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Q100’s Bert Weiss, blindsided, upset best friend Jimmy Alexander is now a radio rival on Star 94

Bert Weiss is upset that one of his best friends give him the heads up he would be competing against Bert. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Bert Weiss is upset that one of his best friends give him the heads up he would be competing against Bert. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Q100’s Bert Weiss told his radio listeners this morning he was deeply upset with one of his best friends, who didn’t tell Weiss he’d be competing against him on morning radio in Atlanta.

That man is Jimmy Alexander, a co-host on the Jack Diamond morning show in D.C. at Mix 107.3. Last Friday, Alexander signed a contract to co-host a morning show with Cindy Simmons on Star 94, a rival of Q100. (Alexander’s start date is not set yet but he should be on air before the end of the year. Cindy herself just had a baby 9n Monday.)

Weiss, who worked on that same Diamond show before he came to Q100 in 2001, didn’t find out about Alexander’s new job until he read about it… on this blog.

Weiss told listeners he was upset that Alexander would even compete against him at all. But he was more peeved that Alexander didn’t call him ahead of time. That was “ultra-offensive to me,” he said.

“We were more than work friends,” Weiss said. “I don’t have a lot of people in my circle that I call best friends. I’m a little guarded that way. Three people I would tell everything and trust them. He’s that close. He’s a guy that I went on vacation with.”

“You consider him family,” co-host Kristin Klingshirn observed.

Weiss said he has a mentor who is older (I presume he means Kidd Kraddock in Dallas). “I’ve been offered jobs in his city. When I’ve been offered, I’ve said, ‘Stop your sentence. I have a best friend in that city. I’m not competing against him.’ There’s no joy in beating your best friend or losing to your best friend… I felt really betrayed… it has everything to do with loyalty.”

He called Alexander Monday night and Alexander explained to him that Weiss had counseled him to leave the Diamond show numerous times and that Weiss should be happy he found a new job.

“He was shocked that I was hurt,” Weiss said. “He feels I’m being very selfish.” He said their competition on Star and Q100 will be like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Two rivals on the field can be friends off the field.

Plus, Alexander and Weiss are now in the same city and can see each other more. At the same time, Alexander’s agent Norm Schrutt had told him not to say anything to anybody about the job, especially since both Mix 107.3 in D.C. and Q100 are owned by the same company, Atlanta-based Cumulus Media.

What if Weiss told Cumulus executives? That would have jeopardized Alexander’s current job. But Weiss said he would never had said anything.

In the end, Weiss said, “we decided not to see eye to eye with it. That’s how we left it… He did apologize he hurt me.”

Will this affect their relationship? “I’m not at that point. I can’t answer that. I don’t think he did this with any malice at all. He doesn’t have it in him. It’s now what he’s about.”

I talked to Bert this afternoon. He knows the feedback has been mostly negative against him. “People tell me to separate the professional from the personal,” he said. “I’ve never been good at that.”

He felt blindsided. At the same time, Weiss does not want paint Alexander with a bad brush. “He wanted to host a show,” he said. “I’ve been pressing him to host a show for 10 years. When mentor finds out the student is coming to take him on, it’s shocking. It was super surprising to me.” He said he talked about it on the air not because he’s scared of the competition, but because it’s a relatable story about friends having to compete professionally with other friends.

“It’s a difficult decision he had to make,” Weiss said.”I understand why he took it. There are very few opportunities like that in the industry.”

Nonetheless, Weiss said if he were in Alexander’s shoes, he would have undoubtedly contacted his mentor and gotten his blessing before making such a move.

I left a message with Alexander on his voicemail at Mix 107.3 and Tweeted him @alexanderjimmy to get a response. I’m not sure when his final day is there.

There isn’t a lot about him online. This is what he wrote on his page on Mix 107.3:

I’m Jimmy Alexander from The Jack Diamond Morning Show.

In my nearly 14 years on the air with Jack at MIX 107.3, I have lowered the bar for broadcasting.

I think the reason Jack hired me was because at 5ft 6 inches tall I made him look taller.

On air bits like “May I have a bite of that please” and “May I use your shower please” prove I have no shame.

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter. Oh, and Google +, too!

90 comments Add your comment

Wink

October 31st, 2012
2:38 pm

It was a smart idea for The Bert Show to take this angle. Now the new radio guy will be known as Bert’s Best Friend. Well played Mr. Weiss.

Kaley Fornia

October 31st, 2012
2:42 pm

Poor poor Bert. What a freakin baby! Does anyone ever listen to him anymore? Sirius XM Morning mashup is awesome!!

