In an interview with Mediabistro, Williams dishes on her first gigs and focusing on her career.
Some highlights below.
On landing her first radio gig at WVIS in the Virgin Islands
“When I got to the island, there were a few things that I already knew. Number one: I am not here to make friends or fall in love. I gave myself one year to get a job on the mainland and get off the island. I had no time to make friends, because friends cost money and I had to use every dime that I made to call the states to schmooze program directors and try to get a job. So, I had no friends by design. I had no sex by design, because I couldn’t afford to slip up and get pregnant.”
On breaking into New York’s 103.5 FM as the station’s first “Blackie”
“The DJs were all Hispanic and Italian; they didn’t have a Black — Blackie at your service… I hopped in my Subaru and drove up to the radio station in Astoria, Queens. I showed up at the radio station at midnight and they loved me. Ironically speaking, you know what he loved about me? He loved that my skin was black and my delivery was white.”
On making the big bucks
“Women in radio were still sidekicks. It was Robin Quivers to Howard Stern. If you were a woman on radio, you were doing the slow jam show or sitting beside some man. When I landed that job two years out of college at HOT, I was making a $60,000-a-year salary with a tremendous amount of money being made in public appearances. I was single, I was young and I had no student loans. For all intensive purposes, I was rich.”
Watch the full interview below.