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A talk with Big Tigger, new V-103 afternoon host

Big Tigger is enjoying life in Atlanta so far. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Big Tigger is enjoying life in Atlanta so far. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

I spoke with new V-103 afternoon host Big Tigger last week right before I talked to Ryan Cameron. Here are bits and pieces of what I gleaned:

Real name: Darian Morgan (”People who know me call me Darian. If you call me that and you don’t know me, I get a little peeved. You don’t call Ne-Yo Shaffer!”

Raised in: The Bronx

Age: 40

Hosted: BET’s “Rap City” and “106 & Park”

Previously: Afternoon and morning host at WPGC-FM. “My talents and their vision went separate directions,” he explained.

Opening party: At Reign nightclub January 1, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy, Nelly and T.I. swung by. “It was awesome,” he said. “I feel like I’m here already. It was the first time I didn’t have a daily job since 1994. I still had a local TV show, a syndicated countdown show and a DJ job or the Washington Wizards.”

GPS is his friend: “I’ve been coming her for years but I don’t know my way around. I have awesome navigational tools and Google maps. I’ve found several Waffle Houses!”

Past connections: Current V-103 program director Reggie Rouse used to work at WPGC so he always had Big Tigger in his Rolodex. When the Frank Ski morning show negotiations fell through, Big Tigger was ready to fill in Cameron’s afternoon spot.

What he brings: “Infotainment. I’ll be informative and entertaining.”

A little help from my friends on the show: “Some folks will help me out who are local. It was important to have people from this area not only to help me get acclimated, I have to be able to talk to my audience. I have to know the difference between Old National and Buckhead.  I want to genuinely speak to people.”

Ladies! “I’m single as a dollar bill in a parking lot at midnight. I’ve never been married, no children.”

Small world: He knows mid-day host Egypt Sherrod well. “We did a morning show together at one point.” He also has crossed paths with Greg Street and Cameron. And Ludacris, he said, is one of his good friends.

Where his nickname came from: “When I was in school, someone said my smile looked like Tigger [from Winnie the Pooh.]. When I got into radio, they asked me what I wanted to be called. Everyone calls me that.”

Hobbies: Motorcycles and sports. He’s a big New York Yankees and Washington Redskins fan. “I will back the Atlanta teams as long as they aren’t playing my teams.”

His philosophy: “I’ve been able to be successful just being me. I’m just happy people like me. Hopefully, Atlanta will welcome me with open arms. I hope to be here for a minute. I have big shoes to fill. Ryan’s a star. He’s an icon in this city.”

Pressure: “I welcome pressure. I work better under pressure. If it wasn’t supposed to be hard, why do it?”

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53 comments Add your comment

Really

January 11th, 2013
11:09 am

Cool dude from my younger days watching Rap City. May tune in from time to time.

1st mate

January 11th, 2013
11:18 am

Why would he be peeved by someone calling him by his birth given name???? A lil ego, huh?

bwell

January 11th, 2013
11:18 am

My Brother!

I welcome you and so do ATL! Do your thang.

Alee

January 11th, 2013
11:52 am

I agree with 1st mate!..It’s seems it should be the other way around. I would think you would only want someone to call you by your nick name only if they knew you like that!
People and their ego’s And remember the old adage..”Pride goes before the fall”…anyway, good luck and welcome to the ATL….”Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

C. Tampa Ironworse

January 11th, 2013
11:53 am

he’s much cooler than others such as:

Medium Pooh Bear

XL Eyore

Lil’ Piglet

Kris-toe-fur Robbynz

RAPPINRODNEY

January 11th, 2013
11:54 am

Yo, I’m big tigger,
I never pull tha trigger,
U possees gettin big,
But my possees gettin bigger!

WHAT!

Asia

January 11th, 2013
12:12 pm

Is there no one from the South that could have filled this spot. Why must we be subjected to the whims and off kilter jokes of northerns. He probably doesnt even like it in the South. Ugh…and please don’t call him Darian. That’s a dumb thing to utter.

whatever

January 11th, 2013
12:13 pm

You guys always look for something to complain about. His first name is probably a personal thing and should be reserved for those that know him personally. Would you want stranger coming up to acting like they know you personally. Get a job and stop looking for something to complain about

RAPPINRODNEY

January 11th, 2013
12:52 pm

@whatever… you are complaining about people complaining!

WHAAA!!!!

tameka

January 11th, 2013
12:53 pm

i am loving the new show……its fresh and entertaining and i have loved tigger since he was on 106!

Miss Spike Lee

January 11th, 2013
1:10 pm

Welcome to the A! Representing the Northern galaxy! yeahhhhhh. We dont have to hear so much wrechetness skripper music…Plus this man has been in the game so long. He is very humble and deserves the position more than anyone since he really does spin records, all man him and Luda on the air!! Big UP!!

reallynow

January 11th, 2013
1:36 pm

@Asia…Is there no one from the South that could have filled this spot.

