Posted: 11:15 pm Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Wanda Smith returning to mornings on V-103 

By Rodney Ho

I hear from two sources that Wanda Smith is going to return to V-103 and will make the announcement Monday morning.

[The original announcement was supposed to be made Friday but Smith posted on her Facebook page that it was pushed back to 7 a.m. Monday]

UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:18 a.m.: Smith indeed made her announcement at 7:08 a.m. “I am rejuvenated,” she said. She said she enjoyed the year off and was able to spend more time with her family, who joined her in the studio. She said she was grateful to come back and plans to do it even better with Ryan. She saved money and was not in any financial straits taking the time off. A highlight: Mayor Kasim Reed called in to wish her luck. With Cameron joining the Hawks to London for their game their later this week, Smith arrived just in time to do the show without him for a few days starting tomorrow.

She was with V-103 for more than 15 years, virtually the entire time as Frank Ski’s co host until he and CBS Radio split ways at the end of 2012. They were the top-performing morning show for pretty much the entire time they were on air as a team.

Smith, I’m told, will return to mornings, this time paired with Ryan Cameron, Ski’s replacement. Cameron, with ratings going down the second half of 2013, was forced to dump Kendra G and Christopher “Crash” Clark. V-103 kept Mo Ryan.

Smith’s a stand-up comic who hosts shows at Uptown Comedy Corner. She has worked with Cameron when Cameron subbed in for Ski.

After she was let go a year ago, she didn’t proffer any bitterness to me.

“This has become a beautiful beautiful long run for me,” she said. “I’m happy. I’m not mad. I feel great. My heart feels good.”

Smith and Ski balanced each other with Ski leading the show and Smith injecting bits of humor. Cameron is also a comedian so it will be interesting to see how the two play off each other over the long haul.

In the latest Nielsen ratings book, Cameron’s show rebounded, hitting a 10.2 share among 25 to 54 year olds, best since May. The 18-to-34-year-old demo bounced from a low of a 5.5 share in late October to 7.3 in the book that mostly covered November, finishing third. That younger demo is where V-103 used to be dominant until the summer.

46 comments
ShawSway
ShawSway

I think Wanda Smith and Ryan Cameron are a good combination.  It may be problem trying to reach that younger demographic especially the hip hop generation.  You have the Rickey Smiley and the Breakfast Club (BC) (ouch) both of them are strong rivals for the younger generation.  The Breakfast Club DJ's have such a raw style and great celebrity interviews.  I can't see the average 20 something preferring V103 morning show over Angela Yee, Charlemagne tha God and DJ Envy.    

BarryWarren
BarryWarren

Wanda Smith is horrible.  I can not stand her voice or her laugh. She is the reason I couldn't listen to V103s morning show or the station for that matter.  Every time I heard her do a commercial I had to turn the station.  When she reads her commercial scripts she sounds like how you sound to yourself when you plug up your ears and sing...just horrible. I was glad when she left.  I was shocked last week when I turned to V103 and heard her doing a commercial.  I almost hit the car in front of me.  NO V103 for me.

faithhuffington
faithhuffington

I hope Mo takes over Lorraine Jacques-White's 6-10 a.m. slot at WAOK. As a woman with a strong voice and personality, I think that would be a great balance to the all-male lineup that they currently have. I think Mo, Sidney Wood, Al Sharpton and Derrick Bozeman (on his better days) would make a good team!

awldat
awldat

Now if you can get Wanda to add an "s" to some of her words .. I'll listen off and on.


