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.]
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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk