Respected Music Industry Pioneer Says She ‘Did Not Fire’ Wendy Williams
Wendy Williams remembers at least one thing differently from her old boss at a Washington, D.C. radio station.
Today, Williams is known as one of New York City’s premiere media personalities. “The Wendy Williams Show,” now in its fifth year on the air, is a top-rated and nationally syndicated program. Last year, “Wendy Williams” outpaced its competitors by recording a 47 percent ratings increase during the month of February.
But in the late 1980s, before she ever made a claim to be the “Queen of All Media,” Williams was working a gig at the Washington, D.C. radio station WOL. She left that job for a spot at New York’s Hot 103.5, and as she described it in her best-selling 2004 autobiography Wendy’s Got The Heat, it wasn’t a friendly parting.
“When I got back to D.C. after the job offer, I typed up my letter of resignation, giving WOL two weeks’ notice. I gave it to my boss at the time, [station program director] Dyana Williams,” Wendy wrote in her memoir. “That was the proper and professional way, I thought, to handle it. Dyana Williams told me, ‘Don’t bother with the two weeks’ notice.’”
Wendy’s account continued: She basically told me to get the f**k out right then. She was very nasty and I was a little hurt. I had been a consummate professional my entire time in D.C. I never missed a shift and I represented the station well (as far as they knew). The way Dyana Williams handled that situation was very typical of the business, sad to say.
But in an interview, Dyana Williams (no relation to Wendy) said her recollection isn’t the same.
“Just last week someone had said to me, ‘Oh, Wendy Williams is talking about you again in Uptown magazine,’” Dyana told HuffPost, referring to a profile of Wendy in Uptown’s April/May issue. “I was like, ‘What?’ It is not true, I did not fire her! I left the station before she did [...] And I looked forward to correcting that, because yes, she wrote about it in her autobiography and it came up recently in the Uptown cover story.”
Today, Dyana is a celebrity strategist and media coach and hosts a show on Radio One Philadelphia.