Yesterday morning I received an unexpected phone call from V-103's morning man Frank Ski. As the co-host of Atlanta's top rated morning show, his voice should have been easily recognizable. But the background noise made it difficult to hear him. It sounded like he was standing in the middle of Peachtree street during rush hour traffic.
"You know I'm calling to laugh with you, right?," he began. "I saw that post that that lady wrote... on your page," he said, referring to this fanMAIL from loyal reader Barbie Jones.
In her email, "Barbie" called for Frank Ski to resign as co-host of the popular Frank & Wanda Morning Show because, she wrote, he is "too emotionally invested in the scandal that is the Bishop Eddie Long/New Birth Missionary Baptist Church lawsuit."
"He, Nina Brown, and everyone else are entitled to their opinion, but the “People’s Station” cannot be used for their biased lecturing," she wrote.
But Ski, who is a longtime member of Long's church, disagreed with Barbie's assertion that his morning show crew showed bias toward Long.
During our conversation Ski seemed self assured, but conflicted in his ongoing support and loyalty to Long.
"It's kinda hard to like explain to people what you mean, because sometimes you say [things] on the radio and people misunderstand what it was I said, you know?," said Ski.
The following are excerpts from the call:
With this Bishop Long thing, I just want you to know, because we're friends, that my whole thing with him was not supporting what he did -- if he did anything -- because I really don't know. It wasn't even about what he did. And what I tried to explain to people was, I said I had 2 trains of thought. The first train of thought was that, as a Christian person, you know, I still have faith in God. I don't put my faith in nobody, you know what I'm saying? So, like, my faith is not in... my faith is not in Bishop Long. That's not where my faith is. My faith is in God. And it just so happens that he was, you know, the preacher at the church. And the second thing was when I told people that I was loyal what I'm trying to tell people is, 'I'm your friend.' So, the bottom line is, to give you an example, if somebody said, 'well, you're friends with Sandra Rose.' And I say, 'Yeah, I'm friends with Sandra Rose.' 'Well, you know Sandra shot somebody.' I'd be like, 'damn. Okay.' And the news comes out, and I'd be like, 'well, Sandra's my friend.' You know, I'ma support her through this process while she goes to court. I'ma support her, you know what I'm saying? She gets convicted and goes to jail. Then I'ma be the negro going to jail to visit her. Because that's my friend, you know what I mean? And at the end, I will tell her. I'ma be like, Sandra, you know shooting somebody wasn't good. You're still my friend, but you can't be doing that, you know what I mean?
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I pointed out the fact that some people questioned why he couldn't bring himself to read live, on the air, the charges contained in the lawsuit brought against Long by two men.
Well, that's why I didn't read the comments because I wanted to make sure that the comments were read correctly and without bias and without any feeling. Let me tell you something: at the end of the day I'm not feeling bad for Bishop Long. He can handle that. What I'm feeling bad for is his family. What I'm feeling bad for are his kids, you know what I mean? What I'm feeling bad for is the people in his church. The people who are embarrassed now. I'm feeling bad for the people who, for the longest damn time would always fight with people about the fact that he was a good person. And now people are saying 'see, see, I told you, I told you.' So I'm feeling bad for people. That's where my emotions and stress is, is in that. Because at the end of the day, he can handle his own thing. That's what the misinterpretation is. When we say what we have to say on the radio, you know, people always hear what they want to hear.
On the criticism directed toward the Frank & Wanda Morning show for being controversial:
I think what has made [co-host] Wanda [Smith] and Frank so popular is that we're real! We don't sugar coat sh*t and hide sh*t and whatever. And we live behind the things we say, and guess what, we've made mistakes -- I make mistakes. I'ma continue to make mistakes. I'ma continue to say some wrong sh*t. Wanda's gonna continue to make a joke that's gonna offend people. And it's gonna be what it is. And I think people accept us 'cause they know we're real and we're human, you know? And there are people who have come forward and said, 'you know, I appreciate the things that you said' or whatever. And then there are other people out there who you know like I know don't like the man. They don't like Bishop Long. They never did. And they've taken this thing and it's given them fuel. And they didn't like him to begin with. So they're not looking at the way the case is coming down. They're not looking at the fact that the damn pictures that was posted, one of the pictures is only a couple of months old, so he wasn't even dealing with the boys no more. You know what I'm saying? 'Cause he took the damn picture with an iPhone that came out damn 3 months ago! You know what I'm saying? But nobody is questioning that! They're just looking at what he's wearing in this picture. You understand what I'm saying? But nobody is, like, okay, you know, B.J., where you get this picture from? I mean, there's so many things. But that's not our job to point that sh*t out. We only hope that people can make a judgment for themselves and make an educated judgment. But we never want people to misunderstand what we're saying. And all I'm saying is, I don't want you to misunderstand where Frank & Wanda are coming from.