Husband, wife team to take over Mix mornings

Posted July 6, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014

— Husband-wife team Gene and Julie Gates will take over July 28 as morning hosts on MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM.

“'The Gene and Julie Show' is smart, funny and real, elements we believe relate to the core MIX listener,” station general manager Ardie Gregory said.

“This is a proven morning show with great chemistry and a successful track record. We know that personalities are a powerful asset for traditional radio and are very excited that Gene and Julie are joining us.”

Gene and Julie Gates met in 1995 and have lived and worked in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta and, most recently, Dallas on KVIL, where they were the first show in thirteen years to return mornings to #1 in the ratings.

“We have learned so much and have so many great stories to tell,” said Gene Gates. “We can’t wait to start our new show in the Triangle!”

Gene and Julie were looking for a place to put down roots and raise their daughter, Sophia, and the Triangle fits that bill. 

“Since we’ve had our daughter, we’ve wanted nothing more than to stay in one place and immerse ourselves in that community,” said Julie Gates.

When The Gene & Julie Show begins, MIX 101.5 listeners will have a familiar voice in Vanna Fox, who will continue to provide traffic reports. WRAL news and weather updates will be a part of the new morning format as well.


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  • Kevin O'Donnell Jul 8, 2014
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    I listen to WRAL, 102.9 (KIX oldies), WQDR, and sometimes 99.9, the Fan. In the mornings, I always liked to listen to Bill and Sherrie and then later on Bill and whoever they paired him with. He had an easy way about him, not forcing the humor. Mike never sounded comfortable there. Personally, I like the spontaneity of radio, how a song comes on and you react by saying, "Oh, I love this song" or "I haven't heard this song in years," and you turn up the volume. I also like the local community angle that only radio can provide -- the concerns, events, and people of the area. I'd rather endure a few commercials than to have endless music piped in from some generic place with no personality.

  • AMazeder Jul 8, 2014

    FBI did not get run off, he decided to go into full-time ministry. Radio listeners' loss, a lucky congregation's gain!

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Jul 8, 2014

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    Amen to Stern. Nothing else will ever come close.

  • independent_thinker Jul 7, 2014

    Raleigh/Durham/CH commercial radio is sorely lacking. The only stations worth listening to are associated with the universities.

  • dlnorri Jul 7, 2014

    Whatever Happened to FBI....... Bill was OK, but I was not happy when they shipped Bob Inskeep away. For that matter, the station was better before it Joined the MIX payola program...... (when it was the best of 60s, 70s, and 80s,)

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  • Billy Mae Sutten Jul 7, 2014
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    I just plug in my phone and listen to spotify or itunes and no commercials ! I can't stand those morning talk shows!

  • Maurice Pentico Jr. Jul 7, 2014
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    I never liked Mike... and quit listening shorty after he started.

  • PanthersFan45 Jul 7, 2014

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    Sirius XM is the way to go. I don't mind paying for itl. No commercials and plenty of stations. If I want talk radio I'll tune into Howard Stern.

  • Matt Clinton Jul 7, 2014
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    I'd rather have a station that just plays music in the mornings to be honest. There's plenty of talk stations if that's what I want to listen to.