Armstrong Williams Exiting Radio as TV Empire Expands

After more than two decades on the radio, commentator Armstrong Williams will sign off his show on SiriusXM Urban View for the last time June 27 to devote more time to expanding his TV holdings.

“When you own broadcast television stations, and it’s a 24/7 business, it requires the weekdays to visit these stations, to be involved in an operational, detailed way,” Williams told The Daily Signal in an exclusive interview, adding:

You can’t just schedule everything on the weekends. I’ve tried it. I’ve made it work. I can make it work now, but now that we are expanding to three more television stations … I just realized I would be spending many days away from the radio. It’s not fair to the audience. It’s not fair to Sirius.

Williams, president and CEO of Howard Stirk Holdings, a multimedia company that now owns 11 TV stations, said he will continue his syndicated TV program, “The Armstrong Williams Show,” and his podcast distributed by Apple, “The Strongcast.”

The Daily Signal carries Williams’ syndicated column, which is distributed by Creators Syndicate.

Williams, 56, a longtime conservative voice on the Washington scene, was an aide to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas when Thomas ran the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982 to 1990.

More recently, the South Carolina native was a surrogate for the presidential campaign of Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who is now secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Williams began making regular media appearances in 1991 to advocate Senate confirmation of Thomas to the Supreme Court after President George H.W. Bush nominated him. This led to a column in USA Today, which led to radio shows beginning in 1995.

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