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WAOK-AM adds Gayle King, Rob Redding


WAOK-AM has shifted its line up to accommodate Oprah’s favorite gal Gayle King.

The news/talk station at 1380 on the AM dial has added King’s syndicated show from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this week. To fit her in, the station cut an hour back from Lorraine Jacques-White’s morning show, now from 6 to 9 a.m., and one hour from Warren Ballentine, now from 11 to 1 p.m.

King can also be heard on Sirius XM.


In addition, Rob Redding is coming back to WAOK-AM after a seven-year absence, this time with a weekly Sunday evening show from 7 to 10 p.m. “It’s going to be a no-holds-barred talk show, from the President to the people who like to call themselves leaders in our community and beyond,” he said. He’s heard on nine stations nationwide, including Sirius XM 169.

Redding, who leans conservative, was on WAOK from 2001 and 2003. “I’m glad to be back on WAOK,” he said.

Redding is also program director at KMLB-AM in Monroe, La. He owns a house in Macon and spends time in Atlanta. Over the past nine years, he has also operated a popular clearinghouse Web site for African-American news called the Redding News Review. He said it’s set to draw 2 million unique visitors this year.

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14 comments Add your comment


July 9th, 2010
9:53 am

Although I think Lorraine is horrible as a host, i don’t understand this move. I guess being Oprah best friend has it’s benefits. I use to listen to the station more than i do now, it’s just stale. Derek Bozeman(sp) had so much promise but his show is a joke as well, very weak topics. I listen to Rob before he left, can’t get the signal after sundown and Sunday evening, naw i will pass.


July 9th, 2010
11:31 pm

This is a horrible move. Gayle King is whack. She couldn’t make it in TV, so what make her think she can make it in radio? Her show is on the Oprah Channel on Sirius. They took an hour of Warren Ballentine for this wig-wearing amazon. Oprah wanna-be.


July 10th, 2010
5:24 pm

Gayle King show on the radio; you can’t be serious.

Truth Truthiness

July 11th, 2010
9:50 am

Gayle King? It pays to know people

Warren Balletine? Your typical conspiracy theorist whining negro. He’s a “lawyer” you know. If you let him represent you in court either you are broke or a fool. just sayin’

Rob Redding? A Ken Hamblin wannabe.

For the likes of me I never understood why they let Rob Wilson go. His show was the only show that brought value to the community. I guess station management thought that matters of a financial and consumer nature don’t pertain to black folk and that looking for a racist under every rock and whining about being black brings in advertisers. oh well.

I really didn’t like shelley winter’s opinion but he was someone you could respect. The dude was good. He should come back. BUT keep his friggin’ mouth closed this time and realize that ITS ONLY ENTERTAINMENT.


July 12th, 2010
10:57 pm

WAOK is stinking up the place with this move.

I’ve heard NO ONE say that they’d rather hear two hours of Gayle King, instead of the last hour of Lorraine White and the first hour of Warren Ballentine. And Ballentine really got screwed, because we can’t even hear the beginning of his show. We have to join it in progress. This move SUCKS!!


July 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

Who would want to listen to that garbage?


July 16th, 2010
9:12 am

I keep hearing the term “amazon” thrown around on this message board first in reference to Nene Leakes and now in reference to Gayle King. Since the 2 women don’t compare in temperament–I’ve never know Gayle King to be loud and obnoxious–is this the new racist code word for “black woman”? Just askin…


July 16th, 2010
10:55 am

When is she going to talk about something? She’ll never offend anyone.


July 16th, 2010
12:42 pm

Gayle King is truly riding the coat tails of Oprah. I can’t believe how boring her topics are. She makes sure to pick really safe—non-confrontational subjects. Her show is full of regurgitated topics that we hear over and over from other media outlets. I noticed very few blacks call into her show.


July 18th, 2010
9:09 am

Gayle King’s show is better than sleeping pills. Zzzzzzzzz!


July 19th, 2010
1:19 pm

WAOK You had the strongest people on the station. Attorney Ballentine is a sharp and very interesting talk host. I have tried listening to Oprah’s girl friend, but I can’t stomach her. I go to the computer for Mr. Ballentine.


July 20th, 2010
10:51 am

I ditto the above comments. Gayle King is EXTREMELY BORING. Her topics are safe, soothing, and she so mimics Oprah it is uncanny. Her voice sounds like Oprah, her mannerism are like Oprah, is there a real identity of Gayle King? I enjoyed Warren Ballentine but now have to listen to part of the show. Very disappointed in the programming decision by this radio station. Are the listeners (numbers) there for Gayle KIng?

Tara in Atlanta

August 13th, 2010
10:55 am

I like Gayle in all but her talk show is very boring and so commercial like. 1380 was a breathe of fresh air from the commercialization. I liked the line up before with Lorraine Jaque White, Warren Ballentine, Al Sharpton, Derek Boseman. Gayle cut right into Warren B, wth???? I love listening to him, Gayle is just Blah…. you can tune into any show or radio show and hear the stuff Gayle talks about. Please put Warren B back on 1380 from 10-1 pleeease. Love you Gayle & Oprah but please dont use your power to suppress the voice of people like Warren, our community desperately needs to hear voices like his.


August 26th, 2010
10:01 am

I listend to Gails show, it is sooooo shallow! It talks of fluff! No substance. We got CRITICAL issues happening around the country. We need to discuss education, job opportunties, housing issues, how credit and lack of lending is impacting the African American community. We need to keep the focus on improving the justice system, rebuilding from Katrina and the loss of land there and the issues with black farmers. Gail King??? Really??? Sad.

Warren and Rev. Al bring these issues and keep them in the forefront. The people need more voice, not where to get their poodle groomed. We need to address the drop out rate of 10:1 African American boys to White boys, only 47% graduation rate! WTH??? We need a platform like Warren’s to discuss how to pool our money together to make a difference in food-desert communities where people in cities like New York have to travel for miles on the bus to get to a store with FRESH food, not the fatty fried grease meals served with spoiled milk from the corner shop. Gayle King??? Really??? Please! How shallow.