Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mix 96.5 KHMX drops 'The Atom Smasher Morning Show'

UPDATE NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Atom Smasher causing controversy at Dallas' 102.1 The Edge KDGE

UPDATE APRIL 15, 2016
Atom Smasher lands mornings at 102.1 The Edge Dallas

'The Atom Smasher Morning Show' no longer to air on Houston's Mix 96.5 KHMX

UPDATE AUGUST 2015
- The Dave, Mahoney & DK Morning Show to hit Mix 96.5 KHMX
- Atom Smasher joins WoodlandsHits.com lineup with morning show

Shawnda McNeal & Atom Smasher
Shawnda McNeal & Atom Smasher 
Atom Smasher posted on his Facebook page that The Atom Smasher Morning Show on Mix 96.5 KHMX is no more.

Smasher and co-host Shawnda McNeal came to the CBS station from Hot 96 WSTO-FM Evansville, IN in January 2014.

"Grateful for the opportunity to return to my 2nd home and Katie's 1st, and trying my best, it just did not work out," Smasher wrote. "Such is life."

Smasher had previously worked for Houston's 104.1 KRBE as both a night jock and then later the morning show host along with Maria Todd after Sam Malone left for KHMX. In between Houston and Evansville, Smasher worked afternoons at Dallas' 106.1 KISS FM KHKS.

He is looking to stay in Texas.

"Houston is my home away from home," Smasher told mikemcguff.com in 2014. "I grew up in South Louisiana, but when I worked here, I developed relationships that tied me to this city forever. One being my wife who is from Kingwood. We were married here in 2005."

UPDATE NOVEMBER 10, 2016
Atom Smasher causing controversy at Dallas' 102.1 The Edge KDGE

UPDATE APRIL 15, 2016
Atom Smasher lands mornings at 102.1 The Edge Dallas


46 comments:

  1. Where will McNeal end up ?

    Will she leave Texas?

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  2. It was a sub par radio show. I grew up listening to Atom as a child when he was on KRBE. He was very funny and perhaps the closest thing in Houston to a Howard Stern.

    Now he was just plain boring coming back. I guess that he grew up and had a family he can't do anymore of the crude humor he was known for doing on KRBE.

    What I wonder is what's going be on KHMX in the mornings now? For the past decade they've been a revolving door when it comes to morning shows. Every 2 years one show leaves and comes right back. That's not a good track record.

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    1. He did seem different. I don't like Lauren. Her voice is annoying and she's very boring. CBS Houston, it seems, just does not hire people who appeal to the masses.

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    2. I was shocked to hear his show in the morning. I was hoping for one silly crude joke, and NOT one came up. If there were any, it was lame.

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  3. I've been told that KHMX will start airing The Bert Show from Atlanta. Is that true?

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  4. people grow up and evolve, they can't do that junior high humor shit forever!!!

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    1. I agree. I was glad to be able to listen to something that wasn't constant juvenile humor.

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  5. Agreeing with you Lou!

    I'm going to assume McNeal will either stay in Texas or leave the state altogether for another gig!

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  6. You might remember that Christine Haas has left KTBC Fox 7 to start her own business in Austin, It's called Christine Haas Media

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  7. Guess she got bored with the TV news business!

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  8. Truthfully, they played so much music and did so few bits I'm amazed it lasted this long. And the bits they did do, were all about their kids.. BORING!

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    1. People who have kids think EVERYONE wants to hear about them...we don't!

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    2. The best thing about the show was that they did pause for music. The krbe 104 show talk too much! Who cares about their dj and producers life? Let the music play!

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  9. Nobody wants to hear the radio hosts like those two BLAB, BLAB, BLAB!

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  10. His wife taught me 8th grade pre-algebra, and I will never forget hating the class almost as much as she did.

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  11. Tell me how you really feel people.

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    1. Love you, Atom, but you gotta ditch Shawnda. She's dragging you down.

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    2. It's that bad huh ?

