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Rumor confirmed: Rashan Ali joins Ryan Cameron at V-103

rashan-at-mic-2009-150x150Rashan Ali has rejoined Ryan Cameron, this time at V-103.

Cameron, now an afternoon host, gave Ali her big break on radio in 2002 on his morning show on rival Hot 107.9. He left for V-103 in early 2005, but Ali stayed behind, leading her own morning show until Hot dumped that show in 2008 for Rickey Smiley. She left Hot last May.

In the meantime, she has since had her second baby and awaited her next big career move. “It’s been a journey going from billboards to walking to the unemployment line pregnant,” she said on the air today. “Just to be able to come back is a true blessing.”

In an interview Saturday morning, Ali said the deal had been in the works for a long time but declined to detail why it took as long as it did. She signed the deal on April 12 and kept it under wraps until Friday.

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“It was the most obvious place for me to go” after Hot, she said. “It fit so perfectly.” She said V-103 Program Director Reggie Rouse has been after her for awhile, even while she was still at Hot: “To be able to learn under his tutelage is wonderful.”

She did enjoy her break from work to raise her child but was ready to get back to work this year.

Growing up in the 1990s, she listened to Mike & Carol in the morning and Ryan in the evenings. “To be there now is a dream come true,” she said. She said it was a little strange to say “V-103, the people’s station” instead of the various Hot 107.9 slogans. “I had note cards in front me,” she said, to avoid slip ups.

She also signed a deal to do be a “Game Day” reporter for NBA-TV. “I got two jobs in one day!” she said.

Radio revenues are starting to stabilize and even go up at some stations. It appears V-103 is opening up its wallet for Ali, perhaps using money freed from cutting Joyce Littel in January. V-103 remains the top-ranked station in Atlanta by a wide margin.

Ryan has been without a full-time female sidekick since Elle Duncan last year took over the mid-day slot from Porsche Foxx, who was let go late in 2008.

“While everybody is cutting back on personality and talk in today’s PPM world [that's the new meter system], V-103 has stuck by its guns,” said former V-103 morning host Mike Roberts. “It’s a personality-driven radio station. If you’re going to do it, you need strong personalities. It’s a good move for V-103.”

I first posted a rumor of her talks with V-103 back in early February. I figured it was a solid rumor because the players involved didn’t even call me back to tell me they couldn’t talk to me. And after I posted the rumor, I heard absolutely nothing. If it were false, someone would have told me. The boss at V-103, Rick Caffey, is not a fan of personnel leaks. He likely told the parties involved that the deal would be off if they even talked to me.

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everydayjane

April 23rd, 2010
4:37 pm

Best news in radio in a minute. Congrats Rashan!

DW

April 23rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Welcome back, Rashan!!!

Whitey Blondeman

April 23rd, 2010
5:40 pm

Have no idea who that is, however, I would like to get my swirl on. Lovely woman. Meoow.

thisizbullshyt

April 23rd, 2010
7:04 pm

V103 has sunk to a new low. I hope she doesn’t last. I hate her! She brings nothing to the table. Untalented ghetto heffa….

thisizbullshyt

April 23rd, 2010
7:08 pm

oh yeah, I will make it my personal mission to see that she doesn’t last. CBS Radio, etc. will be hearing from me. I’m not just gonna come on here & b*tch about it, I’m gonna take action! She needs to stay gone, she doesn’t even deserve to be behind a mike or have a job in radio period.

Get Real

April 23rd, 2010
8:46 pm

I have enjoyed Ryan by himself. Anybody is better than Elle. Maybe they will let Rashan work with Ryan for a while, give her the Midday show and get Elle Duncan out of town.

prymcess

April 23rd, 2010
9:04 pm

The boss at V-103, Rick Caffey, must given the people involved hell if they even talked to me because he is not a big fan of personnel leaks.

???????????

AJC doesn’t edit blogs huh?

