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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Summer Colors
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South America
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/9/1964
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Summer Colors
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South America
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
5/9/1964
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Radio personality Frank Ski was born Frank Rodriguez on May 9, 1964, to Sandra Brent and John Rodriguez in New York City. At an early age, Ski was placed into foster care by his mother. Then, at the age of six, the court ordered that he remain under the custody of his father in Miami, Florida. As an adolescent, Ski spent summers in New York City where he witnessed the birth of hip hop culture. He later became influenced by the hip hop lifestyle to become a local disk jockey.

After graduating from high school, Ski moved to Baltimore, Maryland, 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. During his college years, Ski also worked as a paralegal. Then, in 1985, Ski was offered a position as an evening shift disc jockey with V-103 (then-called WEBB). He worked in that capacity for almost ten years and eventually became the co-host for the number one rated morning show, The Frank and Jean Morning Show.

In the early 1990s, Ski began remixing songs for Luke Skyywalker Records. He won the attention of music critics with his mix of the song, “Doo Doo Brown,” in 1991, and in 1994, he made his acting debut by appearing in the film, Detention. Ski would later go on to appear in several other full-length feature films. In 1996, Ski joined 92Q FM in Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1998, he was hired by the Atlanta radio station, WVEE, as its morning show host alongside comedian Wanda Smith.

Ski went on to found the Frank Ski Kids Foundation in 2000. The foundation provides assistance to low income youth applicants and youth-serving agencies to expand opportunities for educational, athletic and cultural learning. Later, in 2004, Ski became the spokesperson for the Civil Rights Walk of Fame and raised $500,000 for the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry and Homeless and Metro Atlanta Respite & Development Services.

In 2002, Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., presented Ski with the Journalist of the Year Award from the Rainbow Push Coalition, and in 2007, Ski was honored with the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Atlanta Chapter of the National Urban League. He is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, the Latin American Association, Rainbow Push Coalition and Leadership Atlanta.

Ski lives in Atlanta with his wife, Tanya, and their sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frank Ski's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frank Ski lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Ski describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Ski recalls memories of his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Ski talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frank Ski talks about his mother's family origins
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frank Ski lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frank Ski describes his likeness to his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frank Ski describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Frank Ski talks about growing up in foster care
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Frank Ski talks about moving to Miami, Florida at six years old
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Frank Ski recalls his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Ski talks about the racial divides between Puerto Rican and Cuban families
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Ski talks about racism in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Ski recalls his elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Ski talks about learning to garden from his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frank Ski talks about his childhood neighborhood in Miami, Florida, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frank Ski talks about becoming a runner in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frank Ski talks about his childhood neighborhood in Miami, Florida, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frank Ski talks about attending Glades Junior High School in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frank Ski describes the sounds, sights and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Frank Ski talks about attending high school at Miami Killian Senior High in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Frank Ski recalls a story about putting a turtle in his father's fish tank
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Frank Ski talks about the end of his time at Miami Killian Senior High School in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Ski describes a knee injury he sustained during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Ski talks about going to the prom at Miami Killian Senior High School in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Ski talks about his father's parenting style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Ski recalls trying to catch an alligator as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Ski talks about working to earn money as a youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Ski talks about working at McDonald's after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frank Ski talks about rapping, DJing, and break dancing in New York City and Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Frank Ski talks about the early days of rap in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Frank Ski talks about working at a men's clothing store after graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Frank Ski talks about moving away from Miami, Florida and helping his mother collect her money from the numbers in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Frank Ski talks about the music scene in Miami, Florida in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Ski talks about the history of Miami bass
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Ski talks about making music in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Ski reflects on hip hop culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frank Ski talks about how music videos unified hip hop culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frank Ski talks about problematic aspects of hip hop award shows
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frank Ski describes moving to Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frank Ski describes moving to Washington, D.C. and his path to radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frank Ski talks about being hired to host a radio show for the University of the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frank Ski describes getting a job as a paralegal at Sachs, Greenebaum & Taylor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frank Ski talks about transitioning to working in radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frank Ski describes working at Sachs, Greenebaum & Taylor and transitioning to radio work at V103 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frank Ski talks about moving to a nicer apartment and learning from his mentor, Michael Lubin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frank Ski describes his early radio and DJ career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frank Ski describes being a pioneer in Baltimore club music and DJing parties
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Frank Ski talks about his responsibilities while working the night show at V103 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Frank Ski talks about shifting to working the morning show at V103 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Frank Ski talks about the origins of his name
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frank Ski describes being fired from V103 in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Frank Ski explains non-compete clauses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Frank Ski talks about meeting and marrying his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Frank Ski describes being hired at 92Q WERQ in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Frank Ski describes the racial divide in Baltimore, Maryland and neglect of black businesses
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Frank Ski talks about why he moved out of Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Frank Ski describes moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Frank Ski talks about being hired at V103 Atlanta
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Frank Ski talks about his morning show at V103 Atlanta
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Frank Ski talks about Miss Tony
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Frank Ski talks about Miss Sophia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Frank Ski describes the structure of his radio show at V103 Atlanta
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Frank Ski describes memorable interviews he has conducted
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Frank Ski talks about HistoryMaker Xernona Clayton's International Civil Rights Walk of Fame
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Frank Ski talks about the Frank Ski Kids Foundation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Frank Ski talks about the Frank Ski Kids Foundation's science efforts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Frank Ski talks about his children
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Frank Ski talks about his hopes for the future
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Frank Ski describes his employees
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Frank Ski reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Frank Ski reflects upon how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Frank Ski reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Frank Ski offers advice to future generations