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As anticipated, Frank Ski announced this (Thursday) morning that he’s leaving R&B/hip-hop station V-103 after 14 years.
His side kick, Wanda Smith announced she’s leaving the show as well…to spend more time with her family and work on her comedy project. We love that chic!
Frank Ski says he doesn’t plan to leave Atlanta (though his Dunwoody home is now for sale for $2.2 million). He promised he will be heard again on the radio but wasn’t specific. Most personalities have a six-month “non-compete” which will keep him off the air during that time period.
Ski , 48, read a formal statement on air just past 7 a.m. today. He noted how he moved to the city with his wife Tanya from Baltimore in 1998. He said Atlanta has participated with him in his biggest personal moments, including the births of his three children. He mentioned his weekend DJ club gigs, becoming friends with some of Atlanta’s biggest politicians, including the late Maynard Jackson and the current mayor Kasim Reed. He recalled how he was the last person to interview Coretta Scott King, how he met Pres. Barack Obama before he became president, how he got to interview convicted child killer Wayne Williams.
He mentioned all the travel he did all around the world and forming his Frank Ski Kids Foundation. He referenced 9′/11, Hurricane Katrina and Jenna 6. He also noted his new restaurant he opened last y ear.
“This is not a good-bye, Atlanta, but instead to be continued… very soon,” he said. Ski’s show with partner Wanda Smith was No. 1 for virtually the entire time he’s been on air here over his entire run at V-103, typically drawing one million listeners a week.
In a poll speculating on the change yesterday, about 56 percent guessed correctly that Ski was leaving.
No confirmation yet but the No. 1 station in the market will likely replace him with afternoon host Ryan Cameron, a move many have been anticipating for years. Cameron is insanely popular in this town. He gets a fare higher percentage of positive comments on this blog than Ski. Three years ago during Ski’s last negotiations, I had posted a poll asking folks what they thought of Cameron moving to mornings. A vast majority were supportive of that move, but V-103 chose to keep Ski at the time.
Cameron returned to V-103 as afternoon host more than eight years ago after a long stint as morning host on rival Hot 107.9 (originally Hot 97.5). He was paid morning host money to be the afternoon guy, a luxury V-103 could afford. He was able to live normal working hours compared to morning hosts as well.
But alas, the time has come and Cameron is likely to take over in early January.