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Si Man Baby celebrates 30 years in radio with a roast

Si Man at his roast at Uptown Comedy Corner. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Si Man at his roast at Uptown Comedy Corner. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Majic 107.5/97.5 gave its night jock Silas “Si Man Baby” Alexander a night to remember Sunday with a roast that celebrated 30 years on radio and raised a few bucks for March of Dimes to boot.

Among those who honored/roasted him at Uptown Comedy Corner  included several V-103 expats: Majic jock Carol Blackmon, former V-103 night host Joyce Littel, Radio One’s Magic Man and Si Man’s boss Derek Harper. Others on board included stand-up pros Special K (heard on sister station Hot 107.9 with Rickey Smiley), legendary comic Don “D.C.” Curry and former UniverSoul Circus ringmaster Tony Tone.

Si Man, an Eatonton native and radio journeyman, has worked at V-103, Kiss 104.1, Classic Soul 102.5 .and now Majic 107.5/97.5, among others. He’s never become a big star along the lines of Ryan Cameron or Frank Ski, but he’s well respected and well liked by fans and colleagues alike.

In his signature white suit, Si Man took the gentle abuse with aplomb. In fact, he is a tough person to roast. If he has any skeletons in his closet, he hasn’t revealed them. So most of the teasing focused on his age, weight and first name Silas.

“I see Si Man looking nice over there,” said Special K, who credited Si Man for giving him early radio exposure. “He’s been working out his midsection with crunches. Captain Crunch. Nestle Crunch. Crunch ‘n Munch.” In his white suite, “he looks like a grown a** toddler. He should be wearing Pull Ups!”

At worst, a couple of comics resorted to making stuff up for a laugh. Special K mentioned non-existent alcohol, drug and porn addiction issues. Oh, and some incident with an intern. Plus, “an ugly incident a couple of years ago between Si Man and Miss Sophia.

Littel, who lost her job at V-103 a year ago and has yet to be replaced,  mock asked Si Man for money. “I’m unemployed so if I don’t get enough,” she joked, “I will tell every damn thing I know!”

She said roomed in an apartment with him for a time more than 25 years ago while both worked at WIGO-AM. “We had no lights, no phone, no gas,” she said, when they first moved in. He was a ladies’ men back then, Littel said.  “So Si Man got to know the lady at AT&T, BellSouth. We got lights, phone and gas for free!”  Here’s some video of Littel, whose annual Poetry and Passion event is set for Center Stage Feb. 12.

Here are some photos from the night:

Si Man with Special K

Si Man with Special K

Si Man with Don "DC" Curry on stage

Si Man with Don "DC" Curry on stage

Former V-103 late-night host Joyce Littel worked with Si Man at V-103 many moons ago.

Former V-103 late-night host Joyce Littel worked with Si Man at V-103 many moons ago.

Carol Blackmon couldn't get herself to "roast" Si Man, only praising him.

Carol Blackmon couldn't get herself to "roast" Si Man, only praising him.

Hot 107.9's Special K had to make up stuff to roast the clean-cut Si Man.

Hot 107.9's Special K had to make up stuff to roast the clean-cut Si Man.

9 comments Add your comment

Cutty

January 31st, 2011
5:15 pm

That ninja stepped on my foot a few months back at Taboo w them big boats, and tried to look at me like I was crazy bc he had a mike in his hand. Tell the Gooch’s brother if he can’t dance to stay off the floor.

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Robin

January 31st, 2011
6:52 pm

Silas has always been a class act. And I knew him from WAY back in the Eatonton days.

Jay

January 31st, 2011
7:16 pm

Silas gave me a job 30 years ago in Macon and it made all the difference. Good luck Si, hope you have 30 more. Si is a terrific guy and deserves every honor.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

January 31st, 2011
8:05 pm

Thank God for Si Man baby or Atlanta radio would be even more unbearable than it already is. Congratulations to him.

c mitchell

January 31st, 2011
10:09 pm

i can see how it would be hard to roast Silas. i worked with him while we were in college and he was always a really nice guy. congrats “Si Man”!

1baddman

February 1st, 2011
10:33 am

Congrats; SiMan on your 30 yrs in radio; you don’t get the props you deserve but you still do a great job on the air.

TinaC

February 2nd, 2011
11:22 am

Si Man has always been warm, funny and charming over the years when I see him out. I wish him another wonderful 30 years in radio. Nothing but love for ya Si. God bless you.

Jim Kennedy

February 9th, 2011
1:49 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Si Man “Baby” at KISS 104.7/104.1 and there is not more talented, more gracious, more giving or harder working person in Atlanta radio. I consider myself blessed to be able to call him my friend. Best of luck, Si Man, and 30 more great years on the radio!