Williams vacates WINA’s “Best Seat”
After a nine-year career that began when he was a student at UVA, WINA sportscaster and talk show host Jed Williams will vacate his "Best Seat in the House" Monday, March 26 to start a new gig on WNSP 105.5, a Mobile, Alabama, affiliate of ESPN Radio.
Williams says that while he's reluctant to leave Charlottesville, he jumped at this new opportunity because it allows him to focus on his biggest interest. "I decided two years ago that I'm most passionate about doing a daily talk show and interacting with a dynamic radio audience," he explains. "And the opportunity to do a three-hour show every day during drive time in a bigger media market, not to mention one where they're almost religious about sports, allows me to take the next step as a sports talk show host."
Williams will co-host WNSP Sports Drive 3-6pm on weekdays with Mobile Press Register columnist Neal McCready, covering the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and the New Orleans Saints. Williams says he might also do play-by-play announcing for the University of South Alabama. According to radio ratings organization Arbitron, Mobile is the 90th biggest radio market in the country, compared with Charlottesville at 231.
WINA has not said who will replace Williams as host of "Best Seat" or as play-by-play announcer for UVA women's basketball.
The move marks something of a reunion for Williams. Following his third year at UVA, he served as an assistant producer at ESPN Radio's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. "I've stayed close with their management and administration in the years since then, so it's nice to be back in the ESPN family," he says.
What will Williams miss most about Charlottesville? "The people are what have kept me here," he says. "I've always said I'd never move just to move, and it's the people here at WINA, Charlottesville Radio Group, and UVA who have galvanized me to this area ever since I came to the Grounds from Dallas not knowing anybody east of the Mississippi."
He also says he'll be "hurting for the ACC" this time next year, when March Madness is in full swing, because "College basketball in Alabama is just a comma between football and spring football."