Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams was born on July 18, 1964, and raised in the Wayside section of Ocean Township, New Jersey. She went to the Ocean Township High School. after graduating, she then went to North Eastern University in Boston Massachusetts, and graduated with a B.A. in communications. During her college years, she was a D.J. at the University's radio station.

Wendy began working in the Virgin Islands at WVIS. She then went to WRKS, now WEPN in New York City as a substitute D.J. and then as a morning show host. One year later, she began doing the afternoon shift.
Wendy won Billboard's "Best On Air Radio Personality" award in 1993.

 In December, 1994, Emmis Broadcasting purchased WRKS, and switched Wendy to their other station, hip hop WQHT, Hot 97.

Wendy was hired by an urban Philadelphia station WUSL, Power 99 FM. Her second husband, Kevin Hunter became her agent. She was open about her personal life on the air, which helped moved the station to 2nd place in the ratings, although many listeners claimed to hate her.

 In 2001, Wendy returned to NY radio when she was hired by WBLS 107.5 for a full time syndicated time slot 2-6 P.M. Her friend, MC Spice from Boston offered his voiceover services to the show. He did short rap verses for her show. The New York Times stated that her show worked best when its elements confessional was paired with snarkiness citing her interview in 2003 with Whitney Houston as an example. There was a lot of bleeping during the interview, and Wendy asked consistently about Whitney's drug use, and spending habbits.

Wendy published several books, including a paperback novel. She was also a spokesperson for Georges Veselle champagne.

In 2007, she filled in for Jodi Applegate on WNYW's (FOX) Good Day New York.

In 2008, Wendy's show became syndicated in many parts of the country, and she also debuted her talk show on July 13 of that year. WNYW's Fox gave it a 13 week test run in different parts of the country. They signed a deal with the syndication company Debmar - Mercury to broadcast the show on it's station group beginning in July 2009.

In 2009, she left her radio show to focus on her television show, "The Wendy Williams Show", and also wanted to spend more time with her family.
Wendy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
In addition to the syndication coverage, Black Entertainment Television (BET) picked up cable rights to The Wendy Williams Show.

Wendy has made many television appearances including playing a judge on Drop Dead Diva, and on the 6th episode of The Face, an extra on the TV show Martin (Martin Lawrence), as a contestant on the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars.

 In 2009, she was in the film version of Steve Harvey's book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Wendy also announced that year, that she was in the planning stages of the movie version of her life, Queen of All Media, written by Kimba Henriques. Filming wrapped in late August 2009, and was set to be released in 2011.

In 2012, Wendy entered into a production alliance with producers Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones to create movies, and television shows aimed at multicultural audiences, and will appear as "Wendy Williams presents". Their first project will be VH! adaptation of a Star Jones novel.

Wendy has a jewelry, and accessory line sold on QVC.

 In the summer of 2013, Wendy will be appearing for seven weeks on Broadway in the musical Chicago as Matron Mama Morton.

On May 7, 2013, Wendy has a new book being released called Ask Wendy.

For more Info on Wendy, please visit:

 Wikipedia, Huffington Post


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