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Frank and Wanda’s classy final show on V-103 Dec. 20

Frank and Wanda started at V-103 in 1998. Their final day was today, Dec. 20. CREDIT: CBS

Frank and Wanda started at V-103 in 1998. Their final day was today, Dec. 20. CREDIT: CBS

Today was Frank and Wanda’s final show on V-103 after 14 years.

But they didn’t turn this final day into a funeral (despite a call from funeral director Willie Watkins). They made it a celebration with champagne and many visitors special to V-103.

Among those who stopped by the studio: Frank Ski’s predecessor Mike Roberts, his replacement Ryan Cameron, night jock Greg Street and former co-host Chuck Smith. Former producer Tara Thomas called in from Cleveland. And Frank’s mom even stopped by.

Ski couldn’t come to agreement with CBS Radio, owner of V-103, for a new contract. His cohost Wanda Smith is leaving as well. Future plans are unknown in either case. (More details here from last week’s entry.)

Wanda thanked Roberts for teaching her how to do radio.

Roberts acknowledged how surreal it was to be behind a V-103 mike after 14 years. “It’s bigger than when I was here!” he noted. “We couldn’t put a Christmas tree here when I was on the air. But this is incredible. You deserve all the accolades. You’ve done a phenomenal job… I want to thank you for keeping the heritage of the station all these years.”

Cameron, who is set to take over in early January, was all class, expressing admiration for Ski and Smith. “I hope to have half the longevity that you’ve had,” he told them. “You’ve got a plan. I know you’ve got a plan.”

“It’s your ship now,” Ski responded.

Cameron waxed nostalgic listening to WIGO and winning prizes from Roberts as a kid. And he also thanked Roberts for helping jumpstart his career by discovering him at a comedy talent show. He invited Cameron to the station and Cameron showed up four hours later. Roberts gave him another shot. Cameron learned that everyone deserves a second chance. If he hadn’t given Cameron that chance, he isn’t even sure he’d be in radio now.

“Bittersweet,” said Rick Caffey, the boss who hired them and came into studio in the final hour. “I’m excited about the journey you’re going to take. It’s going to be bigger and brighter for you two but I’m going to miss you here. I never worried about morning drive for the last 14 years. I love you both. You’ve done well by Atlanta and Atlanta has done well by you.”

“Nobody does ten year runs in this industry. Both of you have bricks in this foundation called V-103. I hope you always consider this place home.”

“I thank you for choosing me,” Smith said. Then she joked: “Can I still have my insurance?”

“The biggest thing about Frank and Wanda is you made a difference in so many people’s lives,” Caffey said.

At 9:38 a.m., Ski took a call from Larry Tinsley, the long-time V-103 Sunday morning gospel man. “You’re leaving on top,” he said. “I hate to see you go.”

“I’ve learned a lot from you,” Ski told Tinsley.

In the final moments, they kept it light.

“Now I’ve got time for fishing with your husband for real,” Ski told Wanda.

“We’re leaving Friday!” Wanda said.

Then it was time for the final V-103 Inspirational Vitamin. The focus is on dreams and reaching those dreams that come from God.

Ski: “Wanda and I have been here 14 years. It seems like yesterday. We’re in a good place. We’ll never forget our dream. Don’t forget yours. That’s your inspirational vitamin on our last day at V-103. We want to make sure we leave you with one thought: to get to the prize, get to the place where God has for you and prepared you to be at. In other words, ladies and gentleman, it’s time for you to find your victory. So on that note, on behalf of the Frank and Wanda morning show, thank you for 14 great years and the great memories and tears and triumphs until we meet again.”

“Thank you for allowing me to be with you every day for 14 years. I love y’all. You will see more of me. Pray for me. I love you all and a big hug from me to you,” Wanda said.

The final song: Kirk Franklin’s “Til We Meet Again.”

Then they played an extended version of their theme song one last time.

Ski won’t do an interview with me, upset with the way I’ve been covering this, but I hope he will talk to me again at some point.

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150 comments Add your comment

1st mate

December 20th, 2012
9:19 am

why is he upset? You’ve told the truth, he was fired….. It was long overdue for them to leave. I miss Mike and Carol in the morning.