TT

October 31st, 2012
3:09 pm

Grow UP Weiss!!! Instead of debating how it hurts your feeling, why don’t you support him? Maybe this is both good for his career and $$ benefits. You NOT the only one with family to feed and care for. The current economy ain’t a pretty picture, ya know!!!

Fun Size

October 31st, 2012
3:13 pm

I guess Bert will be really traumatized if his friend Jimmy beats him in the ratings once he is on the air in ATL.

PMC

October 31st, 2012
3:20 pm

Talk about much ado about nothing…. wow.

Mark A. Darling

October 31st, 2012
3:21 pm

The things some people do to get publicity.

Bobby R

October 31st, 2012
3:25 pm

Bert should blame this on Cindy and act accordingly…. hire Ray Mariner on his show.

Whocares

October 31st, 2012
3:28 pm

The moment Bert realized Rodney wasn’t about him, he decided to make it about him. Good job!!! Cindy gave birth, but wait his producer also is giving birth!!!!!

Lori

October 31st, 2012
3:29 pm

I’ll give Jimmy a try, partly because I think Bert’s acting like a spoiled baby. The world does not revolve around you, Bert!

Deke

October 31st, 2012
3:30 pm

Has Honey Boo-Boo been reached for comment?

The Truth

October 31st, 2012
3:33 pm

Wow,…so whatever Bert says is now the truth about the matter? Is this stuff as made up as all the fake callers and manufactured drama they try to make us believe is actually real? Let’s hope Bert’s “friend” has more integrity than bert nad his cast of followers.

sana

October 31st, 2012
3:33 pm

Who are these people? Do they do anything important?

Rebecca

October 31st, 2012
3:47 pm

Wait…didn’t Bert steal the signal of his own co-workers when Q100 switched to 99.7? Yeah, he’s a real stand up guy who screwed his 99X coworkers. This guy can’t speak of loyalty when he doesn’t even know what it is.

Terminsilly Hip

October 31st, 2012
3:49 pm

I wonder if this is anything like the “fueding” Neal Boortz and Sean Hannity used to engage in when they were competing locally for the same audience. Boortz has said they would rip at each other on the air and laugh about it over drinks the same day.

Mark Ross

October 31st, 2012
3:51 pm

It’s all bush’s fault!

Steaky Cha Cha

October 31st, 2012
3:56 pm

I hope you two lovers get everything straight. I AM THE KING OF THE MORNING SHOWS CHA CHA!

Chris

October 31st, 2012
4:04 pm

Awesome. I was wondering what the backstory was on this. Thanks for digging deeper, Rodney. Terrific work!

All I'm Saying Is....

October 31st, 2012
4:06 pm

And now the student may become the master, eh?

missnadine

October 31st, 2012
4:16 pm

Bert – grow up will you? Judging from your child-like attitude, you probably would have ran your mouth off, thereby hurting your friend’s career. He was told to keep it quiet and he did. Go suck on a lollipop like other 4-year olds.

missnadine

October 31st, 2012
4:20 pm

Rebecca, I forgot all bout that, and you are so right, he kept quiet while he knew the folks at the sister station would lose their jobs. I don’t think he ever kicked up a fuss about integrity then. How can anyone, especially a friend, be mad at another for getting a good job in this climate. Jobs in radio are so hard to get, and yet this guy was able to land a better job, with I’m guessing pays more and has better benefits that the one before. Shame on you Bert. Rodney – good research though!

Jack

October 31st, 2012
4:20 pm

anything to not hear about Trampies baby and her principal husband who everyone hates

Andy

October 31st, 2012
4:42 pm

Thank god for XM radio.

justduckie

October 31st, 2012
4:46 pm

the bigger issue is the bits in his bio sound like they suck. so once again ATL is screwed out of a decent morning show.

InMyOpinion

October 31st, 2012
4:47 pm

I don’t/won’t listen to either show, but Bert is right. He never said that his ‘understudy’ should not come and compete against him, he thinks that with the depth of their friendship, he at the very least, deserved a phone call. I agree.

tmerggotech

October 31st, 2012
4:55 pm

Everything on this show is manufactured, so I wouldn’t believe this was a shock to Bert. I recall that the whole “Honey boo-boo” thing started on their show as a “I can’t believe what I saw on TV last night” bit and it turned into a series of commercials for the show.

Stuart

October 31st, 2012
4:55 pm

I think I listened to the Bert Show a handful of times and it doesn’t exactly make me want to dance or get really pumped up. I don’t know if I will listen to the new Jimmy and Cindy show. Mr. Weiss needs to get over it. Being unemployed, if I got a call from Star 94 I would say yes in a heartbeat. By the way if Star would give me call I am available. Same for Q100, B98.5 97.1 The River or the sports stations.

Not really a grammar nazi, but....

