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Crash Clark signs deal with CBS to co-host with Ryan Cameron

Crash Clark (left) and Ryan Cameron (right) at Crash's birthday party last year at Steamhouse Lounge along with  C.J. Simpson, Ryan's former morning host sidekick on Hot and now a co-host on 92.9/The Game. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Crash Clark (left) and Ryan Cameron (right) at Crash's birthday party last year at Steamhouse Lounge along with C.J. Simpson, Ryan's former morning host sidekick on Hot and now a co-host on 92.9/The Game. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Chris “Crash” Clark, while being an ostensible co-host to Ryan Cameron the past year in the afternoons, has actually been an employee of Total Traffic, not V-103.

But Crash today officially signed a deal today with CBS to be a full-time employee and full-time sidekick for Cameron starting Jan. 3, when Cameron takes over for Frank Ski and Wanda Smith in the mornings. Big Tigger takes over afternoons for Cameron and a third person will be named to Cameron’s morning team, Cameron’s boss Rick Caffey told me last week.

Cameron and Clark’s history goes back to the mid-1990s when Crash called himself traffic reporter “Crash D” on Hot 97.5 when Cameron was the host of that show.

Although Clark has been a Total Traffic employee, V-103 in many respects has treated him like family.

He has his own page on the V-103 web site and was the first white dude in known V-103 history to host a shift on V-103 when Cameron went on vacation.

Caffey said last week that he had to keep Crash and Cameron together because the chemistry was so infectious.

Crash tried to explain why he and Cameron get along so well:

“We’re both so young at heart really. We act like kids on and off the air and we just love what we do,” he wrote me via text. “I think we both respect each other’s word and ethics and enjoy the rewards. I have tremendous respect for his talent but off the air we’re like best buddies pushing each other and telling fart jokes. He’s truly a great friend.”

Crash will continue to do traffic only in the mornings, precluding the need for those wicked split shifts. (While working afternoons with Cameron, Crash has been doing morning traffic for Frank and Wanda but does not converse with them. Frank and Wanda’s final day is Thursday.)

“I actually enjoying reporting the traffic,” he said.”I like adding my little twist of humor to an every-day annoyance.”

He said when he was first putting the deal together, he assumed he’d be able to sleep in because he had no idea Cameron was going mornings. But he’s not complaining.

“I couldn’t be happier to be teamed with Ryan. He’s so deserving of this and I’m gonna bust my butt to keep the V-103 tradition of No. 1 alive… I hope the Mayans are wrong because I’m looking so forward to 2013.”

Crash worked for the seminal Morning X morning team on 99X in the 1990s, helped out with the up-and-coming Q100 Bert Show in the early 2000s and co-hosted a show with Rich Shertenlieb and Fred Toucher in Boston for a few years until he was let go for budgetary reasons in 2010. He came back to Atlanta to help out Dave FM, then found a gig at sister station V-103, which was his lifeline because as we all know, Dave is no longer.

I’ve been trying to reach out to Cameron for an interview but no luck yet.

Other “Crash” blog entries:

- Crashing “Crash” Clark’s birthday.

- Catching up with Crash in early 2011.

More info on Frank and Wanda:

- Will Frank and Wanda’s departure hurt V-103?

- The breaking news the morning of the announcement.

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55 comments Add your comment

lisa

December 18th, 2012
10:05 am

Glad to hear it! Crash seems like a good dude. He and Ryan have great chemistry. Congrats Crash!

scorpianking

December 18th, 2012
10:27 am

way to go Crash..and i do remember the freak nick traffic reports…classic Atlanta radio history, come full Circle. Congrats to both you and THE RYANKING in the Mornings on V-103

ACoop

December 18th, 2012
10:40 am

Yayyyyyyyy! I love Ryan and Crash together! Congrats Crash on your promotion. Best of luck to the both of you!

Tonya

December 18th, 2012
11:07 am

Congrats Crash. I enjoy listening to you and Ryan in the afternoons. I’m excited that you guys will be transitioning to the morning show. Best of luck!