TG

December 20th, 2012
9:22 am

lol He’s upset with the way you’ve been covering what? I remember that in one of your last articles on this, you actually insulted critics of Ski and called them “haters.” You defended him even though your polls showed that he is very unpopular…and that’s what it is. I think Ski is upset at your polls, lol. He’s upset that they exposed people’s true feelings towards him. He, like so many, confused his high ratings with popularity when really as Mike Roberts insinuated V-103 has long been at the top more for its accessibility with a good radio signal than because of the talent. For a lot of folks it’s the only station they can get at work so it profits from being “the only game in town” per se.

P.S. But fret not Rodney. He’ll get over it and be calling you when he gets his next gig and needs you to put out the word.

M

December 20th, 2012
9:23 am

He’s probably upset because he’s been made to look like he overestimated his value and didn’t get what he was asking for… which is probably true.

Rodney Ho

December 20th, 2012
9:24 am

@TG You’re probably right on that. I even wrote Frank a personal note and dropped it off at V-103 offices Tuesday to try to convince him to submit to an interview. But it hasn’t worked. I also wrote a personal note to Ryan but he won’t talk to me either. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever written anything negative about him because honestly, what is there to write negative? Hey, at least Bert still talks to me, right?

Sash

December 20th, 2012
9:24 am

wishing them both much success!

Steaky Cha Cha

December 20th, 2012
9:40 am

You need to do an interview with me cha cha. I am the true KING of Atlanta radio and I will tell you all about it!

MM

December 20th, 2012
9:40 am

Well, now maybe I will listen to V-103 because I could not listen to the foolishness Wanda talked, being a comedian is one thing, but being a radio personality is another. Frank was ok, but Wanda was awful and a bad influence to young women, glad it’s over.

Renee

December 20th, 2012
9:47 am

Haters everywhere You all have your opinions and we all have ours Gods Blessing to Frank and Wanda. I know Frank from Baltimore and then when I live in Atlanta. Yes he is a little arogant but the Guy does great things and He brings it. We all love Haters. MUCH LOVE TO FRANK

GShell

December 20th, 2012
9:48 am

Rodney, what about reaching out to Wanda Smith. She is really open. Do you know who Ryan will have on his morning show besides Crash D?

Chica Negra

December 20th, 2012
10:04 am

Just dont give him any press on any of hs new endeavors, he news never makes the front page so he will need you.

Goody MOE

December 20th, 2012
10:04 am

Funny how some say how unpopular they were, and yet they ruled the morning airwaves in ratings their entire run.

KB

December 20th, 2012
10:06 am

Someone told me that the top morning show hosts make in the $1 million dollar range when you combine salary, appearances, etc. Is that true?

Michael

December 20th, 2012
10:08 am

Enter your comments here

Michael

December 20th, 2012
10:12 am

It is an ignorant person who call other people Haters because they express their true feelings about someone. People have the the right to say what they feel without being called Haters.

Jan Woodside

December 20th, 2012
10:12 am

Good Morning to all, I just want to say that Frank and Wanda will be truly missed. They have done a great job and I don’t think things will be the same at V-103. They have truly made history. They have done some things that no other Radio Station has done for the Community and Citizens of Atlanta. Think about it. They helped a lot of people and everybody loves them. I am going to miss them and I don’t even live there, but I love them and what they have done with all my HEART!!!!!!! God Bless the both of you and good luck!!!!!

FLE

December 20th, 2012
10:16 am

Frank is a pompous, pretentious @ss and Wanda is a buffoon. That said I have never seen you allude to such, so I can’t imagine what his royal highness might be upset about, but shake it off.

Samantha

December 20th, 2012
10:20 am

Well I’m glad they went out on a positive note. I will say this though–this is by far one of my favorite features on the AJC site and I for one am glad that the journalist covering local radio and TV isn’t beholden to the subjects he covers (except for maybe Cox properties lol). I love reading your reviews and I can appreciate the way you candidly describe the personalities of the talent and the impression Atlantans have of them. It’s refreshing and if it ruffles a few feathers, you must be telling some hard truths. I appreciate Frank and Wanda and what they’ve brought to V-103, but it’s clearly time for them to move on and give up the grudges they’ve held for anyone who critiques them. And that goes for any talent working in the profession.

GoodBye

December 20th, 2012
10:20 am

They stunk…. Frank – Not as funny as he thought he was – Wanda – Ghetto Fabulous… Guess that makes me a hater. That’s what you call someone who knows the truth these days.

