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5/22: Rashan Ali leaves Hot 107.9

Rashan Ali, the mid-day host at Hot 107.9, was let go Thursday afternoon, she informed me at her fundraiser for her charity Sporty Girls tonight at the Loft in Castleberry Hill. Q from the R&B group 112 performed.

Ali was a morning host for many years at Hot and headed the “A” Team until last summer, when Hot went with syndicated Rickey Smiley. She was moved to mid days, partly because she was still under contract. But she was making morning show money and Hot, like other radio stations, is in serious cost cutting mode.

Her contract was up in February but her agent Career Sports and Management got her a three month extension. Hot, she said, did not negotiate with her. Her contract is up May 31 but they decided to let her go a week early. She has a three-month noncompete clause, she said, so she is free to look for other radio employment in Atlanta in September.

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For now, she said she can focus on her charity work. “It’s all good,” she said, with no trace of bitterness. She said she was expecting to get cut, given the economic environment.

She’s also pregnant with her second child, a girl, who is due in September.

Hot will likely hire a replacement at less than half the cost of Rashan to do mid days.

Rashan Ali (right) is joined by C.J. (left) and Emperor Searcy (center)

Rashan Ali (right) is joined by C.J. (left) and Emperor Searcy (center)

Her former morning cohost C.J. was there, along with Murph Dawg of 95.5/The Beat. Hot 107.9’s Emperor Searcy was there to support her as well. I’ll put up photos in the morning.

Rashan with Q of 112

Rashan with Q of 112

117 comments Add your comment

My 2 cents

May 21st, 2009
11:19 pm

Hey its the cost of doing business these days. All kinds of people are being laid off these days. It’s the cost of doing business these days. Watch in the coming months how some of these record labels start folding under the economic pressure.

mike

May 21st, 2009
11:46 pm

Morning shows are dead in ATL.

say what?

May 21st, 2009
11:48 pm

home grown is gone.

Steve-o

May 22nd, 2009
12:08 am

Oh no….what are we going to do? C’mon! Why is this news? Who gives a rats ass?

david

May 22nd, 2009
12:24 am

HOT 107.9 is officially garbage now,they lost when they dropped Ryan Cameron,lost when they started the “A” team,lost when Griff left,now all thats left is the ghetto fab “durrty boyz”.Enough already,its summer now,their target audience has ipods so goodbye forever hopefully.
I’ll have my Ryan on V-103,and Baisden on Magic 107.5

what_what

May 22nd, 2009
12:45 am

why are comments enabled here and not for this more important article?
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2009/05/10/morehouse_shooting.html

Hot Researcher

May 22nd, 2009
2:26 am

First of all congrats on the baby Rashan. She is very talented other than radio and I know she will emerge again. She has strong faith and family and friends that support her. She will be ok. Be blessed. Great story.
Former co-worker of Rashan

Savvy

May 22nd, 2009
2:52 am

Sometimes, a downsizing is a blessing. Trust and believe.

death to haters

May 22nd, 2009
3:09 am

I will miss you Rashan,but keep ya head up cause you are da bomb anyway!

death to haters

May 22nd, 2009
3:11 am

Also, I didn’t know she was so sexy lol!

Carlos

May 22nd, 2009
6:28 am

Maybe she can work with Ryan … again.

Mike Hunt

May 22nd, 2009
7:00 am

Please somebody, pleasssssse help get rid of Miss Sophia from V-103.

CPM

May 22nd, 2009
7:13 am

If she was pushed to mid-day solely due to her contract this should be no surprise. She could have just quit (being that the end was immanent) voiding the “no compete,” only to start the next day as some sort of “come back” story on another Atlanta station. Seems that her “agent” talked her into stay to squeeze every last penny out… and then some (the three-months).

White Male Poster

May 22nd, 2009
7:28 am

Just another example of someone “over-estimating” their value to a company and paying the price. Maybe she can go hang with Porshce Foxx and they can drown their sorrows together. Later losers.

