V103 shows Ramonski Luv the door

 

Joe Soto (left) and Ramonski Luv

Joe Soto (left) and Ramonski Luv

(Editor’s Note: a more recent story on Ramonski Luv being released from V103 can be found here in The Media Notepad, fourth item.)

How about this? You finish first in your daypart and what is your reward?

You get shown the door.

This is exactly what happened to Ramon Wade a.k.a. Ramonski Luv, who was let go from Clear Channel-owned WVAZ-FM (V103) this week after a 30-year career which spanned V103 and sister station WGCI-FM, where the Columbia College graduate got his start. As first reported by Robert Feder Wednesday night, the Chicago native had been absent from V103 position since Monday.

After arriving at V103, Wade was paired with Joe Soto, ten years ago in afternoon drive and named their program The Real Show. When V103 acquired Doug Banks’ syndicated show (Wade was a producer for Banks’ local WGCI show way back when), Wade and Soto moved to evenings, where they continued their ratings dominance.

In addition to his duties as a radio personality, Wade also was involved in several community-related events for the station, appearing in the Bud Billiken Parade and recently participating in a five-station simulcast discussing Chicago’s gun violence epidemic.

Soto is hosting evenings solo, for now.

PPM ratings for June show Real finishing first in evenings (6-10 p.m.), contributing to V103’s ratings dominance of the Chicago market.

Wade has declined comment. Apparently, so has Clear Channel, who said they do not comment on personnel issues.

This scenario is reminiscent of Howard McGee’s firing at WGCI in 2007. The morning personality finished in the top five overall and in the key 25-54 demo, but was not enough to save his job. He was replaced by a syndicated show hosted by Steve Harvey, himself a former WGCI morning host (Harvey would later move to V103, replacing Tom Joyner’s syndicated show.)

And more recently, Garry Meier’s afternoon show was removed from WGN-AM and shoved onto WGN.FM, an internet-only radio station, despite finishing in the top ten overall and in key demos in May.

Meanwhile, WIND-AM’s Joe Walsh – who recently made racial slurs on the air (but were dumped by his producer) and on his Twitter account – is still puttering along with hardly any listeners, while Mancow Mueller’s TV show is still on the air with a measly 0.1 rating (but lacks a local radio outlet.)

So, tell me what’s wrong this picture?

All it tells you how it sums up Chicago radio, and media in general.

As long it is run by imbeciles, it will always be one big joke.

But you knew that already. I’ve been telling you for eight years.

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65 responses to V103 shows Ramonski Luv the door


  1. Craig L. Towns

    I’m VERY FORTUNATE to have met MA DUDE RAMONSKI!!!! I’m also VERY SHOCKED
    ,DISAPPOINTED, N ANGERED BY CLEAR CHANNEL PULLIN DIS STUNT!!! Ramon, you didn’t deserve this!!!! Best wishes to you and your family, Chicago Listeners Will always LOVE YOU BROTHA SKI!!! MANY BLESSSINS MAN!!!! BANG…BANG…BANG
    N DISCO DAVE LOVES YOU TOO!!!! Bigger Ups ta You n Ma Dude Mike Baisden!!!! Big C!! As you would say Ski…GONE….but Imma say..NEVA FORGOTTEN!!!!

    • Shawnte Hunter

      I LOVE YOU !!!!! GOD HAS SOMETHING BIGGER AND BETTER FOR YOU!!!! KEEP THE FAITH!!!!

      • Sahara Grant

        RAMONSKI, V103 has lost the greatest radio personaity ever, Ski you can’t go anywhere but UP, always a fan and Ramonski Luv supporter

      • K.T

        REALLY I won’t be supporting this station anymore. I really enjoyed this Brother and his selection of Chicago music Big mistake v-103!!!

    • Anonymous

      can someone please tell me why were most ki love has now been kicked off of 106. 3 there’s something going on here

    • Alfreda Branch Jones

      Ramonski! Head up!!! You have been taught to look more than one way for your Blessings! You may just mess around and own Clear Channel……that the kind of God we serve!

      Prophet David needs you can you give him a call! We are located at 1445 W. 79th St., Chicago, IL
      There is an anointing waiting “just” for you! Also, there is whole nation behind you!!!
      Love and Peace,
      Imperial Queen Tryphena Branch Jones

    • Anonymous

      Clear Channel your “replacement” show stinks. Ski is the bomb. I refuse to listen to any of your stations until you bring him back. When Herb passed on he really comforted those of us who were grieving Herb’s loss. Ski has compassion, and empathy- neither of which you can “replace.”