Jan Woodside

December 20th, 2012
10:23 am

Atlanta should be grateful they had V-103. Who else looks out for them the way they did?????????

David

December 20th, 2012
10:25 am

@KB someone like Tom Joyner or Steve Harvey may make that figure because of their syndication deals and their national popularity. Local host like Frank Ski make 6 figures, which is good money but even those days are drying up.

Audrey Williams

December 20th, 2012
10:28 am

In the words of Porsche Fox, let your haters be your motivators and as the word says whom God blesses no man can curse. Frank & Wanda God bless you both, thank you for the years. I recall
your interview with “The Triple T” I had recently located to Atlanta from Miami Gardens. Your best
revenge on your haters will be even greater success than you both have already achieved.

Walk Good!

Tenacious Tee

December 20th, 2012
10:28 am

@KB… .Yes that is true. Some morning personalities make more than a million dollars. If you find the right market, you can make some serious cash. As a former V-103 (?)….I curious to see who RYAN will select as his co-host. There is alot of talent here and I hope she is “home-grown!”

Big C

December 20th, 2012
10:30 am

Stopped listening full time years ago because of Wanda. Frank has always been a great DJ, and very informative. Best wishes to you and your family Frank!!

ItsMsFree

December 20th, 2012
10:31 am

I did not like Frank & Wanda in the morning and only listened because they were the only station I could get. I was WAITING for the day Ryan Cameron would come back to mornings and alas that day has come! I bet V-103’s rating will shoot through the roof now. Frank was entirely too “mature” to be acting like he was sooo in touch with the artists and hip-hop music of today and Wanda did not have the voice or personality for radio (in my opinion only of course). Goodbye Frank & Wanda and HELLO RYAN CAMERON!!!!

Stephanie

December 20th, 2012
10:31 am

I STILLLL miss Mike and Carol, no one can do it better but I like Ryan! Best of luck to Ryan!

Ms T

December 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Rashan Ali please…..

or Porsha Foxx… I miss that girl..

Mr.Exclusive

December 20th, 2012
10:33 am

Good luck Frank and Wanda! We will miss you greatly on V-103. Man radio won’t be the same. We looked forward to hearing them in the mornings and Ryan in the afternoons.

Jeneba

December 20th, 2012
10:33 am

I really loved the “passing of the torch” this morning. I was really great to hear Mike Roberts again. It was a really classy way to go out.

L'il Wayne

December 20th, 2012
10:33 am

Herman Cain on WSB mornings is better!

NetRadioJock

December 20th, 2012
10:34 am

WOW Rodney! I didn’t see anything negative that you wrote about this story. I think that you covered it they way that you covered any story referring to radio. I don’t know why Frank would be like that in not giving you an interview. I didn’t see any damage done. Then again, I could be wrong.

http://www.thepraisehouse.com (shameless plug)

Curious George

December 20th, 2012
10:35 am

Apparently calling him a “Hater” in his mind, is Frank Ski using our beloved Rodney as his “Motivator” (or some other urban, ghetto-trash nonsense)?

Radio Fan

December 20th, 2012
10:35 am

Not sure what all the negative feelings are from; this is the radio industry….i.e. entertainment. These positions/roles are vacated and filled routinely across the nation. They had a very good run. I do like both of them but must admit, it was difficult to listen to Wanda at times. But that’s not to say she’s not talented in her field….just not sure it translated well on radio. Bottom line — they both are survivors and will certainly land on their feet somewhere. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear Frank on the radio (regular or satellite) within a year or two. Good luck to both of them!!

Atlanta Guy

December 20th, 2012
10:35 am

He has a lot of nerve being upset with you, particularly after the way he has used and manipulated the media to his advantage. Shameful.

Bobbie

December 20th, 2012
10:36 am

Goodbye Frank and Wanda!!! Time to bring it back home ATL style with Ryan King. ATL all day!!

Curious George

December 20th, 2012
10:37 am

Can ANYTHING about that show or that entire radio station really be called “Classy,” Rodney?

Really?

Rodney Ho

December 20th, 2012
10:37 am

@NetRadioJock. I think part of it is the anonymous nature of this blog, where people can post all sorts of heinous comments. Plus, I did keep up a running string of comments from somebody claiming to be “Frank Ski” but seemed like parody to me so I left it up until he told me that he wasn’t happy. So as a courtesy, I took them down. I also sense he wasn’t happy that I wrote about his on-going negotiations back in October and the polling results that came from it.

