Posted: 2:59 pm Monday, March 10th, 2014

Mo Ivory off the Ryan Cameron morning show 

By Rodney Ho

Mo Ivory is off the air on V-103. CREDIT: publicity photo

Mo Ivory is off the air on V-103. CREDIT: publicity photo

Eight months ago, V-103 morning host Ryan Cameron added two new elements to his show, presumably on a permanent basis: Kendra G and Mo Ivory.

Kendra G, along with original host Crash Clark, were axed in December. (Crash is now a traffic reporter on 11 Alive.) The latest shoe to drop: Mo Ivory is out, too.

She was not on Monday’s show. And a link to her page has been scrubbed off the V-103 website. (Her old WAOK page remains alive with the last entry March 14, 2013. Her personal V-103 page’s last entry was March 6, 2014.)

On Sunday, Ivory posted this on her Instagram with a happy picture of herself:

I feel happy, peaceful and grateful today for all the pieces of my life and this I know for sure! #needtogivethanks #ItsAboutToGetReal #moknows

Based on feedback on this blog, a lot of V-103 listeners found Ivory to be too serious and analytical and ultimately a drag on the show. Her fans appreciated her in-depth reasoning and opinions. But ratings on the show slipped off sharply after Kendra and Mo joined mid-year, leading to the return of Wanda Smith in January.

Ivory, a former attorney with a colorful history, left a talk-show spot on WAOK for the chance to do morning radio with Cameron. (I interviewed her back in June.)

She also shows up regularly on HLN and CNN.

UPDATE 3/11: Ivory’s attorney Donald Woodard said he is talking to CBS today to find out her future there. It’s possible she could return to WAOK.

55 comments
ShawSway
ShawSway

This is an entertainment show not talk show.  It would be fine for Mo Ivory  to give the audience political updates a couple days a week for a 5 -10 minute segment.  She doesn't fit into the format of Ryan's show.  As far as attracting younger listener, whether it is Ryan and Wanda or Frank and Wanda, either combination would have a challenge due to the fact that these radio personalities are getting older. When I moved to Atlanta in 1990, V103 was the only black contemporary station but the market has expanded. They have a lot of competition that includes younger radio DJ's that appeal to the 18-35 demographic not to mention those who miss that northern flavor.     

SheilaSavage
SheilaSavage

I knew V-103 would have to dumb down the morning show  once  Wanda returned.  Mo was far too intelligent for the likes of Ryan and Wanda. Mo will be just fine. She does not need V-103.

DarrylGarnett
DarrylGarnett

Hate to see anyone lose their job but she is horrible.  I listen to WAOK all day and when she had her show on there, she was ALWAYS RIGHT.  She would hang up on people and degrade most of the men if you disagree with her.  She is a typical Mad Black Atlanta woman.  She will not listen to her callers and when she joined Ryan I knew that would not last.  I don't listen to V103 because it is garbage.  Ryan needs to sit down and give it up.  but maybe Mo can go back to New York.

TG1
TG1

Sad to hear Ryan's show not doing well.  I have not listened to V-103 in a long while, including when Frank Ski was there, so I'm kind-of out of the loop.  Based on the articles here--every other month someone new is out--it appears ultimately Ryan will be on his way out and what a shame for the hometown favorite.  I don't think bringing carpetbagger Frank Ski (now on DC radio) is the answer and I certainly don't think adding ghetto Wanda Smith will be the magic bul let they were looking for.  Honestly, I think they should study Bert Show's model.  He actually has audience-interactive segments and catchy little vignettes.  It's like a well-planned, executed talk show.  Maybe what V103 needs is better programmers/directors, elevate the material to keep the audience engaged.  Oh and if it's still playing that ghetto trash rap music (I assume it is), now would be a good time to stuff it.

KittaJones
KittaJones

I LOVE Mo. I wish her the best. Ryan and Wanda are a terrible combination. I can't even listen to that mess.

Atlantwoine
Atlantwoine

Bottom line... people want to be "entertained" and not "informed".  They want to laugh away problems, but not want to be armed with the information to deal with them.  This sums up the landscape and the future of African American Radio.....ratchet music, jokes, with a 10 min node to GOD with an "inspirational vitamin".   its appealing to the masses... for good or for bad.

Jan2737
Jan2737

@GwinnettFred...you are welcome

NSydeOut
NSydeOut

Mo Ivory needs to return back to WAOK. I miss her there. Her kind of commentary is much needed on a platform like that where real conscious and some lighthearted conversation can be held. V-103 is more geared towards the audience that would like to hear less talk more music but some fun, conversational starter topics; not so deep. I think Wanda and Ryan have a great chemistry that balances better. WAOK, bring Mo back and move Sidney to the morning. Need someone that will allow engagement with the callers; allow them to speak, in that 10am slot.

G_
G_

Gotta admit she was a drag on the show.  They brought her in to help provide political insight on the show, because of her experience at WAOK.  However, it backfired.  Mo is made for talk radio and talk TV.  She was an intense stiff for a morning show like V103.  She's probably glad she's gone too. 

tinala
tinala

NickGerz, I'm sure you listen to conservative talk show that have that sleaze Sarah Dumba@@ Palin on it, or some other stupid person like Glenn Beck giving you the lastes racist updates.