October 31st, 2012
5:01 pm

…how about at least giving the spelling and grammar a spit shine before sending it out into the world?

Deanna

October 31st, 2012
5:19 pm

Seriously? There are people upset about this?

Rodney's Ho

October 31st, 2012
5:25 pm

He’s upset that his friend took a really good job? Sounds like Bert isn’t much of a friend.

No

October 31st, 2012
5:47 pm

Girly men doing girly men things.

Godawful

October 31st, 2012
5:53 pm

Does Bert ever stop whining? And yeah, this smells like a really cheesy radio bit designed to give everybody a publicity boost. The Bert Show is all about fake phone callers and trumped up issues anyway, so this just looks like more of the same.

Sam

October 31st, 2012
5:53 pm

TBS is tired and boring. I have to tune to NPR to get an adrenaline rush.

Bone

October 31st, 2012
6:12 pm

Wow!! Really news worthly!

MArum

October 31st, 2012
6:38 pm

REAL MAN

October 31st, 2012
6:44 pm

CUT YOUR WHINING! YOU ACT LIKE HE ROBBED YOUR HOUSE AND THREW YOU IN THE STREET. ITS BUSINESS….GET OVER IT. ACT LIKE A REAL MANNOT A FEMALE DOG. SOUNDS LIKE YOU WEAR PINK PANTIES. DOES HE HAVE TO CONSULT WITH U TO WIPE HIS BUT TOO. GO LAY DOWN SOME WHERE!!!. Arbitron SAYS YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE 37% OF YOUR MARKET SHARE OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS.
BE HAPPY YOU ARE IN THE 11TH RATED MARKET!! WWWQ HAS MANY PROBLEMS! IF THE FCC HAS THEIR WAY YOU WILL BE TOAST..TOLD YOU NOT TO PISS THE GUYS AT THE PORTAL OFF!

Beaver Boy

October 31st, 2012
8:01 pm

Yawn…….WGAS

radiolistener

October 31st, 2012
8:11 pm

Bert is not having a good year… first The Elvis Duran Show is kicking his butt, then Justin Bieber is doing the Big Jingle Jam Concert and now his friend is coming after is audience.

Greshall

October 31st, 2012
8:15 pm

Wh o is the fat guy that cries about his divorce?

Shirl

October 31st, 2012
9:22 pm

Bert is such a p-word. I hate ATL radio.

Dave

October 31st, 2012
9:42 pm

What grade is this Bert guy in?

west cobb

October 31st, 2012
9:54 pm

Well Bert I think that maybe after hearing you talk about your friend
Jimmy that you may just have a Bro Mance….But, Really your show is sooooooo much better anyway…Star 94 is so 90’s

Love your show….And your cute too

matthew

October 31st, 2012
9:59 pm

Bert is such a whiny little (female dog). Grow some balls man.

No Longer a Fan

October 31st, 2012
10:05 pm

I used to listen to Q100 but as an intelligent adult, could no longer stand Bert’s whining and all the senseless jabbering. So glad to have Sirius so I can listen to good music on my commute and not this nonsense. This article just reminds me that I made a good decision to switch to Sirius.

aaqioo

October 31st, 2012
10:13 pm

I think this is good for Bert and Alexander. There is more competition now. I love Star and Q100. Star plays a mix of today’s music, which, I think, would be suitable for Alexander. As for Bert, I love Q100. You’ll play all the hits, which resembles Bert’s personality. Just becuase Alexander will be joining Star, it doesn’t mean that Q100 will be liked less. I am happy for both Alexander and Bert. They will also have a cahce to see each other more often.

Kev

October 31st, 2012
10:25 pm

Got to pile on here… Thank you Sirius for alternatives to this lame nonsense.

Wayne stuck in AL

October 31st, 2012
11:38 pm

Who cares about DJ’s who work for radio stations that cater to airheaded chicks?

Heather

October 31st, 2012
11:48 pm

Q100 is over rated anyway. It’s nothing but self centered people. sorry Bert no one cares anymore, Glad i have an Ipod and sirius to listen to.

SAHM

October 31st, 2012
11:57 pm

People actually still listen to the radio? More than that, people are supposed to care about the childish rants of Bert Weiss?? I hate Cindy, I can’t stand her voice, but I’ll turn on my radio and mute it just to give them the ratings just to spite that jerk.

Alex

November 1st, 2012
12:03 am

Grow up, Weiss. Like your show is that amazing…

Mia

November 1st, 2012
12:14 am

Whining, self-absorb behavior like this is why I dumped the Bert Show 4 years ago. Instead of being happy for his so-called friend, Bert has to make it all about him. Jerk.

I don’t listen to Star anymore either, but I think I will tune in occasionally to support Cindy & Jimmy.