Jenn

December 18th, 2012
11:10 am

This will be the best morning show in ATL.

C

December 18th, 2012
11:10 am

Good for Crash. He is a hard working guy who has had his share of up’s and downs through the years. Here’s to hoping of a Toucher, Rich and Crash reunion in Atlanta sometime in the future.

mike

December 18th, 2012
11:19 am

Like the combo of Ryan and Crash. They have chemistry, humor, and generally brighten up miserable commutes.

Lynn

December 18th, 2012
11:38 am

Can’t think of Crash without being reminded of why he was fired from 99X back in the day. Surprised that’s not mentioned here.

TeamCameronCrash

December 18th, 2012
11:41 am

I love the chemistry they have. Both are silly and playful and bounce well off of each other. I have listened to Frank and Wanda for years, but I must admit, Frank left a sour taste in my mouth when I learned he was so unfriendly towards Crash! Oh well…….January, look out!

Gwendolyn Peeples

December 18th, 2012
11:49 am

Sirius Dude

December 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

Rodney: V-103 had white DJ’s all of the 70s up until the mid-80s…..

1st mate

December 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

Rodney never does his research on things he reports on, so I am not surprised that he missed that one too.

All I'm Saying Is....

December 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

Sirius Dude is right, Rodney. Do some research, my man, before basically slandering the station. Now, trying to find a non-Caucasian host on a non-Urban or Hip/Hop music-oriented AM/FM station is the real challenge.

Interesting

December 18th, 2012
12:38 pm

So, what’s Frank’s beef with Crash?? & Why was he fired from 99X? Let’s delve deeper, do tell.

KBofATL

December 18th, 2012
12:58 pm

This is not a good look. Crash is lame, no sorry…He’s SUPER LAME. He’s a cornball and does not balance well with Ryan.

TG

December 18th, 2012
1:04 pm

I liked Crash with the Bert show all those years ago too. Seems like he fits in wherever he goes. He’s just good at his job.

Keys

December 18th, 2012
1:04 pm

Love Ryan and Crash together! So happy they are on the morning drive now. Now we will hear fun conversations and good attitudes in the morning instead of Frank bragging and Wanda acting like a classless fool.

Jere

December 18th, 2012
1:06 pm

hooray for Crash !! have not listened to the radio at all since Dave went off. I’m not a fan of the V103 music but I may listen just to hear Crash.

Just Sayin

December 18th, 2012
1:09 pm

To the people trying to smear Crash about why he was fired from any job , get a life loser(s). Clearly you’re individuals ( or the same person posting twice ) with a vendetta or you would’nt be on here pushing that subject as if people care. Heck people getting fired, regardless of the reason is nothing new or shocking. Leave that man alone.

True Ryan fan frm the A

December 18th, 2012
1:10 pm

Congrats to Ryan & Crash … I can start back listen to the morning show again and give XM a break …. LOVE IT !!!!

Mimi Barnes

December 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

So happy for Crash. I like him and Ryan in the afternoons so they’ll make the morning lively. Thank goodness Stank and Bludder are gone.

1st mate

December 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

ok, now i am curious as to why he was fired…. Please, someone enlighten us.

K in the A

December 18th, 2012
1:19 pm

I would like to see Mo Ivery in the mornings with Ryan.

snottrocket

December 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Crash D on V103!!!

Ms. KP

December 18th, 2012
1:56 pm

Crash D on V, yea….I love it.

Lynn

December 18th, 2012
2:00 pm

Way to go Crash and Ryan…Love the new team!!…Congrats!!

Who really cares?

December 18th, 2012
2:35 pm

I am so pleased to hear that Crash will be joining Ryan. Now I’ll start back listening in the morning. I stopped listening in the morning years ago because I totally dislike ego Frank and ghetto Wanda. I tuned-in to Tom Joyner in the morning, but, I always made sure I had Ryan on in the afternoons. I would also like to see them add Baby U to the morning mix. He fits in with Ryan and Crash in the afternoon. I think the three of them are awesome together.

