Frank Ski

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Frank Ski Biography

Radio and television personality, motivational speaker, disc jockey

Frank Ski, has been called “a rainmaker of urban radio” because he connects with his audience and increases ratings. With a distinctive style and sense of humor, Ski balances music with celebrity guests and discussions of culture, local and national headlines and topical subject matter that means the most to the listeners and viewers. Once he turns off the board at the end of his show, his passion for connecting with the audience continues dozens of times a month out in the community.

He is a radio broadcaster best known for hosting The Frank Ski Show for the past three decades. The up-tempo lifestyle program is designed to entertain, inspire and inform every day. Atlanta’s V103, Washington, DC’s WHUR and Baltimore’s V103 and 92Q have all placed their trust in him, where they experienced record breaking Arbitron ratings during his broadcast time.

In addition to connecting to his audience through radio and personal appearances, he is connecting to them through television. Ski teamed up with Bounce TV, the broadcast multicast channel targeting African-American viewers, as on-air talent. He provided behind-the-scenes commentary to the network's boxing matches presented through the Premier Boxing Champions network. 

Frank Ski’s career has evolved from a disc jockey and recording artist to a radio, film and TV personality, motivational speaker, journalist, producer as well as a philanthropist working to help children and most importantly a devoted father.

Early Career in Broadcasting

The Harlem-born, Miami raised Ski moved to Washington DC, and attended the University of District of Columbia to pursue a career in law. It was there that Ski started his career in radio broadcasting as a part-time disc jockey. The show ‘Breakers Delight’ was the first show in DC and the third in the US to play all rap music. It became the most listened to show in the region. During his college years, Ski also worked as a paralegal. Then, in 1985, V103 took notice of his talent and offered Ski a position as an evening shift disc jockey. He worked in that capacity for almost ten years and eventually became the co-host for the number one rated morning show.

Ski joined 92Q FM in Baltimore, in 1996 and took the Morning Show from tenth to first Place in less than one year. In 1998, he moved his morning show to the Atlanta station V-103 which became the top-rated morning radio program over both locally programmed shows and syndicated shows. Over 1.2 million listeners tuned in every week to listen to “Frank & Wanda in the Morning.” It was consistently a listener favorite, in part due to its humorous take on news and lifestyle issues. Ski’s roster of celebrity interviews covers a wide range of actors, athletes, musicians and elected officials, from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, T.I. and Young Jeezy to former U.S. President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama, just to name a few.

Ski also has an established career as a distinguished journalist, having reported on several prominent news stories over the years. Career highlights include the final interview with Coretta Scott King, and an exclusive interview with convicted child murderer Wayne Williams, which helped to launch the re-investigation of the Atlanta Child Murders. The interview and subsequent reopening of the case made national headlines. In 2002, the honorable Reverend Jesse Jackson presented Ski with the distinguished “Journalist of the Year” award on behalf of the Rainbow Push Coalition.

Music and Film

Frank Ski has been called “The Pied Piper” of Club DJ’s. Playing to Sold Out venues both locally and around the world. Perhaps less central, but equally as notable, is Frank Ski’s name in the music industry. Frank Ski released the Billboard Magazine nominated Independent Record of The Year “Doo Doo Brown” in 1992. Ski went on to produce numerous Rap, Dance and Gospel hits for not only himself but for many artists, including Luke, Hezekiah Walker, and others. Ski won a Gospel Stellar Award for his work on Hezekiah Walkers song “99 ½”. Currently, Frank Ski is riding the success of his latest song “The Wobble”. Ski also brought his musical talent to the big screen as he contributed to soundtracks for The Player’s Club (1996), Ax’Em (2002), HBO’s The Corner (2000) and The Wire (2002).

Ski started his acting debut by appearing in the film, Detention (teacher) in 1994. He has also had roles in Big Ain’t Bad (celebrity, 2002), Motives (senator, 2004), The Gospel (supporting cast, 2005), ATL (radio personality, 2006), The Path (adult Zechariah, 2006) and Stomp the Yard (celebrity guest judge, 2007).

Philanthropy and Community Service

When not on-air or in front of the camera, philanthropy is Frank Ski’s passion. He is well-known in Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington DC as a visionary who looks beyond merely handing over money to children’s programs, but works to develop children as intellectual, creative, confident young people. His history of helping people in need is long and impressive. He finds responsibility in his celebrity to reach out, and in his words, “foster a global sense of involvement”.

Ski has not only been able to entertain and inform listeners on his weekly radio show, he has also opened up many doors for his audience. Ski has served as host and spokesperson for many charitable and educational initiatives including the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and, after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, he spearheaded an initiative to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for displaced families. In 2005 alone, Frank Ski raised nearly a half million dollars for Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless and Metro Atlanta Respite & Development Services, a non-profit agency that assists children with special needs. He has also involved with Rainbow Push Coalition, Hands on Atlanta, Leadership Atlanta and The Latin American Association.

Ski founded the Frank Ski Kids Foundation to provide financial assistance to low-income youth applicants and youth-serving agencies to expand opportunities for educational, athletic and cultural learning. Since its inception, The Frank Ski Kids Foundation has provided once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children, including all expenses paid excursions to Rome and Florence Italy, The Amazon and to Ecuador to explore The Galapagos Islands and the Charles Darwin Research Station, as well as annual events such as the Youth Bowl and Kids Week. Hundreds of Atlanta’s youth benefit from the positive opportunities the foundation provides each year. As a result, The Frank Ski Kids Foundation has received numerous awards and honors including Black Enterprise Magazine’s National Community Champion Award.

While philanthropy is his life’s passion, Frank takes time to enjoy some healthy indulgences as well. His personal interests include SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing, international travel and wine collecting. Always one to promote giving back to his community, Frank emphasizes philanthropic work with his family and teaches them about the responsibility he feels he has to the community. Leaving each place a little better than he found it, Frank Ski’s influence continues to grow not just in the communities where his voice is heard, but around the world.

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