Pryncess

April 23rd, 2010
9:08 pm

thisizbullshyt – you need help. She has a family to feed also. I’m sure your b****ing will really work. *sarcasm* While you’re miserable because Rashan Ali is back, she’ll be making her money at not one, but TWO jobs.

Ayana

April 23rd, 2010
9:15 pm

Rashaan and Ryan have great chemistry……a good move. I guess I will reprogram my radio to include V103 now. lol.

Dr. Str8 from the Dec

April 23rd, 2010
9:19 pm

Yes. Good move for V103. Rashan is good hometown folk.

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April 23rd, 2010
9:26 pm

thisizbullshyt- you do need help and I’ve got the name and number of a really good rehab clinic in Mississippi for you. Just don’t tell ‘em that I sent you because they’re looking for me right now (I took a break from rehab which hasn’t ended just yet). Oh and Welcome Back Rashan and Good Luck! If there’s anybody that can tame Ryan Cameron, it’s you. Speaking of “taming”, does anybody know where I can find a good dominatix around here?…

Pinky

April 23rd, 2010
9:32 pm

Go Soror Rashan! So glad to see you and Ryan back together!

Nanette

April 23rd, 2010
9:34 pm

DAMN SHE IS FINE!!! I quit listening to V103 a while back….but I will listen now…

Professor

April 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

Thats going to be pretty cool.

Melanie

April 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

I had a feeling that she would be back on Air when Hot let her go. After Elle left Ryan show, I figured that they would give Rashan the position. That is a great move. Ryan is the best!!! I meet Rashan and she is a very nice person!!!

Big Tuna

April 23rd, 2010
9:46 pm

Rubbing the crystal ball–” I see a midday slot in the future”.

radioMan

April 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

ok yes get real i agree with you about elle. she is the worst, most negative person i have ever heard on radio. and when she’s not race-baiting or berating someone on the air, she’s at best completely NOT interesting. porsche foxx may have been a little cracked out, but at least she was interesting and had something to bring to the table.

now about rashaan, i’m glad she’s coming back. i always thought V-103 should free up some money by dumping frank ski. i would have kept sexy wanda smith though for the comic edge. but putting ryan and rashaan on in the morning is a good move. also, i would probably keep the 10 P to 2 A shift free of a DJ for now. they’ll still b number 1 overnights anyway with or without a DJ

KevRock

April 23rd, 2010
10:00 pm

Good news for a eastside representative!

TheDuchess

April 23rd, 2010
10:08 pm

I’m happy for both of them.

MariLaTica

April 23rd, 2010
10:08 pm

I never liked Rashan. However, I don’t care where she works because I don’t listen to either of those stations. I wish her no harm, but I think she sucks!

TheDuchess

April 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

Oh yea, if they were on in the a.m., I would definitely listen!!! Oh well…all we can do is pray! LOL

Quick

April 23rd, 2010
10:34 pm

Yo Nanette, you can’t actually SEE her while listnin to the radio. But she is from tha ‘A’. And so is Ryan. Way to keep tha ATLiens employed. Das wussup. Now all we gotta do is get Ryan back to tha mornins and send Frank Ski’s dodo self back to tha M.I.A. OK, back to my Falcon’s blog.

Quick

April 23rd, 2010
10:35 pm

Hey Big Tuna, you don’t have to rub tha crystal ball, just ask Melanie!!

Ripdog

April 23rd, 2010
10:44 pm

Congratulations Rashan!! So glad to see you back on the air!

Diddy

April 23rd, 2010
10:54 pm

I think V-103 should replace Ryan Cameron with Elle Duncan. She is the best radio personality out there period. I don’t know who this Ali person is but I wish her good luck. Perhaps she could replace Wanda Smith on the morning show. She drives me crazy every morning with her nonsense rants and all male review promo’s.

Oh, and V-103, PLEASE STOP PLAYING THE SAME 5 SONGS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!! If I hear Monica’s “Everything to Me” or Usher’s “Daddy’s Home” one more time I’m going to slap somebody.

thatguy

April 23rd, 2010
10:57 pm

She’s not that bright and it comes across on the air.

