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Radio Hall Of Famer Wendy Williams Back To Audio: ‘The New Thing For Me Is A Podcast.’


Former radio and television host Wendy Williams says the launch of a podcast is still on track despite her recent heath battles. “The new thing for me is a podcast,” said Williams during an interview with WBLS New York personality JusNik at the radio station’s Circle of Sisters event this month. Williams admitted she did not know much about the medium, saying she was so busy doing “The Wendy Williams Show” for television. But with that program now out of production, the podcast is her main focus. “I want to do something different, something new – and podcasts is one of those things,” the host said.


Williams said that while she is learning the podcasting craft, she told the crowd she is attracted to podcasting because of its intimacy. “I feel like I’m talking to people, and we’ve known each other for 14-years [on television], and before that I was doing radio,” Williams said. “So with podcasts, I’ll be able to wear what I want, look the way I want for good or for bad, and just be free.” She said the podcast will cover what is on her mind, including falling in love and relationships. “I’ve realized that I have so much time now and that with this podcast I can talk to you guys (the fans) on a personal level.”


The Wendy Experience podcast will a launch “in the next few weeks” Williams said, but she did not announce a specific date.


New Jersey-native Williams made her name in audio, of course, and she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2011. Her radio career began at WVIS in the Virgin Islands, followed by afternoon drive at Washington, DC talker WOL, while simultaneously working overnight weekends at New York’s “Hot 97” WQHT. From there, she helmed afternoons at urban “98.7 Kiss-FM” WRKS in New York, winning a Billboard Radio Award for “Best On-Air Radio Personality” in 1993. When Emmis bought WRKS, she was moved to "Hot 97"—until she was fired in 1998. She stopped at WUSL Philadelphia and was then back in New York at WBLS-FM for 2-6pm, where the show was then syndicated. She left radio in 2009 to focus on TV.


During her Circle of Sisters appearance, Williams, 58, said in addition to the podcast, she plans to spend the next year traveling – and looking for love. It was the first public appearance for Williams since she left rehab.

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