Atlanta's V-103, Q100 Band Together For 'Unity Night'
January 8, 2007 at 1:47 PM (PT)
Two rival stations in ATLANTA -- CUMULUS Top 40 WWWQ (Q100) and CBS RADIO Urban WVEE (V-103) -- are holding "Unity Night" at the local LOTUS LOUNGE on SUNDAY (1/14) in an effort to draw a mixed crowd of races to the same nightclub, the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION reports.
How did such an idea come about? A few months ago Q100 morning guy BERT WEISS called V-103's FRANK SKI to discuss the separation by race of the tribes on CBS-TV's "Survivor," but the discussion turned to nightlife in ATLANTA and why certain nightclub's catered specific nights to specific races.
I don't think it's ever been done before -- two different demographics on stations owned by two different companies.
"This is supposed to be the city too busy to hate," SKI said. "Whites and blacks don’t party together. When [local club] VISION was open, FRIDAY night was my night and SATURDAY was BERT's night."
SKI joked that convincing V-103 management to endorse the idea was "like the MIDDLE EAST peace talks."
WEISS told ALL ACCESS, "No telling how this is going to turn out. I don't think it's ever been done before -- two different demographics on stations owned by two different companies. But, from where I stand, this is still a pretty racially separated city. It's really an important issue in ATLANTA, but I think most people just bury it. The email [on this subject] has been pretty intense -- a mix between 'It'll never work' and 'Finally somebody is addressing this!'"