94.9/The Bull morning host Kristen Gates recuperating from brain tumor surgery

Originally posted Monday, April 1, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

94.9/The Bull morning host Kristen Gates on her Facebook page this morning announced that she had a ping-pong ball-sized tumor removed from her brain last Monday and will be out for about a month to recuperate.

She said she had terrible headaches for month and finally decided on Friday, March 22, to go to the emergency room and get a scan. Fortunately, the tumor was between her brain and her skull.

Her co host Spencer Graves last week said she was taking a leave of absence but didn’t say why. Gates said on Facebook Live that her family wanted to keep things quiet in case the surgery had some serious complications. So far, she expects to fully recuperate. 

She spent a week in the hospital. After getting home, she thanked her family and friends as well as the medical staff. 

“I’m on the mend,” Gates said. “I am humbled. I feel so loved. I never didn’t feel loved. I just can’t believe how loved I feel now. I think it’s important to stress to fight for yourself. And I always want my message, if you know there’s something wrong to go get the answers even if they’re scary to get.”

The tumor was benign, she said, and it was entirely removed.

Gates has been a host on 94.9/The Bull for a decade and in radio for about a quarter century. She spent 10 years as a co-host with Jason Pullman, who was let go without explanation about two months ago. She was also a co-host with Cadillac Jack on Kicks 101.5 in the late 2000s. 

Former B98.5 host Tripp West two years ago had a tumor removed from his brain. His surgery was more invasive and he is still working on getting back to normal.

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.