City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
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4/30: Morning Mash with Al Sharpton and Warren Ballentine interviews, UK “Office” on Adult Swim

Al Sharpton at Sweet Auburn Bistro in downtown Atlanta April 29 being introduced to WAOK-AM. CREDIT: Helen Kim

Al Sharpton at Sweet Auburn Bistro in downtown Atlanta April 29 being introduced to WAOK-AM. CREDIT: Helen Kim

Management at 1180/WAOK-AM brought Al Sharpton and Warren Ballentine into Atlanta Wednesday to introduce them to the radio station. They met with fans at Sweet Auburn Bistro.

Sharpton told the crowd not to let the fact a black president is in office to let their guard down. “This is not a time to relax,” he said. “It’s time to make real mileage out of this.”

So are you happy that Al Sharpton and Warren Ballentine are back on the Atlanta airwaves?

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In a separate interview, Sharpton said he will stay on doing a weekend show for Majic 107.5/97.5 as well as five days a week on WAOK-AM. He started his radio show three years ago and said many folks believed he wouldn’t be able or willing to go on the radio every day. “But I’ve done holidays. I’ve been on Christmas Day. It doesn’t matter where I am. I can do my radio show,” he said.

He said he really enjoys being so close to the people, that he can gauge what issues are hot and which ones are not much easier by being on the radio. For instance, the economic stimulus package was of much keener interest than he expected. “It’s easier to know the pulse of the people now,” he said.

His take on Obama’s first 100 days: “I think it’s premature to judge. But if I had to make an assessment, I think he’s done a great job. He’s been very positive. I talk to him and he said, ‘You may not like everything I do but I’ll be honest.’ He’s been honest.”

Radio One, which syndicates them, dropped the pair from Grown Folks 102.5 a couple of months ago when Praise took over that spot and the station disappeared. (Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden found a new home at Majic 107.5). The ratings for Ballentine and Sharpton were far below Harvey and Baisden on 102.5.

But WAOK seems to be a perfectly fine home for Ballentine and Sharpton, though it meant the loss of two local personalities, Rick Joyner and Rob Wilson. Ballentine is from 10 to 1 p.m. and Sharpton 1 to 4 p.m.

Ballentine said losing his Atlanta gig was a disappointment but he was gratified WAOK picked him up and he had so much support, including a protest outside Radio One’s office (albeit it drew only about 15 people.).

Warren Ballentine says he's glad to be back on Atlanta. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Warren Ballentine says he's glad to be back on Atlanta. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

-Atlanta-based Adult Swim is picking up the U.K. version of “The Office” for its summer schedule. This is the most high-profile British series the network has picked up in recent months. The other shows: “The Might Boosh” and “Look Around You.”

15 comments Add your comment


April 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

People are quick to find WAOK when they have a problem, when they want the community’s ear as if their life depended on it. At times it does. Radio is a business, not personal even though some radio decisions affect us personally. This is a great line up. Let’s hope it last so it will be their when the “need” arises. As for picking up the station, they are online like most. I listen on my the crackberry with no problems. Here’s a chance for a cohesive (didn’t say monolithic) community voice that frankly you can’t get any where else in the bubble of Atlanta mediums.

RoHo Fan

April 30th, 2009
1:54 pm

I love Al Sharpton — his voice, at times on the extreme, is nonetheless needed in our community. And he couldn’t be more right about not letting our guard down and continuing to speak out on issues that impact minorities. His organization, National Action Network, has established an office here in Atlanta and I hope it grows in strength and power. Go Reverend, I love you!

2 time

April 30th, 2009
2:36 pm

Racial Terrorist,


April 30th, 2009
5:54 pm

Right on Hosea! Don’t let whitey get you down. We put Barak in office, he is a white puppet!