TRUTH

May 22nd, 2009
8:13 am

Rashaan was cool peeps. Time to move on. I’m with you Mike Hunt, PUH-LEESE kick the Frank Ski Yawning Show off the air. Lawd!! Brains is in the White House and Ignorance is on V-103. C’mon people, we can do better than that janky-azz, backwards behind show.

Good Ol' Girl

May 22nd, 2009
8:18 am

why is her eye red in that last photo? girl, that’s the real problem!

Anthony Davis

May 22nd, 2009
8:18 am

What ever happened to pezo in da crib???

lynn

May 22nd, 2009
8:20 am

I agree with the comment to get rid of Miss Sophia. She and Wanda Smith really “dumb down” the show. I’m sorry but I used to like to hear intelligent discussions on the radio in the morning. Now I can’t even play their station in my office because of the garbage they discuss. Atlanta radio has really gone down the tubes. There are no local dj’s on the stations I listen to. Everyone is syndicated so they can’t tell you anything that is going on in Atlanta. That very unfortunate and unfair to the listeners. Especially the hip-hop stations. With all of the talent in Atlanta, there really should be a station to hightlight the local talent and happenings. Congratulations on the baby and best of luck to Rashan Ali. She is a beautiful person.

Nik

May 22nd, 2009
8:23 am

Ryan Cameron GO GET Rashan !!!

Nik

May 22nd, 2009
8:24 am

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Pimp

May 22nd, 2009
8:24 am

Never liked her show, hope she does not go back to Ryan’s because I like Ryan’s show. Maybe she can go to Austraila with Griff so I don’t have to hear any of their voices

Nik

May 22nd, 2009
8:25 am

107.9 was DEAD when Ryan Cameron moved on !!!

Pimp

May 22nd, 2009
8:27 am

Oh yeah dumb article too, who cares….

Jennifer

May 22nd, 2009
8:32 am

Ryan getting Rashan would be fabulous! He needs a side-kick so to speak and she needs a job. Liked her with him better than Elle anyway.

IDK Y

May 22nd, 2009
8:34 am

why do people post “Who Cares” comments when you obviously had some interest to even come in the topic… IDIOTS!

I Care!!!

May 22nd, 2009
8:40 am

This is top-of-web-page important and why was this not broadcast by Jim Lerher last last night!!! This is outrageous!!!

My Rashan can enjoy her days at home collecting a gub’ment check and farting in her hand then smelling it.

The Real Fan

May 22nd, 2009
8:42 am

Anyone who thinks morning radio is dead hasn’t heard The Bert Show!

ANT

May 22nd, 2009
8:43 am

Listen to NPR in the morning and get some knowledge.Ms.Sophia,Ricky Smiley and Steve Harvey are not options,just noise.

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May 22nd, 2009
8:45 am

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Leelee

May 22nd, 2009
8:46 am

She should go to v103 with Ryan Cameron. Would love to hear them together again.

ATLpeach

May 22nd, 2009
8:48 am

I wonder if her pregnancy had anything to do with the contract not being renewed……………….hmmmmmmmmm

Leelee

May 22nd, 2009
8:52 am

Oh yea I love the Bert Show too. To be honest I actually listen to all the morning shows in Atl. V, Q, Star, Beat, Magic and Hot. Mainly its been Bert in the mornings, V has lost steam.

Decatur

May 22nd, 2009
8:52 am

And we care because…..

Leelee

May 22nd, 2009
8:53 am

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We care because...

May 22nd, 2009
9:01 am

… this is an integral part of the black community and the African-American voice here in the ATL, the most important black city in the world!

If you are a hater then go somewhere else for your hating.

Shaking My Damn Head

May 22nd, 2009
9:09 am

I agree with What_What. I like Rashan, however I can’t understand why this has made news. Also, I am mad with myself. I am not only mad that I took time to read this crap, but more so that I am taking time to comment on this crap.
Let me get back to work before I am standing next to Rashan in the unemployment line.

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You Should Know Better

May 22nd, 2009
9:22 am

people remove the “red-eye” before posting photographs!!!

