Posted: 9:28 pm Sunday, January 26th, 2014

‘Southside’ Steve Rickman gets married 

By Rodney Ho

Amanda and Steve Rickman moments before they were officially married at Country Club of the South Saturday, January 25, 2014. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Amanda and Steve Rickman moments before they were officially married at Country Club of the South Saturday, January 25, 2014. Ross Turner (center) presided. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

An event many thought never would happen actually did: “Southside” Steve Rickman got married Saturday at Country Club of the South in Johns Creek before 150 friends and family.

The Regular Guys radio host met nutritionist and weight-loss counselor Amanda Bakalar two years ago and fell in love. They tied the knot in classy fashion.

The marriage ceremony was simple and elegant, with candles attached to the windows and Bach and Handel as a backdrop in music. (No Journey until the reception!) Bakalar, in a beautiful flowing wedding dress, was brought down the aisle by her father Steven Bakalar. It went off without a hitch.

With Ross Turner presiding, he appeared steady except when Bakalar put on his ring. He backed off a moment, took a deep breath and uttered, “It’s real!” The crowd laughed.

Rickman said on the air just before 9 a.m. Monday that he felt a bit nervous before he got married, saying he was feeling the “weight of the responsibility and maturity.”  And at that point, he had not yet consummated the marriage, saying he hasn’t had time yet with family obligations. He and Amanda last night were also packing for their honeymoon to Mexico, which starts tonight. He promised that they will have plenty of time to get it on then.

Rickman kept the radio guests to a minimum: his Regular Guys colleagues Larry Wachs and Tim Andrews, producer Brandi Britain, 680/The Fan mid-morning host Sandra Golden and Bert Show host Bert Weiss. Jesse James Dupree, the lead singer of Jackyl, and attorney and regular Regular Guys guest George Stein were there as well. Former 99X and Dave FM host Yvonne Monet emceed and cover band Contagious performed. Sebastian Davis from the show also attended as videographer. “Top Gear” cast member Rutledge Wood was supposed to emcee with Monet but his shooting schedule changed at the last second and he couldn’t make it. (I only attended the ceremony portion.)

“It was beautiful,” Monet said, about the reception. “They had a video from Amanda’s fatherand got a good laugh over Steve’s mullet over the years. During the first dance, he put his own little twist on it. He started with Ray LaMontagne but then segued into Kid Rock and Journey.” (She has known Rickman for more than 20 years, going back to the days of Rupert’s nightclub when he was a bartender and she was a DJ. She also wanted me to include her website www.yvonnemonet.com in case you want her at your event, too)

I am also unsure if Rickman invited Eric Von Haessler, former Regular Guy. But EVH wasn’t there and I didn’t have a chance to talk to Rickman.

This was the table listing with the radio folks, plus a Jackyl lead singer.

This was the table listing with the radio folks, plus a Jackyl lead singer.

While Weiss said he was surprised Rickman made it to this point, Andrews said he knew fairly early on that Rickman was reacting differently to Balakar than previous ladies. He is also in the minority in thinking that this marriage will last for the ages. Wachs (who insisted it’s now W-A-C-H-S) simply said he felt “joy” watching his work colleague and friend get hitched.

[UPDATE: On Monday morning on the air, Wachs got on my case for acting skeptical when he said he felt joy. He was also annoyed that I left early and didn't stick around for dinner. But as Rickman said, I was invited as a journalist, not a guest.]

Rickman’s courtship of Bakalar has been a regular subject on the Rock 100.5 morning show, with his co hosts teasing him constantly about the age difference. (He’s 48. She’s 26.)

Plus, he built his persona over the years as a ladies’ man, bragging on air that he had slept with more than 400 women in his lifetime.

Eleven years ago, as a stunt, Rickman even got “married” to a woman he had never met while he worked on the Regular Guys show at 96rock.

This one on Saturday? Real and legal.

Steve Rickman minutes after he got married with Q100's Bert Weiss, whose show is now in 20 markets including Salt Lake City and Dallas. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Steve Rickman minutes after he got married with Q100’s Bert Weiss, whose show is now in 20 markets including Salt Lake City and Dallas. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Larry Wachs was in good spirits after he saw his colleague Steve Rickman get married. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Larry Wachs was in good spirits after he saw his colleague Steve Rickman get married. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Jesse James Dupree, Jackyl lead singer, said he was thrilled to be see his buddy get hitched.