I can't stand when she does not use the "plural", in a sentence:


ie:  "Most of the Atlanta highway(s) were closed yesterday.


cool tony
cool tony

stop the hate. give it a chance first. most top shows are funny because people like to laugh, and if you dont then you are welcome to watch the Sean Hannity show. ?? or listen to it on radio


zaythelegend
zaythelegend

I think this is a horrible and desperate attempt to get the rating back. Wanda was only good with Frank because she was the comic relief. Frank was intelligent but his show needed to have her laughs and comedy to balance it out. Wanda, Ryan and Mo is a horrible combination. Mo is intellectual and speaks her mind, which I like, but she is so still. You don'e even hear her voice nearly as much as you do Ryan's. I can imagine it now... the entire 4 hours will be nothing but hideous laughter about stuff that's not really funny. Never discussing serious matters or being intellectual because Mo won't speak unless she is asked for her opinion. Ugh. There needs to be more balance. Bad combination.

dartsiwinellis
dartsiwinellis

i'll be looking for another radio station to listen to, this new show is loud and desperate

dc2ATL05
dc2ATL05

Wanda Smith's voice is annoying.  I will stop listening to this show.  I think Ryan is great but the show is going to suffer now that Crash is gone and especially now that Wanda is joining the show.  V103- what a horrible decision to bring Wanda back!  SHE IS HORRIBLE ON THE RADIO.

ItIsMe2
ItIsMe2

I think that she will be on temporarily while Ryan is in London covering the Hawks games (the Hawks will play the Nets 1.16.14 in London). I would love for her to take over the mid-day spot. I like her and Ryan together, but not everyday. I enjoy Ryan, but I would like a balance between laughter and topical conversations.

Calel
Calel

As much as I didn't like "The Frank and Wanda Show," I found myself listening for at least 30 minutes each morning (time from the gym to the office.)

There's something to be said for Frank and Wanda if the ratings for that slot went down after they left. Not many people will fess up to liking the show or even listening to it. But judging from the amount of comments that come with a "Frank and Wanda" story, people were listening--a LOT of people were listening. I didn't like show, but I found myself listening so I could hear exactly what I didn't like about the show then say, "THAT'S IT! Wanda is so ghetto." Or, "Frank, you REALLY don't know about politics, and you are too damn old to be "kicking it wit' 'Jeezy-nem'". But for whatever the reason, less people find themselves tuning into Ryan's show. Nice guy, but the show does suck. Maybe he was great for the afternoons; or maybe he was great for a startup station chasing the big station, or The Big Station. Whatever.....it's not working.

romeo2
romeo2

I love Wanda Smith I no longer livein Alanta but I think of her often. Wanda is really funny but she keeps it real. This I a great move for V103 . In fact I believe it will be better than when Ski with his fake a$$was on the air. I am really happy for you Wanda. 

Miss_Scorp
Miss_Scorp

Good choice...I still want Crash back on too though!!!

SixFive
SixFive

Was NO fan of Frank's narcissism, but I used to LOVE IT when Wanda and Ryan were on in the mornings together.  They might get me back.

lithoniaboy
lithoniaboy

I actually liked Wanda and Ryan together. The show was hilarious! Oh and when Miss Sophia was on with those two it was even funnier.

Ldubya3000
Ldubya3000

Bring back Frank! Ryan is done and even Wanda will not revive this show. It's about to get worse.

TiffaniStewart
TiffaniStewart

@hardworker if you stopped listening that long ago, then you shouldnt even know who Wanda is.  And if in your opinion if V-103 caters to high school drop outs and you're not one, its odd that you care they're bringing her back.  Its also odd that you consider Tom Joyner to be serious radio, but I digress. 

For people who actually listen to V-103 (i am trying to start listening again and havent listened since a little after Frank Ski and Wanda joined years ago, as I personally do not care for them), I think they could do without Wanda and I hope they don't bring her back.  If they must, maybe just give her a segment, but please do not give her a full on sidekick gig alongside Ryan.

k_swain
k_swain

Totally agree with G_ , they should have kept Crash Clark, I like him and Ryan together, they got along good, Can't stand those girls. One down, One to go.     

hardworker
hardworker

NO, NO, NO!!!! Can we get some serious radio in the moring. Thank God for Tom Joyner and Sirius XM. The combination of Wanda Smith a.k.a "Big Silly", along with Ryan Cameron a.k.a "The Corss Eyed Dummy" will be nothing short of terrible. I stopped listening to V103 many years ago when they got rid of the Mike and Carol in the morning show. V-103 has become the station that caters to high school drop-outs.

