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94.9/The Bull kicks out Tim Michaels as mid-day host as part of a nationwide cutback

Tim Michaels is out at 94.9/The Bull.

Tim Michaels appears to be out at 94.9/The Bull. CREDIT: The Bull

Tough to be a mid-day host at a country station in Atlanta.

Just a week after Sari Rose lost her mid-day job at Kicks 101.5 so Cumulus could place Q100’s Bert Show host Jenn Hobby in her place, mid-day host Tim Michaels has been canned from Clear Channel’s 94.9/The Bull as part of sizable nationwide layoffs. His name has been wiped from the front page of the Bull website.

Michaels was there for about a year. Before that, he worked at Kicks 101.5, where he hosted the late afternoon shift for a time.

Madison Reeves is doing mid-days today for the Bull, which debuted in late 2006.

In ratings this year, Kicks 101.5 and 94.9/The Bull are neck and neck.

In better news, former 99X and Dave FM host Steve Craig will be joining 97.1/The River as a fill-in host and programming person. Hopefully, this will lead to a full-time gig. The River currently goes jockless during the mid-days.

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44 comments Add your comment

Christopher Rude

December 6th, 2012
3:40 pm

this is firing season in radio

ATL Radio Insider

December 6th, 2012
3:42 pm


December 6th, 2012
3:59 pm

I have hope everyday that 99X will pop back up….glad to see Steve land in Atlanta again. He really is a treasure. Perhaps he can get more interest into the playlist.


December 6th, 2012
4:02 pm

Why hire someone when a computer can play the same ol records everyday. People will listen anyway. So it seems in this city.


December 6th, 2012
4:12 pm

Can someone pleeeze point me to a ROCK station in Atl?


December 6th, 2012
4:19 pm

Have there been changes at 1690 am, too? The midday guy hasn’t been on air in a while and the morning show is shorter.


December 6th, 2012
5:48 pm

The River could be a good fit for the Retroplex if Steve could bring it back. Even if not, I’ve heard him spin classic rock before on that station in NYC…but met thinks his cup of tea is classic alternative/new wave/punk. Have they played any Ramones on the River?

Hillbilly D

December 6th, 2012
6:03 pm

Satellite radio is the way to go; listen to what you want to listen to, when you want to listen to it. If you have eclectic tastes in music, it’s the best thing since sliced bread.


December 6th, 2012
6:17 pm

Atlanta radio is the worst in the country right now. I travel the entire east coast and it is an embarrassment just to try and find something to listen to. My favorite station was 106.7. They played an excellent mix of tunes for my generation.

Larry Wachs

December 6th, 2012
6:30 pm

Can Larry Wachs be next? Keep the rest, and unload that talentless hack!


December 6th, 2012
6:31 pm

People have tastes and perception, which, if a programmer or DJ is left to pick the songs they want to hear, or, just want to play, winds up in a wonderful mesh of music full of the DJ’s personality. Think of Dr. Demento’s old show or listen to WMLB-AM or WRFG-FM, where a real person chooses the tunes and how the tunes fit together. Can satellite radio do that?


December 6th, 2012
6:33 pm

Bring back Dave FM

Hillbilly D

December 6th, 2012
7:02 pm

Can satellite radio do that?

Actually, Sirius-XM does have that, within the genres. It does have a bit of the old-time radio concept to it.


December 6th, 2012
7:47 pm

I listened to old fashioned radio for about a minute the other day… mistake. As soon as I got my coffee situated, I was back on Sirius. I live in LaGrange, and the local radio sux big green donkey d**ks.


December 6th, 2012
7:48 pm

paging jimmy baron.


December 6th, 2012
7:53 pm

Dave FM was a fantastic station. Good music and disc jockeys

Southside Sorry

December 6th, 2012
7:53 pm

I heard Tim Rhodes was gonna replace Jen Hobby. sniff

Greg Camp

December 6th, 2012
8:04 pm

Bring back Dave FM and add a second NPR station to cover the programming that is not covered.The only good addition is 92.3 24/7 comedy. However, it is repitious as well. Like SirusXM, too many commercials.


December 6th, 2012
8:16 pm

atl radio—lame—too many commercials, weak DJs, too much mindless chatter—I’m switching to XM radio–enough is enough


December 6th, 2012
8:57 pm

Bring back Journey 97.9. Can’t believe the junk they have on there right now. Thank God I still have my cassette tapes from the 80’s to listen to.

pt barnum

December 6th, 2012
9:44 pm

Stonehenge on Friday’s at FM91.1 is about all that’s left worth listening to. As the person above said, The Regular Guys would be decent if they got rid of Wachs.


December 6th, 2012
10:11 pm

whats the sports station on fm?


December 6th, 2012
10:33 pm

I’m with floydthebarber on this one. There is NO decent ROCK station in the Atlanta market. Sirius/XM might be good for some but I still cannot see myself paying for radio. Fortunately, my car stereo has a USB port…


December 6th, 2012
11:24 pm

Nothing to listen to since the project is gone. 98.9 is a good station, but the signal is too weak to make it bearable most of the time, Atlanta radio is dead if you like rock and roll.


