Radio DJ’s just don’t play music, they’re also personalities. Our sister site newsone.com, recently compiled a list of the top 20 Black radio jockeys, and while we agree with most of their picks, they left off one of the greats, Vy Higginsen. Vy was the first African-American radio personality to cover a NYC prime time radio show on WBLS.
Referring to herself as the “Queen of All Media,” Wendy Williams’ trademark mixture of oversized personality and merciless celebrity gossip created a new radio archetype and captured millions of fans. After college, Williams started her career in radio as an intern for Kiss 108 in Boston, and made the move to New York City’s Kiss-FM, where she eventually landed her own air shift; and then on to New York’s Hot 97. Williams was Billboard’s Best On-Air Radio Personality in 1993, and became the second African-American woman inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009. Williams currently hosts her own daytime TV talk show.