BIGCITYLIGHTS

December 18th, 2012
2:51 pm

winning combination :)

What What

December 18th, 2012
3:01 pm

The only reason people are asking why Crash was fired from Q100 is only because it was such a “hush-hush” thing. Q100 rode the publicity for ratings, but never devulged the actual reason. They basically said during the Bert Show on Q100, “He did a very bad thing.”

skeeter

December 18th, 2012
3:05 pm

Hell, I remember in the mid-70’s when V-103 was mostly automated. They would say it is 2:00am when it was actually 4:00pm LOL. Come to think of it, I believe the morning DJ was a white guy. Unfortunately, the crowd under 40 think the world didn’t began until the 80’s :lol:

FM Fats

December 18th, 2012
3:36 pm

Is Goldie Taylor the third party?

FM Fats

December 18th, 2012
3:39 pm

Radio and TV Talk, 5/21/10:
In late 2005, he got in trouble for allowing a woman do a sexual act in a bathroom with another patron to win 311 tickets. 99X let him go.

God-awful

December 18th, 2012
3:52 pm

I’ll take Crash and his drinking problem over that pompous d-bag Cumulus hired to voice traffic on all their stations.

Hmmmm

December 18th, 2012
4:10 pm

I googled it and it states ; In late 2005, he got in trouble for allowing a woman do a sexual act in a bathroom with another patron to win 311 tickets. 99X let him go.

Billy

December 18th, 2012
4:14 pm

Who in the hell cares about Freaknic traffic? If you cared about traffic at all, you wouldn’t involve yourself with FN to begin with…

JWW

December 18th, 2012
4:16 pm

At first I wasn’t eally feelin Crash, but he kinda grows on you. Congrats Bro!! I look forward to hearin ya!! Drinks on you?

Keno

December 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

Crash is ALLRIGHT with me…sounds like a really good dude and more of a brother than that corny Tony Jackson that used to do traffic.

JWW

December 18th, 2012
4:19 pm

Oh, I can’t remeber her name, but that cutie that was on with Frank and Wanda, DON’T bring her ass back!! F***in Trick, Dang, what was her name?

1baddman

December 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

Congratulations, Crash !!!

barnesology

December 18th, 2012
4:43 pm

jimmy baron is the truth.

Ms.Simon

December 18th, 2012
6:36 pm

Loooooove Ryan. I like Crash, BUT I really get tired of him talking about his drinking. Dude go to AA.

DREAM

December 18th, 2012
6:37 pm

Go Crash Its Your Birthday:>

So Glad

December 18th, 2012
7:15 pm

So happy that Ryan and Crash D will now be working the morning show on V-103. Just make sure the third person that’s going to be added to the show, fits in well!!!!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

December 18th, 2012
8:44 pm

Well somebody just got a big raise!

Actually this pairing is not objectionable and I could stomach the two of them in the mornings. Certainly I never could stand Frank/Wanda.

say what?

December 18th, 2012
9:46 pm

congrats on your promotion. Bring back CJ or Elle to work with the two of them in the morning. That would be a great team

kayman

December 18th, 2012
10:32 pm

Congrats to Crash! It will funny to listen to you guys in the morning along with…

Bob Killough

December 18th, 2012
11:22 pm

It’s about damn time. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this more. You will rock this job sweetie. The only white man I know that has the equipment to be on a black station and not feel intimidated. Yes mam.

Mrpopculture

December 19th, 2012
3:15 am

Crash is such a lame! He’s so corny and its obvious he tries to fit in with the urban crowd. It’s only so much you can do with Atlanta radio nowadays.

Andy

December 19th, 2012
6:07 am

The only decent black station ATL ever had was Hot 97.5. V-103 has some of the worst programming and talent in the country.

M915

December 19th, 2012
6:12 am

i agree with k in the a , bring Mo Ivory in with Ryan.Crash is a goofy cornball w/b.