G_
G_

Should have kept Crash and dumped the ladies.  Mo does NOT fit the show.  Wanda will be add a much needed jolt to the show, and Mo will possibly be the odd one out.

chezealot9
chezealot9

Ugggg, she is like a head cold that wont go away, can they really not find anyone else?

ManPlay
ManPlay

The Ryan Cameron show can get pretty dull at times with the same corny attempts at humor or with their one sided views on social issue yet claim to speak for the community.

Bring back Frank Ski, I like Wanda Smith just add Crash Clark to the mix and we'll forget about this disastrous year of "Ryan Cameron in the Morning. Push Ryan to the 10am-2pm spot to keep a native from Atlanta employed.

MrsJohnson
MrsJohnson

I knew something was getting ready to happen with Wanda Smith being that all of a sudden she was appearing in commercials. That's good I'm happy for her and believe she & Ryan will make a GREAT MORNING SHOW TEAM. I do miss CRASH, could'nt get into KENDRA & MO....hmmmm, welllll, NOT. CONGRATULATIONS 'WANDA' I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RETURN TO V-103. So what's up with MISS SOPHIA???? Have a great day/weekend everyone :-)

idiotpolice
idiotpolice

The worst radio station ever! It's painful to listen to Wanda. All she does is laugh like a drunken bar patron. Ryan's 15-minutes has been up. Thank you LAWDY for Sirius XM!

JohnnyRail
JohnnyRail

Wanda is a Peach and I look forward to hearing her again.  Woo-Hoo!

netradiojock
netradiojock

OMG really?  The Ryan Cameron Show has officially jumped the shark. The folks at CBS radio Atlanta are really desperate to bring back Wanda Smith. 

Ulltraman
Ulltraman

just another shill for the get down and boogie crew. Spewing more hate. Playing the same songs every three hours- Repeat every three. Who wants to hear the same songs played 8 times a day? Here is an Idea, Why don't you hire WHITE PEOPLE!?

None15
None15

The beginning of the end, for the Ryan Cameron show. I will listen to the music,  I switch to another station, when the stupidity starts. 

ATLGAMCNAIR
ATLGAMCNAIR

It will be too too much silliness now. 

SHAY10777
SHAY10777

I ENJOY HEARING HER I ACTUALLY MISS HER AND SKI ON THE AIR.... I USE TO LISTEN TO THEM EVERY MORNING NO OTHER RADIO STATION ON MY WAY TO WORK....  BUT EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN OPINION I GUESS ...

Calel
Calel

Mo better get ready to head back down the hall to AOK. With Smith back, there's no need for her.

Calel
Calel

@ItIsMe2 


Wanda's not able to hold down a show or time slot. There were times when she'd fly solo while Frank was out, and it was just Godawful and painful to listen to--sort of like listening to Herman Cain on WSB. There's NO WAY they would even CONSIDER her to host 10-2. 

darmyc
darmyc

@hardworker If you don't listen why do you care. If you stopped listening after Mike and Carol left how do you know about Wanda or Ryan's style? I think you must be a high school drop out because you don't seem to be very intelligent . By the way I am not a fan of Wanda or Ryan.

kayman
kayman

@MrsJohnson , Miss Sophia is with Rashan Ali at Streetz 94.5.  I don't know why because I wonder of Steve Hegwood, the owner of that station, will be able to afford Miss Sophia along with Rashan Ali in the long run.  Additionally, the demo of Streetz is not the demo of the typical V-103 listener.

kayman
kayman

@None15 , I so disagree.  There are plenty of morning shows where there are more than 1 comedian/comedienne on air (cough) Tom Joyner & Steve Harvey (cough) and the shows are great.  I think this is what should have happened in the beginning of last year instead of Wanda leaving with Frank Ski.  Supposedly, Smith was to stay but you know the rest...

ManPlay
ManPlay

...and he was FIRED! Bring back Crash Clark, he brought a fresh perspective to the otherwise stagnant views.

Ldubya3000
Ldubya3000

No he didnt! he was trying to be a Ryan clone. He added NOTHING to the show.