Individuals who are pursuing careers in broadcasting often gain their initial experience through work at college radio and television stations or through internships at professional stations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For example, celebrity talk show host Wendy Williams gained her start on Northeastern University's radio station, New York magazine reports.
Williams graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in communications in 1986. She was a DJ on the school's radio station WRBB, and an intern for WXKS-FM in Boston.
By 1989, Williams was working at 98.7 Kiss FM in New York. Here, she developed her trademark style of gossip reporting on African-American celebrities. She earned the Billboard Award for Best On-Air Radio Personality in 1993, according to the Radio Hall of Fame. A year later, she was hired by Hot 97.
In 2001, Williams was working at WBLS in New York, and her show was syndicated in Redondo Beach, California; Shreveport, Louisiana; Wilmington, Delaware; Toledo, Ohio; Columbia, South Carolina; Emporia, Virginia; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Tyler, Texas; and Alexandria, Louisiana, among other cities.
In addition to these accomplishments, Williams has authored several books, hosted a television show and was inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
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