Al Sharpton, Warren Ballentine Victims of Format Shift in Charlotte

Syndication One syndicated radio talkers Al Sharpton and Warren Ballentine have been removed from the lineup at Radio One Charlotte urban WQNC-FM. The station after months of rumors of a format shift, re-launched Monday as “My92.7 R&B from the 80’s, 90’s and Now.”  According to the station website a one hour talk show hosted by Sharpton remains on the Sunday morning schedule, but there is no word yet as to whether or where the weekday version of his show or The Warren Ballentine Show will surface in the market.

37 thoughts on “Al Sharpton, Warren Ballentine Victims of Format Shift in Charlotte

  • August 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I can’t believe you would take Warren and Al off. I am tired of dancing and hearing music. We need voices. I am not interested in listing now.

  • February 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    He’s back. You can now listen on WGIV 103.3FM/1370AM or online at

    I hope this means that more people will support this station. Warren does a great job of keeping us informed and creating dialogue on issues that we otherwise would not have knowledge of.

  • February 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Please bring back Warren Ballentine and Al Sharpton, they educated us on alot of things. We need them in the Charlotte and surrounding areas. With the information they provided it made you investigate, it made you open up your eyes and WAKE-UP!. There are things going on and you need to be equip with knowlege to be able to address all issues and concerns. I really do miss both talk show host. I dont listen to 92.7 anymore.

  • February 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    what a shame validating the sterotype that all black folk care about is singing and dancing. T J morning once in awhile other than that no more 97.7
    JW Charlotte NC

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Our community should stick together if Tom Joyner Morning Show is still representing this so call Radio One station what is that. I understand everyone is trying to make a dollar but the black community must stick together other culture have each other backs but blacks do not we just turn the other cheek. This is why stations like Rush limbaugh and Radio One continue to throw their weight around all blacks should not I mean should not support the station get into the pocket people believe me they want to eat too. As long as keep making them on top they will continue to sail the boat. I hope Tom Joyner show will wake up they are being use their voice would be great if they too would stand up all of the black radio stations stop being so scare everyone has a voice. I will never listen to 92.7 I will back Warren and Al Sharpton Truthfighter.

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:18 am

    People as long as we continue to support this booty music all day everyday we must say no. Music is not all what defines the black culture or any culture. 99.3 in Charlotte Nc keeps their station going for their listner and keep the hate going on strong WBTV. People wake up we should look for other reliable stations to host Al and Warren on. We are letting Radio One define us they are laughing and saying that black people only deserve booty music all day everyday. This RadioOne Station is a sell out and they are scare. There station were so sorry when i did listen to Warren I would have to make sure I had a clear signal for it to come through. It was a sorry station Warren and Al will have a real station again . These other black stations should stand up as well and discuss that we do need news in the correct perspective instead of a racist stand point. Wake up people we are worth more than booty music.

  • January 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I am distraught about how Radio so call One has removed our two people Warren and Al. I live in Kings Mnt. nc and listening to Warren and Al was a breath of real issues.This world is corrupt we all know this the only stations we have is the booty music 97.9 and the racist station 99.3 Rush limbaugh the whole Wbtv station that has a clear tone for there whole world to be infected. Radio One you all are scare and you all should be taken off the air for good you all have no talent or business sense 80 90 music dont you know you can listen to 10.19 Steve Harvey. But you all knew Black people we need to get our own stations warren and al should be heard you can not stop greatness. Radio Station is sorry and they want last long. Keep your head up Warrn and Al the whole truthfighters community.

  • January 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Bring back Keepin it Real. Thats what I listened to on my way to work and keeps me informed. That “other” station can keep playing the R&B of the 80’s and 90’s. If I wanted to hear music, I would tune into them.

  • December 19, 2009 at 8:16 am

    So I guess “this is reality radio”. While I do love the 80’s mixes, Al Sharpton and Warren Ballintine provided the dialogue we so desperately need at a time such as this. Community action and public opinion are key and this move has stifled the very fundamental benefit of talk radio for the listening community. Isn’t that what you said Kathy?

  • November 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I also live in Charlotte, NC and was very upset when I tuned to Q92.7 the so-called “People’s Station” and found both shows removed. I immediately thought “They Took’em down” just like they did a few years back with the line up @ WLIB in N.Y.

    It’s a shameful check on our status and black folk’s reality; When in the new millennium, in the year 2009 black people Can Not have Talk Radio. Hispanics can and do have it, white people have it, but Talk radio of any “Substance” is elusive to black people.

    As long as Negroes are talking about a bunch of meaningless drivel, sprinkled with trivial nonsense and the “Content” is formatted as “Entertainment” radio as opposed to “Informative” everything is okay.

    But as soon as black radio addresses issues of politically organizing, community organizing & supporting black businesses and institutions…”POOF” the plug is pulled. What a bunch of sellouts!

  • November 21, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I live in Charlotte, NC and enjoyed the information from the Rev. Al Shapton and Warren Ballentine radio shows.
    The communites need the above shows to be put back on the RADIO; they provided good, sound national and local community information. Ms. Hughes, I appeal to you, please put these shows back on their original stations and time slot. Since these shows have been removed, I have no reason to listed to 92.7FM radio in Charlotte, NC; I am more interested in news radio, than music radio. (I no longer listen to
    (92.7FM radio, in Charlotte,NC)

    Radio Syndication, please keep me informed when the Rev. Sharpton and Warren Ballentine radio shows are back on the air in the Charlotte, NC listening area.

    Thank you.

  • November 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    This is truly a sad day and time, Warren and Al kept us, as a people and a nation informed on the things we need to know..WOW..we must not give up seeking the truth..they opened the door, its our duty to find the light now!

