On Monday I mentioned that I hadn't heard from Greg Williams in a while. Well, lo and behold, Hammer rang yesterday afternoon in an attempt to tell his side of the story in the fizzled radio pairing with John Clay Wolfe.
What did I hear? Greggo was angry. Downtrodden on the verge of desperation. And, oh yeah, defiant.
"If you don't think I'm clean here's what I'll do," Williams offers. "I'll take a drug test seven days a week, at my expense. And I'll have the results emailed directly to you. You can publicize them anytime you want."
A radio entrepreneur with a popular auto show heard Saturday mornings on 97.1 The Eagle, Wolfe approached Williams last winter with an idea to re-launch his career via an afternoon drive-time show on a small, syndicated cluster of stations. In the end, the experiment lasted exactly nine days.
In a he said/he said that resulted in The Show not going on the air as planned March 1, Wolfe says that during the first two weeks of a supposed 60-day trial period Williams missed one day of work, arrived late on another and ultimately quit after one segment of a Friday show to take a job building boat docks for $10 an hour. Williams counters that Wolfe wanted him to work for free, exploited his fame and ultimately didn't deliver on a promise to attract station affiliates to the proposed show.
"Working with him is not an option," says Williams. "This guy was just attaching himself to me, trying to get attention for his little specialty show. I'm angry, and I'm tired of it."
Says Wolfe, "I'm done with this deal. I was patient. I tried. I was foolish and naive to think he was going to deliver consistency with my encouragement, when he had let so many others down before."
The final disconnect: Wolfe offered to pay Williams $24,000 a year; Greggo demanded $104,000.