Q100’s Kentucky Kristin is no Melissa Carter

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image imageQ100’s “The Bert Show” won’t call Kristin Klingshirn, who debuted Monday, the replacement for Melissa Carter. It’s a good thing. She’s not. Admittedly, we come at this with a bit of a bias: We love Carter (top photo) and admire her for the matter-of-fact way in which she became and stayed Atlanta radio’s first and longtime out personality. Trouble is, she retired to become a Twitter celebrity, GA Voice columnist and general deliverer of tips for improving your bad behavior in fast food lines. Klingshirn took Carter’s spot on Monday, which she left in April after 10 years on the popular morning radio show. Host Bert Weiss and crew made it clear that Klingshirn (second photo) and her perky cheerleader persona is not Carter's replacement.

“This is a new co-host of the Bert Show,” Weiss said on the air. “I’m hoping you will keep your hearts and minds open. She’s nothing like Melissa. If you are expecting a lesbian newscaster, you’ll be disappointed.” “She likes boys and her kidneys work,” added jokester Jeff Dauler, referencing Carter’s kidney transplant eight years ago.
Carter hasn’t picked her next career step, though she’s heading to the beach to rest up before launching a job search. Klingshirn deserves a chance, but without Carter, who on “The Bert Show” is going to work in the gay angle, the touching stories of teens coming out, and judge those drag king show at My Sisters Room? We get it. It’s time to move on and we do so reluctantly. What’s that – Klingshirn is a shoe addict with more than 100 pairs and enjoys a good scrum with rugby players? Maybe she does deserve a chance.


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