Wendy Williams, one of radio’s most popular personalities, is expanding her already impressive empire to the world of television, with the launch of The Wendy Williams Show in national syndication on July 13, 2009, after a successful six-week preview in the summer of 2008. A mother and wife with a tremendously successful career as an author and radio host, Williams first made a name for herself by using her “big mouth” on the radio where she spent more than 20 years, 16 of them spent on the air in New York City, winning over legions of fans.
Williams, who will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame this November, parted ways with her top rated radio show The Wendy Williams Experience at the end of July. The program, which aired on WBLS in New York, was home to over 12 million listeners nationwide. She is the author of two New York Times best sellers, Wendy’s Got The Heat by Simon & Schuster and The Wendy Williams Experience by Dutton Books, as well as several novels. Her latest book, Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood (Karen Hunter Publishing / Pocket Books; $15.00), the third installment in her series of Ritz Harper novels, hit shelves in May.
Her previous television work included a VH1 series entitled Wendy Williams is on Fire. In addition to many industry honors, Williams received the Thurgood Marshall Prestige Award in 2008. The accolade honors individuals who embody the leadership, commitment and legacy for the late Justice Thurgood Marshall. Williams grew up in Ocean Township, New Jersey and currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband Kevin Hunter and their 9-year-old son, Kevin, Jr. Williams attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in communications with a minor in journalism.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times