Thursday, August 7, 2008


Should I keep it?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Attention, Bulldog Nation!

Read my letter to you at ...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bert Tries New Sleeping Tool

It would appear as though the tough part is over. I've been Lunestaless since last Wednesday night and I'm not going back. I haven't been sleeping perfectly. But I have been getting about 5 ½-6 hours of sleep a night. Not completely restless. But way better than early last week. I'm so done with those pills. I can't believe I ever let them get a hold of me the way that they did.

A few weeks ago a friend suggested the freakiest thing I've ever heard for better sleep. It's called The Earthpulse BioMagnetic Field Supplementation machine. I'm a pretty open-minded dude but this machine is way out there. But I'm willing to try it.

Here's the description off their web site:
EarthPulse Sleep on Command™ is the most potent sleep, rejuvenation and performance enhancement technology ever discovered. PERIOD, or money back.

Here's the web site: There's some seriously freaky things going on at this site. But, hey, I'm willing to try this. Here's the description of this device:

In 2001 we stumbled upon a way to "tune" - down the neurological system into the deepest, most reparative sleep we'd ever achieved; while protecting the neurological system from the effects of constant ELF and radio frequency electromagnetic pollution (stress). Without deep sleep the body's cells can't fully recover from normal wear and tear, let alone heal its diseases or injuries. No other electromagnetic device in the world is designed for nighttime use, while you sleep. Its design allows for local application throughout the night as well as to work on stubborn issues.Think of EarthPulse™ as a tempo controller for your neurological and physiological system. Slowing down the rhythm results in deeper sleep and far better recovery.


EarthPulse™ provides a reliable method of utilizing sequences of very-weak magnetic fields, broadcast through your mattress, at frequencies that nature used to provide, to help lull you into deep and recuperative sleep (while supplementing a full range of geomagnetic 'vitamins' for improved health and vitality).

There's a 90 day money back guarantee on this thing. So if I don't get better sleep I have nothing to lose. But my friend swears it's done wonders for her.

Wish me luck.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

So, I'm on Facebook. We all are.

Just click here or here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bert Shares Disturbing Video

This might be one of the most disturbing stories I have ever seen on ESPN.

Click HERE to see it!

Bert Is Lunesta Free!

My goal this weekend was to go Lunestaless. After the bout I had on Thursday night/Friday morning I got more determined to kick the Lunesta habit. And I have this weekend. ZERO Lunesta since Thursday night. Nothing this weekend. And I slept pretty well. No problems. No rebound headaches/fatique. I was tempted to take the pill every night. But I held out. Tonight will be the toughest night, probably, 'cause my sleep patterns are always jacked up going into Monday morning's show. Having to get up at 3:30am every morning for this long has really taken a mental toll on me. But I'm feeling good about the progress made this week.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bert vs. Lunesta

Starting to win the fight.

Good news and bad news. Three out of the last six nights have been Lunestaless. I'm not kidding when I say that every night I've had to fight myself NOT to take one. But I haven't. The bad news is that I've slept like ^%$# in those nights. Most nights without the Lunesta I'll get like 4 hours of sleep. And it's taken its toll. I've really been exhausted the past 48 hours. Like not being able to focus, cranky, short-fused. Not fun. Today I woke up and felt what was as close to a Migraine as I've ever felt. Muscles ached. Head was blazing. Just fatigued. I called in sick and just wanted to sleep.
But there is SOME good news. Maybe it was just catching up. But today was the first time in 4 years that I've gotten decent, solid sleep without the Lunesta for over 6 hours. I couldn't sleep at all last night. Got about 45 minutes of sleep before 3:30. But then went back to bed and didn't wake up 'til after 9:30. And I woke up feeling great. Headache? Gone. Muscle ache? Gone. I feel like I could run a marathon, actually. Like I said, it's possible it's just because this is the first time I've gotten sleep all week. But I haven't felt this GOOD after sleep in a very long time.

The goal is to go all weekend with no Lunesta at all. I'm over it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Bert's Fight Continues!

Sunday night I took ¼ Lunesta and was out by 10:30. Woke up at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep. Pretty standard stuff. Blah. Blah. Blah. Gonna try and cut down to less than ¼ a pill tonight. I didn't get a nap in today so it SHOULD be easier to fall asleep. The fight goes on but I'm starting to feel more relaxed about it.

A One-Legged Swimmer from Alabama Showed Me What Life Is All About

First, I know many Bert Show listeners were following my progress when it came to my Track & Field training for the 2008 Transplant Games. One of the reasons I make the pilgrimage to the Transplant Games every two years is to remind me of how far I've come since my kidney transplant in 2002.But it's about more than my physical transformation from that hospital bed at Piedmont Hospital here in Atlanta to the track at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. It's the emotional part as well, and the attitude toward life these athletes and donors try to take with them when they go back to their trying lives.

Read more HERE....

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Friday night. No Lunesta. I went out to dinner at Chima and for drinks at the W. Got home around 1:30. Was beat by 1:45. You can't take sleeping pills if you've been drinking. I crashed pretty easily. But I was up every few hours tossing and turning. It wasn't a sound night of sleep. But it was some sleep. Can't tell if I felt crappy 'cause I had a few drinks or because I didn't sleep well. I didn't drink that much so it's probably a combination of both. But it was one night.

Saturday was all about family. We went to the aquarium. And by the time we got home it was time to put Hollis down for the night. The rest of the night was hanging with Hayden. Stacey and I went to bed around 11. No Lunesta. I couldn't sleep at all! I stared at the ceiling 'til about 1:30. Then I got up and took ¼ a pill. No real effect. I think I did go to sleep. But it was one of those sleeps where you're really not sleeping at all, ya know? So I'm pretty cranky today. The good news is I didn't have that heart-racing thing I always have. I didn't feel awake. Just couldn't sleep.

Not sure how to handle tonight. My alarm goes off at 3:20am so my Sunday/Monday sleep patterns are all jacked up. I'll probably concede and do another ¼ tonight with the goal of being off it entirely by the end of the week.

Friday, July 18, 2008


It looked as though last night had to be the night. I was going to an event at Door 44 and wouldn't be home 'til after 9pm. The usual time I take the Lunesta. Rather than stick the Lunesta in my pocket and take it at the event, then drive home in time for it to kick in, I wasn't going to bring it at all. And I didn't! Stacey and I went to the event. We then met some friends out. We got home about 10:30. Way too lat to take a Lunesta before bed. But, again, I gave in. I will give myself a little credit. I only took ¼ a pill. So I've weened down from ¾ to ¼ in one week. But I had a Lunesta hangover all day today. I took the pill too late. When you do that you have a headache and you think slowly most of the next day. That was sure me this morning. So, going into the weekend I'd like to set the goal of ¼ a Lunesta each night. Then next week we can be done.

My wife Stacey had a talk with me that really made sense. First, she corrected me. I haven't been taking Lunesta for 2 ½ years. I've been taking it for about FOUR. She reminded me that I started to sleep poorly right after our first son was born. But she told the that it's not like I don't know how to sleep. I slept fine for most of my life. I've just freaked myself out. I have to change my mentality and just realize that I don't need this for my body to be tired. She made it sound so easy. And I think she's right. By the end of next week I'll be off this sh^%!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Guy Least Likely To Have Sex...

