July 22, 2009

How You DOing? Wendy Williams is Leaving WBLS and Radio

We always knew it was just a matter of time.
Radio and now TV personality Wendy Williams announced today that she is leaving her syndicated radio show "The Wendy Williams Experience." The show's home base was at 107.5 WBLS in New York City. Wendy had been a part of the New York radio scene for more than 20 years having also worked at 98.7 Kiss FM and Hot 97 when she left in 1998. She returned to the New York airwaves in 2002 after working in Philadelphia as the morning show host at Power 99 FM (WUSL).

Wendy's TV show just launched on July 13 and is shown as part of the FOX Network's daytime line up and at night on BET.

Here's the official statement from WBLS and Wendy Williams:

New York, July 22, 2009 — Executives from WBLS and representatives for Wendy Williams today jointly announced Ms. Williams plans to leave her daily radio show at month’s end to dedicate herself full time to THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW, a nationally syndicated talker which launched July 13th. Ms. Williams, who has been a fixture on WBLS since 2002, has spent more than two decades on the air winning over fans and was recently nominated as a potential inductee to the National Radio Hall of Fame. Her radio show has consistently rated as one of the highest rated programs on the station.

“We are saddened to lose one of our most popular personalities,” noted Deon Levingston, Vice President and General Manager of WBLS. “But we understand what it requires to put a live show on television each and every day and wish Wendy all the best in this new venture.”

“I want to tell all of my fans that after July 31st, I will no longer be doing a show with WBLS,” Williams said. “I really was blessed to have a broadcast home in NY on radio for the past 7 years and I want to thank everyone who supported me. I have one of the best jobs in the world, making a difference in the lives of my fans made all the difference to me and I look forward to doing the same thing in my new role as a TV host. My hope is that you will do your best to find me on your remote so I can continue to entertain and inform you each and every day.”

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