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Rashan Ali leaving V-103 after just one year [UPDATES included]

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rashan-at-mic-2009-150x150Rashan Ali announced on air today that she is leaving V-103 after just one year.

She said she’d like to pursue a full-time career on television. V-103 decided not to renew her contract after her last one was up. But they did allow her to announce her departure on air, which isn’t all that common in this day and age.

“It had been toiling in my heart for a month,” she said in an interview after the show.  “We just decided it would be best on both ends. It’s all in positivity. I can walk away with my head held high.”

After having a baby, Ali came back to radio last year excited for the opportunity to reunite with Ryan Cameron, who helped get her on radio in the first place. The pair worked for several years on Hot 107.9. After Cameron left for V-103 in 2004, she stayed behind to host the morning show.  She lost her job at Hot in 2009 after the station opted for a syndicated Rickey Smiley show.

“It was the most obvious place for me to go” after Hot, she said a year ago. “It fit so perfectly.”

In a poll I posted at the time, an impressive 82 percent liked the reunion.

But she said today that her passion for radio wasn’t quite there as it had before. “I have to do what makes me smile,” she said. “I have to go at TV full speed ahead. Ryan is my mentor and my big brother. He’s been supportive.”

[UPDATE 11 p.m. March 24: I've heard from two inside sources that Ali wanted the mid-day job Ramona Debreaux ended up getting and was not happy when she didn't get it. I have not heard back from Ali about whether that factored into her decision-making.]

[UPDATE: noon, March 25: I hear that Elle Duncan is set to return to Cameron's afternoon show to replace Rashan. Elle's brief foray in the mornings, I fathom, may not have worked out so well. Curiously, Elle was on this morning. Wanda Smith was not. If this actually does happen, it would be Elle's third move in two years. She had already gone from Ryan's show to mid-days to mornings in relatively quick fashion.]

[UPDATE: 11:09 p.m., March 27: Rashan responded to the allegation she was peeved about not getting the mid-day job. She said in a Facebook message to me today that this was not the case at all: "I was nothing but ecstatic when Ramona got the gig! She is a talented veteran and deserved to finally have her own show. Being 'livid' (as you stated) is not even in my character. But that's neither here nor there because people will believe what they want. As I told you when we spoke, this was something that had been pulling at my heartstrings for a while so knowing that CBS Radio did not want to move forward with me either only confirmed what my spirit had been telling me. This is a faith walk and I don't expect a lot of people to understand."]

On air, Ali dismissed a rumor. “No, I’m not going to ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ ” Ali said at 5:46 p.m. today on air.  “My husband said no three years ago. Then they said no to me!”

She said she is doing some substitute hosting on  WXIA-TV’s  “Atlanta & Company” April 15 and 18 and some NBA-related TV work.

Today was her last day.

Funny. I was supposed to visit the studio today to interview Debreaux about her new mid-day gig but Reggie Rouse, the boss, inexplicably canceled at the last second.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

146 comments Add your comment

sha

March 24th, 2011
6:25 pm

Good Luck Rashan on your future endeavors!!!! I know you will do great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

seattle2015

March 24th, 2011
6:30 pm

why cant ignorant hood rat wanda leave in the morning???wish they would get rid of her..

hlp

March 24th, 2011
6:41 pm

Where did CJ ever land after the 95.5 changed format?

jboogye

March 24th, 2011
6:45 pm

She was lame anyway, she probably thought ryan was goona help her get that midday slot. Elle is smoking hot and should have gottin that midday gig.

T

March 24th, 2011
7:01 pm

I think Elle should rejoin Ryan, they make a good team.

TRUTH

March 24th, 2011
7:02 pm

Rashan will be missed…Now if they can only get Ryan, Frank Ski and Wanda OUT!!!

bird poop

March 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

Who gives a flip?

bird poop

March 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

Enter your comments here

bird

March 24th, 2011
7:12 pm

Good Luck Rashan, love your style!

