Frank Ski

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Frank Ski
Birth name Frank Rodriguez
Born (1964-05-09) May 9, 1964 (age 50)
Harlem, New York
Station(s) WVEE (V-103) Atlanta
Country United States
Spouse(s) Tanya Rodriguez
Website Frank Ski.com

Frank Rodriguez,[1] professionally known as Frank Ski (born May 9, 1964), is an American DJ, journalist, philanthropist, radio personality and public forums host. He also was a house music artist who recorded as Doo Doo Brown in the 1990s. From 1998 to 2012 he was the co-host of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show alongside Wanda Smith on the Atlanta urban contemporary radio station WVEE.

Biography[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

In 2002, the Honorable Reverend Jesse Jackson awarded Ski the title of "Journalist of the Year" by the Rainbow Push Coalition.[2]

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Ski spearheaded a fundraising movement to help the victims.[2] He raised $500,000 to support the causes of the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless and Metro Atlanta Respite & Development Services.[3]

Ski hosts the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.[4] The Walk is a partnership between the Trumpet Awards Foundation and the National Park Service and was created in 2004 to give recognition to civil rights leaders who promote justice and equality.[5]

In 2009, he finished second (to Neal Boortz) in an unscientific ajc.com poll for the most obnoxious Atlanta radio personality. Radio & TV Talk with Rodney Ho's poll on whether V-103 should keep Frank Ski (during the time of his contract re-negotiations) was 59% "No". He has recently been criticized for his support of Bishop Eddie Long during his sex scandal, though now attends another Atlanta church.

Ski had a lengthy career as a larger-than-life radio personality and one of the pioneers of Baltimore club music at V-103 before moving to Atlanta.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Personal life[edit]

His wife is Tanya Rodriguez. The couple has four sons.

Frank Ski Kids[edit]

The Frank Ski Kids Foundation is an Atlanta area organization created by Ski in 2000. Its mission statement is "exposing kids to their future through science, technology, athletics, and the arts".[8]

The foundation hosts a yearly Youth Bowl football competition.[9] It gives young people the opportunity to travel abroad on excursions that support the foundation's science, technology and art programs and organizes a yearly trip to the NASA Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.[10] There have also been excursions to the Galapagos Islands (2007), the Amazon rainforest (2008) and an international artistic enrichment trip to Florence, Italy (2009).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Local Radio Personalities Open Up, MyFoxAtlanta.com Archived April 20, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Frank Ski, article from Georgia Perimeter College
  3. ^ The Latin American Association, Website Archived September 25, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Radio Co-Host Is "Open", Atlanta Woman's Magazine Archived July 4, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ National Park Service, Official Website Archived November 21, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ March of Dimes A.I.R. Award for "Best Original Music or Jingle" 31, 2014/http://www.marchofdimes.org Archived October 31, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Word of Mouf", Ludacris Foundation newsletter, Page 8
  8. ^ Frank Ski Kids: About Us Archived 20 June 2009 at WebCite
  9. ^ City Newsbytes, The Franklin Commitments for the City of Atlanta Archived September 27, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ 12/11: Frank Ski’s wine auction, Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Access Atlanta" section Archived February 24, 2012 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

Frank Ski Kids videos