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Elle Duncan joins 11 Alive as a traffic reporter

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Elle Duncan at the Doggies on the Catwalk fundraiser at Grady High School in January, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Elle Duncan, who was let go from V-103 last December after seven years, has found new full-time employment as a traffic reporter at 11 Alive.

She starts this Thursday morning from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., according to 11 Alive General Manager John Deushane, though she won’t be full time until Monday morning.

She Tweeted this afternoon:

So I hope y’all will wake up and turn us on!! So excited to work with the whole 11alive team and get my feet wet in live television!!

She is technically employed with Radiate Media, which provides traffic for radio and TV stations, including WXIA-TV.

Duncan, who has also been a sideline reporter for the Atlanta Hawks, started her media career at 790/The Zone in 2003 with the 2 Live Stews. She moved to V-103 in 2005 to work with Ryan Cameron. In 2009, she moved to mid-days. Eighteen months later, she worked mornings with Frank & Wanda as a sports reporter, then moved back to Cameron’s show in March, 2011. Nine months later, she was out at V-103 completely.

At 11 Alive, Duncan replaces Nick Vavas, who is returning to New York.

And small world: before Vavas, 11 Alive tried to train Nina Brown to do the traffic but that didn’t pan out. At V-103, Brown was a producer with Frank Ski and Cameron and did not get along with Duncan. You’d have to read the story to believe it but an incident involving an open mic, sweet potato pie and cursing in late 2010 led to Brown’s departure from the station.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

41 comments Add your comment

Eric

May 30th, 2012
6:53 pm

I, like other viewers, liked Jim Basile’s traffic reports better. Joy Barge was another well-liked Atlanta traffic reporter too. We’ll likely have to see how Elle Duncan does.

I don’t particularly like the current Gannett graphics package. The Gannett music is somewhat okay… I could picture 11 getting “L.A. Groove” by Groove Addicts, or that new NBC O&O music by 360 Music (heard on WCAU, WMAQ, and KNSD), if 11 was to drop the Gannett music. I’m hoping that 11 could and might be getting a new set… perhaps something by Clickspring Designs.

Butter Pecan

May 30th, 2012
7:28 pm

Good for you, Elle! You are way better than those hood rats at V103! Your light is shining brighter and you deserve it!

DONNA HOUREL

May 30th, 2012
7:46 pm

CONGRATULATIONS ELLE!!! I WONDERED WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU.

Vast Wastrel

May 30th, 2012
8:05 pm

Great, maybe she can introduce a Pizzometer as an appropriate title for Atlanta traffic to match the weather department’s Wizometer.

diddy

May 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Who the heck is going to be watching at 4:30am? She needs to be on prime time!!!

Elle, call me.

Take that. Take that

RHagans

May 30th, 2012
8:39 pm

isn’t her best friend nina brown at 11alive. i hope they don’t run into each other. elle is a very nice person and i wish her the best. nina, needs a little work on her social skills. but it is funny now to see that nina is in a position above elle.

Rodney Ho

May 30th, 2012
9:03 pm

@RHagans Nina Brown, Elle’s sweet potato buddy, is no longer at 11 Alive. I was told she is now helping out Frank Ski at his restaurant.

A.J. Cannon

May 30th, 2012
9:23 pm

From the “Two Live Racists” to a 4:30 AM gig. Sounds about like their careers are going these days.

Radiosisterhood

May 30th, 2012
9:25 pm

All well, that ends well. Ellen, was praying for you Sis…Today Traffic, tomorrow sport desk baby!!! @ Butter Peacan, I agree Sis~ Continue your shine Elle, You’re the REAL DEAL Sister, SHINE!!!!

Kevin

May 30th, 2012
9:27 pm

I often listen to V103 and 680 the fan (not too much 790)– I had no idea she got her START in sports radio. I thought her gig with the Hawks as well as the falcons post game show were her first attempts (not to say she was bad at it or anything!) Glad to see she landed on her feet…

a fellow University of West Georgia grad

Ms. Pearl

May 30th, 2012
9:45 pm

Good for anybody who can find work in this economy….

but SERIOUSLY – 4:30 AM????

They’re just starting to crack the eggs at McDonald’s at 4:30 AM.

Anyways Congrats!

Ghamp

May 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

Great job Elle I don’t care for 11 alive but will watch for a sec in the mornings now. Dumb wizometer or what ever they call it .. I know you will do great .

Duchess

May 30th, 2012
10:54 pm

Yayyyyyyyy!! I’m so glad Atlanta didn’t lose this treasure…although I imagined you on the West Coast. LOL Congrats to Elle!!!

diane white

May 30th, 2012
11:03 pm

Happy for you Elle! This is a stepping stone…you’re on your way!

Shelly

May 30th, 2012
11:11 pm

Congratulations Elle! Happy for you and wishing you much continued success! Thinking back to the Friday song…lol you were such a good side kick to Ryan @ V-103 but as you’ve grown so shall your career. Good luck at 11 Alive & all your future endeavors!

Early Riser

May 30th, 2012
11:54 pm

Vavas was awful. I wonder if maybe he was run out of town.