Real Talk

March 24th, 2011
7:21 pm

@jboogye, Yeah she’s hot a flata**. What’s your definition of smoking hot? Cause Elle’s got a Spongebob Squarepants type of figure. Now Rashan, that’s hott!!! Get your eyez examined.

Peachy

March 24th, 2011
7:37 pm

Wow! That was quick. Her personality is too big to be a co-host, although I liked them together. Good luck with her future…anyone else think she and Kandi Burruss could pass for sisters?

Born with a tan.

March 24th, 2011
7:37 pm

She is boring and I don’t believe she will be successful in hosting a show alone.
I don’t think that she and Ryan had on air chemistry.
I’m jus’ saying….

Shaka

March 24th, 2011
7:45 pm

“Rashan Ali in 3″ Congrats, you were always a star and shine through the airwaves or on t.v. I wish you luck! Love ya!

radioBoy

March 24th, 2011
7:56 pm

ok here’s some scoop kids – look for crash clark to join ryan for afternoon traffic. he’s already in house doing traffic for sister station waok.

Ms. Cecee

March 24th, 2011
7:57 pm

I wish Ms. Ali the best, but I am glad that she is leaving though. She and Ryan Cameron just do not fit for me. I truly miss Ryan and Elle Duncan at 2 PM, but Elle is now on the morning show with Frank and Wanda at 6 AM, and I listen to Tom Joyner in the morning!! I sincerely hope that the next co-host with Ryan is a better fit and I also hope that they keep the same format with a younger female co-hosting with Ryan at 2 PM. I vote for Elle to come back to the 2 PM slot with Ryan!!

radioBoy

March 24th, 2011
8:02 pm

elle won’t be coming back to the ryan cameron show – that would be a demotion for her and management wants to keep her on the morning show

Larry Wahcs ex-wife

March 24th, 2011
8:05 pm

one less hood rat in town… good riddance

PrettyBrown

March 24th, 2011
8:06 pm

It sounds like she got fired to me and that there was a shake-up going on at V103 today. It’s funny that an interview with Ramona was abruptly cancelled on the same day that Rashan abruptly announced her resignation. If she’s moving on to better things, I’m surprised that she didn’t announce earlier for her fans. It’s just really fishy.

kayman

March 24th, 2011
8:11 pm

@ Peachy, I believe Rashan and actress Vanessa Bell Calloway could pass sisters instead. LOL

I believe Rashan will be alright. She has a gig on NBA TV and was well received on Atlanta & Company on 11 Alive as a fill-in, so she has some potential to do quite well on TV. She’s a nice looking young lady, so she has talent and looks to go along with it.

I don't understand...

March 24th, 2011
8:15 pm

How does Wanda still have a job? She can’t even complete a sentence withouth splitting a verb. When is ghettofabulosity getting a pink slip? Seriously……

PrettyBrown

March 24th, 2011
8:19 pm

@I don’t understand, my boo had to give me a refresh on splitting a verb but THAT’S SOOO TRUE. And Wanda is a hot mess anyway. Did you hear her say last week that she lost “a lot” of weight last year but she gained it back cause the Lord wanted her to? Smh…that’s why I don’t listen to them.

donna

March 24th, 2011
8:22 pm

GOOD LUCK YOU WILL BE MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PrettyBrown

March 24th, 2011
8:23 pm

I think they fired her but they offered her a better severence package for announcing that it was a mutual decison and amicable split. She doesn’t have a fulltime job anywhere. Oh, so she’s leaving V103 to chase her dreams? I don’t buy it. Notice the author says it was “funny”, there’s an underlying message. the author is saying he doesn’t buy it either. There’s been a lot of abrupt changes there in the past couple years. What happened to Porsha Fox? Why did they move Elle without having a replacement? Hmmmm….

nina

March 24th, 2011
8:23 pm

We all at the station know she was let go they wanted it to seem like a mutual decision. Think about timing LOL

Johnson

March 24th, 2011
8:25 pm

Rashaun had great chemistry with Ryan, and I loved them together, however I hate him being a solo act. He needs a great co-host and why couldn’t they wait for Friday to be her last day. I want them to put Elle back on his show, because she’s a waist of space on the morning show. Rashaun does look like Vanessa Bell Calloway and I wish her the best! I agree with the last post, Wanda is super ghetto, and at times she can be sweet, but other times she comes off like an uneducated koon, who has no compass of life, and has never been outside the hood. If it wasn’t for Frank she wouldn’t have any culture about certain things. Frank would be better off with a female co-host who wasn’t so loud and ghetto!