      I'm wondering how KILT-AM 610 feels about "In The Loop" morning show with Nick "Annoying StatBoy" Wright, who keeps making these stupid takes & his obsession with LeBrick James!

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    3. Alright.. here's how I really feel.... Once, when you were at KRBE, I sent an email to the station saying that I thought you were not a good choice for morning radio (my reasoning is not really the point of the debate). What I got back was a snarky email from you personally saying "If they didn't think I was right for the job they wouldn't have given it to me". Nice to see you still have that same class with your little snarky comment here. And, I personally hold you responsible for unleashing Roula onto the world.. I didn't think there could be a more annoying on air personality until you put her on the air with you at KRBE. I hate to see anyone lose their job - honestly - but you have to own up that maybe, just maybe, you're not good enough for this market instead of being a jerk about it. And the above poster was right, you guys really did talk about your kids way too much. Seems like poor creative skills when writing your show. R&R has that fake Roses bit, but at least it's something.

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    4. Why would you really have to send a letter saying that? Who are you to say that? I find there are a lot of radio people who are very jealous when someone gets a job and they don't. They have big egos and think they are something special and better than they are. Is this you? You really sound like a bitter radio person . If you are not in radio, then just turn the channel. Anyone who sens a letter is just insecure with their own life. Can we send a letter to your job? I don't think what he said to you was snark, but the truth. -

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    5. Not that I really owe you an explanation, but I'll play your game. When you are in the public eye, you absolutely are under scrutiny from the public. I sent an email (letter? who says letter?) to the station because I was (and still would be if she were on the air) a big fan of Maria Todd. After Sam Malone left 104, and they replaced him with Atom Smasher, I absolutely had the right to send an email to the program director saying I thought he was a bad choice to be Maria's on-air partner. Obviously, I was right, because he was fired from 104 just like he was fired from 96.5. Who am I to say that, you ask? I was one of the people who listened to the morning show who advertisers targeted. And I did turn the channel, and sent feedback to the station explaining as to why. Sounds like to me you're a bitter Atom Smasher posing as Anonymous responding to my post. I've never worked in radio, I am a consumer and I absolutely have a right to make my opinion known. Seems like my opinion was shared by enough people (twice) that your, oh excuse me, his show was pulled from the airwaves so I guess him being the right person for the job wasn't the truth.

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    6. I'm not him, but if that's what you have to think to make yourself feel better...go for it! You seem like a very angry, bitter person. Obviously, they didn't care, because he was not fired when you sent the letter. BTW, Maria and Sam have been fired from a few jobs, including that one. By your reasoning, they suck too, then. If you don't like someone, just turn the channel. Only insecure people who really think they matter in the world, send letters and act like you. I've hated people I've heard on the air. Guess what? I just turned the channel. It's pretty simple.

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    7. Also, if you really felt this way about him, why didn't you tell him this face-to-face? Writing a letter is the cowardly thing to do.

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    8. 214 7241936. That's MY cell. When you want todiscuss things like an adult and not like a 13 year old cyber bully hiding behind an anonymous post. I don't have an ego. I do have pride in what I do and work hard. So when someone question any of that, I stick up for myself.

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    9. I'm the one that said " big ego," but it was directed towards the guy who said he sent you the letter. I'm the one sticking up for you.

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    10. "Obviously, they didn't care, because he was not fired when you sent the letter" Not right away, no. It takes more than just one person. Obviously enough people agreed. He was eventually taken off the air. Obviously, they did care. He didn't last even 2 years IIRC.

      "BTW, Maria and Sam have been fired from a few jobs, including that one." Sam Malone was not fired from KRBE. He left for another station as they were offering him more money.

      "By your reasoning, they suck too" - No, other people think they suck in the same way I thought Atom Smasher sucked. It's called "an opinion".

      "If you don't like someone, just turn the channel." - It wasn't quite that simple. I wanted to listen to Maria Todd. But Atom Smasher was driving me away. I wanted the station to know that I, as a member of the listening public, was changing my routine because I was off-put by him.

      "Guess what? I just turned the channel. It's pretty simple." Great for you, not everyone does that. If you don't let people know what you want, you'll never get it.