Andy123
Andy123

Mo Ivory?  YHGTBSM


Maybe High Yella instead? 

MonnieWilliamson
MonnieWilliamson

GOOD EFFIN RIDDANCE.  I hated hearing her voice SO NASAL...and her "I'm more educated than you" opinions.  She did not fit in at all. BORING They did right to ax this clown.  If I am "LISTENING" to radio & not "SEEING" the person, Id prefer a pleasant voice. Someone with more personality and not SCRIPTED every time you ask her a question. If she didnt prepare for the question being asked and researched it AHEAD OF TIME... She came across more ignorant than Wanda.. & We all Know Wanda is dumb as dirt! 


AlWashington
AlWashington

I really do miss Mo on WAOK!  Her show was awesome and I really hope she comes back there and educate the masses or at least those of us who appreciate intellectual discourse and debate.

ShayinGA
ShayinGA

I saw this coming a mile away. I knew Mo wouldn't mix with Wanda.  Ryan and Wanda are silly and Mo is serious. Her trying to fit into the silly format doesn't work.  I found myself turning the channel when Mo talked.  I love some good, well thought out commentary don't get me wrong, but Mo was too much for the platform that she was on. I know we were all taught that nobody is too good for something, but I will say Mo's is too good for the platform for which she was chosen. I think she definitely fits best on WOAK.  V103 played all parties involved when they tried to gel all 4 of those personalities (Ryan, Kendra, Crash and Mo) together. I think Crash got the bad end of the stick.  They should have let him stay.  I really think him, Ryan and Wanda would have been a great trio for the station.

V103 is just going through growing pains.  Frank and Wanda had something unique for 14yrs and it cannot be replaced overnight. I don't ever see Ryan being what Frank was to V103 in the morning.  He was better off staying in the afternoons. That's where I miss him at the most.

bkj58
bkj58

I saw this coming from day one....She s a bit too serious and intelligent for an audience that is accustomed to the minstrel show that is now V 103 in the morning.  Sprinkling in a little about civil rights, voting rights and other important issues just didn't work for folks who wanted to hear 2Chains new album or hear  Ryan interview RHOA cast members....This is what's wrong with black listening audience of V103, BET and similar stations and networks...they want entertainment not information....

Calel
Calel

Rodney, quick question: how's her AOK page "alive" if there hasn't been an entry in it for almost a year? Or are you counting the fact that it's still up as it being "alive"? Do you know if there are any thoughts from management on her going back to the AM dial? They could use her. Not to bash the station, but just about anyone can host a show on AOK, as long as they stay in line--talk about racism everyday, support Obama, cry for black boys shot by white men, march and protest anything "establishment," support all Democrats no matter what, and give a good mention for reparations every now and then. Oh, almost forgot: kiss the ring of Sharpton!

nubianteacher
nubianteacher

I didn't mind Mo, but she didn't fit in with the Ryan show....Wanda makes me laugh, but I think she was guarded around Mo...Now that it may be Ryan and Wanda, we may have that energy that I need to get up 285 every morning....however, I would love for Crash to come back and do the traffic...this new guy SUCKS

darbrednew
darbrednew

btw, you think she is bad, I quit listening to WSB all together due to that idiot Herman Cain

darbrednew
darbrednew

Good bye, good luck, good riddance

TonyP2014
TonyP2014

Mo belongs on WAOK with the more intellectual crowd.

7Syon
7Syon

V-103 had a good thing with Frank & Wanda. I like Ryan, but I think they might have underestimated the appeal that Frank had and should have fought to keep him. I now listen to Streets 94.5's morning show which is hilarious thanks to Sophia

Juan_Hung_Lowe
Juan_Hung_Lowe

Ryan is at the point where he is past V-103. Leave that for the younger DJs. Ryan should look at Kiss104 or 107.5. I think he is not happy with the way the station is going.

LaLaK
LaLaK

Mo needs to go back to talk radio where she is most effective.  She tried branching out, but she isn't a good fit for a hip hop radio station. 

IlkaBent
IlkaBent

I'm sad to see her go but I am not surprised.  I will no longer listen as they continue to make trash radio.  To say that she was too serious is crazy.  Someone has to be an adult, professional in the conversation! These are the same ignorant people who claim to not know what's going on in the world! But we all know they don't care anyway.  

LorenzoChaps
LorenzoChaps

GOOD EFFIN RIDDANCE.  I hated hearing her voice and her "I'm more educated than you" opinions.  She did not fit in at all.  They did right to ax this clown.  Whenever I would listen to their show in traffic, I would always tweet how annoying she was.  Kendra G's an idiot.  She had a spot playing for a hair removal company on V103.  You could hear the "smile" in this idiot's voice the entire time.  What woman would be delighted to have hair removed from any part of her body? I tweeted how ignorant she sounded also.  I'm so glad they're gone.



Calel
Calel

I KNEW this was coming. There was no way she was going to be around--she didn't mix well with Ryan and Wanda. And before long, that show will be "Ryan and Wanda in the Morning."


