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UPDATED: Melissa Carter joins B98.5 as new morning host

Melissa CarterMelissa Carter, a name familiar to all in Atlanta radio, announced today she is moving on from her afternoon news anchor gig at 106.7 and will be taking over as a morning host for her own show on B98.5.

Carter, who writes a column for GA Voice, made the announcement today via Facebook and Twitter. She will be joined by Jeff Elliott for the "Jeff and Melissa" show that debuts Aug. 14. The show will be weekdays from 5-9 a.m.

"I'm very excited to be back in the sense that I can connect with listeners and give my opinions again," Carter told GA Voice today by phone. "I'm not excited about the alarm clock, but that's a necessary evil."

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Melissa Carter: Cars aren’t the problem with ‘Share the Road’

Melissa Carter

Whenever I am stuck in traffic, I always assume a wreck is the cause. As I pass by any pile-up, I empathize with the potential victims and try to keep a calm head out of respect. But recently, I realized the nearly stand still traffic was being caused by a bicycle and my blood boiled.

I will honestly say that I do not believe in sharing the road. The weight of a car can be 4,000 pounds and a car can reach speeds well over 100 mph. In contrast, the average bicycle weighs about 30 pounds and an average rider can only go about 20 mph.

But somehow we have decided that the way to coexist is to travel the same roads together in harmony. However, the burden of traveling safely together ultimately depends on the driver slowing down, swerving over, etc., in an effort not to mortally wound this soul who is inching up a hill on Roswell Road during rush hour.

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Melissa Carter: My viral resolution

Melissa Carter

I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions. I believe after months of rushing to countless parties, along with taking in the countless calories, it is natural to want to spend the next few months taking it easy, eating healthy, and working out. 

However, some big announcement that your intention for 2013 is to have the perfect body and live a balanced life is self-defeating, since a resolution is nothing more than an attempt to magically get motivated for something you have never been able to do before.

But this year is different. I have a resolution I plan to fulfill. And it has nothing to do with food, weight, or leisure. It’s about cats.

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Melissa Carter: Moving on after Election Day

Melissa Carter

The election is finally behind us, and many are left with empty chunks of time. Those hours that had been dedicated to checking polls, watching speeches and arguing with your friends and family about who had the best debate performance have come to a merciful end.

We have all woken up with a serious political hangover and now we need to find our keys and start driving home to the real world.

I recently watched an interview with David McCullough, the author of Pulitzer-winning books on American political figures like John Adams and Harry Truman. He pointed out that despite the record amount of money spent on this election, there was really nothing of substance presented that would stand the test of time.

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Melissa Carter: Decoding the gay break-up email

Melissa Carter

I know a lesbian couple who recently broke up. They decided to inform their friends of their news by sending out a joint mass email. The email was short but let us all know that they had, sadly, decided to go their separate ways after seven long years.

Shortly after receiving the email, I was called by one of our mutual straight friends and asked for a translation. What exactly was she supposed to do now? Reply to the email? Send an email to both women separately? Send a pie or bottle of Jack Daniels? Should she call one of them or both of them? So I became the lesbian Rosetta Stone in an effort to help our straight friend understand. 

I have heard of this type of email a few times before, and always from a gay couple.

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Melissa Carter: How to keep from driving your partner crazy while out of work

Melissa Carter

I had dinner recently with a friend who was laid off a few months ago. Comparing the experience to getting a divorce, he said the separation from his job of 12 years was something he saw coming, but he just didn’t get out in time.

Blanketing his industry with resumes, he still has not been able to find work, and is fighting depression because of it. The worst part of it, he says, is the feeling that he has let his wife down.

Unable to give advice on the job front, I certainly had some feedback on how to make sure his wife didn’t resent him while he was out of work.

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Gays, God, the GOP (and pot) in heated Ga. congressional race

Doug Collins and Martha Zoller

Outside the fairly safe bubble of Atlanta, gay people are often demonized and looked down on, especially by political candidates who want to show voters how conservative and godly they are. And this year is no exception.

State Rep. Doug Collins and conservative talk-show radio host Martha Zoller are in a fierce runoff race for the newly drawn 9th Congressional District in very conservative North Georgia. They face off again on Aug. 21 after neither gathered the 50 percent plus 1 vote needed to avoid the runoff in the July 31 primary.

Collins continues to peck at Zoller over a past statement she made that she supported civil unions. Zoller continues to deny this. Thanks to Peach Pundit, we are privy to a video the Collins campaign has put out hammering his belief that Zoller wants nothing more than all gay people to get married, which goes against God and nature, of course.

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Melissa Carter: We are the facts that will inspire the next generation

Melissa Carter

I have noticed when anyone has a strong prejudice against a certain group, she or he is armed with some sort of reference material.

For instance, when men defend their superior status over women in society, they reference published history, suggesting that’s simply how things have always been. When someone speaks out against the gay community, there is usually a Bible in their hand.

But what if an unknown piece of the past was uncovered that told a different story?

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Melissa Carter back on-air with all the news fit to broadcast

Melissa Carter, the beloved radio personality from Q100's Bert Show, has a new gig — and it's back on the air.

She broke the news, of course, on Facebook:

Excited that my permanent shift on All News 106.7 begins tomorrow! I will now be on from 3p-7p, and hope you will check it out while out or on your way home from work.

and Twitter:

Excited my permanent afternoon shift on @allnews1067 begins tomorrow! Hope you will check it out while out or on your way home from work.