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Bruce H. Williams (born 1932) is an American radio host, entrepreneur, writer and former politician. His nationally-syndicated talk show, The Bruce Williams Show, aired throughout the United States for 29 years, until ending production in March 2010. Currently he is podcasting on the Made In America Broadcast Network. Williams has written six books, and he also writes a syndicated advice column called Smart Money.
Williams grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. After serving with the United States Air Force in Korea and earning a degree in education from Newark State Teachers College, now Kean University, he became active in politics, education, and business in New Jersey.
In 1975, Williams found another way to serve the public by hosting At Your Service on WCTC in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This was soon followed by his second show, Bruce Williams at Large. Williams then set his sights on reaching a larger audience, and his persistence paid off. In 1978, he was hired by WMCA in New York City. Williams made his debut on NBC Talknet when the programming block began on November 2, 1981. His national reputation began to grow. Williams flew airplanes and on December 5, 1982, while attempting to abort a landing, crashed into a few trees in Princeton, New Jersey. Maurice Tunick, Talknet creator and Executive Producer remembers the incident:
|“||"Bruce was critically injured and nearly clinically dead when he arrived at the Medical Center of Princeton. One week later he was back on the air from his hospital room and did his show from there for a week before he was released and originated his program from home for the next three months. We were told at the time this was the first national radio show to originate from a hospital."||”|
Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1999 and has since been listed as the sixth greatest talk show host in radio history by Talkers Magazine. Williams ran an advice show focused on personal business matters such as real estate transactions, career planning, entrepreneurship, and travel until the September 11, 2001 attacks. Since that time, the show became a mix of business and politics, and every show ended with the song God Bless America.
On February 22, 2010, Williams announced in an email to affiliates that he would end his show effective March 5, 2010.
Not long after going off the air, Williams began posting occasional "newsletters" on his website that hinted he would like to get back on the air "in some fashion," including the possibility of "doing something with the internet." After being off the radio for just over two years, one of his newsletters announced that he would return to the airwaves via The American Entrepreneur, producing podcasts that would be available on iTunes and other platforms. The new show, which continued the same title "The Bruce Williams Show," debuted on Monday, April 16, 2012. The new program continued in the same format as his previous show, with less emphasis on politics. The show appeared "live" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and three hours were recorded on Wednesdays for broadcast on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. During some of the initial programs of the new show, Williams hinted that he expected the show to eventually expand to two hours, and he also noted that he'd been contacted by several terrestrial radio stations interested in carrying the new program. The program ran until the mid-summer until the American Entrepreneur network was forced to shut down following the sudden death of its owner. Thus, Bruce Williams found himself without an outlet for his show.
On July 9th, 2012, Bruce Williams launched the Made In America Broadcast Network. His show airs live via podcast Monday thru Friday from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern time, with an additional live show appearing on Wednesday evenings at various times. The show is also available via iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher and other platforms. Bruce's goal with the Made In America Network is to only accept advertising from companies whose products and or services are made in America with American labor.
Williams has authored several books, and he writes the Smart Money newspaper column, which appears in over 600 newspapers.
During his radio career Williams spoke frequently about the jobs he held throughout the years. He began by melting down lead pipes into toy soldiers and selling them to other children at the age of 11 during World War II. Later in life, Williams entered a wide variety of business ventures including insurance sales, driving a beer truck, driving a taxi, real estate sales, a flower shop, a barber shop, and several nightclubs. He drove an ice cream truck in New York and was the founder of Lane Robbins, now Oak Crest Day Camp, a private preschool in Somerset, New Jersey. He also spent two terms as mayor of Franklin Township, New Jersey from 1967-1975.
He is currently involved in a florist business and is a board member of a bank.