Cartersville mayor latest New Frontier roastee
by Marie Nesmith
Mar 09, 2013 | 1720 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini, taking the hot seat at the New Frontier of Bartow County’s 40th annual Walter A. Johnson Sr. Celebrity Roast will be an honor.

“There’s a 40-year history with the Walter A. Johnson roast, and I know the work of the New Frontier does great things in the community and this is one of their signature events,” he said. “So to be a part of it and to be part of a great fundraising effort, I was honored and humbled.”

Set for March 15 at 7 p.m., the Celebrity Roast will be held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20, Cartersville. Emceed by Weldon Dudley, the benefit will feature various individuals who will provide entertaining stories about Santini, some of whom include his wife, Anthia McStatts Santini, Mike Fields, Herschel Wisebram, Alan J. Sanders, Kevin Karel, Jennifer Wiggins Matthews, David Archer, Lee Burger, Sam Grove, Bryan Canty and Parnick Jennings.

“For there to be a successful roast, there has to be a certain level of discomfort,” Santini said. “People are coming to this event not just as a fundraiser but to be entertained.

“So I think I’ve done a good job of identifying people who have a lot of history and dirt on me. And I’ve told everybody to take their best shot in an effort to make sure that the people that come are going to have a great experience.”

Along with serving as Cartersville’s mayor since 2008, Santini is the station manager for WBHF radio, administrator for The Grand Theatre, a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County Inc., past president of Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and a charter member and past president of Rotary Club of Etowah.

Proceeds from the Celebrity Roast will support the New Frontier’s various community programs, including college scholarships for area youth, mentoring initiatives and the Feed the Community Dinner.

“Walter A. Johnson was one of our original founders of our organization,” said Tony Suber, president for New Frontier. “The roast was named after Walter A. Johnson to not only memorialize his service to New Frontier and to the community but it’s something that we felt compelled to do given all that he had given back to the New Frontier and the community.

“This year we will celebrate our 40th annual Walter A. Johnson roast so if you think back — we actually just celebrated last month [on] Feb. 22 our 51st anniversary — it is in all accounts our longest-standing annual fundraising event where we have fun with community leaders and those who have given back so much.”

Tickets to the Celebrity Roast, which also will feature a chicken or steak dinner catered by Dot Beavers and family, will cost $35 and need to be purchased by Tuesday. For more information about corporate sponsorships or to reserve a table, contact Suber at 404-825-9529 or