ColorandBritt

May 31st, 2012
1:16 am

Great – I will tune in as I head to the gym. You will do well!

Nonia

May 31st, 2012
1:57 am

Well at least she landed on her feet after leaving that ghetto station V103, Elle is a professional so I knew she would be ok after leaving V103 which is more than I can say for the rest of that V103 crew.
So glad there are other choices aside from V103, I havent had to tune my radio to them for several years now, in fact I deleted the V103 preset station setting from both my vehicles and home stereo years ago!!!

SADIE

May 31st, 2012
3:53 am

ELLE SUCKED ON V103. THE ONLY REASON SHE KEEPS GETTING GIGS IS HER HAIR AND LIGHT SKIN. HER PERSONALITY WAS LIKE MELBA TOAST ON V103 – ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTION WITH THE AUDIENCE, NO WARMTH, JUST BLAH! ELLE SUCKS

Maybe Not

May 31st, 2012
6:05 am

Well, I just tuned in to the 6 am show and a man, presumably Vavas, gave the traffic update. Is she really starting today Rodney?

Shelz

May 31st, 2012
6:06 am

i, too, am happy for “L”. I only listen to v-103 occasionally and when i first heard Duncan’s voice, wit, and humor, i found her refreshing. i was surprised when she moved to frank & wanda’s show because i thought she and ryan had chemistry. they kept me laughing. (but u neva know whats goin on behind the scenes) ANyway, i wish her the bs. ryna’s show is definitely not the same w/o her

Shelz

May 31st, 2012
6:08 am

my bad…..i wish her the BEST. ryan’s show is definitely not the same w/o her

@Only1MrGreen

May 31st, 2012
8:20 am

Why are yall hating on her? She has a new job, obviously she’s qualified. If you have nothing positive to say, why even comment? Why even come to the blog after reading the title???

GJAY

May 31st, 2012
8:25 am

I was wondering about you. Congratulations on a great opportunity for you. You will do well. 11 Alive is a great team to work for. Continue with your blessings.

GaPeachy

May 31st, 2012
8:35 am

YAHHHH ELLE! So happy for you hon! You are a great talent and a very sweet person, unlike some of those idiots u had to work with at V-103. Other than Ryan Cameron that station is washed up and out dated. When one door closes another opens!

T

May 31st, 2012
8:48 am

Elle and Ryan did not mesh at all. She was too “young” for his show. I was happy to see her leave. Now she’s on the news show I watch. Hopefully, tv will make her “tighten” up her remarks a bit. Not everyone is her “bro”.

The High Evolutionary

May 31st, 2012
8:52 am

Is she going to be showing us all how to back our “Hoopties” and “Ridez” into parking spaces (poorly) and how to NOT use a turn signal?

The High Evolutionary

May 31st, 2012
8:56 am

Is her traffic report going to routinely consist of “Your Downtown Connector ride this morning? IT’S ALL GOOD!” for her “core” fan base & audience?

Rodney Ho

May 31st, 2012
9:11 am

@Maybe Not. I realized the boss had said she starts working today but didn’t say she’d be on camera. She said she starts FULL time Monday. So my guess she’s in training right now.

sharon

May 31st, 2012
9:18 am

Are you for real Sadie? (getting a job because of light skin and long hair) SMH

breal

May 31st, 2012
10:05 am

For “The High Evolutionary”– You are so very sterotypical!! Here core audience I am sure includes many people who can talk proper grammar you idiot!

Crap

May 31st, 2012
11:26 am

Courtside – not sideline.

WAR EAGLE

May 31st, 2012
2:02 pm

I liked Jim Basile and Joy Barge. straight and to the point. I hope that is what 11 alive is going to teach Elle and allow her to have a normal career from what she had before.

[...] Elle Duncan has joined Atlanta NBC-affiliate WXIA as a morning traffic reporter, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

Sellingatlin2012

May 31st, 2012
8:53 pm

Team her up with a pro like Warren Savage. Heard him on WGST and didn’t realize how much I miss his unique voice and professional delivery. I think he and Elle would make a great team!

Tarryl

June 1st, 2012
8:49 am

Much as I don’t like Elle Duncan, but this would be an improvement over Nick Vavas. Nick was horrible. All Elle has to do is speak for 2 minutes and that’s it. I am so glad that she is only set to talk for a limited time on air. She sucks doing radio. Overall, I would love to see Jim Basille back on 11 Alive. He was the best in doing traffic there.

Mike

June 1st, 2012
1:20 pm

I didn’t care much for Nick Vavas, either. I caught Elle this morning doing the traffic and she was pleasant. I think she’ll do great in this new role.

Simone

June 1st, 2012
4:37 pm

I am so happy for Elle.I have always liked her because she seems very genuine and she’s funny too.I think it’s good that she got away from V103 because it’s just too much politics going on there.You go girl!

Simone

June 1st, 2012
4:41 pm

@ Sadie…I sense you have predjudices against lighter skin Black people and that is indeed sad because the hate you have for “us” will only hold you back.

Go Elle and make your HATERZ your MOTIVATORS!

Last Laugh

June 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

I love it. She’s bested Nina once again.

1baddman

June 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Congrats,Elle !!