The longest-running, worst-kept secret (ahem, welcome to the party mainstream media) in local radio finally has replaced its question mark with a period as former Ticket co-host Greg Williams has officially landed a show on ESPN Radio.
Williams confirmed to me late last night what I’ve speculated about for months in various incarnations -- that he will host a 7-10 p.m. show weeknights on 103.3 FM beginning Monday, Sept. 8. The nightly program, co-hosted by RJ Choppy, will simply be called “The Show.”
“I know this sounds cliché, but I’m just happy to be back on the air,” Williams says. “I’m happy to get another opportunity. Now it’s up to me.”
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Williams, who settled on a one-year contract and about a – gulp – $400,000 pay cut from his peak at The Ticket, made a dry run with Choppy yesterday afternoon in Arlington and will have two more off-air “preseason games” before diving into – we assume – heavy Cowboys talk following Dallas’ season opener on Sept. 8. In the meantime, Williams will pop on ESPN’s Cowboys pre-game show tomorrow night and make cameos on Randy Galloway’s show the next two Friday afternoons.
There are also plans to incorporate Williams on ESPN’s Cowboys post-game shows throughout the season.
I know Williams snorted and lied his way out of a pristine job at The Ticket. Though his co-workers and management treated him callously on the way down, he forfeited his right to keep that gig. But it’s good to see him get a second chance.
It’ll be interesting to hear if he can re-kindle what once was one of the Metroplex’s most unique and entertaining radio voices. -- Richie Whitt