Here is the video that we played on the air. Bert came across this video online and thought this guys is possibly the least likely guy to ever get sex! What a total dork! (WARNING - contains adult language!!!) Check it out!

Bert's Magic Potion...

Last night I took a bed time cocktail that consisted of three phosphatidylserine's, one magnesium pill and slightly less than 1 Lunesta. I took Darren's advice and kept most of the light's off for an hour before I went to bed. I slept REALLY well. REALLY well. 51/2 hours straight through without getting up. That's HUGE for me. Uninterrupted sleep? Unheard of.

In the morning I'm now drinking a protein drink to go along with about half a cup of oatmeal. I have to tell you. This drink gave me so much energy 'til about 1:30 that I'm thinking about losing coffee once I'm done with the Lunesta war. The protein drink consists of:
8oz. waterA shot of Acai 100 (it's a fruit that has higher detoxing qualities than blueberries)
1 Tablespoon of Flax Seed
A whole Banana
Handful of strawberries
Quick squirt of Organic Blue Agave
1 Scoop of Nitrogreens
2 scoop of Living Fuel's Living Protein

I was focused, sharp and, as I said, energetic 'til about 1:30pm. The thing I like about all of this is that ALL OF IT IS NATURAL outside of the Lunesta. Tonight's goal is a little less Lunesta.

Bert Couldn't Do It!

Damn it. I couldn't do it. My intention was to go cold turkey on the Lunesta last night. I wussed out and took some. I guess I started stressing out about it around 7pm. By the time 9:30 rolled around the thought of getting zero sleep was overwhelming. So, instead of taking my usual ¾ I decided I'd ween myself off the medicine. I took only half a pill. I sort of thought my body wouldn't react. That it needed more. But it didn't. I went out pretty well. Maybe a good idea to ween? Maybe not? I've received a bunch of emails supporting both sides really.

I saw Darren, the "health coach," today. Here was his advice:
-the weening can't hurt. Might even help.
-take tryptophan and magnesium before bed
-Use only low level light the final hours of the night.
-DO NOT watch tv before going to sleep. He thinks the images and light are stimulating from some and wants to create an atmosphere of calm.
-Delegate more work to avoid stress -Make a list of the items in my life I actually have control of. He thinks seeing the amount of stuff that you DON'T have control of gives some peace of mind.
-Exercise every day
-Try and get a little sunshine every day
-More sex (Doctors orders!)

I usually take a short nap in the daytime. Around 12:30 I'll fall asleep. For five minutes. Never more than 10 minutes. My body won't let me sleep any longer or I would. But today I couldn't fall asleep. So, maybe I'll be tired tonight and will take only ¼.

It's 8pm. My eyes are tired but my body is awake, damn it. I'll check in with ya tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Bert's Going Cold Turkey!

I'm addicted to sleeping pills! But tonight I'm going cold turkey and not taking them anymore!

I know a lot of you struggle with sleep, as well. Maybe we can share our stories and help each other out.

It started about two years ago, I guess. One night I put my head down on the pillow and my heart started beating like I had just finished 45 minutes of cardio.

I wasn't stressed out. I wasn't thinking about work. I wasn't thinking about anything personal. My mind wasn't even racing.

I was tired but my heart just kept racing enough to keep me up. I figured it was one bad night of sleep. Well, that turned into another bad night of sleep; same symptoms. One night led into another 'til I was averaging about 2 hours of sleep a night. I was cranky. I was short tempered. I was tired all day.

Again, not even stressed out.

I had to get some sleep. Somebody told that you couldn't get addicted to ambien so I started to take it. It was too strong for me. I was stumbling up the stairs to get bed. So I switched to Lunesta. I'm a little dude so a pill of 3m seemed like plenty. But, again, it was too much for me. So I started taking ¼ of a pill of Lunesta every night to go to sleep. That did the trick. For a while. Then ¼ turned into ½. Now ½ has turned into ¾. My body is adjusting.

My addiction is so bad that I'll take the pill in my pocket when I got to events during the week. I have to pop it by 9pm or I'm too groggy in the morning to do the show. So, I'll leave the party at 9pm and pop the pill on my way home. I have exactly one half an hour 'til the effects kick in and I have to be off the road. By 9:30 I'm home. By 9:40 I'm in bed. By 9:45 I'm out like a light.

If I go to a movie with my wife during the week I'm constantly checking the time during the movie and will pop the pill at 9pm before the movie is over. Stacey will drive home from the theater at the grogginess kicks in for me.

I take them on vacation.

I can't sleep without them anymore. It's got a hold of me.

This year my goal was to get into great shape. And I have. One of my best friends, Dolvett, owns a gym called Bodysculptorinc ( He has busted my ass. Years ago I started seeing a nutritionist (illana katz at and she taught me how to boost my metabolism by eating properly. I feel great and my body is right where I want it to be. I feel some pride when my shirt is off. I really feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in for some time.

Except for this damn pill! So last week I saw a "health coach." His name is Darren Fink (4047863612) and he specializes in holistic medicine. He has done all sorts of tests on me. I'm waiting on the results from a cortisol ( test that I took. But Darren thinks that due to me weird work schedule that my Circadian Rhythm is all jacked up ( He has me on a phosphatidylserine ( It's a natural way to suppress those cortisol levels. We'll see if it works. I trust this guy. He actually got rid of my wife's migraines. Got her off all the drugs she was on and into a healthy pattern and after 5 years she'd not having headaches. I'm gonna give this guy a shot.

Either way, tonight is the night I'm going cold turkey off the Lunesta. No more. Just gonna stop taking it! I might only get two hours of sleep each night for the next week but I have to get off this stuff. I don't want to be dependent on it anymore.

I'll let you know how it goes. But I'm scared. I'm scared to go to sleep tonight. I'm scared of being frustrated by staring at the ceiling wondering when I'm going to get tired. I'm tired of getting up, going downstairs to watch TV, and going back into bed only to go back downstairs to kill more time. I'm afraid it's going to affect my job performance. I'm scared I'm going to snap at my wife and kids for awhile. I'm afraid I'm going to be back on this computer at midnight writing you guys again.

All I know is that I have to shake this 'cause the thought of being addicted to anything is worse than anything for me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Run, Melissa, Run....All The Way To BRONZE

Yes, the title is to the tune of Forrest Gump, since I am in the middle of training for a 100 meter race.I heard you. Melissa? RUNNING? It's for a good cause, since I am an athlete in the Transplant Games.

Read more HERE...

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Bert Says, "Huh?"

You have got to be kidding me?!!!

Bert Finds Fun Stuff Online

I've proven that it's tough for me to get around to actually blogging as much as I'd like to. Ideally I'd like to use this space to give you guys some insight into my life or show that you won't get listening to the Bert Show. But sometimes I just want to post stuff I find on line while researching material for the Bert Show that I think is either funny, shocking or at least interesting.

Here's one from this week. Warning: there's a bad word in here. But imagine that you have no idea that your soon-to-be husband is THIS guy right before your wedding.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bert Too Racy For JEZEBEL?

