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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

Ted

October 6th, 2012
4:30 pm

Please no !!! Not Belinda. I give up. Goodbye WSB !!!!

Bill Turner

October 6th, 2012
4:33 pm

There have been many people in Atlanta that would give anything to make the money that she has made during her stint with Boortz. She is the kind of individual that skates through life without a clue. A very lucky moron.

Jen

October 6th, 2012
7:14 pm

Belinda is a smart girl; you guys are just envious. Basing your career on something you obviously enjoy is genius! Good luck, Belinda!!!

Vashtai

October 6th, 2012
7:48 pm

If you go to Clark’s website at 1, you can hear him live. I’m still gobsmacked by WSB bringing Rush over.

Bill Turner

October 6th, 2012
9:43 pm

No, Jen I am not jealous. I just loathe ignorance awarded by promotion !!!

Tina Turner

October 6th, 2012
10:12 pm

People like Bill Turner post garbage because they have no life. He is like toilet paper stuck to the bottom of Belinda Skelton’s shoe.

Not me

October 6th, 2012
10:40 pm

Belinda’s voice is so like nails on a chalkboard I actually mute the radio when she does those incessant commercials. She is the useless sidekick of Boortz and I have never understood why she is allowed to open her mouth on air. She talks like a hillbilly. Giving her a show is a recipe for failure.

Whitey

October 7th, 2012
12:14 am

Billy Mays
Please help those of us that are apparently not as enlightened as you are – just how is WSB racist? As a business, one can assume they promote programming intended to earn maximum revenue for their company. Since you obviously believe their programming appeals mainly to white listeners, how is that any different from “urban” stations that direct their programming primarily towards black audiences? I guess racism only applies to whites, not blacks or other minorities. Here are some facts to consider – 70% of the U.S population is white. Since WSB’s powerful signal extends far beyond the Atlanta area and even Georgia, it seems like smart business to me to promote programming that is directed towards the majority race in this country. But don’t worry – you’ll always have that “racism” excuse to fall back on if you can’t defend your illogical comments. Enjoy the rest of your hate-filled life.

SanFranciscoTreat

October 7th, 2012
12:28 am

I think Belinda is kinda cute.

Scott Anderson

October 7th, 2012
6:26 am

Always liked Belinda but I could sense how she detested Neil most of the time. A lawyer who almost bankrupted Holyfield early on but who brags about being a lawyer. Neil did nothing.
Glad Neil is going after so many years of hate filled speechs. Putting ppl down and cutting them off with his finger worked well when someone disagreed with his often racist and asinine thoughts.
So Neil goes to Texas a few weeks ago as he is eligible for the Macaroni award for broadcasters. He is not optimistic but he goes thinking maybe this being his last year, they will feel sorry for him. Someone else gets the award and as he gets into the elevator he is with the President of the radio who asks him how was his dinner. Neil responds ok it could have been better. Neil was sulking over his slap in the face yet again. Got knew for you Neil , your a jerk and everyone there knows your a jerk. Too many years of hate and hostility. So glad you are off the air now. I would tune it for ten minutes at a time until I couldnt take the same mooochers and welfare speech over and over. A side note is as soon as Mitt Romney said the same thing about the 47 % moochers to a group of his rich donaters he was railed on. Thanks alot Neil. Romney got scalded with that hate rhetoric you espouse. So its over for Belinda. She was a good woman to be able to put up with that hate man for all these years. Good luck going forward.
As far as Neil goes I hope he does leave the country and never comes back. Let him travel in his million dollar RV far far from radio. He dont need to call in. He dont need to spread his hate no more. Will be tough finding any friends on the road as they see thru Neil like a glass bottle. Jamie Dupree was the even thinking logical one that put Neil in his dumb ars place many times. If I listened it was at 1205 when Jamie came on. At least you get a human being talking and not some screwed up thinking Neo Con with no clue except his own well being. Neil said that he would never pay more tax than he is paying now. He said he had ways to avoid it and he would at all costs. Thats the whole problem with the rich in America. They share that greed mindset. They would step on their mother to get more money . Its sad really .
So go off into the sunset Neil , take your drag queen with you, and never come back. Atlanta is finally done with you.

