Every weekday morning around 9:55 a.m., Frank Ski ends V103's top-rated Frank and Wanda Morning Show on a spiritual note. The Inspirational Vitamin, as the segment (compiled mostly from Christian evangelist Joel Osteen's daily Bible meditations) is called, is just one of the things that helped set Ski apart from the glut of urban and Atlanta-based morning shows early on in his twelve-year tenure as V103's popular on-air personality.
Another distinction is his longtime friendship with Bishop Eddie Long, who also became a staple of the Frank and Wanda Morning Show, delivering his own version of the Inspirational Vitamin almost religiously on Friday mornings over V103's airwaves.
As a personal friend and member of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Ski's struggle was audible this morning as he attempted to separate his role as a broadcaster from his allegiance to Bishop Long in light of the newly filed lawsuit alleging that Long has been coercing two male church members into having sexual relationships with him.
"I'm not the kind of person that when something goes wrong I separate myself and get away," Ski said on-air this morning. "I believe in being a friend to someone not just when they're up and you can take advantage of them, but also when it's times of trouble — that's not to address any of the issues, I'm just saying I am a loyal friend."
When Ski moved to Atlanta from Baltimore's radio market in 1998, Long's New Birth ministry was already a booming megachurch. The continued growth of New Birth over the last decade ran parallel to Ski's domination of the local radio market. For Long, having a recurring voice on the consistently No. 1 rated morning show in Atlanta helped further popularize his 25,000-member ministry, especially among otherwise secular listeners. And Ski benefited from hosting one of the nation's top black evangelists, even as his show garnered criticism from some listeners who felt the world of entertainment gossip, radio rap and overly-sexualized R&B lyrics didn't mix well with the daily doses of spiritual food-for-thought.
Through it all Ski has maintained his faith as his foundation. And, as he said this morning, he has no reason to stop now.
"As a member of the church and accepting Bishop Eddie Long to be a spiritual leader of mine, I have to spiritually remain in faith, which is the essential core of Christianity," Ski said. "I have to remain and stay in faith through this."
In between interviews with New Birth's PR spokesperson Art Franklin and the plaintiffs' attorney B.J. Bernstein, much of the music played in the last hour of this morning's show was of a spiritual bent.
And when it came time to give today's Inspirational Vitamin, based on scripture from the New Testament book of Romans 8:28, it seemed perfectly suited for the unfolding drama: "No matter what you may be facing, no matter what trial you may be going through," said Ski, "God has a plan for you to work it out in your favor."
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