Bruce Williams, a National Radio Hall of Fame talk show host, has died at the age of 86, at his home near Tampa after a brief illness. Williams hosted a nationally syndicated talk show for 29 years, retiring from the industry in 2013. Early in his career, Williams worked for WCTC New Brunswick, NJ (1450) and WMCA New York (570).
In 1981 Williams was selected to host a nationally syndicated program for NBC, where he began each show with “Welcome my friends. Welcome to my world.”
Williams’ radio career didn’t commence until he was in his 40s, after running a number of businesses, including a daycare agency; serving as an ice-cream, beer truck and taxi driver; and operating his own florist shop, barber shop, car rental agency and insurance firm. He was also elected to the Franklin, NJ Township Council and served terms as Deputy Mayor and Mayor between 1967 and 1975.
Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1999. He authored six financial and real estate advice books and wrote a syndicated advice column called Smart Money.