Here's an article I wrote for Jezebel magazine. They said it was too racy for the magazine. So I thought I'd throw it at you guys.


Women are sexual liars! I don't blame you. If men had the same impossibly restricting sexual code that women have placed on them from birth then men might lie about their sexual past like most women do. I just think it's important to get to the truth; women are sexual liars!

Women are well aware of how many sexual partners that they've had. But, as a rule, women will divide that number in about 1/3 in public conversations. Women have a sexual "number" that they MUST stay under. If not they brand themselves as dirty. And no woman can admit she's dirty, right? If a woman has sex with an "ex" it doesn't get added to her sexual odometer because they've had sex with him previously. This defies the rules of basic math. But I understand that women can do that because…because they are women.

It's still not acceptable that women have as high a sexual need as men. So the "he forced me into cheating" lie was created. We're supposed to believe that men cheat because we are insatiable. It's not acceptable for a woman to have the same sexual appetite so women lie and say that her partner was so rotten that she had no other option. Is it a crazy thought to assume that one option was to actually leave the relationship?

The "Born again Virgin" lie protects a woman's self esteem as well. Common sense tells you that if you have sex ONE time you're not a virgin anymore. Ladies, there is no way to erase your sexual past. If you had sex with half of the Lambda Chi house back in '94 you can't be a virgin anymore because you will it.

Lie. Lie. Lie. Protect your sexual self esteem, ladies. Guys do it. Few men have as many sexual partners as they say. Few men are as well endowed as Sea Biscuit. And most can't last 'til midnight much less all night long.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Dates 22-29...Conclusion coming soon!

Dates 28 and 29 Below: Both of these were speed dates at a concert I went to on Wednesday night. At this point, I was ready to be done with this dating experience. really took at toll, which is why I've been slacking on getting the blog posted.

I'll call date 29 "Artist." He paints, which I thought was really cool. We went and sat on a couch outside the venue and just chatted. He was funny...and now he owes me a painting! was fun...(I caught him off guard in the pic)
Date 28...Again, I was at the concert and just chatted. Another speed date OLE!

Date 27...Was with good ole Johnny O! We ended up at delicious Applebees. He is such a genuine, nice guy. Seriously, it was his birthday the day we went out on our lunch date. I got him a present...but he would NOT let me pay for lunch, even though it was his birthday! I need to find him a good girl! Any takers?

Date 26...was with a guy I am calling Mr. Burns...haha...he said he got sunburnt easily! =) We went to Twisted Taco and had some delicious food and a drink. He's a super good guy...very sweet! Definitely a great catch.

*Forgot to upload the pic of 25, but needed to get these posted ASAP*

Date 24...was with a guy I'm calling "JT." I'm calling him this because I asked him what he did for a living, and he told me he was in a boy band. It kind of threw me off, but it was hilarious! I met his sisters (on the right) the past Thursday at Twisted Taco. They wanted me to go out with "JT" who was in town from Philly. We ended up at Park Tavern on Sunday. It was such an awesome day...we ate outside...had great conversation! (Definitely a great date place). He was funny and we got along great! His sisters ended up joining us about an hour and a half later...and we all had a couple of drinks! His sisters are sooooo much fun! It just sucks he doesn't live here. =(

Date 23...was another speed date...he is such a sweetheart!

Date definitely recognizable...I'll call him "DJ" cause that's what he does. Needed a date for the night and he was there!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Jenn Goes Skydiving

We did it! Elena, April and I jumped out of an airplane today - I am still screaming, "Woooo Hoooo!" This was one of the most intense, insane and freeing experiences of my life! If you have ever thought about trying it, I highly recommend just going for it.

Read more HERE...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Date 21...

...was with a guy I've hung out with in my circle of friends. I've never been on a date with him though, just hung out as friends. I'll call him...Mr. Sagittarius. Reason..because he's a Sagittarius. I'm a Cancer, and according to the whole Zodiac sign chart, we're not supposed to be a good match. Ok, I'm rambling. We went out for a lunch date. He picked me up, opened the car door (I like when guys do that), and we headed to a place called Taurus for lunch. We kind of caught up because I haven't seen him out in awhile. I learned more about where he was from, we debated the whole Zodiac sign thing, and had some really good food. Very nice guy! I'm digging on the nice guys. I guess I'm finally tired of chasing the "bad boys." But I had a great time and got to try a new restaurant out. =)

In front of a painting in the restaurant:

Date 20...

...was a lunch date with a friend of a friend. He was older than what I had set as my parameters, but it ended up being a fun lunch date! He kind of looked like Johnny Knoxville (I don't think the picture shows it because it's goofy, but there are some similarities). We went to to a bar type place for lunch, which was chill. He made me laugh the entire time! Very quick witted! I don't think you can have a bad date if you're laughing the whole time, right? But that was the just of the date...he brought me back to work and that was that.

Us being goofs in the parking lot:

Date 19...

...was with a guy I met out at Club Dreamz, when I was doing a broadcast. Just kind of made eye-contact that night and got his number. Three weeks later, we're on a date. We went to Aquaknox for dinner...I think he was nervous at first, but then got more comfortable as the night went on. I don't think he was "himself" in the beginning. But dinner was awesome, got into good conversation on where we were from, about out families, etc. I don't know if there was any chemistry or not, but he was very nice! Would definitely recommend him for the ladies of Atlanta as well.

Car picture OLE!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Date 18...

...was with a guy I went on a couple of dates with before I met my ex. I'm going to nickname him "Ernest!" haha...we ended up going bowling at 300 Atlanta, which was a blast! I gave him the name Ernest on the big score screen and I was Elma for the night! I won the first game, and he won the last two (even though the third game he only beat me by a point and I came from behind! haha..making excuses for losing!) We ate pizza and had a couple of drinks which made it a typical "bowling" night out. After that, we met up with some mutual friends at Bluefin (a sushi place off Peachtree). Hung out there for a bit and picked up and went to Beluga, off of Piedmont, I think. Again, just hung out with people we mutually knew and had a great time. We both agreed with each other that we will be good friends, since we lost contact during my relationship. I'm not sure I felt anything more than friendship, but it was a great night nonetheless! =)

Me with Ernest (the bowling league champ!):

Monday, June 16, 2008

Date 17!!!!!!!!!! With Mr. Jack! let me tell you I was sooo nervous before he picked me up! I stayed busy the whole day. I hung out with my mom all day...she helped me move to my new apartment, and we did some shopping at H & M in Atlanta. And then I took at nap until I absolutely had to get up and get ready. Jack picked me up around 7:45ish...we headed over to this restaurant called Parish for some dinner. We had a couple of glasses of wine, and I felt like I could finally just come out of my shell. We had great conversation and I thought we had a lot in common. The food was amazing! We both had the redfish which was YUM! We stayed and chatted a bit after we were done eating, which was cool. He texted a bud after dinner and we headed over to Opera. (He opened the car door for me which was nice!) Opera was so much fun! I knew one of his friends, which was cool...made it more comfortable. Met a lot of people while I was there. Me and Jack had a couple more drinks...he drank some whiskey and I had some delicious Vodka Redbulls. Some Jager Bombs were even distributed =) We danced, just had a great night! Just couldn't read him to see if he was interested, but I guess that's what dating is all about. Definitely recommend him for girls in Atlanta to date. Just all around nice guy with a good heart, who happens to be really good looking.