Elevate Ourselves

March 24th, 2011
8:27 pm

Please do not pair Ryan with Elle. Elle once was promoted to the midday program but failed so the Station moved her to the 3rd wheel role for the morning show. She is trying to take over but Frank is adamant about her staying in her place – 3rd wheel. Mrs. Ali was rough-ish in speak but a good foil for Ryan. Best regards to her in future endeavors.

justin

March 24th, 2011
8:33 pm

@ PrettyBrown…

Well the author is only giving his opinion. Just because he used the term funny doesn’t make anything he says factual.

Debo

March 24th, 2011
8:35 pm

Glad she is gone. Terrible voice for radio. She sounded like a old dude with that laugh. Darlene McCoy from 102.5 needs to move on too.

My Goodness

March 24th, 2011
8:38 pm

I agree with all the Wanda comments but they keep her around because she appeals to the masses. Just read most of the comments on here and you’d be able to tell how stupid the general public really is.

@PrettyBrown, I heard her say that stupid ish, I knew she was gonna gain that weight back selling that gimmicky weight loss shake, that mess doesn’t work. She hasn’t exercised or actually changed her eating habits so she will always be fat.

RealRadioScoop

March 24th, 2011
8:44 pm

Truth is that Ryan wasn’t happy with Rashan anyway. He felt she hadn’t grown since the last time they were together. He liked her personally but professionally he expected her to be better than ever and that never happened. Elle is at V because of Ryan to begin with. The 2 Live Stews and Ryan are great friends. Don’t forget Elle came from The 2 live Stews. Elle couldn’t hold down the midday spot because she couldn’t connect with her audience but she is the least expensive at that station. Even radio stations had a hit with advertising dollars. Yes, V is a contender but they still aren’t pulling in the money they used to pull in making it harder to explain the inflated salaries of some of the on-air talent. Porsche Foxx had a substance abuse problem before and they gave her a 2nd chance. She just needed some additional help to kick the addiction. Ultimately her unable to pass a drug test was her demise. But the station did give her a 2nd chance because listeners absolutely loved and connected with her. Ramona has been around for awhile and was just waiting for her chance. She thought she had the brass ring when Porsche was gone but then got blindsided by the choosing of younger Elle. However, she waited it out and now she has the spot she wanted for so long. Meanwhile Elle was demoted to having her “parents” babysit her in the morning. Elle is young and she is growing and they wanted to give her a chance being she doesn’t rock the boat and Ryan loves her. Radio has a way of pretending everything was mutual but that is not true. Rashan has a new baby and so far, all I see are 2 dates that she will be employed in the future. Joyce Littel is gone with no replacement at night. Elle was taken off of middays with no replacement. But they all will find what is right for them. Pay cuts are also on the way. Joyce Littel’s salary = acquiring Rashan. Elle is so cheap to hire it is not even funny but smart for her for the experience.

RealRadioScoop

March 24th, 2011
8:56 pm

ALSO “Passion for radio wasn’t quite there like it had been before” translation “I’m not doing what I want to be doing and I am not allowed to be the personality I know I am and I am tired of being 2nd fiddle and I don’t see myself growing anymore in this position and I am not Elle and I am not Ramona and I don’t have time to wait for my brass ring with a family to help out and I don’t like the terms of my current contract and management is not going to change it and I am not going to upset Ryan because he runs Atlanta radio and I am not happy here at V because I got the okey-doke and I don’t really have a plan but I’m going to make the best out of an uncomfortable situation and if I say all this out loud I can convince myself and the public but at the end of it all, I will be OK and V is just another stepping stone to what I really need”

Been listenin since the 70's and will never listen to V on a regular basis again, but...

