THE MOUTH, JULY 2nD, 2020 –– John Long, co-creator of The Georgia Hall of Fame said he was ‘chagrined that Bert Weiss fell short of induction two years before, but that all ended this week as Bert Weiss, host of the hugely successful Bert Show since 2001, was officially inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame reports The AJC’s Rodney Ho. “I’m authentically honored and proud that the show has been consistently at a high quality and made an impact for almost two decades in Atlanta,” Weiss said. “In radio, that’s like 1,000 years. Ho says his longevity in this market among morning hosts is only exceeded by that of Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott at Fish 104.7, who arrived a year earlier.
Two years ago, Weiss was nominated to the Hall and brought 20 friends and family to the ceremony but didn’t make the cut. “When you’re leaving a ceremony with no hardware,” Weiss said in a text, “it was a slice of humble pie in between shots of vodka.”
Georgia Radio Hall of Fame co-creator John Long said he was chagrined that Weiss fell short of the necessary votes from members. Weiss this year was bestowed a special Founders and Directors award, a discretionary award that has usually been given to unsung radio pioneers in Georgia. In this case, Long wanted to address what he saw was a major wrong regarding Weiss. “We felt really bad,” Long said. “He just missed it but obviously deserved inclusion.”
Weiss started in Atlanta in 2001 on a brand new station Q100 (now Q99.7) Weiss went into syndication in 2010 and is heard now heard in 24 markets including Nashville, Tennessee; Charleston, South Carolina; and Lexington, Kentucky. Since 2002, he has also run a non-profit Bert’s Big Adventure that has taken more than 200 kids with chronic or potentially fatal diseases to Walt Disney World every February (see top photo).