    • LESLIE GRAVES

      WHERE EVER YOUUUUUUUU RAMONSKI LUV SHOW UP ON THE AIR WAVES I WILL FOLLOW. YOU TOOK OVER HERB’S PLACE, AND DID A EXCELENT JOB. I APPRECIATED YOUR PARTISIPATION WITHIN THE CHICAGOLAND COMMUNITY. GOD HAS SOMETHING BETTER FOR YOU. I’LL KEEP PRAYING TILL CHANGE COMES. ONCE AGAIN I AM SHOCKED
      AND VERY DISMADED. I AM GREATLY DISSAPPOINTED AT CLEAR CHANNEL FOR MAKING BAD CHOICES IN THIS MATTER. SIGNED SINCERLY DISSAPPOINTED.

      • Tracey Jones

        This is crazy I loved to hear Romanski on Sundays. Now that he’s gone the show is boring, he done a excellent job coming on behind Herb Kent, but now that are both gone I don’t listen no more.

        • Dec

          I miss Ramonski my daughter new him and he was crazy about my grandson won’t be listening to v103 anymore Sunday afternoon is terrible

          • Karen Dryer

            Sooooo disappointed!!!! I loved Ramonski Love on V103, especially on Sundays. He really filled the position after losing our legend Herb Kent. This was a terribe decision. Please bring him back.

    • Clear channel bring back Ramon “Ramonski luv” Wade and get rid of steve “puppet dummy” Harvey. His time is up😈👌no more v103 for me.

      • I would listen every Sunday to Herb Kent! When we lost him, Ramonski was the only one who could begin to fill Herbs shoes! I will no longer be able to listen, until Ramonski is back on! This was an insane decision for. V103! It will never be the same on Sundays!

    • Julia Cox

      I love love you and miss you on v103.You are the best but now i no you are at this station I will not be listen to it no more. I wish you all the best.Bang Bang Bang Ski Ski Ski.

      • Anonymous

        Let’s just keep it simple V103 Clear Channel whoever so dumb and so stupid and so ignorant about the needs of Chicago I challenge the Chicago listeners and even I heart listeners to boycott v103 on Sundays until they bring back our Legend replacer ramonski Luv

  2. Anonymous

    it is really quite disconcerting when you lose a quintessential professional like RamonSki Love! I wholeheartedly support his partner brother Joe Soto. I know ski personally, and I am convicted to belief in his positive spirit and incredible drive. So I therefore have no doubt that he will rise! Much love Ski-tie!!
    Love you,
    Lisa

  3. Lisa Ryan

    it is really quite disconcerting when you lose a quintessential professional like RamonSki Love! I wholeheartedly support his partner brother Joe Soto. I know ski personally, and I am convicted to belief in his positive spirit and incredible drive. So I therefore have no doubt that he will rise! Much love Ski-tie!!
    Love you,
    Lisa

  4. TJ Hughes

    This is so messed-up, and unfair.!!! Ramonski is “the best”. He is always the first to come to your aide. He loves the children and he loves people. He is one of God’s Angels and will shine brightly wherever he goes. All the best to you, Ramonski. You will surely be missed. God has something even bigger for you, believe that!!!

    • carolnoland

      You said it all he did every thing his bosses asked of him. He has a family he is the bread winner of the family, the powers that be would do this to an ACE employee pity on them, because what you give out comes back into your own C C

  5. Anonymous

    We miss you not listenilg anymore sept. 17 2014. Ski ski ski. ”’. SOlita

  6. I THINK IT IS VERY UNFAIR TO TAKE SOMEONE OFF THE AIR THAT YOU

    BEEN LISTENING TO FOR MANY YEARS AND DON’T FEEL THAT V103 OWES THE PUBLIC AN EXPLANATION

  7. marie

    Just can’t bring myself to listen to v103 at that time anymore.

  8. Tracy

    All I can say is wow. Ski, Ski, Ski will be missed. I don’t live in Chicagoland anymore. I am home visiting and turned on V103 expecting to hear his booming voice…but he has been silenced….V103 will never be the same. A sad day in Chicago radio.

  9. sweet ro

    This is one and several reasons why I will no longer listen to V103, clear channel believes as long as they control the radio outlets they can replace personalities at will, and pay them peanuts. I understand moving forward and trying a new product , I want to be the first listening to turn them off and not support any of the radio stations.

  10. Robin R.

    I just found out about 3 weeks ago that Ramonski Luv was gone when there was a new theme for the show with only Joe Soto. I had to go to Ask .com to find out what happened and I asked friends did they know Ramonski Luv was no longer at V103. I
    will miss Ramonski Luv because he always said at the end of the show.”Push, Pray until something happens” That phrase will always stay with me. A TRUE man of God!
    May God continue to bless you Ramonski.

  11. JCarter

    I am very very sorry for the lost of such a great radio personality. This station just does not sound the same. I can tell Joe Soto really misses him the Chicago Style is just not original anymore.

  12. Leonard chenier

    Will miss you ramonski, unfair lenny from men of elegance.

