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The news is not surprising to morning show radio connoisseurs, who felt that Frank & Wanda’s show desperately needed a major facelift.
While Frank’s latest effort definitely made listeners tune-in (for a day), many had already permanently changed the channel, preferring to listen to syndicated morning shows like The Steve Harvey Morning Show or The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.
A few years back, during the time of Frank Ski’s contract re-negotiations, Rodney Ho of the AJC’s Radio & TV Talk section polled Atlantans on whether V-103 should keep Frank Ski… over half (59% ) voted “No”.
Frank Ski has often been criticized for his staunch support of Bishop Eddie Long during his sex scandal, although now he reportedly attends another Atlanta church.
During it’s hayday, the show featured Frank Ski, Wanda Smith and cross-dressing sidekick Miss Sophia, who is still seeking acknowledgement from Tyler Perry for “stealing” ideas for his Mada Character.
Miss Sophia’s contract ended back in 2010.
When Sophia left, Elle Duncan moved from afternoons to mornings in V-103’s attempt to add a bit of youth to the crew. Duncan’s stint was unfortunately short lived…
Frank is rumored to be replaced by popular afternoon host Ryan Cameron, who’s been patiently eyeing the morning spot for years now.
I heard that Cameron will be joined by his former sidekick Elle Duncan, who left V-103 and ventured briefly into television on WXIA-TV (ch 11) Atlanta’s NBC affiliate.
It seems Frank may have already felt the pressure to find another career, as he partnered with longtime friend DJ Tayrock to venture into the restaurant business a little over a year ago. Frank even hired his former morning show producer, Nina Brown, (who was coincidentally fired from V-103 after an incident will Elle Duncan) to assist with promoting & managing his Frank Ski Restaurant venture.
The Frank & Wanda Show has definitely ran it’s course.
If rumors are true… will you miss Frank Ski and Wanda Smith on the Atlanta airwaves?