Talk-show host Wendy Williams named 2010 Magic City Classic Ambassador

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Television talk-show host Wendy Williams has been named the ambassador for Birmingham's 2010 State Farm Magic City Classic on Oct. 30.

Called a "breakthrough in daytime" by The New York Times, Williams burst onto the national talk-show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program "The Wendy Williams Show."

A mother, wife and best-selling author, Williams built a devoted cult following from her years as one of radio's most popular personalities, winning over legions of fans eager to see the host make her television debut. Touted by People Magazine as one of the "best shows of 2009," the critically acclaimed series now has the distinction of being "must-see TV" and premiered its second season Sept. 6.

Williams, who was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame (only the second African- American woman to be honored by the organization) in November 2009, parted ways with her top-rated radio show, "The Wendy Williams Experience," at the end of July 2009. The program, which aired on WBLS in New York, was home to more than 12 million listeners nationwide.

She is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, Wendy's Got The Heat by Simon & Schuster and The Wendy Williams Experience by Dutton Books, as well as several novels. Her latest book, Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood (Karen Hunter Publishing/Pocket Books, $15), the third installment in her series of Ritz Harper novels, hit shelves in May 2009.

Her previous television work included a VH1 series titled "Wendy Williams is on Fire."

Williams attended Northeastern University in Boston, Ma., earning a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in journalism.

Some past Magic City Classic ambassadors include : Steve Harvey (2009), Vivica A. Fox (2008), Sinbad (2007), Tom Joyner (2006), LL Cool J (2005), Magic Johnson (2004), Ruben Studdard (2003), John Stallworth (2002), Charles Barkley (2001) and Willie Mays (2000).