Belinda Skelton is a familiar voice to thousands of Atlantans. The host of “Atlanta Living” on 95.5 WSB, Belinda can be heard daily talking everything from theater to matchmaking and hot new restaurants. When not on the air, you can catch the 54-year-old volunteering her time and money to provide for those in need.
What impact do you hope to leave on the world?
I sincerely hope my kindness has made a difference. No matter how someone treats me, I always try to respond with kindness because you never know what the other person is going through in their personal life.
What piece of wisdom would you give to people in their 20s and 30s?
Dream big and don’t be afraid to go for your dreams. Be brave and ask for what you want. It usually just takes about 20 seconds of extreme courage to get you over the hump.
What do you think is the secret to aging gracefully?
Aging gracefully is all mental; your age is just a number. My sister-in-law LuAnn Holden water-skis, snow skis, hikes, loves to camp and takes awesome care of her family. She lets her actions rather than her age define her.
Who has been your biggest cheerleader over the years?
My biggest cheerleaders are my parents. They never miss one of my shows. The first time I was on the air, my mother sat in her car and listened to me on the radio. She ran her battery down and had to get someone to jump-start her car to make it home.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
Raising two wonderful sons. From a career perspective, I was the producer of “The Neal Boortz Show” for 23 years and became his sidekick on the air. The show was nationally syndicated and played on stations across the country. I went on to host my own talk show on WSB Radio, the largest talk station in the country.
What is your favorite way to give back to your community?
I give financially and give my time to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Every year we broadcast for 36 hours to raise money for children’s cancer research. This year the station raised over $1.7 million. I also donate my time to the Donna Boortz Foundation, which identifies individuals in need and helps give them a hand up by helping families pay their rent or utility bills. This year I also assisted with Solidarity Sandy Springs, a local food bank.