Hosts Gene & Julie Gates
A listener recently described Gene & Julie as, “Genuine, good people with interesting lives.” Gene & Julie wear many hats as radio hosts, relationship experts, restaurateurs and most importantly: parents. They love family life and their 12-year-old daughter Sophia is the center of their universe (she loves TWENTY ØNE PILØTS and the musical Hamilton). They’re a tight-knit family and recently made a pact to lock up their phones during dinner so they can actually talk to each other instead of looking at screens. It’s working… and it’s so refreshing to see something other than the tops of each other’s heads.
GENE was raised in a small town in a red, white and blue military family & moved a lot as a child (he even lived in Japan). He’s passionate about the culinary arts and has been this way ever since he was a kid: when he was 14 Gene bought a beef tenderloin with his very first paycheck (who does that?). Today Gene is a tad OCD in the kitchen. When cooking he goes all out– while making his famous “Three-Day Burger” he makes his own catsup, mayo and buns from scratch. It literally takes him three days to pull it all together. But it’s SO worth it. He watches all the chef shows on TV: Chopped, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, A Chef’s Life and Top Chef. Being the son of a career Army officer, Gene’s a Neat Freak and you might catch him organizing cans at the grocery store so the labels are facing forward. Gene is truly defined by his wicked quick wit… he makes Julie and Sophia laugh so much their sides hurt. He’s been known to randomly toss fruit to Julie in the grocery store without any warning. Kids love him because he acts like a big kid. In the end, he’s a dedicated husband and father. And don’t feel bad if he repeatedly asks for your name… he can’t remember them due to a childhood brain injury after falling out of a tree. That injury could explain a lot of things…
JULIE is a busy mom who is attempting to juggle career demands and family life. She is a recovering perfectionist who is trying to learn “good enough” is, well, good enough. An eternal optimist, Julie was voted “Happiest” girl in high school and has a contagious laugh. She always has been the person everyone goes to with their problems, so she’s a kind and compassionate listener. Julie learned her “UN Peacekeeper” skills while trying to mediate the crazy between her three younger brothers (who are now her absolute favorite people). Growing up in a mixed faith household, she lights the Menorah and decorates a Christmas tree… loving spiritual traditions from all cultures. In her spare time, Julie enjoys taking classes and reading books about metaphysical topics. She practices crystal therapy so don’t be surprised if you see her walking around with rocks in her hands (WTH?). Unfortunately for Gene, she leaves clutter everywhere. She has been playing piano since she was ten and now enjoys playing with Sophia. She’s a natural leader: a former college cheerleader and sorority president (Pi Beta Phi). Unfortunately, she struggles to find the time (and motivation!) to exercise anymore. Instead you’ll probably find her eating an entire sea salt caramel chocolate bar in one sitting.
In addition to radio, Gene & Julie network other crazy romantic couples who decided to work together with their Working Couple Network. They are relationship experts and do TV appearances, write magazine articles and give convention workshops about relationship topics. They are former restaurateurs who still have a tremendous passion for the industry. And they are obsessed with other cultures and travel. Their favorite places to travel have included U.S. Presidential Libraries and World Heritage Sites like Stonehenge, Chichen Itza, Giza, Luxor and Chaco Canyon. They have a spoiled Havanese named Reggie and you’ll spot him riding everywhere with Julie in their Honda minivan.
Producer Casey Tate
Casey Tate hails from the small Southern town of Calhoun, Georgia. He’s a graduate of the University of West Georgia and worked as Executive Producer at Star94 in Atlanta before moving to the Triangle. He adores his large family (he has 24 cousins) and loves to spoil his nieces and nephews. Casey is known to eat dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for breakfast, but he pigs out on Southern food: fried chicken, peach cobbler, sweet tea and his Momma’s famous chocolate gravy. While at home he’s reality show obsessed, and can’t get enough of Big Brother, Survivor and Real Housewives (of every city). His Dachshund Regan is his constant companion, even though he says she’s psycho and stubborn. He has a habit of getting into bad relationships, but this new one looks promising…
Traffic Reporter Patrick McMahon
Born in Raleigh and raised in Wilson, NC, Traffic Reporter Patrick McMahon discovered his love for radio while broadcasting on East Carolina University’s WZMB 91.3 FM. Upon graduation, he worked in New Bern and Raleigh where you may have heard him use the name “Crash” on the air (he’s trying to forget those crazy years in his 20s). As a “grown-up” Patrick is a hipster living inside the Beltline in the same house where his mother grew-up, probably drinking a craft beer. He has a soft spot in his heart for educators: his mother is a retired teacher/administrator, his dad is a retired superintendent, and his sister is a current Wake County principal. A newlywed who tied the knot last November, Patrick enjoys taking weekend roadtrips with his bride Angela, and they recently added a puppy to their family.