  13. doesntreallymatter

    I can’t believe they fired Ramonski. I have been listening to V103 day in and out waiting for him to come back–from where I don’t know. Only today did I Google him only to find out they fired him. As long as we patronize these oligarchistic (I think that’s a word) monopolies that censor messaging and dumb down things and think so little of the audience and their talent that they don’t even give either notice–then we will only be supporting more of the same. I’m turning off my radio now. Sorry Joe but if they did to Ramon you’re next.

  14. John Rosales

    It’s Ramonski’s birthday today (October 17). Just wanted to wish him a happy birthday and let him know he will always be loved by his friends and family. As much as I enjoy Ramonski as a personality, it’s the person that I truly admire.

    “Happy Birthday Ski”

    J. Rosales

  15. Cherrie jordan

    Love you Ski… continue to let God be your guide!!!

  16. Cherrie Jordan

    Bro. Wade… Live Life with Joy… This to shall pass. Chapters of life is what make books worth reading. Love you….

  17. Sahara Grant

    Ramonski Luv was the best radio personaity V103 has ever had, V103 will not be the same. 106.3 is lucky to have The King of Radio “Ramonski Luv” on their team and I will start listening to 106.3 from 6 pm- 10pm.
    A True Ramonski Luv fan & supporter

  18. arthmus odie

    Yo, Ramonski I had the top show in phoenix for ten years. Oldies with, oh so good odie. Lets team up Ramonski & Oh so good odie When one door ……you now the rest.Let do it!!!!

  19. Anonymous

    I believe ….he got carried away …not showing up for work on many days while Joe held it down alone ….just to many no shows after a while and things get old …I just recall many days where Ski would not be in the studio

  20. julie grow

    how do i get on the cruise for 50% off???

  21. julie grow

    how do i get on the holland american cruise at 50@ off

  22. Olean

    I think it really take a lot from the station to lose an icon.Ramonsky Luv was a light and gave such class to the station.He is top of the league classy ,intelligent and a man of faith.God has better for him and his family.

  23. Joe

    To fill the void left by Herb Kent would be difficult, but ski handled it beautifully and with humidity. He was a class act and a man of God with an uplifting spirit. The Sunday afternoon battle of the best and old school program’s won’t be the same without him. V103 reconsider your decision or lose many listeners.

  24. Pedro Rizo

    I will never listen to V 103 ever again!
    Broke my heart to hear Monski was let go! Herb Kent is in HEAVEN shaking his head! No where to go but up Monski! God is Good one door closes and a bigger one will open up! Keep on Prasing the Great I Am!

  25. Nickey

    I am listening today and I have since Herbie it’s a Sunday tradition and now I’m grieving again. Ski was so excellent in this role as if Herbie left it for him. No shade to the people filling in since this firing but they just not doing it for me personality wise. I’m sorry to hear this. I’m glad to know he’s safe and no harm came to him. He will most definitely be missed and land on his feet.

  26. Bernadine Frazier

    Bernadine
    Can’t know one take Monski place. I listen to him while at work on Friday nights. He music help me get through my nights. First Lady , I don’t know her, it’s not the same. Sorry. Now I looking for a new station. Jean Sparrow don’t have it either. Sorry. I just turn the station. Where is Ramonski Luv bring him back . Your rating are really going to drop just wait and see.

  27. Commelie R. Peters

    I MISS YOU SO MUCH RAMONSKI!

    I was so hurt when Herb left US….then GOD sent us another Angel
    And it was YOU SKI!!!! YOU are truly, truly MISSED!

    Sunday’s on V103 in the afternoons is TERRIBLE!
    V103 might as well SHUT THE STATION DOWN ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS CLEAR CHANNEL YOU OBVIOUSLY DO NOT RECOGNISE TALENT WHEN YOU SEE IT!

    I WISH THAT THEIR COULD BE NEW AND BETTER OWNERS OF V103….I AM REALLY SICK OF CLEAR CHANNEL WHO ARE YOU AND WHERE DID YOU COME FROM!

  28. Anonymous

    Clear channel strikes again and let Ski go? Terrible MANAGEMENT!!!!!! WRONG DECISION….AGAIN!!!!

  29. Anonymous

    Anonymous
    I miss Ramonski Luv on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons V 103 will never be the same.Regardless of who you put in his place in it will never be the same.

  30. Theresa

    I loved Herb and I loved Ramonski but most of all I love dusties so please V103 keep the dusties on Sundays. The fill-in DJs are trying to keep those dusties going. It is a tradition started by Herb. Please let’s keep it going.

  31. A flenard

    Personality has to be willing to meet and greet listener if you’re going toHost A concert WillWhat to introduce themselves say hello you can not be Unapproachable so maybe lessons learned miss herb Kent 😪

  32. A flenard

    Radio personalities have to be approachable when they’re not that makes for a bad host maybe you see these things differently🤭

  33. Being a radio personality you have to be approachable in public maybe that’s something you can work on🤔🤮

  34. Breanna Baker

    Thought ski was on vacation… Miss him dearly BRING HIM BACK… without ski and Kent it’s not the same…

    Me my kids and grandkids have been listening for years, this is sad.