His new boss, Reggie Rouse is a “past connection,” but if you listen to the credits at the end of his syndicated show, it is produced by Reggie “Big Dog” Rouse!

Mr. Commitment

January 11th, 2013
1:41 pm

“never been married, no children” translation: Player for Life

Snog Doodlebox

January 11th, 2013
1:46 pm

“never been married, no children” + “single as a dolla bill” = on the DL

Number15

January 11th, 2013
1:57 pm

What happened to Ryan Cameron? Boy am I out of the loop!!!

Joe

January 11th, 2013
1:57 pm

I liked Tigger on BET but find him to be unbearable on radio. I can’t take the giggling and the voice. I will skip his and Egypt’s show now.

C. Tampa Ironworse

January 11th, 2013
2:07 pm

Is “been in the game” code for “he’s consistently had a job”?

JayD

January 11th, 2013
2:08 pm

Why not call him what he prefers?!?!?!?! People in Atlanta will complain about anything!

derek

January 11th, 2013
2:09 pm

Since he does not want to be called by the name his parents gave him, I hope everyone that calls in to the station will reference to his real name, lol. On the real, I think he is informative and will do ok down here though.

Devin

January 11th, 2013
2:19 pm

Derek – maybe he thinks Winnie The Poo is his father so if we call him by his real name just maybe then he will start hanging out with real Hip Hop icons like KRS One and Professor Griff …lol

Pitchblaq

January 11th, 2013
2:25 pm

Devin, I’m over here LMAO man.

welcome

January 11th, 2013
2:33 pm

Cool dude! But actually anyone would be a better host than Ryan Cameron. Won’t be tuning in in the am.

Fresh

January 11th, 2013
2:47 pm

I like Big Tigger. I grew up listening to him on WPGC in Fredericksburg VA. I remember he would bust a rhyme every now and again. Hope he still does that. Best wishes to you homie.

Who really cares?

January 11th, 2013
3:13 pm

I stopped listening to V103 a long time ago. Frank was too vain. Wanda was too ghetto. I started back during the Ryan Cameron show in the evenings. I like Osai. Now, I’m not liking his morning show at all. Something is not clicking. His INTRO is HORRIBLE. It’s getting to the point I can careless about V103. All the hype made on Egypt has turned-out to be just that…..hype. I’ll stick with Tom Joyner.

PEINFULLEFFECT

January 11th, 2013
3:26 pm

Asia,
BOi STOP! None of the radio host are from Atlanta. Frank (Harlem), Greg (Mia) , Rickey (B’ham), Wanda (Mia), Larry (Tenn.) anymore you need me to name? I mean, does it matter? Besides, he got all of them beat! I bet you watched him on Rap City & 106 & Park! Besides that coastal beef died with Biggie & 2Pac. Please return to the millenium.

Ms.Simon

January 11th, 2013
4:14 pm

Love Big Tigger. He’s great for V-103 and def not bad on the eyes. Do your thing Tig.

Ryan Cameron is the best thing to happen to the Morning Show. Love both Tigger and Ryan. They both ROCK!!!

LITHONIAGIRL

January 11th, 2013
4:17 pm

I don’t like Egypt at all and Big Tigger is a bust. I think they will really lose a lot of listeners with him in the afternoon. I gave him a chance for about 2 days. Couldn’t take it. Bye Bye V-103. I had to go elsewhere on the dial.

notaracist

January 11th, 2013
4:27 pm

I am a soft rock sort of person. But, I completely understand him not wanting people who do not know him PERSONALLY calling him by his birth name. I do not think it is an ego thing. I love love love the artist Bruno Mars, whose real name his Perter Hernandez. I could not imagine meeting him and saying, “hey Peter”. It is like some actors have stage names that are different from their birth names. And only family and good friends would refer to them by their birth names. It is an entertainment side to these folks and the personal side, is personal

joseline1

January 11th, 2013
4:51 pm

Big T is probably feeling right at home “Surrounded by Sweetness and the Gang”. LOL

AreYouSerious????

January 11th, 2013
4:52 pm

@ Snog Doodlebox; I AGREE!!! Code words for DL or Gay.

GROWN MAN 100 %

January 11th, 2013
4:59 pm

I guess I am too old (over 45) to be reading this article, but was interested in who was replacing Ryan on V-103. With that being said, I make it a point not to address grown men by their grade school nicknames professionally or personally.

TG

January 11th, 2013
5:37 pm

I agree with him that he needs to incorporate southern flavor into his show. My suggestion would be a co-host (but given his “call me by my stage name” quip, he seems to have quite the ego and would probably not be receptive to a co-host, only a limited sidekick), but whatever it is, he needs to add to the show, even though he’s talented at his job.
P.S. Yes, there are rumors about Tigger and a not-so-subtle old school pic that came out few years ago that seems to validate those rumors. I hope those rumors are not what ultimately led him to Atlanta. Lord knows Atl does not need any more se xually confused Black men. Enough is enough!

