Now former Atlanta radio personality,Â Frank Ski, announced his departure from V-103 yesterday and all have many questions as to why. Check out inside for full details from what we know….
Timeline of events:
- Long-time afternoon hostÂ Ryan CameronÂ will take over mornings in January.
- Big Tigger, a former BET â€œ106 & Parkâ€ host (who formerly had a morning show on DCâ€™s WPGC) will take over afternoons.
- Frank Skiâ€™s final day on the station will be Thursday, Dec. 20.
- Frank Ski will more than likely will not be allowed to be on the radio for the next six months, because of his â€˜non-competeâ€™.
- Frank Ski doesn’t plan to leave Atlanta despite his $2.2 million home is for sale.
- Rick Caffey,Â market manager for V-103, said Ski wanted a syndication deal to expand his footprint beyond Atlanta, but the two sidesÂ couldn’tÂ come to agreement.
And hereâ€™s Skiâ€™s official statement:
Fourteen years ago, V-103 General Manager Rick Caffey and I set out to create a morning show that wasÂ informative, entertaining and inspirational â€” and year after year, youâ€™ve blessed us with #1 ratings inÂ every age category.Iâ€™m beyond blessed to get paid to do what I love most, to be on the radio with more than a millionÂ listeners every week. I have enjoyed waking you up every morning, deejaying the hottest parties everyÂ week and whether it be in the streets, the grocery store, your school, a football game or in places ofÂ worship, I have truly enjoyed getting to know you and your family.When I moved here in 1998, I was newly married and hadnâ€™t even started my family. Major milestonesÂ and defining moments have happened while on the airwaves of V-103. My children were born here inÂ Atlanta, and you shared in that joy â€” all three times. Tanya & I started the Frank Ski Kids Foundation aÂ decade ago, and because you supported our annual Kids Week, Youth Bowl and Wine Tastings, you madeÂ it possible for us to expose hundreds of kids to their future, and ultimately, realize their dreams.Â Iâ€™ve grown personally from interviewing those who have made Atlanta the great city it is, and Iâ€™veÂ flourished from genuine relationships with people like Maynard Jackson, Andy Young, Bill Campbell,Bernice King, Shirley Franklin and my good friend, Kasim Reed, whose individual legacies will liveÂ forever.Â Atlanta, youâ€™ve allowed me to bring so many important triumphs and tragedies to life. To be blessed withÂ the last interview with Ms. Coretta Scott King, challenged by the jail interview with convicted murdererÂ Wayne Williams, and completely honored to interview the young Senator from Chicago, President BarackÂ Obama. The list goes on â€” from the iconic and unforgettable Whitney Houston to the incomparable livingÂ legend, Mr. Stevie Wonder, youâ€™ve witnessed and experienced countless defining moments with me.You encouraged me when I flew to New York hours after 9-11, when I drove to Louisiana for the Jena 6Â story and even when we pulled our entire city together to raise hundreds and thousands of dollars forÂ Hurricane Katrina victims. Youâ€™ve been there when I suffered a loss, and when the hard work allowed meto try things I never could have dreamed for myself.Â Weâ€™ve traveled around the world togetherâ€¦ to Asia, Africa, South America and beyond, and have returnedÂ home with deeper connections to each other and our communities. You celebrated with me in 2011 whenÂ my dream to open a restaurant became a reality. I thank you for all of those shared times â€” the laughter,the tears and the victories.And with that, Atlanta, I have decided to end my tenure with V-103Â My decision to leave my V-103 family has been one of the most important and most spiritual decisions ofÂ my life. For years, Iâ€™ve delivered the Inspirational Vitamin and have told you to live by faith, not fear, andÂ to believe in the power of Godâ€™s plan for your life.Â Iâ€™ve encouraged you to â€˜Let Go and Let Godâ€™ â€” and now itâ€™s time for me to do the same.Itâ€™s time for me to walk in faith â€” but chase my passions and spiritual purpose to expand my brand &grow. Itâ€™s time for me to explore other opportunities that will allow me to serve more people on a greaterÂ level.Thank you to General Manager, Rick Caffey, for believing in my talent, and allowing me to be the leaderÂ of a radio station that truly believes in service & community. Thank you to my co host, Wanda Smith, forÂ trusting in my abilities to lead the Morning Show on a successful 14 year journey. Thank you to the entireÂ V-103 family â€” on-air and behind the scenes â€” your efforts, enthusiasm, hard work & support will alwaysÂ be appreciated.And thank you to YOU, Atlanta, for allowing me to be a part of your family, and unselfishly being a partÂ of mine. As the story continues, you will hear me again on radio & I will not leave the city I call home.As one beautiful chapter ends and another begins, I will take the memories weâ€™ve created and never forgetÂ how the story began. I look forward to sharing the next chapter with you, and creating even moreÂ unforgettable memories.This is not a good-bye, Atlanta, but instead â€” to be continuedâ€¦ very soon.
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