Once known as The Dean of Talk Radio, Jerry Williams
is one of the originators of the talk radio format.
Audiences throughout the United States have been listening to his
views for over 50 years. Not a man to pull his punches, Williams
has a legion of fansand detractors.
Williams began his radio career in 1946 at WCYB/Bristol, Tennessee,
near the Virginia/Tennessee border. He then moved to WIBG/ Philadelphia,
WMEX/Boston and WBBM/Chicago. The turmoil of the 1960s fueled
his acerbic style, and his listeners loved a good fight.
In 1968, the outspoken Williams returned to Boston and began an
eight-year stint with powerhouse WBZ, which spread Williams
views to 38 states and much of Canada. He would frequently tangle
with the Kennedy family on their home turf.
In 1976, Williams joined WMCA/New York, and the following year
he moved to WWDB/Philadelphia, where he became the first FM talk
In 1981, he once again moved back to WRKO/Boston and began to dominate
afternoon ratings for many years. He once tried to mobilize the
talk industry when he founded the now-defunct National Association
of Radio Talk Show Hosts.
Jerry Williams died on April 29, 2003.
Jerry Williams was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.
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