Decatur

May 22nd, 2009
9:25 am

Integral part of What? Being an Atl native and watching communities such as Greenbriar and South Dekalb deteriorate with 0 Economic Growth as opposed to N. Fulton and Fayette counties, I do not think a DJ getting the ax is of any importance to anyone’ wallet. ATL transplant! Radio sucks in Atlanta and has done so in the last 10 years, so Why do we care! And what do WE OWN in the MOST IMPORTANT BLACK CITY IN THE WORLD besides RIM SHOPS AND WING SHACKS? I AM DYING TO KNOW.

just curious

May 22nd, 2009
9:25 am

Why do people come on here and say, “Is this news?” Its listed under Access Atlanta which is the entertainment section on the website so yes this is news. If its not of interest to you then don’t click on the story. Anyway, I wish Rashaan the best of luck I never really listened to Hot 107.9 but it sucks to see people lose their jobs especially since she is expecting another baby.

Me

May 22nd, 2009
9:35 am

CPM, you don’t just quit to aviod a “no compete” clause. She’s having a baby and I’m sure could use the money. She would have been off air for a while anyway soon since she is expecting so the wait period will be nothing…By the time she’s ready to make a move that “no compete” clause will be history.

vuduchld

May 22nd, 2009
9:36 am

I listened to Hot 107.9 for the first time in what seemed like years yesterday and was rolling on the floor from laughter. Is this what black radio has become? This crap is beyond garbage. There is a bill before Congress to impose a tax for every song being played on the radio and I’m 100 per cent behind the bill. The music on radio, and especially black radio is nonsense. Heck they should PAY ME for wasting my time changing the channel.

Now I know there are idiots out there who will say: IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT DON’T LISTEN TO IT, and I agree with that assessment. That is why I have my cds, tapes, etc. Hot 107.9 is a complete waste of anyone’s time and whoever is listening to that crap are the walking dead!

a team fan

May 22nd, 2009
9:40 am

Atlanta morning radio really sucks..i really miss the A Team..hopefully they can come back together again in the near futre. In the meantime, please remove Rickey Smiley and Frank Ski.

kendall meeks

May 22nd, 2009
9:59 am

im glad that rashaan has a chance to team back up ryan on V-103 because the eggshell head girl EL made ryan’s show so dumb founded. i wish her the best because she is fairly well and she does have the listners. we all know that it was her that carried that A-TEAM bull. Grif was so annoying with his voice and korny jokes that it made him look even more stupid and Emperor Searchy don’t know what he’s talking about ever,best thing happening was Rashaan good luck to you and congrats on the new baby thats coming

carolinaboy74

May 22nd, 2009
10:00 am

well any other time i would be happy cause i really don’t like her as a radio person but with the way the economy is i don’t want to see no one without a job. Well I guess Miss. Sophia because he just make Frank and Wanda so hard to listen to in the morning. Even Reggie Rouse know it cause when Frank not there Ryan sit in bacause Wanda and Sophia are really, really,hard to take. Rashaan you need to beg Ryan for Ella old spot y’all be good again.

kendall meeks

May 22nd, 2009
10:03 am

i agree please get Frank Ski and Wanda Smith along with Ms. Sophia you wasting everyone time and your topics are so stupid. bring on Ryan Cameron and Rashaan Ali to thee morning show and turn them lose. watch the ratings pick and ATL. will once again have show that we can listen toa and hear from our listens

ebony

May 22nd, 2009
10:03 am

it’s news because this is a website for atlanta news and she is a popular radio personality in atlanta…duh

Jodi

May 22nd, 2009
10:14 am

Good Ol Girl – that red eye is just Rodney’s cheap camera (just kidding RH)…anyway, this is not surprising and like everyone else they are cutting back costs. I am interested to see what station she goes to next and if she will continue to do things with the sports world.

mugglemikki

May 22nd, 2009
10:14 am

Yes, Rashan is married. I agree–get rid of the Frank Ski Morning Show. Frank is self-righteous and condescending, Wanda is ghetto and tries to speak in a proper voice that sounds fake as heck, and Miss Sophia? Where do I even begin? Thank goodness for the Tom Joyner Morning Show or there wouldn’t be a decent morning show in ATL!