Rick James

January 11th, 2013
7:01 pm

@AreYouSerious????

@ Snog Doodlebox; I AGREE!!! Code words for DL or Gay.
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Not to mention that fact that his good friend is Ludachris..And I want say anymore.

Lisa

January 11th, 2013
7:23 pm

Get someone local!!!!!!!!!!!……If you don’t know the difference between Buckhead and Old National, you don’t need to be on the radio here.

Lisa

January 11th, 2013
7:39 pm

I’m so sick of V-103 bringing these washed up New York has beens to ATL radio. First Egypt, now Tigger. Get someone local. This is why I listen to talk radio. Even Ryan Cameron is not gonna be enough to save v-103 from themselves. Reggie Rouse must be from NY because he is too out of touch

Julian

January 11th, 2013
9:16 pm

I’m just enyoying the NO SKI (Frank) zone. New breath, beats bad breath, and Frank Ski had bad breath.

Rut Rho

January 11th, 2013
9:26 pm

Why did my gay-dar siren just start blaring. 40, single, never been married, no kids. And now you in the A? Who does he think he is kidding? Leave him be ladies…..the writing is on the wall.

Frank Ski

January 11th, 2013
9:35 pm

Big Tigger aint bigger than me – at least on the scales, and I’m getting bigger by the minute. I’m HONGRY!

TheLazyComic

January 11th, 2013
9:48 pm

I’d like to wish Big Tigger the best of luck. He’ll do great.

George Jefferson

January 11th, 2013
10:21 pm

Anything is better than that tired Frank Ski, self promoting, show. Out with the old, tired and fat, and in with new. I’d love to see Wanda show up somewhere, although I’m sure her back is sore from carrying Frank’s old fat butt. In 5 years Frank Ski wil be in the “where are they now” catagory of the AJC. No talent.

XMFan

January 11th, 2013
10:52 pm

Hey DARIAN…don’t know you, never will..or care to. Yawn.

Ms.Simon

January 12th, 2013
1:51 am

Love Big Tigger. He’s great for V-103 and def not bad on the eyes. Do your thing Tig.

Ryan Cameron is the best thing to happen to the Morning Show. Love both Tigger and Ryan. They both ROCK!!!

sargent hulka

January 12th, 2013
5:39 pm

lighten up francis

OriginalAtl

January 12th, 2013
9:54 pm

It’s a shame how people are always trying to change Atlanta into New York. People come to Atlanta because they want to experience Atlanta, but apparently the people at the top of V103 would like to see Atlanta radio become New York radio. So sad, how so many want to make Atlanta extinct. So sad…

triggerman

January 12th, 2013
10:04 pm

Darian, WTF! More like Marian.

Perry Homes Girl

January 12th, 2013
11:19 pm

I don’t like the entire V103 line up. Talk radio, here I come.

Mrpopculture

January 13th, 2013
12:35 am

I absolutely LOVE the changes V103 are making! Although Frank Ski is gone… He’ll definitely land on his feet! There’s so much more to Frank than just V103 and Atlanta! As far as New Yorkers on air at V103… I love them! They are def. better than the locals we have here…. Look at Elle Duncan who had middays… She sucked on V103! Egypt is better than her on her worst day! Big Tig…LOVE IT! He’s very interactive with his show its something new and fresh. I just don’t see why New Yorkers would want to leave NY for Atlanta…. Really?!?! Atlanta sucks!

Doing it the right way

January 13th, 2013
3:03 am

Why does a single man with no kids have to be gay? Wow, is this what the world is coming to? God forbid he’s another stereotypical statistic! Did it ever cross your mind that he’s waiting for the right one to marry before he has kids? Nevermind, I’m talking to someone who probably has at least two “baby daddies”. Everyone doesn’t think like you Shaquita…I meant Rut Rho….

Wait A Minute

January 14th, 2013
8:02 am

Dang, so many haters in the ATL. Haven’t even heard the guy and already don’t like him. Get a grip my uninformed internet folks. Tigger is a Hip Hop legend, he can go anywhere where there are 3 people or more and be treated as a liberator. You people complaining about he’s not Southern enough just sound crazy. Frank Ski came to your beloved south from Baltimore and doesn’t seem like he had a problem fitting in. Tigger is doing the same thing. WPGC went to the toilet after Reggie Rouse left (and Donnie Simpson) and the morning show never had a chance from the jump. Consider yourselves lucky ATL that you don’t have to endure Free (love you baby) and Pablo every day! And he’s not coming from New York! DMV baby!!!

pebblebeach

January 14th, 2013
11:08 am

Good luck Darian…