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12/16: Frank Ski’s wine auction at his home


ABOVE: Frank starts his auction. You can see Bert Weiss in the background with his wife Stacey. That’s his publicist Cherry Banez on the right.

Frank Ski’s 4th annual wine auction to raise bucks for his Frank Ski Kids Foundation is unusual because he holds it at his lavish home. Most of the main floor and downstairs are open to the public. Guards are stationed so people can’t wander upstairs and peek into Frank’s bedroom.


Last year, we did a “Private Quarters” photo gallery of Ski’s home and it was enormously popular. The Dunwoody home includes eight bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. It features a basement with autographed jerseys of various athletic stars on the walls and a room packed with mementos from his various vacations (such as this big swordfish above.)

He raised about $90,000 for his foundation last year and broke $100,000 this year with auction items such as a trip to meet Magic Johnson and autographed items from the likes of LeBron James, Tiger Woods, John Smoltz, Keith Sweat (who was in attendance) and Babyface. (I’m awaiting a total from his publicist Cherry Banez. Yes, that’s her name.)

He used some of that money last year to send a dozen teens from Atlanta to the Galapagos Islands. Three of those teens showed up to the auction to extol the experience including an incredibly moving speech by 15-year-old Asha Carter, who definitely has skills speaking in front of a crowd. He also sends kids to NASA’s Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala. and holds a summer camp for thousands of kids over the summer. He also gives money to rec and parks programs around Atlanta.

His publicist named Cherry gave out a release dangling two A-listers as confirmed guests: Ne-Yo and Diddy. Ne-Yo was a no show, but Diddy showed up— for a few minutes. By the time I realized he was there, he was out the door. The AJC photographer found out just in time and nabbed a single decent shot of him before he left.


ABOVE: 112’s “Q” with injured Falcons defensive tackle Rod Coleman, who was fortunate to miss the drubbing the Falcons took the same day 37-3 to the Bucs.


ABOVE: Brian Jordan, formerly of the Braves and as Ski noted, not included in the Mitchell Report.

But there were other local luminaries there including Atlanta City Council prez Lisa Borders, Atlanta police chief Richard Pennington, DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, former Braves player Brian Jordan, educator, Q100 host Bert Weiss, actor Malik Yoba, Broadway director Kenny Leon, WAOK-AM talker Shelley Wynter, injured Falcons defensive tackle Rod Coleman, 112 member Quinees “Q” Parker, Luther Campbell from 2 Live Crew, Speech from Arrested Development and former radio host Michael Eric Dyson, His co-host Wanda Smith and I shot the breeze for awhile, though none of the other major V-103 personalities (Porsche Foxx, Greg Street, Ryan Cameron) showed up. Later on, after I left, Emmanuel Lewis and Dallas Austin popped in for an afterparty party, according to publicist Cherry.


ABOVE: Wanda Smith, Ski’s day wife, as she calls herself, and Tonya, Ski’s “night” wife, or in other words, his real wife.


ABOVE: Wanda with Bert Weiss.

I then stopped by the 99X Mistle Toe Jam. I got there too late for Silversun Pickups and the Shins, but caught part of Silverchair and all of Modest Mouse. Both were solid, fun entertainment and the crowd was definiteily into it. You have to give the station credit, for all its problems, it was still able to sell out the Gwinnett Arena, at about 12,000 people. That’s nearly five percent of its total weekly audience.

For the first time I met Lewis Alston of the 99X night-time show (below), who struck me as goofy nice. Or maybe it was just the Santa hat on top of his head.


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By Johnetta Robinson

December 17, 2007 11:09 AM | Link to this

I think that the morning show does great things for the community. They really make and effort to give back.

By Michelle

December 17, 2007 11:24 AM | Link to this

Fabulous job to Frank Ski! The event was enjoyable, food great, attendees were in great spirits and festive! Great wine! Hats off to Frank for all he does with the community. I listen to the Morning Show everyday and was able to go online and purchase the tickets to attend the tasting. It was well worth it and the money went to a great foundation. Look forward to next years.

By BJ Ellis

December 17, 2007 11:44 AM | Link to this

Once again, another rotten, lousy event hosted by the Atlanta Black Bourgoise. Just tacky.

By Ms. Smith

December 17, 2007 11:58 AM | Link to this

To BJ,

Why all of the hate? Were you at the event? If not, how do you know if was rotten or lousy?

Either way, don’t hate, motivate. If you can do a better job in raising funds for children,do it.

Have a blessed day.

By Erik from Atlanta

December 17, 2007 12:18 PM | Link to this

Why do Frank Ski & V-103 insist on bragging on how much they do in the community? It is annoying.

How did a goofball like Bert hook up with such a pretty wife? Yes,that is jealousy talking.

By BJ Ellis

December 17, 2007 12:33 PM | Link to this

Shut up, Ms Smith. It is obvious you are one of Mr Ski’s puppets. Tell your master to stop playing vulgarity and cursing at the clubs. He is a hypocrite, and you are a mislead sheep.

By Peace

December 17, 2007 12:57 PM | Link to this

BJ Ellis, you’re an idiot. You sound pretty misearable too. And, no I’m not a Frank Ski fan, I listen to Steve Harvey.