Date 14-16...

Date 14 was a lunch date...which I thought would be just chill. The guy gave me flowers, which was really sweet. But, the conversation was kind of awkward. I was a little uncomfortable. It was a quick lunch though...ate...and said our goodbyes. Not even 5 mins after leaving, I get a text saying 'thanks for picking him...he hoped that he could see me again soon.' That was ok...but a couple hours later I get another text asking 'if I wanted to hang out later that night and keep it low key and watch a movie.' And that's when it got awkward. I dunno. I spent maybe 35 mins on the date and to be asked to hang out that night was kind of uncomfortable. I don't want this blog to sound mean, just being honest.

Date 15 and 16... was at Hooters, since I was judging a bikini contest there. Pretty chill...ate some fried pickles, YUM!! Watched girls in bikinis, a guys fantasy date haha. But no real chemistry besides being friends. (And yes, I think everyone knows this guy from the clubs...he's fun!) =)

Me with my Hooters date:

Date 16...was also with a guy I already knew. Went to Moe's after work, had good conversation. But he is just out of a relationship and still has feelings for the other girl, so I don't think I wouldve had a shot even if I had any sort of connection. But it was still fun! =)

(I had to post this fast so I could get Mr. Sawyer posted, but I will upload the rest of the pictures before I get out of here today!)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Date 13...

...was with "Prince Charming." Haha..I think one of the first texts I got from this guy said 'get ready to meet the man of your dreams." I thought that was cute. I ended up having a really good time with this guy. Went up to Atkins Park in Cumming because he lives on the Lake. Ordered me a Jager Bomb from the get go, which was impressive. Had some delicious food and great conversation. It wasn't uncomfortable at all. Both have the same sarcasm and some of the conversation was pretty heavy for the first date, but I think it worked. He was definitely a fun guy!! Laughed the ENTIRE TIME!

Group Hug! Haha:


Date 12... I apologize for not having new info up in a timely manner, but I'm exhausted! 12 was an e-mailed one. I'll call him Penny Loafer because I remember him telling a story about them =p We ended up at Twisted Taco, one of my favorite places ever! Had a couple of drinks...I ate some queso...we talked. And I ran into an ex from 3 years ago, which was ironic. It was kind of uncomfortable, but Monday Trivia saved the day. Played that for a couple of rounds...go Team Pannus! Haha..that was our team name. I was exhausted, so left at the beginning of Round 3. He was nice guy, just don't know if he was my type. But I would recommend him out there for the ladies of Atlanta. =)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Dates 9 through 11...

Date 9...

...were in grand ole L.A! I had to keep it consecutive right? So ended up getting there at 11:30 on Friday night and my date was already there (calling him Spencer). Spencer is an old friend I used to have a thing for. Never did anything before and I haven't seen him for 2 years. We ended up going to the hotel bar (Beverly Wilshire bar was amazing!) People watching was fun! He bought me a couple of drinks, including the good ole Jager Bomb! YUM! It was a chance to catch up. The conversation was like we had just seen each other the day was weird...just comfortable. We goofed off, took fun pictures. But I only got the friend vibe on my part. He did try to smooch me, but I didn't let it happen.

(Pic pending...haha waiting on a friend to send check back soon =p)

Date 10...

...was with "Brenden." Brenden is the guy from the TBS show My Boys. Super hottie, and Brenden is his character name. We had sort of a speed date. We were at the Dodgers game and I took him and told him he was my date for the next 30 mins! =p Surprisingly, we had great conversation. I don't think there was a real awkward moment while we were talking, it was always back and forth. He does live in L.A. though, which would make it hard to obviously go on another date. But if you are ever in California, I would recommend him to date. He's nice, good looking, and can carry a conversation well.

This was us at "Crowley's" (which is the bar in the TV series):

Date 11...

...was with another actor from My Boys. I had my eye on this one all day. He was at the Dodgers game too, but never got a chance to cross paths. I'm calling him "Hottie" because I can't think of a better name for him. That night, we were all at a poker party. Still noticed him from across the room. I was playing Blackjack for most of the night. Well, I saw my opportunity. He was sitting at the Texas Hold 'Em table. There was one opening so I grabbed the seat, made eye contact and introduced myself. I told him about 30 dates in 30 days and said I needed one more. He was game! I "bought" a drink...which was funny because it was an open bar. We got up to get a drink and my date from before was up there. "Hottie" told "Brenden" we were on a date and they wanted to see which one was going to be the best. was funny. We grabbed our drinks, went back over to the poker table and played a couple of rounds (while trying to have a conversation). "Hottie" wanted to continue the date at a table, so we went and got some dessert and sat down and just chatted some more. It was fun! He eventually got pulled away for some interviews. Boo haha. Near the end of the night, I needed a picture for the website, so I went grabbed one...gave him a hug and gave him this line: "You should take my number in case you're ever in Atlanta. I also take drunk dials." CHEESY, I know. But it worked. The hottness has my number! It makes me a little excited...he may never use it, but it was a great time!! The whole weekend was fab!

Me and "Hottie" known as "Bobby" on My Boys:

Date 8...

...was great! Sorry it has taken me a second to update this thing. Date 8 was with Braker Bob! He picked me up from the station and opened the car door for me. Inside was 2 little presents which I thought was so sweet! I didn't know they were for me at first. I'm a fan of the Bengals, so he got me a stuffed little Bengal tiger and a football in Bengals color which was very thoughtful. So we get in the car and take off up to Andretti (which is a Go-Karting place up in Roswell). We got lost, which was funny, but we did make it eventually. When we got there, it was off to the races. We did a round of karting and I think I came in first, right Bob? =p was a blast! Then, we got some food in the restaurant they had there. It was a blast. Something outside the normal dinner and drinks. Great date!

Umm...I don't think I realized all the strapes were in my face!

We are posing by the car tire...tried to keep with the theme:

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Date 7...

...was with "Super Crunch." I call him that because we went to a Oriental Express and that's a sushi roll hehe. This was the first date going in completely blind. The conversation was good, but I don't think there was a real attraction on my part, which I think is kind of important. But like I said, the conversation was good and the food was fantastic! I had a delicious Texas roll...shrimp tempura, lettuce and honey mustard! AMAZING combo! Mr. Crunch even called ahead saying it was my birthday and they came out and sang a song to me, haha! It was sweet. And the cake was yum! People even said Happy Birthday when I was leaving, which was hilarious! I just didn't feel any real chemistry with Super Crunch. But I appreciated the date! =)

Super Crunch and me:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

6th Date...

...Was with rocker boy "Tommy Lee." I know..tattooed up...expecting a bar type place with motorcycles parked out front BUT the date was nothing like that. We met up right around Perimeter Mall and headed over to the W Hotel in that area. We walked there which was sweet and had a nice dinner and was yum! Afterwards, ended up going to the Penthouse of the place he lived at...and just looked out over Atlanta. He had my favorite drinks ready, which was really nice and thoughtful. He planned ahead. And I like that. This is definitely a case where you can never judge a book by the cover. It was a great date!

Tommy Lee and me...tattoos were awesome:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Date 5...

