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He talked his way into filling in on WGST, Atlanta after the death of one of the station’s talk hosts left them with little choice and he’s been an Atlanta icon ever since. Now, 33 years later, Neal Boortz is gaining prominence in syndication in addition to his stranglehold on Atlanta’s talk radio audience.

He grew up and was schooled in Texas but relocated to Atlanta in early adulthood. After getting the gig on WGST he continued to hold jobs outside radio, perhaps keeping him in touch with the “real world.” He went to law school in the 1970s and practiced law while continuing to do his program. In 1993, WSB hired Boortz away and in 1999 COX Radio/Jones Media syndicated his program.

Boortz’s libertarian position, his experience in law and innate intelligence make him an outstanding talk host. He keeps his audience on guard by being neither too conservative nor too liberal but always thoughtful and concise in his assessment of the issues.

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