, it won’t be because of her “accent”. (C’mon, man! Saturday is NCAA football day!!!)

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 5th, 2012
4:33 pm

SAWB

October 5th, 2012
4:31 pm

So, WSB-TV is now racist. I wonder what Jovita would have to say about that?

Stunning logic, we’ve got a real brainiac here folks

SAWB

October 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

So, can you provide any examples of the racism on WSB-TV or do you prefer tossing around baseless accusations on faceless forum? Oh wait I forgot anyone that is successful must be a racist. Right?

Jamal

October 5th, 2012
4:48 pm

Nice “Ta-Ta’s”.

me

October 5th, 2012
4:50 pm

Mercedes S.

October 5th, 2012
1:07 pm

She has an irritating, grating voice. And her accent ought to make her a shoe-in for Baby Boo Boo.

Is her voice not afro centric enough for you. Mercedes? What a dumb azz name.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

B

October 5th, 2012
4:39 pm

So, can you provide any examples of the racism on WSB-TV or do you prefer tossing around baseless accusations on faceless forum? Oh wait I forgot anyone that is successful must be a racist. Right?

It’s really not that hard, WSB-TV is following the Fox News model–primarily running stories about how mean ol’ minorities are gonna get you or how your hard-earned tax dollars are being wasted by the mean ol’ gubbamint. Throw in the same weather report every three or four minutes and commercials every story or two.

You are already resorting to reactionary talking points so I imagine you’re pretty blind to the whole “know your audience/control the narrative” thing WSB-TV and Fox News do extremely well. They know there are millions of scared white people (just like you) who watch the news; they tell you exactly what you want to hear–by conjuring up fear/anger stemming from your own self-loathing.

1911A1

October 5th, 2012
4:52 pm

So the lawsuit was settled with a structured settlement?

“It’s MY money and I need it NOW!”

(for pennies on the dollar…just sayin’.)

Mike

October 5th, 2012
4:53 pm

I like Belinda, It’s Herman that I won’t listen to. ihave tried to listen when he fills in for Neal, and it is not good.

Rufus

October 5th, 2012
4:54 pm

Annoying.If as the artile says “WSB has been looking for a show like this for awhile”. Why did they not do it “awhile” ago? Belinda has been the awhile. I’m sure it will be a battle for ratings between her show and O’Neil outside, and the garden show. LOL. I amuse myself.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 5th, 2012
4:57 pm

I wonder if Skelton toed the line of Boortz, that we live in an overly litigious society with too many lawsuits–until of course something bad happens to me!