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Warren Ballentine is gone from WAOK-AM

Warren Ballentine has lost his Atlanta affiliate. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Warren Ballentine has lost his Atlanta affiliate. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

African-American talk-show host Warren Ballentine is gone from 1380/WAOK-AM after more than two years there.

He claims on his Facebook page that he didn’t make enough appearances at V-103/WAOK’s “For Sisters Only” event in September and that’s why he’s out. That sounds rather odd, to say the least, if it were true.

“The show is still on everyday across the nation. We lost 1380am in Atlanta but already have 3 other stations looking to add us in the ATL. We are still on everywhere else. Shame aok let us go, cause of egos. (I missed FSO and they felt disrespected even though I couldn’t make it ’till that Sunday) black folks what can we do? If u in the ATL tune via internet at http://newstalkcleveland.com/

The WAOK boss Rick Caffey is off today so I couldn’t get a comment about who might replace him. Caffey doesn’t normally talk about personnel issues or why he lets people go.

[UPDATE: Caffey on Tuesday said in an interview that he hopes to find a replacement for Ballentine, possibly local. The time slot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. was local before Ballentine came along.]

There’s a petition to get him back on radio in Atlanta.

Ballentine’s original syndication home in Atlanta was Radio One’s Grown Folks 102.5 before it switched to a full R&B station. In 2009, CBS Radio’s WAOK-AM picked him and Al Sharpton up. Sharpton remains on WAOK.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

15 comments Add your comment

WAR EAGLE

December 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

GET RID OF SHARPTON! he is the biggest Racists since Farrakhan.

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nik

December 19th, 2011
3:51 pm

get rid of Rush he is the biggest racist LOL!

nathan

December 19th, 2011
4:06 pm

Today was his first day not on WAOK? I didn’t listen this morning, who/what filled in his timeslot?

jarvis

December 19th, 2011
5:04 pm

You start this on off with “African-American talk-show host Warren Ballentine”….yet last week we didn’t see “Hispanic-American morning hack Steve McCoy”.

Why the racism Rodney?

Willie B. Alright

December 19th, 2011
10:35 pm

No loss. No talent. Just whining. Good riddance.

Tell The Truth

December 20th, 2011
6:38 am

WAOK probably got rid of him because his show turned into a big infomercial for Debt Stoppers, plastic surgery and a weight loss program.

peter deter weter

December 20th, 2011
10:17 am

Ho,

Please answer jarvis question, I noticed the same thing.

Rodney Ho

December 20th, 2011
10:57 am

Warren Ballentine talks about race-related issues frequently. Thus, in this case, his race is relevant, though given that I included a photo and the fact it’s on a station that targets African Americans, it’s probably obvious.

TheLazyComic

December 20th, 2011
1:10 pm

I am just fed up with everything in the Untied States being a race issue. ALL of you clowns need to stop it.

david

December 20th, 2011
1:11 pm

rodney cant be racist he is vietmanize

larry wachs

December 20th, 2011
5:45 pm

I’m keeping count Rodney, it’s been a full week and you haven’t concoted a new, lame ass reason to write about our 17th place morning show. Did you not get our last envelope?

Just American

December 20th, 2011
9:34 pm

I didn’t realize that Mr. Ballantine was from Africa, Rodney. Because, after all, that would make him African-American. Jessie Jackson invented that term during the 80’s, let your liberal guilt go….it’s OK to say black. It doesn’t mean you have to vote republican (maybe what, 4 or 5 of those at the AJC, right?)

Brooke

December 20th, 2011
10:58 pm

WAOK is just not solid news talk.
That station booted two intelligent bright talents, Rob Redding & Rose Scott years ago.
Yet, they keep recycling same played out black talk rhetoric.
I haven’t listened in years & won’t. Yet, management keeps
the ignorance of Frank and Wanda on V-103. But hey it’s their cash cow so
why can’t they pour resources into 1380? Ask that Rodney.

Ernest Oglesby

December 26th, 2011
5:12 pm

I am disappointed for the removal of Warren from WAOK as a fact, he and Sharpton carried the station.
The young lady replaced Warren is very bouleish. I am not taking anything away from Atlanta’s radio commucations .black outlet. I know your rating were up during his tenure. Please bring him back The intellectural of Atl. listen to Sharpton and Warren. The manager should reassess that decision..