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Rap legend Chuck D reacted to the Atlanta Hawks replacing longtime game announcer Ryan Cameron with radio jock Big Tigger.

The Hawks announced it was replacing Cameron after 20 years with the team and 17 years as game announcer at State Farm Arena.

Ryan Cameron was the highest paid game announcer in the league. NBA insiders whisper that the new announcer signed on the dotted line for mere pennies.

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Tigger, whose real name is Darian Morgan (pictured left with Ryan), worked as DJ for several years for the Hawks.
 
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Fans were surprised and disappointed with the decision. Cameron was responsible for helping the Hawks rank No. 1 among all NBA teams in an NBA Game Experience Survey.

Outraged Cameron fans swarmed the Hawks' social media pages demanding answers.

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Rap legend Chuck D, of Public Enemy, called out the Hawks for the terrible PR move.

"See ATL FANS? This is what keeps the @ATLHawks raggedy. After the BEST season EVER in the City of Mass Distraction -Hawks drop @ryancameron as on-court announcer. The @nyknicks brass fumbled with Marv & Ewing. Yo fix that bulsht [sic]."

Cameron, who is host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored at Majic 107.5/97.5 radio, joined the Hawks in 2001. Much of his early 30 radio career was spent with the Hawks.

In 2004, he took over the mic as announcer. He missed only 2 games in more than 700 home games, including playoff runs.

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NBA insiders say the decision was made by Steve Koonin, CEO of the Hawks, to replace Cameron with Tigger who has zero experience as an in-game announcer.

Koonin said in an interview Tuesday that the decision was spurred by a staffing clash with Audacy, the company that airs the Hawks games on 92.9/The Game and also owns V-103 where Tigger is morning host.

Cameron no longer works for Audacy since Majic 107.5/97.5 is owned by Radio One.

"Ryan is fantastic," Koonin said. "We love him. But this is 21st century media, and we need to be vertically integrated. That means using on-air talent with the Game and V-103."
 

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The Atlanta Hawks have replaced announcer Ryan Cameron with Big Tigger. The Hawks also hired Tenitra Batiste as in-game sports analyst.

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As the news spread on social media on Wednesday, Cameron's fans voiced their outrage.

One Twitter user wrote: "I love Big Tigg but what's up with Ryan Cameron? No one announces the for 3s like he does."

Cameron, father to daughters Ryan Megan and Kai and son Cayden, has not responded to the report.

Cameron is the host of Ryan Cameron Uncensored from 2p-6p on Majic 107.5 FM in Atlanta.

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R&B superstar Tank's single, titled "Can't Let It Show" (R&B Money/Atlantic Records), has hit #1 on R&B radio stations around the country after 18 weeks on the charts.

Written and produced by Tank, "Can't Let It Show" samples Kate Bush's 1989 single, "This Woman's Work", which was covered by singer Maxwell in 1997.

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"Can't Let It Show" is Tank's fourth consecutive #1 hit, including songs "When We," "Dirty," and "I Don't Think You're Ready” off his wildly successful albums Savage and Elevation, respectively.

"Can't Let It Show" has already received over 3.6M views on YouTube.

Tank was a featured performer this past weekend that kicked off the ESSENCE Festival of Culture Virtual Weekend (June 25 - 27 and July 2-4) celebrating the excellence of the Black community.

In addition, he has hit the road with appearances in several cities across America, and fans can check www.therealtank.com for additional live dates.
 

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Radio host Charlamagne has apologized to former NBA player Kwame Brown for slandering his family.

Brown called out The Breakfast Club host for his past rapey behavior involving young girls.

Brown roasted Charlamagne in a YouTube video after Charlamagne told listeners to "leave Kwame Brown alone" because of a violent incident involving Brown's father who was accused of killing his girlfriend with an axe.

He apologized to Brown and his family for "unintentionally triggering trauma."

"I want to apologize to Kwame Brown and Kwame Brown's family. I want to apologize to his father Bill Brown and the family of Bill Brown," he said after giving himself "Donkey Of The Day."

"Last week on the radio, in my attempt to defend a Charleston, South Carolina brother like myself, I revealed too much information about that man's family," he said.

"Some things just don't need to be said on the radio and they definitely don't need to be said by me. When I look back on the way I communicated that, I communicated it all wrong. And I unintentionally triggered trauma in a lot of folks I grew up with who I genuinely love. I'm sure I caused a lot of pain for not only Kwame Brown, but his family, especially his family in my hometown of Moncks Corner, South Carolina. You know how I know? Because I spoke to them."

Brown had previously called Charlamagne a "rapist" and "rape case guy that actually pled guilty and got away with it."

Charlamagne reportedly had his attorney send a cease-and-desist to Brown.

Listen to Charlamagne's apology below.
 

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DJ Envy and Charlamagne tha god got into a heated exchange Friday over the shooting death of Ma'Khia Bryant at the hands of Columbus police.

The Breakfast Club co-hosts disagreed whether the shooting was justified.

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"I stand on the fact that I think [the four shots] was excessive, and I do not think that young girl should be dead today," said Charlamagne. "Even if this is one that's legally justified, sadly it doesn't mean it's right. Because police have shown us over and over that when it comes to Black people, the only way they deal with us is fatal force."

But his co-host DJ Envy disagreed. Envy argued that the cop had seconds to react when he saw a woman armed with a knife lunging at an unarmed woman.

"If they would'a shot her in the foot, who's to say that she still couldn't stab the young girl," Envy said.

DJ Envy also disagreed with Charlamagne that four shots were excessive.

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"Everybody sees one side," DJ Envy said, "but now think about the other side. Think about, that was your daughter about to be stabbed. You want them to dead... and stop the person from doing that."

But Charlamagne referred to previous cases of excessive force as examples that cops have an agenda to kill Black people.

However, DJ Envy reoriented Charlamagne to the reality that hundreds of thousands of incidents occur annually between police and Black people that don't end in bloodshed.

Watch the video below.
 

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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.