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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.