March 24th, 2011
9:07 pm

what little that I’ve seen of her, I like her. I think she did GREAT on ATL & Co and the few little movie cameos I’ve seen her do. Keeping her chained to that block was a dis-service to radio listeners and one of the main reasons I only listen to V in passing when I’m scanning stations ’cause nothing else is on the dial at the time. Her intelligence, potential, appeal and contribution to the show were consistently squashed and I’m surprised the women of this town listened to that mess without complaining for a year. She’s a trooper for being able to make it (and take it) that long.

They’re downright degrading and patronizing at this point – pretty much the entire daytime on-air staff – and suspect Tara Thomas started this exodus ’cause women on the inside who do say anything about it or try to change it are quickly silenced. I’m not surprised Rodney didn’t get to talk to Ramona today. Sounds like b.a.u. – business as usual – at “The(m) People’s Station.”

I’m sure Rashan’ll fly now that she’s on her own, on tv and can actually give an articulate and informed opinion without being hacked down by some man’s middle-aged ego smushed inside a teenaged brain attached to an infantile mouth. She also has a tv face, appeal and personality and seems to have genuine class, as exemplified by the dignified way she made her exit. Can’t quite say that about the folks she just left behind.

Good luck, V. I guess as long as Titlemax keeps buying ad time and only a few cute little girls are writing letters to rappers complaining about the crap you insist on playing, you’ll keep on with the coonery, losing more lifetime listeners (and darn good staff WOMEN) everyday.

Mrs. Magoo!

March 24th, 2011
9:41 pm

Here’s the deal: Rashan got passed over the mid-day jock spot. Rashan was livid about that. She threatened to leave. The Station’s resident Fat Albert, aka Reggie Rouse, and that other guy who looks like Fire Marshall Bill Burns, Rick Caffee, called her bluff. Long story short, Ramona got the job, so Rashan had “ta get ta steppin’.” And that’s all she wrote. Full stop, period, end of THAT story, for now. But get this, Ramona is just a foil, cause she’s not gonna have this job for long. Insiders tell me, the CBS pimps at V-103 are really anglin’ to get Porsche Foxx back into the fold. Evidence of that is all the noise she’s makin’ on Facebook lately. Seems like she’s got a commentary on almost every hood-related current event going on these days. Don’t believe me, check out her FB-link: http://www.facebook.com/jimi.flix#!/profile.php?id=100000532766791. My sources tell me that by June/July, Miss Foxx will be back in the V-103 fold lettin’ her haters be her motivators all the while she’s makin’ it rain for the station big time, provided of course she can continue to pass the peepiee tests from time to time!

Used2Listen

March 24th, 2011
9:57 pm

Great observation RealRadioScoop! It’s crazy down at the V, what’s up with all the extras hanging around? It’s chaos down there. The station hasn’t been that great in a long time. I for one can not tolerate Ryan Cameron. I know he pulls in the ratings but I find him to be extremely silly. That was fine years ago, before he married and covered the evening set, but now it’s old. Even when he’s serious it doesn’t hold my attention because I know eventually his silliness will take over in record time. Radio is about commercials.

LOL

March 24th, 2011
10:09 pm

She has the WORST VOICE ever. It made my BLOOD CRAWL when I would Mistakenly flip to the channel and have to hurry to FLIP again. I’lll HOLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa.

TheBigCat

March 24th, 2011
10:16 pm

Wow this is serious and deep stuff. Thank God we aren’t having wars in the Middle East, earthquakes in Japan and young Black kids killing each other everyday in the streets of this country like it is a game. Ali leaving V-103 may be the sign of the end that the bible talks about.

LOL

March 24th, 2011
10:18 pm

She has the WORST VOICE ever. It made my BLOOD CRAWL when I would Mistakenly flip to the channel and have to hurry to FLIP again. I’lll HOLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa.