      "Only insecure people who really think they matter in the world, send letters and act like you." - Just like you feel insecure about me posting about you, er, Atom Smasher and feel obligated to defend him?

      "Big man. Anonymous." - lol u mad, "Atom Smasher"? The irony of calling me Anonymous when you yourself go by a pseudonym.

      "I do have pride in what I do and work hard." - I never said you didn't. Paraphrasing, What I said was I thought your choice in material for your show was bland.

      "Also, if you really felt this way about him, why didn't you tell him this face-to-face" / "214 7241936. That's MY cell." - yeah, same person. u mad.

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    11. And we were told to talk about our kids. For the record. Ass hat.

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    12. I AM NOT ATOM SMASHER! I don't really know how many times I need to tell you this. You must be uneducated, because you are coming across as a dense moron! For some reason, you think you are right and you can't believe someone other than Atom, is actually sticking up for him. You are just coming across as angry, bitter and mental. I'm pretty sure Sam Malone was fired. How would you know what happened to him, if you aren't in radio, or are you just a wannabe who could never get a job, because you are also coming across as very jealous? Sam was fired from Mix FOR SURE! Atom said to call him, so do it, or better yet, meet him in person, in a public place, because it's obvious you are crazy!

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    13. "And we were told to talk about our kids. For the record. Ass hat." -- Classy. And you wonder why you were fired in Houston. Twice. And this time replaced with... a radio show simulcast from Las Vegas. Ouch, that's gotta sting!

      "You are just coming across as angry, bitter and mental." -- lol u mad.

      "I'm pretty sure Sam Malone was fired." Not from KRBE. He left for more money. That's why Maria Todd went on her "loyal to KRBE" stance and stuck around with Atom Smasher. Surely you remember that, Atom.

      "How would you know what happened to him, if you aren't in radio" - because I read this blog.

      "Sam was fired from Mix FOR SURE!" - this is a factual statement.

      "Atom said to call him, so do it, or better yet, meet him in person" -- lol Atom, u so mad. I'm sure you.. er .. he genuinely does not want me calling him. That really would be crazy.

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    14. Im unemployed therefore I have an excuse to read message boards. You however having time to write paragraphs leads me to believe you either have no life, no job Or your just a run of the mill internet troll who loves to criticize others to feel superior. Or you're just a whiny asshole.

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    15. Oh, because no one who has a job has spare time, is that it? Get over yourself dude. Just because your show was not delivering you're channeling all that hostility towards me. Look, I know you're lashing out because you have a massive ego and you were taken off the air, again. However, your behaviour here exemplifies why you were taken off the air. You're acting like a baby, dude. Come on, you're pushing 40. It's unprofessional how you keep whining about being taken off the air... Seriously, you're all over the internet being butthurt about it. Be a man, grow up, and take ownership of the fact it happened instead of trashing CBS Radio wherever you can. Corporations are about making money. You obviously were not delivering the standards they wanted.

      If you had any couth you'd simply say "I'm sorry that you didn't like our show. We tried our best and we can't appeal to every demographic." However, no, you have to resort to language like "ass hat" and "whiny asshole".

      Grow up, "Atom Smasher". You're a relic of 1998. Your overnight show on KRBE was fine (well, until Roula was brought in...) but that was what, 17 years ago? Take responsibility that your show just isn't right for this market for mornings, and truthfully, I doubt you could recreate the success overnights that you did in 1998 here again.

      Good luck with Owensboro. I hope your prospects don't see you calling the general public "ass hats" and "whiny assholes" on the internet. I'm sure potential advertisers would just LOVE that!

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    16. Atom, was not a fan of the show, but you seem like a good guy. As for the Troll F them.

