Kim Peterson

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Kim Peterson (known to fans as "The Kimmer") is a U.S. television and radio journalist. He currently hosts a news/information talk-show on Atlanta's WYAY All News 106.7 from Noon to 3 P.M. EST. From 1992 through 2006, he hosted a radio talk show on WGST-AM in Atlanta, Georgia. Formerly a United States Marine, he served in the Vietnam War. Before becoming a radio host, Peterson was a television anchor in Chicago and New Orleans. He was on rival news-talk station WSB before he came to WGST. After his firing from WSB Peterson would refer to his former employer as "WSOB" and "WBS" (and sometimes "We Suck and Blither").

Peterson was a donor for the Marine's Toys for Tots Christmas drive, and from 1997 to 2005 he produced a comedy bits CD, donating all the proceeds to the drive. In addition he hosted an annual charity golf tournament. Peterson is an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

From December 2005 to May 5, 2006, members of Peterson's support team started to lose their positions at WGST. Jim Gossett, a voice impersonator who specialized in past presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and classic celebrities such as Johnny Carson, among others, quit his job in December 2005. Two months later, WGST-AM's sports director, Pete Davis, was fired for reasons not publicly disclosed. A final firing among Peterson's team was on May 5, when his producer, Wayne Kitchens, was terminated. Kitchens told an online media outlet (Buzz) that management was upset when he didn’t bleep out an anti-Muslim statement Peterson said on the air the week prior to his firing. Kitchens has speculated that the firings were an attempt to force Peterson to quit.

Peterson's final broadcast for WGST was on November 20, 2006. The station announced the next day that he was no longer on the air.

The Kimmer Show[edit]

The Kimmer Show was the afternoon talk host on Atlanta's WGST. Peterson referred to himself as "The Stain" after being called that by an angry listener named Rick. He (Peterson, not Rick) was known for giving other hosts nicknames, such as Tom Hughes ("The King", fellow broadcaster who hosted AM-Atlanta on WGST), Sam Memmolo "Shadetree Mechanic", host of a weekend radio show on WGST, Stu Klitenic ("The Bank Robber", baseball radio pre-game and post-game announcer for the Atlanta Braves), Mark Lemke ("The Lemmer", former Second baseman for the Atlanta Braves who is now pre-game and post-game radio announcer for the baseball club), Dave McBride ("Mac the Mechanic", works with Memmolo on his weekend radio program), Gene Henssler ("Dr. Gene, The Money Machine", Chair of the Henssler Group, a financial-consulting firm in the metro Atlanta area). He referred to former morning-show host Sean Hannity as "Hannie-pie" and "The Tin Man."

Peterson has been married and divorced twice, most recently from Elizabeth, an attorney whom he referred to on air as the "Fantasy Goddess."

WGST and Kim Peterson produced a "best-of" highlights audio CD of his show every year from 1996 to 2005. It was called "The Kimmer Komedy Klassics." These featured the funniest spots, advertisements, commentaries, and "newsmaker-line" calls for that year. One year the CD included an additional DVD of the Kimmer roast event. The final CD was released in December 2005; it included a bonus disc with all 10 years of "Kimmer Komedy Klassics" in mp3 format. All CD sales profits were donated to the U.S. Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" program as part of the WGST yearly Christmas fund drive.

In addition to scheduled segments, Peterson had regular listeners who frequently called in to his show. The group ranged from an outspoken liberal caller he referred to as "Commie Dave," who was eventually given 60 seconds per week to rant, to Helper John and the police and truck drivers who called in just to say "hello." Peterson's regular staff included producer Wayne ("No Offense!") Kitchens, who later worked for Eagle 106.7 FM, the late Keith Kalland (1951-2002), Art "Madman" Merrhing with traffic reports, and Pete "Snake" Davis at 5:15 with a daily sport segment (which Peterson referred to as the "Holy Crap It's Sports" segment).

One popular feature of Peterson's program was known as "Flush The Lines." He would tell listeners to call en masse and would put everyone who called on the air for just a few seconds to make a (usually comedic) remark.

As of about noon November 21, 2006, Kimmer's page on the WGST.com website was taken down, and at 3 p.m. it was announced that The Dave Ramsey Show (originating from flagship 99.7 FM WWTN Nashville) would air live from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Atlanta market. Peterson, along with the remaining vestiges of local talent on WGST, Denny Schaffer and Tom Hughes, were fired on November 21 as part of the nationwide restructuring of ClearChannel's radio properties. [1]

On March 13, 2007, it was posted on an Atlanta radio blog that Peterson had refused an unnamed offer and would retire from radio. The blog's writer, Rodney Ho, confirmed this with Peterson.

According to the Atlanta Radio Blog by Rodney Ho, Kim Peterson left Atlanta for good in late June 2007. He bought a property with his older brother Gene, in western Massachusetts in the Berkshire mountains, where he can play golf and ride his Harley. He also purchased property in Palm Beach, Florida, to play golf in the winter.

In April 2010 Peterson partnered with Josh Price of the website Conservative Beacon to do a series of podcasts. It was anticipated that in addition to remembering his WGST radio show, Peterson would offer his opinion on current events. The podcasts ended in June of that year.

Kim Peterson was heard sporadically as a guest on Denny Schaffer's show on WGKA in Atlanta. He made an appearance on Rusty Humphries new local show on WGST on January 3, 2011.

On October 22, 2013, it was reported that Kim Peterson is returning to Atlanta radio and will appear from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays on WYAY All News 106.7 FM starting Nov. 4, 2013. Joining him will be Jim "Newsmaker Line" Gossett and Pete "Snake" Davis. Wayne "No Offense" Kitchens was unable to return due to other obligations.

Six days after his new show started, Peterson was hospitalized for what doctors called "a serious heart attack." Pete Davis covered for him and it was reported that Wayne "No Offense" Kitchens, at the time working as a mechanic for Delta Airlines, would assist the show during Peterson's medical absence.


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