A Casual Observer

October 7th, 2012
7:17 am

Saturday afternoon? You must be kidding WSB…who listens to AM radio except when in the car anyway? As for the format…good luck on Saturday afternoon! Sounds like this was deal part of Boortz’s retirement package…throw Belinda a financial bone and if she doesn’t make it, well at least there was a guaranteed paycheck for awhile.
I must admit, I like her on air personality, but her flat pronunciation of words like right, white, light, night, etc is like fingernails on a blackboard to me. I can’t imagine ever deliberately tuning in…
As for the Crocks deal…get a life Belinda! There is a thing called parental responsibility…just because you weren’t paying attention to what you son way doing doesn’t mean that the shoe manufacturer, the escalator manufacturer, or the airport were responsible. Sorry he was injured, but you should have have stayed out of court, and put the blame where it belonged…squarely in your court.

Peter Tinkham

October 7th, 2012
7:20 am

Is this a joke?

Tia

October 7th, 2012
7:45 am

Thank goodness…weekends only. I, for one, will NOT be listening. I turn the station when she does commercials. Bet Boortz had something to do with this. She is NOT radio material. Get Handel on the Law and Clark Howard in prime time. Herman Cain does nothing for me either.

Scott Anderson . Bitter Much?

October 7th, 2012
8:23 am

The Scott Anderson Boortz Manifesto went on ad naseum. I think someone needs to investigate your obsession with Neal. Wow, just Wow!

Well from all the other folks that dislike Belinda, this new show is bound to be a success. For every “I won’t listen” just means that you will! No wonder conservative talk, Fox News, Boortz, WSB, etc. are all booming $$$ and ratings success stories.

Congratulations”progressives” as your bitterness and hatred lines the pockets of the rich and powerful even more!

bobo

October 7th, 2012
11:03 am

I am amazed at all of the jealousy being directed at Belinda and her success. Congratulations Belinda, it could not have happened to a better person.

Chris

October 7th, 2012
11:21 am

She’s a nice lady but I’ve gotten tired of listening to her exagerrated southen drawl in all of her commercials.

BYH

October 7th, 2012
1:53 pm

“She’s a nice lady but I’ve gotten tired of listening to her exagerrated southen drawl in all of her commercials”

Um, you do realize this is still the South? Even though our area has been invaded by people from all over, thank goodness we have retained some of our dialect and culture. I am always amazed at the people that move here for a better life and have the audacity to complain about how we southerners do things. If you don’t like it then you are more than welcome leave!

Advertisers pick Belinda for a reason. She makes them money, if not then they would not hire her voice that you outsiders don’t seem to like. And so you think WSB would have given her a time slot without thinking it through? Those advertisers are backing her up on this. If it fails, then she will lose the show. I think Belinda has been in the business long enough to know how these things work, don’t you?

It’s okay if you want to think we southerners are stupid. We are confident enough in ourselves to laugh along with you — all the way to the Bank! Bless your heart!

PHall

October 7th, 2012
2:11 pm

I am still pissed about losing Clark. I don’t have much faith in this new addition to the lineup.

Big Meanie

October 7th, 2012
2:40 pm

I agree she is annoying in ads. I surely will not listen to her show.

KLM

October 7th, 2012
4:49 pm

Shannon, she did too get $$$ from Croc’s and “said” she put it in a trust for her son. She talked about it on the radio.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 7th, 2012
5:09 pm

Whitey

October 7th, 2012
12:14 am

Billy Mays
Please help those of us that are apparently not as enlightened as you are – just how is WSB racist?

I already did this. Try to keep up.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 7th, 2012
5:10 pm

Scott Anderson . Bitter Much?

October 7th, 2012
8:23 am

Well from all the other folks that dislike Belinda, this new show is bound to be a success. For every “I won’t listen” just means that you will! No wonder conservative talk, Fox News, Boortz, WSB, etc. are all booming $$$ and ratings success stories.

Congratulations”progressives” as your bitterness and hatred lines the pockets of the rich and powerful even more!

That is precious.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 7th, 2012
5:13 pm

It’s strange that people want gubernatorial failure turned nonprofit failure Karen Handel to do… anything.