Mo can always go back to AOK. She can take over Lorraine's early morning spot, because this "Ritchie" dudes sucks a hard one. Stick him on at 7pm. 

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

she was wayyy too smart for v103 and its ghetto listners...if aint ghetto in atlanta then its unacceptable!!!atlanta =ghetto town

EastOTP
EastOTP

I think they have to be careful when dealing with heavier social issues at that time of day. People are trying to find a little energy and get a laugh before punching the clock- it's just too early for some of what they touch on. You can keep people current with the headlines, but you've GOT to have levity when people haven't even had their coffee yet. lol.

trailerparkted
trailerparkted

I didn't think people still listened to terrestrial radio!!!! Howard Stern!!!!!!

ItIsMe2
ItIsMe2

I liked Mo, as she brought an intellectual piece to the show, but she did not fit. Once Wanda came, she tried too hard to gel with her and it was painful to listen to and started to do things that was uncharacteristic of her. Ex. Wanda was being silly one show, and burst out with "Do my ladies run this mother for ya..." and Mo yelled the reply, "He..... yeah!". For anyone else, it wouldn't have been an issue, but it appeared that Mo was trying too hard.

Again, I like Mo and I hope that she will be able to stay in the CBS/WVEE family some how. In the mean time, I will enjoy when she is on CNN or HLN.

Jan2737
Jan2737

I enjoy MO sparring with the two conservative on the Georgia Gang on Fox5 Atlanta.  She can keep them in check.  Especially the white haired guy with his one-sided comments.

Native_Atlantan
Native_Atlantan

Ryan's good with me.  Wanda is icing on the cake.  The third person has to bring some energy and balance.  With all that said I listen every morning.  And since Wanda came back I pick them over Steve/Rickey or anybody else.

mayday6751
mayday6751

As I have stated a million times. The VJ's are not the issue. It is the GM Rick Caffrey.  He doesn't know what the heck he is doing.  He is trying to fix things what hasn't been broken in a decade.  You should have worked with CBS and made Frank and Wanda syndicated and left Ryan King in the evening WHERE HE DOMINATED.


Rick Caffrey needs to go.  Is is the problem

Angela M
Angela M

@TG1  AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!!! You hit the nail on the head! I don't listen to the Bert's Show, but the times I have, I think it definitely has a winning format! They model their show around the "LISTENERS"!!! 


And while I do enjoy some rap music, at 7:00a.m. it's NOT what I want to hear!! NOBODY wants to hear club music on their way to work! 


I totally agree with your sentiments. I've been listening to Steve Harvey for the exact reasons you mentioned. 


Again, well said.

Angela M
Angela M

@Atlantwoine  Hmmm...not sure I agree. I think you can inform people AND do it in an entertaining way. The Bert Show and Steve Harvey are perfect examples. Center your show around your audience and you'll win every time. 


I do agree though, that the ratchet music on my way to work is NOT what I want to hear...at all.

ItIsMe2
ItIsMe2

Obviously you do if you took the time to post.

...and how is she a hood rat again?

Lgreen2289
Lgreen2289

You call  her dunb but she makes more money than you.

ItIsMe2
ItIsMe2

I couldn't agree more! Bring back Crash!!!

beegee61
beegee61

@TonyP2014

I agree, and with what WAOK listeners have to put up with now, they need to get  Mo back...yesterday.

Calel
Calel

@7Syon  


Likewise, Frank should understand he had a good thing, too--even without the syndication deal he wanted. 

RodneyHo
RodneyHo moderator

@trailerparkted It's scary but people still do listen to terrestial radio. I listen to Stern, too!


GwinnettFred
GwinnettFred

@Jan2737 This post cracks me up. According to Jan2737 when Mo is doing the talking, she is "keeping the 2 conservatives in check", but when the conservatives talk, they are just "making one-sided comments".


Absolutely crystal clear example of how ludicrous it is to expect politicians to be bipartisan when statements like these are put in writing. Always tunnel vision points of view. Thank you Jan2737 for showing everybody how NOT to judge others.

Angela M
Angela M

@mayday6751  You definitely have a point, although Frank Ski (in my opinion) couldn't carry a nationally syndicated show. However, I do agree he was a better fit than Ryan in the mornings.

DerrickWashington
DerrickWashington

FINALLY!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Rick Caffrey, instead of replacing people the moment ratings go down a bit. Try BUILDING ON THE ON AIR TALENT THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE. Idiot !

ItIsMe2
ItIsMe2

I agree. Yes, Frank was uppity, but he brought something unique to V-103. Plus, I LOVED Ryan at 2pm. I'd tune in during the morning to listen to Frank & Wanda, then tune in again to listen to Ryan. Now that Frank is gone and Ryan is in the morning, I only listen to V during the morning.

ShayinGA
ShayinGA

@Calel @7Syon I agree Calel.  There are too many syndicated shows out there so I don't know how Frank felt he would have been able to compete with TJMS, Rickey Smiley, Steve Harvey and the rest of the morning syndicated shows out there. Sometimes we all must be humble. I think both parties (V103 and Frank) didn't realize how much they needed the other. Frank needs to come on back to the station.