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Controversial political radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has lost his battle with lung cancer. He was 70.

The radio icon passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, according to Limbaugh's widow, Kathryn, who announced his death on Limbaugh's popular radio show.

Limbaugh revealed his Stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis in February, 2020 -- the day before President Donald Trump honored him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Former First Lady Melania Trump presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump's State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC on Feb. 4, 2020.

Limbaugh launched his popular syndicated radio show in 1988, and quickly became one of the most influential conservative voices in media. He was a staunch and unwavering Trump supporter until the end.

Last year, his show aired on more than 600 stations via Premiere Networks and reached 27 million people weekly.

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Frank Ski returned to the Atlanta airwaves with his longtime producer, Nina Brown, this morning, Feb. 1, on KISS 104.1.

The new show featured a plethora of "welcome back" calls from ecstatic fans of Frank Ski and Nina.

The new show will feature celebrity guests, and news and entertainment topics wedged in between classic R&B hits.

According to AJC.com's Radio & TV Talk blogger Rodney Ho, Frank picked topics that included a woman who had an "African American" surcharge placed on an American Airlines bill, a lawsuit accusing Subway of serving tuna without any actual tuna in it, and the Lifetime Wendy Williams biopic that aired over the weekend.

He also brought back his signature "Inspirational Vitamin," accompanying a gospel song. The first-day theme: reinventing yourself. The song he chose was Kirk Franklin's "Love Theory."

"It feels so natural," Ski said on air at about 9:30 a.m. "It doesn't even feel like I'm anywhere new. I just feel like we moved to a better apartment."

"It's been so welcoming," Brown added.

Frank and Nina previously worked together at V-103.

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Some of you know Shelley Wynter and MalaniKai Massey as co-hosts of WSB Radio's "Word On the Street."

WSB Radio is giving the team a 90-day test run in Clark Howard's time slot now that he is ending his syndicated radio show at the end of the year.

"Word On the Street," which was heard on weekends, will air Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to midnight. The 90-day test run starts on Jan. 4, 2021.

In addition to their weekend slot, Wynter and Massey also became the primary fill-in show for Von Haessler Doctrine mid-morning show and Mark Arum's evening show.

Wynter and Massey made the official announcement subbing in for Arum Wednesday, according to Radio & TV Talk. "Shelley and I are both overthinkers," said Massey, a New York native who has been doing radio for 2 decades including 92.9/Dave FM, 640/WGST-AM and Kiss 104.1. "We had to be told to just do what we do."

"We are so different but the same," Wynter said of his co-host, Massey. He hosted a show in the mid-2000s at news/talk 1380/WAOK-AM and more recently on the now-defunct Talk 106.7. He has only hosted solo before inviting Massey to be his co-host on "Word On the Street."

"I never thought I was funny," he said. But his humorous banter with Massey and the show's executive producers Scotty B and DJ Crystal is a large part of Word On the Street's appeal.

"It's a lot of fun. The hardest part is subjugating your ego, pushing your ego down to let someone into your world. Once we did that, that's when the magic really started," he said.

Wynter says he wants the show to be a bit like friends hanging out at a bar, which is similar to the way Arum approaches his show.

"We are just sharing beers and a pizza," Wynter said.

"A vegan pizza," Massey said.

"Listeners are at another table and chime in when they want to," Wynter added.

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Frank Ski's morning show moves to R&B Kiss 104.1 in Atlanta beginning February 1, 2021, radioinsight.com reports.

Sandrarose.com broke the news in February that Ski, real name Frank Rodriguez, was leaving V-103's morning show to host mornings at Howard University's R&B 96.3 WHUR in D.C.

Ski, who departed V-103 for the 2nd time, planned to work in D.C. at his old haunt WHUR with longtime producer/co-host Nina Brown, then return to the Atlanta market to host mornings at V-103's competitor Kiss 104.1 after his non-compete clause ended.