...who I will call "Gentleman." I met him through a friend and I feel like this was the first legitimate date. Thought was put in for sure! So we decided on Meehan's and met up there. He brought me a single long-stemmed white rose, which was SOOOO sweet! I can't ever remember getting a flower on a date before. He held the door open for me and everything. (Chivalry hasn't died completely). We sit on the patio and have a fantastic dinner and conversation. I had a couple of glasses of wine...yum! He even ended up paying, which I definitely didn't expect. I had money ready and everything. So that was sweet. After dinner, we went and grabbed a couple of drinks at Taco Mac and just hung out some more. Great date! Tonight, I'm going out with "Tommy Lee!" He's A LOT different than these other guys and I think you may be shocked that I would be attracted to this type of guy...we'll see how it goes!

By the way, thank everyone who has commented! =)

He was shy to have his picture taken:

Blurry, but maybe the camera had some drinks too...hehe:

Monday, June 2, 2008

Dates 2-4...

Man, who knew finding a date would be so stressful! Friday during the day, I had no idea who I was going to be going out clue. I'm still sifting through my e-mails too, so I haven't had a chance to respond to anyone there. So, I go to a co-worker and I'm like, 'do you have anyone that I can just go on a speed date with?' He mentions to me that there's a guy who's playing at Smith's Olde Bar that would not mind at all. (I will call this guy Jack Black). I'm like yay, hooray!, I leave work, get ready and head up to Smith's. I get there...sit with the guy I already know, who proceeds to shout out to Jack Black that I'm his date...while he's playing! So Jack banters with me about us being on a date...we joke from a far and he finishes playing. He's actually pretty good. After he was finished, we went and grabbed a table so it would be like a legitimate date. We engaged in pretty good conversation (which I was sort of surprised about). He took my number and I left to go to Dreamz to do my Friday night ritual. So Friday=success!

Me with Jack Black below:

So, Saturday rolls around....And we all know that I've been hanging with volleyball players all week...blah blah...and "Spike" had been hanging out in the group. Very attractive...great body! =p Of course I want to take him on one of my little dates. We decide on the pool and Margaritas...soooo hot outside! So that meant I got to see him without a shirt! Yum! We did the pool for a couple of hours, chatted, laughed...threw x's over each other's head (inside joke)...and then headed to the AVP, where we watched some more volleyball and had a couple more drinks...ended the date with a hug (yeah, no smooch haha) and that was that.

Me and Spike...super tall! (Sorry, I forgot to get one without the shirt, but e-mail me if you want his Myspace page =p)

And then Sunday...there was Miami. I know that some of you guys have e-mailed saying he's a player and poser, but he's not that at all. He is so sweet and so fun to be around. Miami had to leave Sunday, so I wanted to make sure I sqeezed in a date. I met him at the hotel he was staying at and we ended up walking to Hooters (yes, my of my favorite places). We sat and talked and laughed for a good hour and a half. We get along so well...I love his personality. After that, walk back to the hotel and just hung out/talked for another hour and he left for the airport. It was sad to see him him go...I think if he lived here, I would keep going on dates with him. Oh well. The Miami is cool =p

And...late Sunday...I did end up at Cuddles place =p

Friday, May 30, 2008

Jenn's Life Is Changing

The Bert Show is really family to me and the extended family includes our amazing listeners. Sharing our personal lives is a big part of our show and I want to share as much as I can with you as part of the family.

Read more HERE...

1st Date...

...actually got off to a weird start. Me and Cuddles decided to meet up at Rio Grande for some drinks...BUT, he ended up bringing a friend, who've I met before AND he was a little late. I got over it fast because I kind of like the Cuddles. So we all start off with Patron shots...yum...and yes already buzzed! It was great conversation...and it was actually cool that he had his friend there because Cuddles really makes me nervous. We talked about the reason that I got only cuddles the first night I went there. I had mentioned that I wanted to move to LA to pursue my career further...but I think he thought it would be sooner rather than later. So he didn't want to get involved with me if I was just going to leave. Completely understandable. But, it was a bunch of silly talk...and there was a girl there that had the most interesting laugh which was hilarious! Two Margaritas later for me, 2 Vodka/Tonics later for him, half eaten quesadilla and we were done! Man...I didn't know Patron was so potent. Haha. Well, I made the decision not to drive home, because I did drink a little roomie took Cuddles back to his car...and he came to pick me up! We ended up back at his place...talked...smooched and called it a night. Out of the friend zone my friend =p He did get up this morning at 4:30 and take me to work, which was nice!

Date today...not sure...nothing lined up so I'm kind of nervous...I'll let you know what I find out...

Picture of me and Cuddles...the camera man got a little close...must have been the Patron!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Warm-Up Date...

So, I thought I was starting the whole date thing last night...but I'll just call it a date with training wheels..haha! I ended up going to see Mr. Vollyball's match that night. BUT, i ran into a couple of the guys I've been hanging out with for the past 3 nights at the same time! One of them (I'll call him Miami) has definitely impressed me with his personality and I've gotten to know him a little better just from spending more time with him. Anyways, Volleyball's match finished and we all decided to head over to Taco Mac to grab some food. On the left side was Miami..and on the right was Mr. Volleyball! AHHH! I was soooo confused on which one to give more attention to more. It was cool because I hadn't seen Volleyball for a sec...but I was digging on Miami at the same time! It was a blast none the less, but Volleyball said he wanted to take me on a REAL date, which was sweet and I'm looking forward to. I paid for my meal, said my goodbyes and that was that. Volleyball text me to tell me that he was glad to see me! EEEK! I am so giddy!

Well this morning, both boys text me and I have to say I was pretty stoked about it. I think me and Miami will have a date before he leaves this weekend, which will be fun!

DATE 1: tonight! It's with cuddles...the guy who I hung out with a couple of times before. Even spent the night at his house and he was very respectful...didn't try anything, which I liked. I think tonight, it's either out for drinks or I'm going to bring food over to his new house and we'll have a you think I need to bring him a plant too for his new house?! Well I'll let you tomorrow what happens!

It's me and Miami! I'll have more pics up soon...(Mr. Volleyball won't be up until his date =p)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

30 dates, 30 Guys...

...seems like fun right? I'm actually really nervous about it!! As most of you know, I just got out of a pretty long relationship about a month and a half ago. And I feel like I'm ready to put myself out there. I've never been that good of a dater; I'm kind of a one guy kinda girl. But this will be a new experience and one that I think I need to have in order to finally move on. Who knows, maybe even meet the man of my dreams! =p Tonight, I'm supposed to be going on with Mr. Volleyball. I'm crushing on this guy bad...haha! He's got a couple of matches to play today, but I did ask him to grab some food with me when he's done. We'll see if it happens. He said he had a hectic schedule today, but I think he can manage a little time right? =) I'm nervous and excited about this whole experience. I feel like I'm a boy...I have to do the asking out! AHHH! Haha! Well here I go. And wish me luck. I'll be updating you every day about the dates and how the guys are! Talk to y'all soon! =)

<3 Wendy

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Etiquette Of Golf for the Pros

I played my first 18 holes of golf this weekend.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Melissa Talks Adventure (or lack thereof)

Remember the movie Mask? The main character, Rocky Dennis, was planning a European motorcycle trek with his best friend, but then was disappointed (albeit mortally) by his friend's decision to back out from the trip. We all thought at one point or another watching the movie how cool and freeing would it be to take a cross-country trip like that. Then we responded to ourselves somewhere in our brain, "But now I'm too old, or have too many responsibilities, or am too broke".....blah, blah, blah.

