May 22, 2009

Rashan Ali Leaves Hot 107.9 Atlanta

With radio revenues way down, Radio One let's go midday host, who was the former morning host still making a morning show salary


From Rodney Ho AJC, Rashan Ali, the mid-day host at Hot 107.9, was let go Thursday afternoon. Ali was part of the morning show for many years at Hot 107.9 with Griff and Emperor Searcy as the “A Team" until last summer, when they were re[laced by The Rickey Smiley Show. She was moved to mid-days, partly because she was still under contract. But she was making morning show money and Hot 107.9, like other radio stations, is in serious cost cutting mode.

Her contract was up in February but her agent Career Sports and Management got her a three month extension. Hot, she said, did not negotiate with her. Her contract is up May 31 but they decided to let her go a week early. She has a three-month non-compete clause, she said, so she is free to look for other radio employment in Atlanta which means she could be back on the air by September.
Since Ryan Cameron left Hot 107.9 in 2005, Ali has been the most identifiable personality at the station. When you think Hot 107.9, Rashan Ali is the first personality for me anyway, that comes to mind.
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