Ski will replace longtime Atlanta radio personality Art Terrell who previously hosted the morning show at Kiss 104.1.

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Ski's V-103 morning show slot was filled by Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, left with Drake at Atlanta's defunct Club Reign in 2013. Tigger, of BET 106 & Park fame, previously hosted the 2-6 PM slot at V-103.

Ski's 1993 hit song "Whores in This House" was sampled in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s stripper anthem "WAP" this year.

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Lifestyle specialist and former Bad Boy Records exec Kenny Burns, pictured with singer Ella Mai, took over middays for Tigger at V-103.

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Former President Barack Obama was a guest on the Breakfast Club radio show in New York City on Wednesday.

Co-host Charlamagne tha god put Obama on the spot, asking him why he didn't do more for Black people in his 8 years in office.

Co-host DJ Envy also pressed Obama to explain why he uplifted LGBT+ people while Black people didn't receive any tangibles.

Obama said, "Look, I'm just trying to sell books." Just kidding. He didn't say that. But he may as well have.

Obama said he was confident that he did more for Black people than current President Donald Trump. He said he just didn't go around bragging about what he did.

He also blamed Republicans for blocking his attempts to do something for Black people. But Democrats held the majority in both the House and the Senate in Obama's first 2 years in office.
 

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Ryan Cameron returned to middays on Majic 107.5/97.5 on Monday, Aug. 3, months after heart valve surgery.

Cameron returned to host "Ryan Cameron Uncensored" middays from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cameron, 54, suffered complications from sepsis, a potentially life-threatening blood infection that damaged a valve in his heart and his kidneys, requiring dialysis to clear toxins from his blood.

"I learned how sepsis attacks your body," he said on air in early June. "You realize that there's only a 50% survival rate, and you are on the right side of the survival rate. It puts you in the right perspective."

Rashan Ali, former co-host of "Sister Circle," subbed for Cameron while he recovered from surgery and dialysis. Cameron gave Ali her first radio job on his morning show on Hot 107.9 in the '90s.

Fans reacted to Cameron's return on Twitter.com Monday.

"That feeling you get when you hear @ryancameron on the radio again...best feeling EVER! We've missed you Ryan!" tweeted @creativelyash.

@Memme4life tweeted, "Thank God for the power in prayer and healing!"

And @TeamFIT365 wrote: "So happy to hear my brother @ryancameron voice back on the radio!"

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Frank Ski called in to Atlanta's V-103 morning show on Wednesday to confirm the news that he is moving on from the radio station.

Sandrarose.com broke the news late Tuesday that Ski, real name Frank Rodriguez, was leaving the morning show to host mornings at WHUR in D.C.

According to my credible source, Ski will return to the Atlanta market in 6 months after his non-compete clause ends. He will then host mornings at V-103 competitor Kiss 104.1.

Longtime Atlanta radio personality Art Terrell currently hosts the morning show at Kiss 104.1.

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Frank Ski is pictured with his wife, Dr. Patrice Basanta-Henry, and his sons (L-R) Blake Rodriguez, Franklin Rodriguez and Harrison Rodriguez at the 2019 Frank Ski Celebrity Wine Tasting & Live Auction at Republic Lounge on April 14, 2019 in Atlanta.

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Ski's V-103 morning show slot will be filled by Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, left with Drake at Atlanta's defunct Club Reign in 2013. Tigger currently hosts the 2-6 PM slot at V-103.

Tigger also called in to the morning show on Wednesday morning to confirm the news that he is taking over as morning show host on August 17.

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Lifestyle specialist and former Bad Boy Records exec Kenny Burns, pictured with singer Ella Mai, will fill Tigger's midday slot.

Longtime Atlanta radio personality Ramona Debreaux will take over for Tigger at midday.

V-103 station manager Rick Caffey had nothing but praise for Big Tigger, who previously hosted BET's 106 & Park.