By BJ Ellis

December 17, 2007 1:05 PM | Link to this

Peace- when I want the opinion of a nappy-headed ho, I will let you know.

By Hotlanta

December 17, 2007 1:06 PM | Link to this

I am ROTFLMAO when I read he had a guard upstairs guarding his bedroom for the event. If you have upscale guests who got it going on you don’t need a guard to guard your bedroom because they bedroom looks just as good as yours. I thougght the event was nice but he will get on the air tomorrow and talk down to those who he feels doesn’t have what he has. In that way he is a hypocrite.

By Ellis

December 17, 2007 1:11 PM | Link to this

How much did the bottles of Thunderbird and Night Train go for?

By BJ Ellis-sucks

December 17, 2007 1:40 PM | Link to this

B.J. Ellis, do you have a radio gig yet? I know u have been trying since eternity.Is that the reason for the pend up hate?So many radio vacancies have arisen in the A and all have passed u by.Is that not telling about how talented u are? Get a lyfe and find something to do, very far from radio and entertainment coz u so dull with ur played out uncle sam ghetto black conservative rant.

By BJ Ellis

December 17, 2007 3:49 PM | Link to this

Obviously you have to be some type of black, low-life whore to make a comment like that. Go back to walking the street corner, you nasty piece of filth. Frank probably made you turn him out in the restroom of Kaya.

By seriously?!

December 17, 2007 4:47 PM | Link to this

Rodney, MistleToe is a conjoined word.

By BJ Ellis-sucks

December 17, 2007 5:30 PM | Link to this

I will go back to the street corner.U continue with your female-whining and hate mongering.U despise fellw blacks who are successful, u only want to see whites in position of power. U are a disgrace to your race. Get a bleach and do the michael jackson,maybe u will look more acceptable to the massa whitey and they will give u a radio job.Good luck

By Rex

December 18, 2007 10:25 AM | Link to this

I picked up a bottle of Ripple for $2.95, but then a couple of black thugs jumped me in the driveway and stole it.

By sonja

December 18, 2007 2:04 PM | Link to this

While I am not a huge fan of Frank Ski, I agree with some things he says and does and disagree with alot of things he says and does. However, I applaud him for raising money to help underpriveledged kids and think that BJ Ellis is very jealous. I thought BJ was dead, but I guess I was wrong. Get a life! NO one in Atlanta wants you on the radio, or you would have had a radio show by now! I’m not a black low life whore, I’m white! You suck BJ! Stop hating!

By nygirl444

December 18, 2007 2:22 PM | Link to this

Lol, you guys sound soooo funny. This was an event to raise money for kids to do better in life. For real? You guys can’t be serious pointing out what Frank boasts about on air when he does so many wonderful things for the community. Yes, he lives in a nice home. Yes, he has a ton of celebrity friends. He also has a beautiful family, donates a lot of his personal time and cares about the youth and what he can do to help them in life. Don’t be so stupid! When you (all of the ignorant people) can do the same then you can call Frank what you wish. Hate like yours only makes Frank Ski do what he does even better….Keep it coming! I’ll be waiting on your ignorant reply. Ignorance is always expected and obvious. Shock us and do something we don’t expect.

By TruthHurts

December 18, 2007 3:36 PM | Link to this

NyGirl444- So tell us, how many times did Frank turn out your nasty, ghetto, stank azz in the DJ booth of Kaya back in the day? Doo Doo Brown!

By Too Funny

December 19, 2007 8:21 AM | Link to this

Sorry, Rex. Those weren’t black thugs who took your Ripple. That was some of your kin folks that were covered in soot from the coal mine. And why are you only buying Ripple? Can’t you scrape together more money from the cans that you collect off the street or from washing windows of the cars exiting the Connector?

By xfan

December 19, 2007 9:20 AM | Link to this

99X doesn’t have problems - Arbitron has problems.

Oh, and, “Last year, we did a “Private Quarters” photo gallery of Ski’s home and it was enormously popular.”

Says who? No one cares what Frank Ski’s cocky behind is doing. I didn’t even realize he still worked in Atlanta radio.

By NYGirl444stinks

December 19, 2007 11:28 AM | Link to this

The only folks that found pictures of Frank’s house impressive are probably homeless crackheads or poor ghetto trash. He only has this event at his house so this stupid azz newspaper will put photos of it online which gives him more stuff to brag and boast about. The folks in Baltimore hated him so much that they celebrated when he left in 1998. What happened to that syndicated deal, Mr Ski? Oh yeah, that flopped, too. Learn some modesty and stop letting these Atlanta, trashy whores hype you up all the time.

By Pop

December 19, 2007 5:41 PM | Link to this

BJ Ellis and Truth hurts,

Are you a peckerwood or a steppin fetchin minstrel? LMAO

By Cythia McKinney

December 20, 2007 2:14 PM | Link to this

Attention all crackheads, drunks, preachin pimps, ex-cons, senile sinners, ghetto whores/trash, nappy headed neckbone eaters, and conspiracy theorists! Vote for me for President and I promise everyone a free fish sandwich from Paschal’s.


December 24, 2007 2:31 PM | Link to this

Wow, Wanda’s head is ENORMOUS! She could fit Bert’s upper torso in her mouth.