Don Williams | Programs Director
Since July, 2007, Don has been Programs Director for the Metropolitan Business Association and a member of the MBA Board of Directors. In addition, he worked several years to successfully organize and execute the annual Come Out With Pride celebration at Lake Eola Park.
Professionally, Don began his media career as a radio announcer/disc jockey in his hometown of Painesville, Ohio. After a decade of spinning 45 rpm records, he moved into advertising sales. This decision followed his walking through a radio station parking lot and noticing that the cars driven by the DJs were older than and not as nice as the cars driven by the sales people. Thus did he discover that in radio, the money is to be made in the sales department unless you’re Dick Clark or Howard Stern, which he determined he was not.
Among the major broadcasting companies and stations that Don has worked for are Susquehanna Broadcasting (WHLO, Akron, Ohio), Metromedia (WHK AM & FM, Cleveland), Group One (WONE AM & FM, Dayton, Ohio), Booth American Co. (WTOD, Toledo), Storer Broadcasting Co. (WSPD-TV & WSPD-AM, Toledo), The Amaturo Group (WFTL/WEWZ-FM Ft. Lauderdale-Miami), The University of Florida (WRUF-AM & FM, Gainesville, Florida), Multimedia Broadcasting (WMAZ-TV, Macon, Georgia), Benedict Broadcasting (WTVY-TV, Panama City, Florida), Cox Radio (WDBO-AM, Orlando), Clear Channel Communications (WFLF-AM & WQTM-AM, Orlando). He also was co-owner, President & General Manager of WQBZ-FM, Macon, Georgia.
Don was selected radio station Program Director of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 1981. That same year, WFTL-AM, Fort Lauderdale was chosen Billboard’s 1981 Adult Contemporary Radio Station of the Year. He frequently won awards as top performing sales person at both radio and TV stations where he was employed.
In 1982, he moved from radio & TV to Birch/Scarborough Research, a firm that measured radio listening in all major radio markets in the USA and Canada. Initially, Don was responsible for starting up Birch service in more than 45 radio markets.
In 2000, Don moved from broadcast to print advertising accepting a sales position with Watermark, the LGBT newspaper of record for Orlando, Tampa Bay and Central Florida.
In 2013, Don decided to reduce his work load to part time and joined Houston, Texas based International Demographics, a company that produces media research that is marketed as The Media Audit.
Hobbies include an extensive and eclectic music collection on records, tape, CD and more than 18,000 selections on his iPod. Don also is an avid reader (books, not some device) and he loves movies of the 30s & 40s. He watches TV regularly but not the current pop culture programs, rather Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Smithsonian Channel, Turner Classic Movies, Fox Business Network and the gamut of news & information channels. And, he likes the monologues of Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman. Plus, any footage from any source of some celebrity or politician making a fool of themselves.
Don lives with his partner of twelve years, Jeremy, in downtown Orlando. They are owned by a miniature pinscher, Tina & Byna, a golden retriever. The four-legged friends also double as a splendid alarm system.
Contact Don at firstname.lastname@example.org