Read more HERE....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Melissa Names Her Cat

So I told you about my new kitty in another blog, and thank you to everyone who had some great suggestions. But the final choice is Nikko, and now he can stop sticking his tongue out at me for keeping him nameless for so long.

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Quest To Date An A-lister...

Ok so everyone feels this way at some point, so im going to go ahead and admit it: I want to date an A-lister. Or some sort of lister. I'm single now, why not start off big? Haha.

These past couple of weeks doing "Who Do You Know" on The Bert Show got me thinking how fun it would be to actually date someone in Hollywood; even if it's just a week.

I know my previous blog said 'I need a thick skin...blah blah' and to be in tabloids you need to have one, but I think it would be fun. I'll develop one quick, I think.

Hi my name's Wendy. I work at Q100. I'm 22. Single. Who's on board for my quest? =)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Melissa Loves Being A Geek

Coming off the high of Iron Man this past weekend, George Takei called into the Bert Show for our "Who Do You Know?" contest. And despite the slight ribbing from my co-horts, I realized just how good it is to be a geek right now. Hollywood has totally embraced all-things comics, sci-fi, and fantasy which has resulted in my social calendar being inked with movie theatre appearances. Just take a look at the current list of what's coming out:

Read more HERE...

Monday, April 28, 2008

Reasons why I'm having a hard time speaking my mind:

So I get this email today when I get into work:

The way you read the traffic in the morning is sorta the way the girl talks that wants to be Paris's friend, you read one word at a time, you sound like a 12 year old girl-trying so hard to do the traffic-I turn the radio when you do traffic cause I can't stand to hear you read it so slowly-Sorry, but when I heard you comment on the girls voice this morning-I thought I had to tell you-that you sound the same, Sorry for being so hard, but I would rather have redicolous Crash back doing the traffic."

If you had a chance to listen this morning, I spoke my mind about what I thought about Jessica (the girl who wants to be Paris's best friend for the new MTV reality show). I said her voice sounded fake and she took forever to finish a sentence. That's what most people who called up this morning said too. But to get such a hateful e-mail about it makes me just want to stay mute. I wish I had this huge thick skin, but sometimes it bothers me. I've had a pretty good day so far, and then it's like a buzz kill when I read it. I just wish people knew that I have feelings too. I'm human. I'm still trying to find my spot on the morning show and in life in general. I finally get "guts" to say what I'm thinking and it backfires. I guess 'don't dish it unless you can take it.'

Thick skin here I come.

<3 Wendy

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen.....What's His Name

Over the weekend I got a new kitty.  He's a full-bred Siamese kitten who has yet been named.

The decision to get another animal began about the time my dog, Toby, got sick.  I have a Siamese/Tabby mix, named Akima, who was big buddies with Toby and I was concerned about how she would handle his passing.  But since Katie Jo had just gotten a new dog, Akima wasn't entirely alone.

Read the rest HERE...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bert Talks About Hoss

I know it's not possible for you guys to listen to every minute of the show. Yes, we've addressed where Hoss is a whole bunch of times on the show. But he'll be really happy to know that a lot of you guys miss him.

Here's the deal. And it's pretty simple. Hoss transferred over to the Promotions Department. He's still at Q100. Just not on the Bert Show.

Q) Will Hoss be back on the Bert Show
A) I sure hope he checks in from time to time.

Q) Has Hoss had sex with his virgin girlfriend yet
A) I don't know. But I do know that Jeff DID have sex with her last week

Q) Did he get fired because of the Press Pass situation at Georgia Tech
A) No

Q) Who will replace Hoss?
A) I don't know yet. We're searching for just the right person. And we're taking our time. We're looking for someone that can answer phones, handle all the technical stuff behind the scenes, a small detail person and someone that can go out and do stunts for us. It's a tough order. Maybe it'll take more than one person. I really don't know. The search continues.

Melissa Gets Called To Jury Duty

I was called to jury duty.

But no court room was involved, since I had the pleasure of serving on a jury for the Atlanta Film Festival this year!

This is the first year the Festival is presenting the Pink Peach Award, which recognizes the best in LGBT filmmaking, and it was my duty last week to watch the nominated films and give my opinion on which one should receive this inaugural award.

Read more here...

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bert Sees Disturbing Video

As the parent of a child I just watched one of the disturbing videos I have ever seen. It's five or six high school girls beating another girl unconscious. The details are in the story. I want you to be warned that the images are really, really disturbing. I found myself getting enraged as I watched it. I kept thinking what I would do if this was my son in the video. If you can stomach it here is the story and the video:

My wife and I have had this debate. She wants to teach our 5 ½ year old that there is never a time when things should resort to a physical fight.

In all honesty, I don't agree. I can tell you that as a guy that grew up under sized you get picked on a lot when new kids don't know you. If you don't know how to handle yourself verbally and physically you can get swallowed up, abused or ostracized.

So I want to teach him that, as a last resort, you have to be ready to physically stick up for yourself. My kid is as sensitive as I've ever seen a child. There are already times when he's getting bullied out of playing with a toy. And I rarely see him stick up for himself. He knows how to share. But there are times when some kids will take things from him without his permission. And he doesn't stand up for himself. I get worried about this. I get worried that my kid can end up like the victim in this video. She never even tried to fight back. Even though it would have been useless 'cause this was truly a pack mentality. So as a parent, how are you handling this with your kids?

Monday, March 24, 2008

A Gallon of Water and Church Camp, Amen

I don't remember his name but I remember where I knew him from - Bethany Hills. This church camp in Tennessee I attended as a teenager was the setting for my first lesson in fighting a cold.

He-whose-name-I cannot-remember got sick while at the weekend camp, and instead of going to get medical help or drugs, he instead lugged around a gallon jug of water. My having been used to the idea that once you're sick you pop a pill, I was fascinated by what I considered his naive approach to illness.

Read the rest HERE...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Katie Jo Sees A Face In The Tornado Cloud...

If you live here in Atlanta you know, but if you don't you might have heard, that several tornadoes hit the area last weekend. One actually hit downtown Atlanta and was captured on camera by local photographer Shane Durrance.

So last night my girlfriend came home CONVINCED she saw a face in the cloud, after she and a friend analyzed Shane's picture (over a bottle of wine, let me add.) I thought it was a stretch, but what do you think?

Read more HERE....

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bert Wants More Couple Time

Wow. It's been way too long since I've written here. Way too long. But life gets busy, ya know?

Speaking of busy, did you see this: "Mom's and dads get to be alone as a couple for an average of just FIFTEEN MINUTES a day before going to sleep, a survey revealed yesterday. The precious moments when they can relax, chat or have sex add up to less than ten days a YEAR. Typically they get five minutes together in the morning and ten minutes at night as they go to bed. On average they will get in a babysitter once a month for a night out. Once a year they manage to spend a single night away from home without the kids.