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    17. When people say "I didn't like the show" I can totally live with that. But when people start with the insults (Which you immediately did) you brought up something from like 10 years ago which tells me you have no life. Then I fight back & that's ME being butt hurt or unprofessional? I didn't do what they expected and they weren't happy. So goes life. I can totally accept that. My point is people like you start out with comments insulting someone you don't even know THEN you play it off as if you were simply saying "I don't like the show." Had you said that I wouldn't even have blinked an eye. But you have to start shit then when someone fights back you call them unprofessional. Please. Give me a break. Don't like my show I'm TOTALLY fine with that. Start insulting me then I will speak up. I'm not a door mat. You need to practice what you preach and not be such an Internet douchebag.

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    18. Atom- This is the person fighting for you. I just want to say, that I can guarantee you this person is in radio, or was. When I was on the air, I had a guy just like him harass me and put me down all the time on one of the radio boards. I told him that I spoke to my boss and we decided that he could come up at a certain time to teach me how to do better radio. Of course, he didn't show and turned it back on me and said I was being " sensitive." That's what they do. I then told him that I could not discuss this with him any longer, because I had to figure out what to do with my bonus money from bringing in high ratings.LOL!! I'm a good investigator and was able to figure out that it was a guy who applied for the same job and did not get it.

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    19. >>I can guarantee you this person is in radio
      I work in telecommunications -- broadband circuit delivery and the like. Why you are so insistent that I work in radio baffles me when I've stated, repeatedly, that I do not. I listen to the radio 30 minutes a day -- while I'm getting ready for work.

      >> when people start with the insults
      I stated a fact. I sent an email to the station, you responded with negative comments.

      >>brought up something from like 10 years ago
      Which just tells you that people remember things like that. You remember the bad more often than the good.

      >> Then I fight back & that's ME being butt hurt or unprofessional?
      I'm not the public figure here, you are. You're also responding like a kid would defend himself. Are you next going to tell me you fornicated with my mother?

      >>when someone fights back you call them unprofessional
      The way you are replying is unprofessional. We're adults here, not 12 year olds. You have the right to defend yourself, but don't act like a baby.

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  12. I was reading the Mix Facebook page and someone left a comment about how much more they like the morning show, because they play more music, less talk, etc., and I guess the DJ, or whomever takes care of the page, actually thought this was a compliment. It actually means they don't want to hear anyone talking...LOL!!

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  13. Don't give up on Atom. Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh are names that took a while to become famous in radio. Atoms next his is right ahead of him. The only person Ive seen become an instant hit on the radio is Michael Berry on NewsRadio 740 KTRH.

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  14. New Mix morning show!
    http://mikemcguff.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-dave-mahoney-dk-morning-show-mix965-khmx-houston.html

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  15. Hey Atom! I disagree with all the negative comments. I LOVED your show and I miss hearing your voice every morning. You were so funny that you literally made me laugh out loud while getting ready for work. You are an original and those that don't agree don't have a sense of humor. You will be missed! Thanks for all you did!!

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  16. I just want to say that I have been in a terrible mood since you were taken off the air, Atom. I don't even know what to listen to now. You always made me laugh on the way to work. I wish you only the best. It has to be a very difficult business to be in. You will be missed by many. Keeping you in my prayers.

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    1. I agree! I miss atom & shawnda! They always had me smiling on my commute, if not laughing. I loved listening to the stom show. Bummed they got booted out.

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  17. You are awesome atom...can't believe there's no more show...
    Ignore that idiot anonymous person bashing you...we all mostly agreed that he is a loser with nothing else to do in life...that's all. You are way awesome. ..don't change.

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  18. who in the heck are these people on 96.5 now? Sounds like an "old folk" show now. What's next, oldies music?

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  19. For some reason, radio people can't figure out that 90 percent of people, only care about hearing music. I think their egos won't let them understand this. They think that everyone tunes in to hear them speak. There's a reason why Sunny always does so well. Very limited talking and they play a wide variety of great music!

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  20. Surprised to hear that you're off the air, Atom. Your shows were generally funny and worth listening to. Unlike the Roula & Ryan show, which was way too liberal and with all of the on-air personalities way too full of themselves and ANNOYING! Good luck finding your next gig. You are of a talent level that it shouldn't be long. Just hope that it's in Houston.

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