Rod

March 24th, 2011
10:25 pm

I liked Rashan but I don’t listen to free radio have not for 2 years Sirius is all I do sick of hearing same songs every hour but good luck Rashan

preferscrossoverstationsnow

March 24th, 2011
10:28 pm

I was an avid V-103 listener, but as of late I find myself switching to other stations such as Q100 and Jazz 91.9. I just feel that as the radio personalities on V-103 get older in age, they are becoming less mature in their conversation. For one, the morning show is trash from Frank on down to Elle. Frank is having a mid-life crisis which is evident in him using the term “make a movie” as if he’s in his early 20’s. Secondly, Wanda uses bad grammar and doesn’t know how to properly apply “s” to words as in to signify possession or plurality. Thirdly, Elle is ok except for when she goes off on a tangent and “goes in” on things that are unimportant. Ramona is great. She’s the best personality on V-103 at this present time. Ryan is cool, but I feel that he benefits from having a co-host. Ryan is too intense sometimes. He needs someone to help mellow him out. Finally, Greg street is just like the female version of Wanda. He yells at the mic and can’t really have a non-hood conversation. I prefer the guys from the take-over instead. At least they are young and you would expect them to speak like that. In closing, bring Joyce Litel back. I remember when the quiet storm had substance. Now all they have is Trey Songz ever two songs.

Lisa

March 24th, 2011
10:38 pm

@RealRadioScoop…guess you don’t believe in periods after a sentence…man that last post was the longest run on, lol. Anyway I feel what you’re saying. Radio is quite interesting.

lawgirl

March 24th, 2011
10:43 pm

While I was listening to her resignation, she sounded like she was trying to convince herself, about the career change.

RealRadioScoop

March 24th, 2011
11:25 pm

HAHA @ Lisa. Yes with regards to the last post, I was going for the feeling of exhaustion in order to illustrate what her subconscious was actually saying.
Agree completely about Joyce Littel and her need to return over the morning show parents and their radio-daughter.

Food for thought: Would you let your 16-18 year old date a Hank Stewart or Luscious? Then why is it okay to have the station promote these middle-aged men as some type of chocolate/caramel wonders to your young? Both of these men are old enough to be the father of a 23yr old+. Yes it is okay for Wanda to drool for a 104.1 or 97.5 but I think the station doesn’t do a good enough job to remind her of her demo. Feels a little “old guy in the club with chest hair and kangol”!

vuduchld

March 24th, 2011
11:27 pm

Wow, is this drivel the best you ATaliens can do these days. Sure glad I left!!

DeeBooDoo

March 24th, 2011
11:40 pm

Radio is nothing but politics, who gets what spot, who gets to stay. Didn’t Nina Brown had to leave because she got into it with Elle Duncan and they sided with her.

kayman

March 24th, 2011
11:57 pm

@Real Radio Scoop, you do know that V-103 doesn’t just compete only with Hot 107.9? It also competes with Kiss 104.1 and Majic 97.5/107.5 as well. That’s why they have event promotions that caters to 25+ year old adults as well as 12-18 year olds. V-103’s target demographic is 18-49 year olds. That’s why beat both Hot and the 2 UACs in ratings

Glenn Paul

March 25th, 2011
12:07 am

Good Luck sister, ignore all the negative comments, move forward…met Rashan a thousand times while working part-time at the Compound on weekends…she was cool, unlike some V-103 personalities who did live spots from the club…

JustMyOpinion

March 25th, 2011
2:17 am

Rashan looks like Buck Godfrey!

DLink

March 25th, 2011
4:07 am

http://projects.ajc.com/gallery/view/sports/best-ever-georgia-coaches/10.html

Buck Godfrey. With all those football pictures, you’d never know he got his start as a swimming coach at Towers High school. And, no, I don’t see the resemblance. Great coach, though – tough old bird.

jerricurl

March 25th, 2011
6:43 am

Frank Ski is long over due for a New CoHost, Wanda is too GHettO, it’s time for a UPGRADE on the morning show!!! This show is a set back to all Minorities, how sad.

V103listner4decades

March 25th, 2011
7:02 am

Back in 2009 Elle had that midday rockin’…they need to give it back to her as far as Rashan goes she was ok with Ryan but not as good as Elle but hey whatever I wish her the best!