Quick

April 23rd, 2010
11:03 pm

C’mon Diddy, tha Ryan King IS Atlanta radio. Period. And remember yall, Rashan s just a co-host. She’s just there to help entertain. She can fill that role well.

just wondering

April 23rd, 2010
11:50 pm

have not listened to V-103 in years and still won’t. However, glad she is working again in the local market.

WPS

April 24th, 2010
1:04 am

glad she back on the air. Rashan and Ryan has great chemistry. Elle Duncan seems fake to me.

swd4life

April 24th, 2010
1:18 am

DATS BUCK GODFREY DAUGHTER HEAD FOOTBALL AT SOUTHWEST DEKALB HIGHSCHOOL IN CASEE YALL DIDNT KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!

GO PANTHERS!!!!!!

HBCU Pride

April 24th, 2010
2:13 am

Ryan and Rashan have always had great chemistry and have that “It” factor that can’t be defined in simplistic terms. For those that are intelligent, you know it when you hear it. Their quick wit coupled with insightful commentary can hold their listeners with authentic “edutainment”

With that being said, The Frank Ski and Wanda Show has run its course. I dont care if I listen to it once a week or once a month, their responses are very predictable. Frank, because he’s the most intelligent of the bunch, speaks as if his regurgitated OPINION is gosple. The consistent name-dropping because of his C-list Celebrity status (only in Atlanta) is played. Wanda probably hasn’t put together a string of 3-4 thought provoking sentences in the last 3 years. If she is the standard of what is the epitome of the “Most Influential” Black women in Atlanta, then what we consider to be the Black Mecca needs to be re-evaluated. Their commentary for relevant issues, whether it’s relationships, family, education or politics, is elementary and borderline comical compared to any in-depth research that can be done by logging onto a computer.

If V103 could do some extensive research in determing the extent of the gap between their targeted demographic vs. their current listening audience, then we may start to see less of the back-slapping menstril show and more of a focus on critical thinking for its listeners. If not, the educated Black people in our city will continue to turn off and tune in once a week or once a month.

Historically, Black radio used to educate our people and fill in the gaps that were missing. Jesse Jackson, in his Presidential runs in the 1980s, used the power of Black radio to move his agenda forward by appealing to the masses. This pioneer carried over 12 primaries in 1988 and paved the way for the historical election of our current POTUS. Black radio is currently nothing more than an outlet that continues to perpetuate negative sterotypes through the music played and over-saturated focus on consumerism. When was the last time V103 had guests that actuall MADE something!?!?

Hopefully Ryan and Rashan will at least provide some balance because we cant get back to our roots over night but one step at a time.

Get Real

April 24th, 2010
2:50 am

At least Ryan and Rashan are both educated in their fields. you have to respect that.

There is a reason Wanda, Frank Ski, the she-man and Elle are so ignorant-uneducated… and why V-103 has gone to the dogs. Urban radio is awful and plays awful music for our kids.

Get Real.

Bad Move

April 24th, 2010
5:37 am

Rashan has the worst radio voice and now I will not be listening to Ryan Cameron.

romeo

April 24th, 2010
5:52 am

I have been in love with this woman for a long time I can’t tell you anything about here abillitys as a radio host all though I have listen to her for years but just to look at wow!!!!. I wish her nothing but the best and Ryan your the man for hireing her you are a brother who gives back God bless you all.

NotImpressed

April 24th, 2010
6:18 am

I heard Rashan yesterday on my way home and honestly was not impressed; hopefully she can win me over. If not I’ll have to listen to 107.9.

HerFlyness2U

April 24th, 2010
7:32 am

Welcom Back Rashan!! I have missed hearing your inspiring words over the radio ways!

Eric

April 24th, 2010
8:06 am

Congratulations Rashan! Now if V-103 would just move Ryan and Rashan to the morning show and boot out that egotistical Frank Ski, Wanda Smith and SHEE-RA, V-103 would have a real morning show again.