Jesse James Dupree, Jackyl lead singer, said he was thrilled to be see his buddy get hitched. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Steve Rickman and Amanda Bakalar seal it with a kiss. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Steve Rickman and Amanda Bakalar seal it with a kiss. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

The wedding party took photos in front of a lovely fireplace. My wife Helen was waiting for me while I was interviewing attendees and took this behind the scenes pic. (Nobody was allowed to take pictures of the formal shots except the folks hired to do so.)

The wedding party took photos in front of a lovely fireplace. My wife Helen was waiting for me while I was interviewing attendees and took this behind the scenes pic. (Nobody was allowed to take pictures of the formal parties except the photography company hired to do so.)

Steven Amanda

30 comments
atl30075
atl30075

wow, congrats to Bert!  I thought his show ran only here, Nashville, & Indianapolis.


good luck to them.  I don't know much about the guy except for 'yeah, c'mon.'  

DrewNelson
DrewNelson

That would have been a reunion for Rut and Yvonne.  They co-hosted on 720 the Voice in Newnan in 2005 before that station went to Premiere syndication.

NASCARJeff
NASCARJeff

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Rickman, I hope you enjoy your many weeks of happiness until D-Bag Southside Steve finds someone younger.

How does that saying from Dazed and Confused go? The older Steve gets the girls stay the same age!

RayPelot
RayPelot

Congrats and many years of happy times for both of you.  Good luck cause it is always a work in progress.  Wished my ex wife would had understood that.   

missnadine
missnadine

When I was 26, I could not imagine being with someone old enough to be my dad. 2 decades later, I still can't. There is just so little that people with that much of an age difference have in common. He may think he is in his 20s, but, but he has some major miles on him. She is really beautiful and looks very happy, so what do I know :)


DavidC23715
DavidC23715

I don't remember ever reading a nuptials announcement in a major market newspaper that was of lower class than this one. With the poll of marriage length and including whether the marriage was "consummated", Mr. Ho has reached a new low.

Lydiasouth
Lydiasouth

Congrats to Steve and Amanda!  Amanda is beautiful!  Now, hopefully, she'll make him cut off that ponytail.


NickGerz
NickGerz

Is Larry a TOP or BOTTOM with Sandra G ?

Just Hank
Just Hank

Check out the triple chins on fatboy.  Wonder what Amanda will do when Steve loses his radio gig.  The strip clubs will be next since he can't give them free publicity every morning, so she's gonna hafta be the primary breadwinner.  No way this thing lasts two years.

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

Golden huh....NICE.   You Go Lairrrr....!!!

NickGerz
NickGerz

I am shocked larry's EGO let SS7 get married. We all know wacks is a pathetic, little, desperate man begging for attention. By the way wacks... nice ratings.. loser. 

Dasdguy
Dasdguy

I do wat I do when I do it. Wheres the other Burt?

Andy123
Andy123

White trash is all SSS will ever be regardless of who he marries or where he marries her. 

BiffPocoroba
BiffPocoroba

Where was Eric?  Glad WACHS was able to take a minute to make it about him and insist you spell out his name since he was the biggest celebrity there of course.

rjallen
rjallen

also it seems that Larry must be dating Sandra Golden?................Rodney???

rjallen
rjallen

"""Steve Rickman minutes after he got married with Q100′s Bert Weiss, whose show is now in 20 markets including Salt Lake City and Dallas"""

thanks for keeping it all about Steve and Amanda!... congrats to them!

POAD2013
POAD2013

This marriage will be shorter than the 2 years of dating. He turns 50 and she will want KIDS. 

Wish you guys the best but lets be real. He is no catch and she is too young to be changing Diapers for a baby ans as soon as the kid is out of diapers she will be changing SS Steve's diapers.  

Surewhynot
Surewhynot

@rjallen @rjallen He has been for months, probably closer to a year or more. All the way back to Mic'd up with Larry when Sandra discussed having wine together and it just snowballed after he got baraged with question. He's tried to keep it on the DL (probably doesn't want to hurt her career or let people know he's in her late 60s) but even if you go back to Friday he mentioned in the early hour that his "Gal Pal" arranged for champaign and then in the toasting hour, she was there. What other reason would she have to be at the wedding?

POAD2013
POAD2013

@rjallen If that is true I lost respect for Sandra. Larry comes across as a POS.

rjallen
rjallen

sounds like a challenge!!!!

rjallen
rjallen

Hey Rodney, you might know, what happened to Mike Francis on 11 alive?

atl30075
atl30075

@RodneyHo @rjallen I'm with Rodney on this one!  I've never seen any Real Housewives show, but his articles about the blonde chick are some seriously good snark.