April 30th, 2009
11:19 pm

barack obama honest? that’s a laugh. he’s been totally DIShonest about a number of things: wouldn’t hire lobbyists as advisors/on cabinet, wouldn’t raise taxes, is NOT a muslim, wouldn’t talk to our known enemies, wouldn’t consider bogus ‘charges’ against former bush admin. for protecting this country, would get his puppy from rescue, i could go on and on


April 30th, 2009
11:29 pm

Hopefully, they will bring a more informative and enlighting breath of fresh air to the station. Speaking of air, the station needs to get a better airwave signal because it really blows. Lorraine White and Bev Smith seem to be the only air personalities that challenge the listening audience. The other personalities tend to talk down to the people or they tend to put you down if you don’t agree with their point of view. I was wondering when Rob Wilson would leave the station his show was not interesting at all.


May 1st, 2009
12:11 am

WAOK is still around? Do they finally have more than 20 sober or non-senile listeners yet?


May 1st, 2009
2:04 am

I think it is great that Sharpton and Ballentine are back. But I don’t think Radio One should be let off the hook for what they did. Since they want to give us all music and no information or news, their stations (97.5, 107.5, 102.5, and 107.9) should be ignored and their advertisers boycotted. All the talk about ratings not being high enough was a lie. Sharpton and Ballentine were broadcast over the nation, but most of their calls came in from Atlanta. The way radio ratings are determined is a joke. “The ratings for Ballentine and Sharpton were far below Harvey and Baisden on 102.5″– That is a faulty analogy and you know it Rodney. Steve Harvey comes on during the morning drive to work, and Michael Baisden is on during the drive home. Sharpton and Ballentine come on during the middle of the day. So OF COURSE more people would be listening to the station during Drive Time.

1180/WAOK. 1180? Yeah, okay. This lineup is a nice alternative to the filthy right-wing propagandists on Cox Radio who infest our airwaves everyday.


May 1st, 2009
7:43 am

I agree with you Tim. I don’t believe for one second that Warren and Al had low ratings. 102.5 signal was weak so therefore I was unable to pick up the station @ work but I listened everyday to them via the internet. I’m sure those numbers were not taken into consideration. But now I can listen to 107.5 via my radio in my office on a clear signal. It would have been nice to hear Warren and Al on a clear signal as well.

Denise Simpson

May 1st, 2009
9:09 am

So glad to have Warren and Al back. WE NEED INFORMATION NOT MORE MUSIC! I am able to get
WAOK living in Fayette County at home and in the car. Finally who really controlling Black Radio.


May 1st, 2009
9:43 am


It is 1380, not 1180. Felt I needed to correct this because the possibility of new listeners tuning in. They have a strong lineup now.

Rob Wilson actually used to give good financial info, regardless of his delivery. Nothing personal, but Mr Joyner was kind of weak. Kind of a bootlegged Michael Basiden (who is kind of weak also)

[...] earlier this week after they made their debuts on CBS Radio’s WAOK-AM. Rodney Ho’s Morning Mash column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution has an update on the re-introduction.     [...]


May 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

Pleeeeeease, Rob Wilson delivery was weak. He would sound as if he was taking a few shots while he was off the air. I think he was toasted a few times during his broadcast. I could barely understand him. Also, when WOAK had a few good male personalities, the station would ship them off, if the debate with the audience would get a little too heated. WOAK track record is very poor for articulate, well informed
male air personalities. I will wait and see how long these two men will last on the air.


May 2nd, 2009
9:16 am

Regarding Rob Wilson, I thought I said “regardless of his delivery”. If you could have gotten past that, he actually gave out helpful information for many. I can see your point regarding the male air personalities. If one of those you were referring to was Shelley Wynter then that might be questionable. If I can recall there was an alledged conflict of interest scenario involving his departure.


May 3rd, 2009
10:35 pm

this is the deal radio one sucks for pulling Al and Warren for telling the truth and being con⋅tro⋅ver⋅sial
on live and the change that they made it would have gave them a bad name with whites to here the two on the air talking about all the real and truth con⋅tro⋅ver⋅sial conversation that where being talk about. NOW what the hell the deal is? I have march on radio one i dont listen to steve or mike bas i i’ll listen to 104.1 or 103.3 for my music and info. but now that the dynamic duo is back in the ATL i’m there. PEACE!