Laurent

April 24th, 2010
9:01 am

Met both Rashan and Ryan at Rashan’s Sporty girl fund raising event last year. She had her event the same day she got terminated, and she was composed and gracious throughout the evening. Do all of you haters even know about the charity Rashan has that gets young ladys involved in non-traditional sports? Rashan was a swimmer in college, and the only African American on the swim team. They will be fine, and anyone who doesn’t want to listen should turn the dial. Good look for V-103 to hire her…makes great business sense, and that’s what radio is…a business. Good luck Rashan. Do your thing and get Sporty Girls back on track.

Lakeside

April 24th, 2010
9:10 am

I am glad Rashan is back, and congrats to her!!!!! I loved her on HOT 107.9. Ryan and Rashan are a great TEAM….I met her once in ATL, and she seems to be a very nice lady. I live in Tampa, Fla. now, and I will be missing out on the greatest DUO, since “Peaches and Herb”, BAT MAN and ROBIN”,,,well you get the picture. Go Girl, do you and be blessed!!!!

jay

April 24th, 2010
9:42 am

V-103 is whack. Get Sattelite Radio! They got Jamie Foxx’s channel (Foxxhole), Raw Dawg Comedy and Backspin Channel 39 (Hip-Hop). $12 a month.

DEWSTARPATH

April 24th, 2010
9:56 am

HBCU Pride

April 24th, 2010
2:13 am

– I agree wholeheartedly with all of your viewpoints. They reflect some
of the opinions about V-103 that I expressed on a previous AJC forum
that discussed the dismissal of Joyce Littel.

One thing though: The Jim Crow – era “blackface” theatre was minstrel,
not “menstril”.

Jodi

April 24th, 2010
10:21 am

I don’t like any of the personalities…and happy to have XM Radio

Diddy

April 24th, 2010
10:28 am

V-103 PLEASE STOP PLAYING THE SAME SONGS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND STOP PLAYING 45 MINS WORTH OF COMMERCIALS WITHIN A 1 HOUR TIME SPAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dewstarpath

April 24th, 2010
10:31 am

April 24th, 2010
9:56 am

- meant to say theater. Sorry about the typo.

She-She

April 24th, 2010
11:02 am

Congrats! It’s a great look for V-103 afternoon radio. I love listening to Ryan Cameron and Rashan Ali is the best co-host he could ask for (they have that cray A-Town chemistry).

She-She

April 24th, 2010
11:03 am

I meant CRAZY A-TOWN chemistry (lol)

The Light

April 24th, 2010
11:28 am

HBCU Pride- Most people with some sort of education understand what you’re saying. I commend you. But, once you realize that these ‘people’, ‘companies’,or ‘businesses’ don’t really care about you or the masses, the better off we will all be. And it doesn’t matter which industry. We are constantly dumbed down as we listen to these people that have not been trained, informed, or educated on World Issues. All these ‘head honchos’ care about are the numbers that they put up. You could be listening one morning and they might be talking about teen pregnancy or some other issue that is plaguing our community and all of a sudden they pause for a commercial to tell you R. Kelly is coming to town! Look…I know I’m waaaaay off the topic, but I just had to say something. I just want us all to focus on THE TRUTH. I mean the truth about EVERYTHING! There are many beliefs, religions, theories, etc………There’s only ONE truth. Sorry for the short rant. Take care everybody.

SWD C/O 93"

April 24th, 2010
11:52 am

As usual you’re gonna have ya haters Rashun….Just continue to do you and God will continue to bless you and your family… SWD/ community is proud of you….EASTSIIIDDDDDEE

So gone

April 24th, 2010
11:58 am

V-103 went to the dogs so long ago, it was already bad with Wanda Smith dumbing it down with her antics and mumbo jumbo hee haw. Then, it really got worse with the show delivering entertainment news from Ms. Sophia. I mean really, just tell us what’s going on, does She have to be a MAN in drag? V- 103 is the modern day Chitlin Circuit.. I stopped listening… I am so gone..

radiojones

April 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

Now rick needs to bring back Shelley WYnter on WAOK and make that station credible again