You’re Never Alone In the AM with DJ Antonio

Radio

Meet the master of the mic, Antonio, who goes live every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 am, Central.

 

Antonio Williams was a co-manager at Store 3777 in Frisco, Texas, in 2016 when he decided to enter the nationwide competition to become one of the voices of Walmart radio. He’d grown up on stage and was never too far from a microphone, so it felt like a natural move for him. Even so, he was pretty amazed and excited to learn from his store manager that he was one of two winners!

 

Soon, he and Bo Woloszyn were hosting a four-hour morning show every weekday. In 2020, the communications team doubled the fun by separating the DJs and giving them their own shows to reach even more associates.

 

Live with Antonio airs Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 4–6 am, Central. Be sure to catch up on old shows here!

Do you still work in stores or are you strictly on DJ duty?

For the most part, I spend my time on radio duty. But whenever there is an opportunity to visit a store or work in one, I’m usually the first to sign up. I fell in love with working in the stores! So, I’m always trying to find a way to get back in. Working in the stores really changed my understanding of the true meaning of “teamwork.”

 

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job are the associates and listeners. I consider what I do an opportunity to change someone’s day. Whether it’s a song, a shoutout or a simple thank you, I want to be the voice that makes a difference. I take pride in what I do, and I make every day count. Every show, listeners get 110% out of me.

 

Was it hard getting used to the time of your show—4 am to 6 am?

It actually wasn’t hard working the early shift. I guess working overnight in the stores prepped me for this!

 

I wake up at 2 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I’m at the studio by 2:30 am. I begin prepping, and then I’m on air from 4 am to 6 am.

 

The other day I was asked “don’t you get tired of waking up early?” My answer was, “I’m not the only one who’s awake at this time. I got people out there waiting and counting on me. Growing up on stage I learned quickly, you never want to keep your audience waiting!”

 

What’s your favorite segment?

My favorite segment is Social Media Highlight of the Day. I get to highlight different associates and their store’s or club’s accomplishments. I hope the callout encourages more associates to celebrate and post their wins.

  

I also love it when I ask associates to call in and give a shoutout to a fellow associate. Sometimes, they give me a shoutout. To know that I motivate them and what I am doing is making a difference—that right there is all that matters to me.