December 6th, 2012
11:25 pm

Here Here regarding Stonehenge and WRFG. If classic rock radio was like Stonehegnge it would survive because the listener is not subject to the same 200 recycled songs. In the mornings I may listen to a bit of the Regular Guys, but 90% of my radio time is spent listening to Good Morning Blues on 89.3/WRFG. Each DJ picks his own music and it makes for an interesting musical ride. In the evening there is a variety of music on 91.1 88.5 and WRFG. The mainstream stations are hopelessly lost.

Tom A. Edison

December 6th, 2012
11:41 pm

Who ARE these people? Lived in Atlanta all of my life. (I won’t bore you with my favorite DJ’s of days gone by, now referred to as “On Air Talent”.)

I am a 59-year old male – and graduated middle school. I have scanned the local AM/FM bands and cannot find a music station that I would enjoy listening to for more than 2 weeks. I like “Oldies” (oh, how I hate that term), but am looking for new music. If it weren’t for Sirius/XM, I would have gone insane long ago. Any ideas, guys?


December 7th, 2012
1:49 am

I don’t remember a time when Atlanta radio has been this awful. Scanning the channels, it seems the only stations that I end up listening to are non-commercial. It’s as if they’re actually trying to kill commercial radio in Atlanta.

The Kimmer

December 7th, 2012
4:50 am

Hey, great! Another opportunity for me to tell everyone how great satellite radio is! Did ya hear? Satellite radio is here! It’s great. Really. Seriously. You should get one. Everybody should. Then you can listen to other hacky DJs playing the same songs anywhere in the country and not have to listen to Atlanta’s hacky DJs and songs.


December 7th, 2012
5:19 am

why cant we have a station that will play Christmas music,just for a few weeks

Bob Gillies

December 7th, 2012
6:01 am

Who cares who’s fired, who’s new, who’s juggled where? Atlanta is still the worst radio market in the country.

brian j

December 7th, 2012
6:40 am

Atlanta radio sucks! Bring back DaveFM!!!

Kenny G

December 7th, 2012
8:18 am

Some great comments here. Looks like most of us agree that Atlanta radio has gotten horrible. What market are they shooting for now? It is always nice to travel out of the area or state as there are very good stations everywhere but here. Sitting in Atlanta traffic is made much worse by our lack of good radio.


December 7th, 2012
8:37 am

93.3 the planet out of SC is awesome


December 7th, 2012
10:52 am

for a great rock station, check out 104.9 the Rebel in NW Georgia….(they stream)


December 7th, 2012
8:18 pm

tim can join amnda davis for a beer maybe

I'm Just Curious

December 7th, 2012
8:54 pm

Why DID Jenn Hobby leave The Bert Show? I’m not buying the spin. She said today she needed to “learn how to work the board.” Um…doesn’t she start on MONDAY? Why did Bert upstage her departure with his alcohol announcement? (Soon to be followed by “as it turns out, I was simply self-medicating.”) Why did Jenn thank Kristin toward the middle/end of her list of TBS members in her letter? Shouldn’t she have been up there w/Bert, Jeff and Tracey? Why did Bert comment on her “little eyes” in his letter? See why there is some confusion about this change, Rodney?


December 8th, 2012
9:45 pm

And let me guess. These laid-off folks had to sign a non-compete clause with the corporate piggies… which means they won’t be able to work in the Atlanta market for some predetermined time by said piggies. Corporates should not be allowed to own radio outlets. Period.

David Puddy

December 9th, 2012
5:54 pm

Perry Lorentino and John Kincaid are by far the best in the business.

chuck d

December 9th, 2012
6:15 pm

Tim who???? He was a pompous ass that was thought he was so talented…good luck in Roanoke!!!


December 10th, 2012
10:53 am

Atlanta radio is like Atlanta sports. There is no “identity” or “soul”. Most of the folks who live in Atlanta are from somewhere else. Their loyalties are “back home” in New York or Chicago or Boston. Atlanta has yet to establish itself as a brand (like the Big Easy or the Big Apple). Atlanta’s terrible radio does little to help.


December 10th, 2012
11:01 am

And another thing. Adding a new male DJ (Jimmy) to Cindy’s morning show on Star 94 has not helped. It is still horrible. Sorry Jimmy, but Cindy will not let you talk.

joe strummer

December 10th, 2012
2:31 pm

There isn’t any good music stations anymore that’s why I listen to sports talk.


December 10th, 2012
5:18 pm

Anybody going to make a comment about Tim. I followed him to the BULL when KICKS let him go. He will be missed. He is a good listener, does his homework, and keeps his conversations upbeat.


December 12th, 2012
10:59 am

I’m with Barbara. I switched to The Bull when Tim was kicked out of KICKS. I enjoyed his midday show. And I don’t know what stations you people are listening to, but The Bull has very little talk in during the day (work hours). They play a ton of music, but I guess you have to like country music to listen. They often play 18 songs in a row with no commercials. The station my daughter listens to in the car drives me absolutely insane. They obviously have a loop because you hear the 8-10 songs every 90 minutes. AWFUL. Anyway, Tim will be missed.