McGarrett

October 7th, 2012
6:24 pm

I used to listen to them all the time. Then one night, Belinda guest hosted one of Royal’s shows I think. She made statements so intolerant and bigoted it was beyond belief. That’s when I chose to kick the whole crew to the curb and haven’t turned back to WSB since.

Graphite

October 7th, 2012
9:10 pm

When the lily whites retire,who is going to fund the welfare brood sows and numnuts? Any of you little dorighters walked through a hood lately?Biggoted…….damn right….you made me that way.

tc

October 7th, 2012
9:18 pm

If you want good news, weather and traffic, listen to 106.7. They kick WSB to the curb.

Bill Turner

October 7th, 2012
9:26 pm

To Tina Turner – Thank you so much for your input. I am sure your opinions are valued to the nth degree. By the way your statement proves that you are an ignorant em basil.

Big mama

October 7th, 2012
9:52 pm

Love her! Congratulations! She will make my.driving I-85 more interesting!

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:03 pm

better than hooking I guess.

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:04 pm

course she couldnt make much hooking

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:06 pm

she is kinda of cute in a sarah palin way

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:08 pm

course palin is a white hot mess kind of like the white trash women you pick up a waffle house.

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:09 pm

i would still hit though

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:09 pm

just wouldnt brag about it

The American Dream

October 7th, 2012
11:11 pm

maybe boortz would though if he could stay away from his lifelong obsession with 20s gay porn

Jack

October 8th, 2012
9:08 am

Guys, guys. For all of you who find a Southern accent “grating”, let me remind you what our great Southern Philosopher, Lewis Grizzard said about that. “GOD…talks like we do.”

And if it still bothers you, “Delta’s ready when you are.”

Jack a happy ending

October 8th, 2012
5:03 pm

Since when does an interior design degree land one a lucrative radio gig? She made FAT stacks for screening calls, and even more for endorsement deals, and a chunk out of the Croc makers, and now gets a show…all without being a trained broadcaster!? Gotta be connected. Bloodline of royalty or something of that sort. Just doesn’t add up…

EadieG

October 9th, 2012
8:22 pm

With all of these negative assaults, It is obvious that you do not know her- I do !
So much is being said, apparently just to see who can make the most hurtful , negative statement.
May I correct a few things? The injured child is NOW almost 9 yrs old ! Not a toddler
Belinda has t wo degrees from the U of GA .The first in Broadcast/Journalism. the second in Interior Design ! Without it, however could she have gotten a job at WSB?.
Another error: She NEVER did a show for Royal Marshall. I do not know who you might have heard that you so disliked. Many years ago she and Royal did one of Neal’s shows jointly on a holiday .
For those of you who think everyone working at WSB is racist, you are so wrong !
Belinda is the least likely of anyone you could accuse of it. But of course you would have to know her and apparently you don’t !

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 9th, 2012
9:43 pm

Jack

October 8th, 2012
9:08 am

Guys, guys. For all of you who find a Southern accent “grating”, let me remind you what our great Southern Philosopher, Lewis Grizzard said about that. “GOD…talks like we do.”

And if it still bothers you, “Delta’s ready when you are.”

So tired of hearing the same joke from the 80s over and over.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 9th, 2012
9:45 pm

EadieG

October 9th, 2012
8:22 pm

For those of you who think everyone working at WSB is racist, you are so wrong !

I don’t think anyone has said this?

Claire

October 10th, 2012
11:55 am

Wow, can’t believe the sad vitriol. Says much more about the poster than the subject.

One thing, though, for those of you stuck on the Crocs issue. I remember scornfully laughing at the people who sued McDonalds for being burned by their coffee as being prime examples of the kind of unprincipled, overly-litigious nincompoops that are ruining our country. (To be fair, I think I was scornfully laughing at them as Neal scornfully described the case on his show.) And then I learned more about the case . . . that McDonald’s had the temperature settings too hot for the cups they were using, that there had been many prior instances of cups’ basically dissolving and collapsing as a result, and that McDonalds had been INFORMED of the issue and had yet done NOTHING and people were getting hurt–as clear a case of negligence as can be imagined. Considering all of this, the people who brought the suit against McDonalds–especially considering the unbelievably negative press they got–were both principled and courageous.

I bet there’s a similar situation in the Crocs case.

Good luck with your show, Belinda!