Can this be true? Stacey and I are really, really lucky. Her mother moved down from Maryland five years ago when Hayden was born. Plus, our babysitting depth chart goes about three deep. So we're really lucky to be able to do our date night every Wednesday night. Then we usually get a night out on the weekend if we want, too. I know some couples that will go months without hanging out alone together. Maybe they can't get somebody to watch the kids? With some, even if they have help they just don't feel right leaving the house without the kids. The wife of a former co-worker of mine went their baby's first three years without ever leaving the house without the baby. Is this the rule or the exception?

But still, it's no wonder couples have such a tough time staying connected. Even after we put the kids to bed and we finally do get some time to hang out it's the the last crumbs of the day and we're both exhausted. Too many times we'll sit on the couch mindlessly watching television and not talking.

I'm sure there's a future blog entry about managing time. It feels like no matter how I change my schedule I never have enough time to do the things well. Like I feel so average at every aspect of my life 'cause I feel like I'm just rushing through things to get to the next thing. Most times there's not a lot of enjoyment. It's just a bubbling anxiety that I won't get to everything I have to get to. If any of you have figured out this balance I so want to know how you do it!

Melissa Gets A Hybrid

That's right. I am part of the Hybrid Movement officially, after getting a Saturn Vue Hybrid. No endorsement, my own personal car.

Why the Saturn, you ask? Honestly, because I was able to get a great deal from a private owner.
Read more HERE...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


People hate the Bert Show. Read all about it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bert's Bucket List

A few weeks ago a movie came out called the "Bucket List." Two old dudes make a list of things they really want to do before they die. Here's part of my list:

Live in Brazil for a year
See a World Cup final in a country outside the United States
Learn how to play the sax
Learn how to surf well
Shape my own surfboard
Surf at sunset with both my kids
Study more Eastern Philosophy
Buy a house on the beach
Trace my wife's genealogy and take our kids to Croatia to follow her family tree
Live out of an old school, airstream trailer for a summer with my family in California
Leave a strong legacy of letters and pictures for my children
Write a hit song

Monday, February 11, 2008

eat, pray, wow

Finally, I mean, FINALLY, I took the advice of several dynamic women friends and read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Although it meant giving in to the Oprah hysteria over the novel, I took the plunge while on vacation last week. And wow, those women know what they're talking about... who knew? I devoured it, embraced it and I think I will read it again... starting tomorrow. I dog-eared pages and underlined passages. "Liss" is an incredible writer; funny, self-depricating, smart. I connected quickly to her joy and her sorrow. No matter what journey you are on, I fully recommend reading hers. I admire her brave spirit to break the mold, as terrifying as it must have been. I envy her travel-savvy, I hope for her language skills and I covet her depth of self-understanding.

Monday, February 4, 2008


I've updated with a video from the Mayercraft Carrier, where Jessica and I spent the past few days. Will add more pics & stuff, soon.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bert Answers Your Questions

Over the past few weeks I've received so many emails from you guys regarding an assortment of Q100 transactions. I thought I'd answer some of the more popular questions here with some side commentary:

Where did Jamie Massey Go?
Jamie left us to co-host on another morning show (see past blog entry). I won't spend a lot of time on this one 'cause you can scroll down and get a more lengthy response in a past blog entry. But to add Wendy Adams is doing our traffic now. She worked on Adam Bomb's Show for awhile. If she can handle the hours I think she's gonna eventually be one of the best. She's 22, a Kennesaw State student, busts her a$#@ and isn't afraid to be real on the radio. In the past year she's shed a lot of tears on the Bert Show over boy problems and her relationship with her dad.

Where did Dylan go?
For whatever reason Dylan's contract didn't get renewed by Cumulus. The truth is that these decisions are made way above my level. I do know that Dylan worked his $%# and was completely dedicated to making sure Q100 was running at its highest level. Not only was he our afternoon guy but he was the Program Director; my boss. It's one of the strongest working relationships I've ever had. Sometimes business sucks 'cause Dylan had a lot to with our success and it doesn't seem right that he can't be in the halls during our switch to the bigger signal at 99.7.

Where did Jeff Dauler go?
Just kidding. Jeff hasn't gone anywhere.

Is the station still going to be Q100
Yes. Everything is the same. Same Bert Show. Same radio station. Same radio station name. We're just moving to 99.7. Now you'll be able to hear us clearly all over Georgia. No more static. No more overlapping from that damn country station out of South Carolina.

You're still going to be called Q100 even though you're on 99?
Yes. And we're really going to need your help with this. When you tell friends about the Bert Show or Q100 PLEASE tell them we're at 99.7. My fear is that new listeners will tune into 100.5 looking for the Bert Show. Not find us then, naturally, scroll /scan up or to the right. We have to make sure we are directing them to 99.7. Management felt that the brand of Q100 was too strong to lose so they didn't go with anything like Q99 or Q99.7. Jeff and I pleaded with them to make it Q99.7. To their credit management listened to every word we had to say about it. But they decided to go with Q100. It's a good business debate actually. But, honestly, as an employee the only thing you can really ask for is to be heard. And they debated with us for hours on it. But they feel like we've done such a good job building the Q100 brand that it wouldn't be good business to change the name of the station.

99x is gone???? I hate you. I hate you. I hate you!
They are still a station!!!! You can find them at Now turn the car off and get out of the garage.

Will I be able to get you in Athens, now?
Yes. Here is the entire list of cities that can now receive Q100 clearly: My only focus now is to be the most listened to morning show in Homer, Georgia!

Where is the station located now?
Same place. 780 Johnson Ferry Road.

What is the new phone number for Q100?
As of this writing I just don't know. I'll update this next week.

What's the big deal about having 100,000 watts?
I wrote a blog about this a few days ago. Scroll down.

What are they doing with 100.5?
I could tell you but my Chief Operating Officer, John Dickey, would hire a van to come to a come to a screetching halt in front of me while I'm in the station parking lot, throw me in the back, tie and gag me and you'd never hear from me ever again. You'll know on January 28th. There is a rumor going around that the new morning show will consist of Steve McCoy, Vikki Locke, Fred Toucher, Steve Barnes, Clark Howard, Southside Steve and Captain Herb Emory. Honestly, I don't see how Captain Herb can possibly part of this 'cause I know he's under contract.

Back to John Dickey. If the ratings don't go up significantly with this signal upgrade please have the police begin to investigate John Dickey first when I go missing. Here is a link to the man I believe will have me unwillingly relocated if The Bert Show is not successful:

Friday, January 25, 2008


I update from time to time, and then forget to tell you about it here.

So, go visit my site and see what's new ... including the 'Dolphin Dance' video and Nick Lachey's muffin.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bert Talks About Q100's Move

I'll warn you now that this is gonna be a little all over the place.

Let me give you a little insight as to what's been going on at Q100 and 99X the past few weeks. But bare with me 'cause it takes a little bit of history to explain.

The first week we started the Bert Show almost 7 years I told Jeff that I wanted The Bert Show to be the most listened to show in Atlanta. That has always been my goal.

