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.