Wendy Williams is a talk radio host, television personality, and a New York Times best-selling author. Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, she attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she majored in communications and was also a DJ for the college radio station WRBB 104.9 FM. In 1989, Williams began working at 98.7 KISS FM in New York City as a fill-in DJ until being hired full-time as part of the station’s morning show.
A year later, Williams landed her own 6-10 p.m. shift, eventually winning the Billboard Award for Best On-Air Radio Personality in 1993. In 1994, Emmis Broadcasting purchased Kiss FM and switched Williams to the company’s Hot 97 format. After exiting Hot 97 in 1998, Williams spent time on air in Philadelphia before returning to New York in 2001, when WBLS-FM hired her for her own syndicated afternoon drive show.
On July 13, 2009, Williams debuted her daytime television talk show The Wendy Williams Show and currently can be seen in more than 95 percent of the United States. Much like her radio show, Williams dishes celebrity gossip, conducts interviews, and speaks her mind about current events. On July 31, 2009, she ended her long-running WBLS-FM radio show to focus on her television career.
Wendy Williams was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.