"During his time with us at V-103, I have seen Big Tigger take over Atlanta as a premier talent and generous community activist who is connected to the people. We believe he will bring his high energy and creativity to mornings at the station," Caffey said in a statement.

"Just as important, we see Kenny Burns bringing his added years of experience, industry work, and current show success to the station, and we're excited to welcome him back."

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Longtime V-103 morning show host DJ Frank Ski is leaving the People's Station in Atlanta, a credible source confirmed to Sandrarose.com.

Ski's morning show slot will be filled by Darian "Big Tigger" Morgan, who hosts the 2-6 PM slot at V-103.

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Lifestyle specialist and former Bad Boy Records exec Kenny Burns will fill Tigger's mid-day slot.

According to my source, Ski will return to Washington D.C.'s WHUR where he moved after leaving V-103 in 2012.

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The shakeup at V-103 comes nearly 8 years after a similar personnel change saw Ski leave V-103 after three decades. His hosting duties at V-103 were filled by Tigger in 2012 as well.

Frank Ski transitioned from a well-known rapper to host of his own show "Breaker's Delight" in D.C. Ski joined 92Q FM in Baltimore in 1996.

He was nominated for Billboard's Independent Record of the Year for "Doo Doo Brown" in 1992. He went on to produce rap records for some of the biggest names in hip-hop and gospel.

Ski moved to Atlanta where he took over the morning show at V-103 which became the top-rated morning show in Atlanta.

Ski, 56, who owns Frank Ski's Restaurant and Lounge, also ran the Frank Ski Foundation that provided scholarships and trips around the world to Atlanta schoolchildren.

In 2012, Ski announced his decision to end his long-running term as co-host of the V-103 morning show.

"I am not leaving Atlanta. This is my home," said Ski at time. He promised his radio listeners he would be back on the air soon.

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Evelyn Lozada called into Nick Cannon's morning show to share her perspective on monogamous relationships.

Evelyn, 44, said she prefers to be in a longterm relationship with one man.

Nick explained what most women already know about men but choose to ignore.

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"Relationships, in general, I think you definitely have to get to know somebody for at least this seven months," Lozada said. "I feel like the first three months are all full of you [getting] to know somebody."

"I feel like happy here is when you really get to know somebody that's when they, you know, put their guards on and are really open and comfortable having conversations."

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Nick, who shares 9-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with singer Mariah Carey, burst Evelyn's bubble by explaining that monogamy is unnatural for men.

"Men don't subscribe to monogamy because they feel like it's not natural in their DNA," he said. "It's that hunting mentality, but it's also like 'yo if we suppose to be fruitful and multiply... there's not many creatures on earth that are monogamous."

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Evelyn has dated numerous professional athletes without much success. Her failed relationships include ex-husband Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson (pictured) and former baseball star Carl Crawford, with whom she shares a son.

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Nick and Mariah tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on Windemere Island in The Bahamas in 2011. They divorced in 2016.

Nick welcomed his second son, Golden Cannon, with Instagram model Brittany Bell in 2017. He has been linked to scores of women, including Kim Krdashian-West, Rozanda "Chili" Thomas, Christina Milian, and Amber Rose.
 

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Rickey Smiley pulled himself together to host his syndicated radio show on Monday morning, hours after his youngest daughter Aaryn Smiley was shot multiple times in Texas.

Aaryn was shot three times at a fast food restaurant in Houston on Sunday. Rickey fought back tears as he explained that he was in the process of booking a flight to Houston to see his daughter, who is recovering in a hospital.

"All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people. This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I'm with that movement 110% and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about," Rickey said.

He continued: "I just pray. I'm sitting up here a gunshot victim myself and I'm still up here fighting and praying for the rights of Black people and all of the parents that had to bury their loved ones due to gun violence in our own community by our own people. Absolutely disgusting."

The news comes as 31 people were shot and 5 killed during a weekend of violence in Atlanta. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is based in Atlanta.