Buckhead Boy

December 20th, 2012
10:37 am

I can guarantee that no one in Buckhead cares.

blkshepherd

December 20th, 2012
10:45 am

@Audrey Williams
Porsche Fox is the Last person you should be quoting..and I am pretty sure God did not tell her to drink and drive..Twice. You people attaching the Bible and God to anything that dont go your way. Aint Nobody hating on Frank or Wanda. People can and will express their opinions it is what it is. I quit listening to Frank and Wanda Years ago. That person they had doing the Entertainment Minute was too much for me

. Ms Sophie making that stupid sound with his tongue was way over the top. Wanda’s voice was annoying as hell anytime a day let alone early in the morning. Frank I KNOW IT ALL and I KNOW FAMOUS People had run his course. Nothing else needed to be said 14yrs is 14yrs some folks dont even last four weeks let alone years. His time was up. Move on get over.

Shomari

December 20th, 2012
10:46 am

I honestly dont understand why ppl have so many negative things to say about frank and wanda….they have done so much for this city, but they still receive so much negative criticism. ..smh…anybody who have anything bad to say about them, could u plz name any morning host in Atlanta that has been deeply involved in the community….I didnt think so….cuz the other host that u praise so much is either syndicated from another state or just not involved with the city….thank you frank and wanda

American

December 20th, 2012
10:54 am

GOODBYE! Now the next time you are approached by someone waiting to meet you and Wanda maybe you should think…Who do they know! Learn to be humble that will take you both far. GOODBYE! PEACE!

David

December 20th, 2012
10:56 am

I agree with Michael and blkshepard. Expressing your true feelings is not hating. SMH at these people who say Frank Ski did so much for the city. Eddie Long did a lot for the city but does that make him a great guy?

MissV

December 20th, 2012
10:59 am

I to will miss Frank and Wanda. I just discovered they were leaving while listening to Ryan Wednesday. I admit that I did not listen to them much in the past few years, but this was due to lack of need for morning entertainment not them. I wish them MUCH success!! But Ryan, I am hoping stays for a long time! Does not matter though, I will make the effort to find him and follow his work!

Shomari

December 20th, 2012
11:00 am

David how r u going to compare frank ski to eddie long…I dont recall frank ski getting involved in any scandals much less kids….so I can’t agree with u there

blkshepherd

December 20th, 2012
11:07 am

tee hee “like Eddie Long did so much for the city..” old long John Eddie sure did a lot for the city..taking your little boys on trips..showing them with gifts and sending pictures to boys dressed in tight spandex and Then Paid them off….heh heh..yes Long stroke Eddie did a lot for the city especially for your sons, your daughters hmm. wonder why he didnt send any of your daughters of pictures taken in the bathroom in tight black spandex?

David

December 20th, 2012
11:13 am

Shomari I am not comparing Frank Ski to Eddie Long. What I was trying to say is that just because you do something good for the city that does not make you a great guy. Frank is a much better person than Eddie Long but Frank is also a condescending and arrogant person. He’s not a bad guy but I do not consider him a great guy. That is my opionion.

Jan Woodside

December 20th, 2012
11:14 am

My Mom always told me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything!”

GG

December 20th, 2012
11:15 am

I lost respect for Frank after the Eddie Long fiasco. He could not admit that this man was wrong on the radio! But the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. His supports of a gay pedophile was quit sickening in my opinion. Frank’s ship has come and gone, he needs to move on and allow some fresh new talent in. I did enjoy Wanda, although she is too much at times.

Zone 3

December 20th, 2012
11:16 am

Thank God. The RYAN KING is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lil Birdie

December 20th, 2012
11:20 am

Rodney, they both have egos that have made them their own worst enemy. It was probably the comment chatter. Much like webmasters would be held for the message board drama 10 years ago…. because you don’t spend your day letting everyone have it that doesn’t have a good opinion of them or delete the posts, it’s your fault.

John

December 20th, 2012
11:22 am

Jan your mother did not group up when they had internet blogs. The purpose of a blog is to give comments and opionions whether they are good or bad. It’s 2012 not 1962.