When we started the show 7 years ago we were on a 3,000 watt radio station. Being the most listened to show in Atlanta couldn't happen with 3,000 watts. The top stations have 50,000 or 100,000 watts. So Q100 petitioned the FCC and we got upgraded to 12,000 watts. Four times as many as where we started. But still our signal didn't reach far enough OTP to really be able to ever be number one.

I've always been frustrated by this. Why compete if you CAN'T win? And while morning radio is fun it is about getting the highest ratings and winning. Imagine being a race car driver knowing that the car you were driving in every week could never cross the finish line first.

I'm a workaholic. I know most of you think that The Bert Show must be done working when we get off the air at 10am. But I can honestly tell you that I can't think of the last time I stopped working before 5pm. On what? That's another blog for another time. But I can tell you that it's taken a lot of sacrifice by everybody on the Bert Show to achieve the ratings that we have. I've sacrificed time with my family. My social life has suffered. This job doesn't allow you to sleep very well and you never quite feel 100%.

So many at Q100 have made the same kind of sacrifice that I have made for this radio station. Maybe even more so. I feel like the entire staff has earned and deserves to be on a signal that can reach its optimal potential. We have that now on 99.7 because it's 100,000 watts.

I'm bummed that some aren't here to take the next step together. My former Program Director, Dylan, didn't have his contract renewed. Those decisions are made WAY above my head. But that dude was so passionate about Q100 that I really wish he could have been at Q100 to enjoy the success of something that he worked so hard on every day.

It DOES suck that 99x isn't on the signal anymore. That station defined Atlanta radio for a long time. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went in to making that station a part of Atlanta's fabric. Leslie Fram practically built the damn thing with her own hands. People grew up with that station and its part of your youth. I grew up listening to a station in San Diego called 91x that was very similar. If I woke up and THAT station wasn't on the air anymore I'd be pissed!

But this is a business. It's about making money. 99x's ratings have declined and they weren't making as much money for the mother ship: Cumulus. Cumulus feels like they made the proper moves to fix 99x and couldn't. They also have confidence that the Bert Show and Q100 is ready to reach it's potential.

It has been a mixed bag of emotions in the building over the past week. Q100 employees are happy but reserved to be on the new signal. Watching 99x employees leave the building permanently has been awful.

Yes. I want to be on a bigger signal. If I'm going to put in 13 hour days I want to know that I have a chance of being the best. Did I want that signal to be 99x? NO. Quite honestly, I really thought that Cumulus would buy Star 94 and they'd put the Bert Show on that 100,000 signal.

I think that covers it. I'm really stoked. I'm really excited for the Bert Show. I'm really excited for our production guys, our promotions people, our sales people, our management and I'm happy for the people that work behind the scenes that I see from time to time but don't know even know their names. But, at the same time, I'm also being respectful of the same kind of energy that 99x employees have put in to make that station an Atlanta icon.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Melissa Tries to Enjoy The Slide

I know when we used to throw baby powder in the dorm halls at U.T. to go sock surfing I could always stop and go in my room. Not having solid ground to stand on was a sport. I suppose when we get older and focus on the risk of falling down it's no longer fun.

Read more HERE....

Monday, January 14, 2008

In Vino Veritas!

In Vino Veritas... meaning In Wine Truth or literally translated... Truth In Wine. Here are a few tidbits I found that support my love of wine... enjoy! 
- For women, wine has been discovered to lower the risk of ovarian cancer, promote stronger bones, and decrease the risk of getting a stroke.
- For men, wine has been seen to decrease the risk of cardiac arrest for men with hypertension. 
- The skin of red grapes have been found to have certain anti-aging properties that can also be obtained through red wine.  
- White wine contains certain anti-oxidants that have been observed to improve the function of the lungs. 
- Wine drinking has been discovered to reduce the occurrence of coronary heart disease among adults.   
- Senior-aged individuals who have been regular wine drinkers were seen to have blood vessels that are healthier than those who are not. 
- Drinking wine has been seen to reduce certain types of gastrointestinal bacteria, the top cause of ulcer. 
- Polyphenols, a substance also found in the skin of red grapes was discovered to clean arteries of stroke causing clots.
The studies shown here were conducted on people who had prolonged but moderate wine consumption. Most researchers have seen the benefits of wine amongst people who drink one or two glasses everyday. 
* Shared from; "Top Health Benefits of Wine Give You More Reasons To Drink," by Joseph Baylon, published 2007. 
Cheers, Jenn

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Can You See The Signs?

Ever feel like you're on the outlook for a sign? Just something to reassure you that you are headed in the right direction or making the right decision? I know I do. And I feel that when you open yourself up to finding them, they appear right before your eyes. They are found in the kitschy-gifty-book you randomly thumb through. It shouts a message so loud, you just can't miss it. The headstone moniker in the cemetery somehow sends a message from above. The feather that lands at your feet, the song played at her funeral that pops up on your favorite TV show, the homily written and delivered passionately just for you, the black and white kittens who wander on your porch steps; all signs. I am trying not to dismiss the signs from the friend's story-telling that transforms into unintended guidance or the poignant song lyrics that remind us, we are not alone... all of them are signs, only if we are ready to see and hear them. Or only if we are brave enough to believe. Still looking for more signs in this new year... :) Jenn

Melissa Is One Of Just Two Votes

It's an Election year, and there will be plenty of analysts and media outlets in 2008 trying to speculate on who the next President of the United States will be. But what about an average voter? What does she or he REALLY think about what's happening? That's what Just Two Votes is - Melissa and Katie Jo's debate on the candidates and issues as the year moves forward, with each revealing who they vote for come November 4th!

Check it out HERE.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bert Talks About Massey's Departure

Jamie Massey has left the Bert Show and Q100.  You'll hear her very soon on another morning show in town as a co-host.  I know this is going to sound like PCBS but the truth is I'm really, really happy for her.

So, now she'll be co-hosting on a four member morning show.  It's a step up for her.  She'll be on the mic every day.

Let's take out the fact that it's a radio job.  If you're a manager and somebody on your team is hired for a better position at a competing business you have to take some pride in that.  Somebody thought so much of the work she was doing in your office, under your tutelage, that they decided they wanted some of that same "magic" in their office.

There's no shame in that at all.

Massey sacrificed a lot of personal relationships for the good of the Bert Show.  She talked so intimately about her relationships it scared a lot of guys off.  She was brave to talk so openly about her personal life.  We're really going to miss that.

This all sounds so ooey, gooey politically correct.  I wish I had some kind of interesting, truthful insight.  But I don't.  I guess I'm always a little nervous of any change on the show 'cause the ratings and on air chemistry have been so good.  But the truth is that I'm embracing change now more than I used to.  And I get excited by the possibility of training somebody new.

I'm talking to potential replacements already.  I should have some news for you guys within a few weeks.

L Word Premiere Party

Those are L Word stars Rachel Shelley (Helena) and Rose Rollins (Tasha) showing me some love.
Want to see more? Click HERE....

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Melissa Gets Hooked On Jon & Kate

I blame Mama Jo for this one.

So during Christmas vacation my family and my girlfriend's family merged for a holiday gathering, when Mama Jo (Katie's Mom) thought she was innocently creating casual holiday conversation by asking, "Does anyone watch Jon & Kate Plus 8?"

Read more HERE....