B98.5 and Melissa Carter Celebrate Atlanta Pride 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016 — Cox Media Group (CMG) Atlanta’s B98.5 (WSB-FM/Atlanta) is honored to be part of the 46th Annual Atlanta Pride Festival, Oct. 8-9, 2016. The Tad & Melissa Show’s Melissa Carter will be featured as part of the Cox Enterprises team in the Parade (Oct. 9) and will make special appearances in the B98.5 booth at the marketplace throughout the weekend.


Melissa Carter is Atlanta’s first openly LGBT morning show host and continues to be one of few in the country. Serving the Atlanta community for over 20 years, Carter was also one of the hosts of “Radio with a Twist,” the country’s first nationally-syndicated show geared exclusively toward the LGBT community. She is the recipient of HRC’s Community Leadership Award and the CHRIS Kids Kyle Anderson Service to Youth Award. Carter currently writes the column, “That’s What She Said,” in GA Voice. 


“I remember my first Atlanta Pride right after college, because it was really the first time I realized I wasn’t the only gay person in the world,” said Carter. “I think many don’t realize how isolating it is to grow up gay since unlike other minorities you are likely the only one in your family dealing with the struggle. That alone is why so many kids and adults stay in the closet, out of fear of rejection in their own home. To see thousands at Atlanta Pride just like you gathered together in support and celebration is truly life-changing.” 


Carter is available for interviews leading up to Atlanta Pride to discuss the importance of Pride events and LGBT personalities in media, in particular the surprising low number on air. If interested in interviewing Melissa Carter, please contact the CMG Atlanta Promotions Director at Amanda.Allwood@coxinc.com. 


About Cox Media Group 

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, six daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and more than 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.