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Letter to Atlanta: Frank Ski Announces He is Leaving V103 After 14 Years

Frank Ski announced today that he has decided to leave his hosting position with V-103 after 14 years, to pursue new radio opportunities and expand his brand.

In a shocking announcement On-Air, Frank Ski announced that he is leaving V103 after 14 years at the station.  Frank Ski is of course the owner of a new restaurant and wine vineyard, which has been very successful this past year.  He states that he is moving on to other radio opportunities as well, so this will most likely not be the last time we hear Frank Ski on the radio.

From his funny jokes, to his social commentary and his daily Inspirational Vitamin, families in the Cascade area will surely miss Frank Ski's presence and voice on their radios.  Frank Ski says below that some of his highlights include interviewing SW Atlanta residents, "Maynard Jackson, Andy Young, Bill Campbell, Bernice King, Shirley Franklin and my good friend, Kasim Reed."

The following is a letter written by Frank Ski directly to the Atlanta community:

Dear Atlanta,
Fourteen years ago, V-103 General Manager Rick Caffey and I set out to create a morning show that was informative, entertaining and inspirational -- and year after year, you’ve blessed us with #1 ratings in every age category.

I’m beyond blessed to get paid to do what I love most, to be on the radio with more than a million listeners every week. I have enjoyed waking you up every morning, deejaying the hottest parties every week and whether it be in the streets, the grocery store, your school, a football game or in places of worship, I have truly enjoyed getting to know you and your family.

When I moved here in 1998, I was newly married and hadn’t even started my family. Major milestones and defining moments have happened while on the airwaves of V-103. My children were born here in Atlanta, and you shared in that joy -- all three times. Tanya & I started the Frank Ski Kids Foundation a decade ago, and because you supported our annual Kids Week, Youth Bowl and Wine Tastings, you made it possible for us to expose hundreds of kids to their future, and ultimately, realize their dreams.

I’ve grown personally from interviewing those who have made Atlanta the great city it is, and I’ve flourished from genuine relationships with people like Maynard Jackson, Andy Young, Bill Campbell, Bernice King, Shirley Franklin and my good friend, Kasim Reed, whose individual legacies will live forever.

Atlanta, you’ve allowed me to bring so many important triumphs and tragedies to life. To be blessed with the last interview with Ms. Coretta Scott King, challenged by the jail interview with convicted murderer Wayne Williams, and completely honored to interview the young Senator from Chicago, President Barack Obama. The list goes on -- from the iconic and unforgettable Whitney Houston to the incomparable living legend, Mr. Stevie Wonder, you’ve witnessed and experienced countless defining moments with me.

You encouraged me when I flew to New York hours after 9-11, when I drove to Louisiana for the Jena 6 story and even when we pulled our entire city together to raise hundreds and thousands of dollars for Hurricane Katrina victims. You’ve been there when I suffered a loss, and when the hard work allowed me to try things I never could have dreamed for myself.

We’ve traveled around the world together... to Asia, Africa, South America and beyond, and have returned home with deeper connections to each other and our communities. You celebrated with me in 2011 when my dream to open a restaurant became a reality. I thank you for all of those shared times -- the laughter, the tears and the victories.

And with that, Atlanta, I have decided to end my tenure with V-103

My decision to leave my V-103 family has been one of the most important and most spiritual decisions of my life. For years, I’ve delivered the Inspirational Vitamin and have told you to live by faith, not fear, and to believe in the power of God’s plan for your life.

I’ve encouraged you to ‘Let Go and Let God’ -- and now it’s time for me to do the same.

It’s time for me to walk in faith -- but chase my passions and spiritual purpose to expand my brand & grow. It’s time for me to explore other opportunities that will allow me to serve more people on a greater level.

Thank you to General Manager, Rick Caffey, for believing in my talent, and allowing me to be the leader of a radio station that truly believes in service & community. Thank you to my cohost, Wanda Smith, for trusting in my abilities to lead the Morning Show on a successful 14 year journey. Thank you to the entire V-103 family -- on-air and behind the scenes -- your efforts, enthusiasm, hard work & support will always be appreciated.

And thank you to YOU, Atlanta, for allowing me to be a part of your family, and unselfishly being a part of mine. As the story continues, you will hear me again on radio & I will not leave the city I call home.

As one beautiful chapter ends and another begins, I will take the memories we’ve created and never forget how the story began. I look forward to sharing the next chapter with you, and creating even more unforgettable memories.

This is not a good-bye, Atlanta, but instead -- to be continued... very soon.

Thank You & God Bless,

Frank Ski

Doug Richardson December 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Frank Ski thanks for all the good thoughts and memories ,I will miss the inspirational vitamin the most Thanks for everything. From The friend you don't know thanks and god bless. dougrichardson2296@gmail.com
Veneasa Ketton December 13, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Mr. Frank Ski Thank you for all the good you have done here in Atlanta. You Have deffinately played a major role in my life over the years I apprieciate all of your hard work and dedication thank you for being that inspirational vitamin that I as well as Atlanta needed. I will truley miss the sound of your voice in the mornings... smh being out and about early mornings just wont be the same. Love ya Veneasa Ketton
mike taylor December 16, 2012 at 02:28 AM
frank sky... whats up man...lol..i bet you dont remmeber me...i was on unit 6 at the charles h hickey school in baltimore md ,behind the razor wire...you came in our class room..i was 17 ....im 38 now...lol...i moved to atlanta in 92...i was surprised to see you here doing the radio too...lol...i also saw you in the club ,at a lesbian party,it was on peachtree,i forgot the name of the club(you know i had to sneak in there with all them girl's...you know im a true player from b-more too:) ) well im sure ill see you around again..lol take care bra
Rogers Lackey January 20, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Thanks for 14 years of Class and Honesty to the Atlanta area,bringing the top news topics on the air to let us form our own conclusion.
Anthony Robinson January 29, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Frank Ski are you moving back to Baltimore.Md
Mark c March 08, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Hey frank this is mark from Baltimore congrats. On your success and keep God first and everything will be ok
donterri March 22, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Hey frank this Terry from Atlanta we miss u so much well take care

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