    Disappointed listener

  35. Dedicated no more listner

    Clear channel your business will not succeed you will lose a lot of business and listener because of the move you made with ramoski luv. The word is going to go around don’t listen to V103 and if that happens you can get replaced to it’s coming.

  36. I still miss the rag man. Bring him back

  37. Angelia Cain

    We will really miss you bro you know and I know there are better things coming your way they can’t keep a good man down keep your head up Ski much love for you I like Joe but he is not Ski sooo

  38. Anonymous

    Bring back ski assholes

  39. Joy

    So disheartened to hear Ramonski is no longer with the station, the ball was passed to this brotha after the passingof Herb Kent and he definitely took it and ran with it! Your next season will be greater!!

    • Loyal listener

      Boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott V-103 boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott V103 until they bring back ramonski Luv

  40. Anonymous

    Come on Chicago we can do this boycott V103 on Sundays until they bring back ramonski Luv boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott boycott

  41. Darlynn

    Listening to V103 is so boring now I can’t even stand it at this point without romanski love please bring back ramonski Luv immediately I know that V103 has already lost listeners and their ratings have been shot down tremendously since ramonski is no longer on the radio… I say we boycott V103 Chicago until they bring you back ramonski Luv we are so good at boycotting and shutting down things

  42. Donna

    I knew something was wrong when I didn’t hear Ramonski for the dirt two weeks. I kept listening going he would return, but my worst concern has Comme to light. I love Joe Sotto, but it’s just not the same knowing Ramonski won’t be on the air on Friday and Sunday. I had already feel in love with 87.7fm, because I got tired of listening to the same oh music being played over and over on V103. When Ramonski was on the air the vices hit the ceiling, the mood was different, the engineers rocked the studio, the phones stayed busy everything was right when Ramonski was in the studio. We loved him and he loved us. He is a truly gifted man. It’s just not the same without Ramonski on the air waves. I met him at the budbilliken parade years ago. He was on a floater, I spotted him and waved to him and called out to him. Ramonski jumped off that floater, came to the people and gave as many of us as he could a high five. He wasn’t phony, he is a real brother. Ramonski always gave God the glory and”never” took the credit for it. Lord thank you for Ramonski Luv. We miss you brother. I wish blessings to you and your family. I must say though, this really hurts. I know you will appear again somewhere. Where ever it is I hope they appreciate what they are getting. We do. We love you Ramonski.

    • L.D Thompson

      To this listener and all others, those who are steppers, boppers, walkers listen to Clubbstepping Chicago station 95.1. Sam Chatman etc. Miss you Ramonski! Uncle Herb would have been so proud of you. Ramonski, see if you can go to 95.1.

  43. Donna

    I knew something was wrong when I didn’t hear Ramonski for the first two weeks. I kept listening hoping he would return, but my worst concern has come to light. I love Joe Sotto, but it’s just not the same knowing Ramonski won’t be on the air on Friday and Sunday. I had already fell in love with 87.7fm, because I got tired of listening to the same oh music being played over and over on V103. When Ramonski was on the air the vibes hit the ceiling, the mood was different, the engineers rocked the studio, the phones stayed busy everything was right when Ramonski was in the studio. We loved him and he loved us. He is a truly gifted man. It’s just not the same without Ramonski on the air waves. I met him at the budbilliken parade years ago. He was on a floater, I spotted him and waved to him and called out to him. Ramonski jumped off that floater, came to the people and gave as many of us as he could a high five. He wasn’t phony, he is a real brother. Ramonski always gave God the glory and”never” took the credit for it. Lord thank you for Ramonski Luv. We miss you brother. I wish blessings to you and your family. I must say though, this really hurts. I know you will appear again somewhere. Where ever it is I hope they appreciate what they are getting. We do. We love you Ramonski.

  44. La Donna

    Listeners start listening to Clubbstepping Chicago 95.1. Sam Chatman on Sundays on this Station and Tom Joyner, Monday-Friday 5am-9am. Miss you much Ramonski!! Uncle Herb would be proud of you! Ramonski, move to Clubsteppin Chicago 95.1. B blessed.

  45. Listeners: Tune in to Clubsteppin Chicago 95.1. Sam Chatman is on Sundays and Tom Joyner is from Mondays-Fridays 5am-9am. Miss you Ramonski!! Uncle Herb would be so proud of you. Ramonski, move to Clubsteppin 95.1.

  46. Harold Washington

    I Am DONE With
    V103.
    I am deleting Everything You Come On.
    Even though we may not know all the facts the way that you did Ramonski Luv was very unprofessional.

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