  • November 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    no offence, but al and warren were the only game in town because it is a radio one town, there are many talented talkers out there, but if u are in a radio one city u are stuck with al and warren as ur defacto standard black talk, when money comes into play and u have to provide more boogie instead of talk, then u know where radio ones bottom line is at.

  • November 16, 2009 at 11:02 am

    they took the two off that helps the most! we like warren would say we have to fight for it all

  • November 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    92.7 has lost a listener when they change the format to all music. All Black people are not rump shakers and wnat to listen to music all of the time. Some of us like current events and knowledge!

  • November 10, 2009 at 11:02 am

    You have lost a listener. It was an outstanding lineup with Ballentine and Sharpton. Hope the payoff is worth the loss of integrity.

  • November 9, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Fortunately, I’m still able to listen to these brothers on, but when I have to leave and get in the car there is a void. I’m not ready for XM radio. Maybe a group of group of us can call, as they now have AM & FM and they can use the listenership. I don’t see them competing with Praise 100.9fm

  • November 9, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I agree with Tosha. I have also turned my dial from 92.7 and hello NPR.

    Removing Warren and Al—-a ridiculous move

  • November 7, 2009 at 9:11 am

    We as Truthfighters here in the QC must act on this.How long will we as a people continue to accept what other people think they know, what we need as black people? it’s time QC are you willing to fight for Warren and Al?Contact me…

  • November 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I have completely boycotted 92.7. I will never listen to that station again. Back to NPR, I guess.

    Removing Warren and Al—-a ridiculous move.

  • November 4, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I knew it was a matter of time before the powers that be would remove Warren Ballentine and Al Sharpton. “Black Radio” like BET is pitiful… It is amazing how far people will go to continue the dumbing down of the African American Race as well as every other race for that matter. I do not believe that Warren just appealed to Black people. I believe that Warren would and did appeal to everyone who searchs for the truth. Warren I will stay tuned online. Now that I can’t listen to you in the car when leaving to go out for lunch at 12:00 I will have to start taking my lunch after 1:00.

  • November 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I can’t believe that you all took off both of these radio shows and put some 80’s and 90’s nonsense on. I look forward to hearing these two brothers everyday to get current information about what is happending in the world. These brothers have always educated African Americans with informative subject topics. Do you really think that we need another radio station playing the same nonsence all day long. Who ever made this decision to take them off is definately out of touch with what their listeners want to hear. I will no longer listen to 92.7 any longer, and I will tell my friends to boycott your station.

  • November 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I no longer listen to the station…another lost listener…this is a travesty because shows such as these bring education to our community that would we would not be privy to otherwise…this has certainly put a void in my day

  • November 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    What happened to the Warren Ballentine and Rev Al Sharpton shows in Charlotte? With those shows, I thought we FINALLY had a better balance of voices on radio. “Urban radio” has traditionally been a voice of the community and the voices have been muted. Yes we love music, but we NEED and THRIVE on information that hosts such as Ballentine and Sharpton offered. The ratings will prove that this is truly a wrong move! Radio One/Syndication One, PLEASE bring these two hosts back on the air in Charlotte – the new format is fine, but weak without these two big voices.

  • November 2, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I was so disappointed when I found out that Warren Ballantine and Rev. Al were removed from the air. I knew it was just a matter of time before the powers that be stepped in an took away the voice of the people. They kept us informed and provided us with the raw and true facts. I will contact the FCC and hope others will join me in getting back what we need. There should be a law against this outrageous manner of taking away what we need.

  • November 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

    This is crazy we as black folk don’t have any program we can tune into and get real information from.I don’t see myself resting untill we have a voice on radio again.this will be a battle but if we don’t have warren or sharpton then we won’t even know what battles to prepare for.

  • October 31, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I definitely will miss listening to the warren ballentine show in between classes. I guess you have to speak negative of good people and be corrupted like Rush Limbo to stay ahead in the radio game. No doubt, someone placed some money somewhere to get these black shows shut down.

  • October 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I look forward to listening to Warren everyday. The knowledge that he gave was powerful and uplifting. I wish some and very some that Warren would be place back on any station here in Charlotte. It’s been said knowledge is power, and Warren was our voice on Q92.7.

  • October 29, 2009 at 10:42 am

    “What’s on the radio, propoganda, mind control/And turnin it on is like puttin on a blindfold/Cuz when you bringin the real you don’t get ro-tation/Unless you take over the station/And yeah I know it’s part of they plans/To make us think it’s all about party and dancin/And yo it might sound good when you spittin your rap/But in reality, don’t nobody live like that”
    ~Dead Prez – Turn off the Radio

    Go to and listen live. Q92.7 is on some ol’…

    I guess I’ll be listening to NPR full time again.

  • October 29, 2009 at 5:38 am

    I looked forward to getting in my car and listening to Warren Ballentine. He spoke the truth regardless to whom or what. We need more truth fighters like him and Al Sharpton who isnt afraid to speak truth to power. They have done a great injustice by taking them off the air.

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  • October 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Just what we need more dumb radio! I moved here from Chicago and I cant find a decent black talk radio. We have NO voice at all! Thanks wqnc

  • October 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    We need Al and Warren, I knew they would remove these two. They were providing too much education and information. Without these two shows, I have no reason to listen to this station. I guess I will try to find Rush Limbaugh or some other right wing organization. I guess there news is better than no news. The days of African American simply listening to hip hop and RB are over. We are more educated and need more intellectual information.

  • October 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Please keep me posted on when and where I can listen to the Warren Ballentine Show. I live in Charlotte NC

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