Two Picked To Co-Host Wal-Mart Radio In Contest
March 28, 2016 at 3:42 PM (PT)
Veteran radio personality-turned WAL-MART exec SCOTT BO WOLOSZYN and ANTONIO WILLIAMS have won a contest to co-host a four-hour daily show on WAL-MART ONE RADIO.
WOLOSZYN, a field project manager for store planning in PENNSYLVANIA, and WILLIAMS, a DALLAS store co-manager, are the recently announced winners of a nationwide search of employees launched by the retailer in DECEMBER WAL-MART told employees at its 2015 shareholders meeting that it was bringing back the popular in-store radio as part of a larger effort to improve employee morale and performance.
The two winners emerged from nearly 500 submissions as the voice of the company's 1.4 million U.S. employees. Both are in the process of moving to BENTONVILLE, AR, and planning a live, four-hour morning show that will be broadcast in stores across the country.
"We're going to have a show and on Day 1, have millions of listeners. It's incredible," WOLOZSYN told ARKANSAS ONLINE. "That's just associates. That's not counting customers. That's pretty exciting. When you really think about it, a long-term goal is to maybe give some of these national radio shows a run for their money."
The two were picked by a process that included employee voting and vetting by a five-person executive committee.
WOLOSZYN worked in radio for nearly 15 years before joining WAL-MART two years ago. WILLIAMS had no professional on-air experience, but during his seven years with the company was the DJ for office CHRISTMAS parties and was known around his stores for his entertaining personality.
After the show airs, music and messages will be customized on the basis of community, a move that WAL-MART hopes will improve employee attitudes. Song selections will be made for nearly 30 different markets, but the yet-to-be-named show will play across the U.S. Employees will be allowed to make music requests and will be recognized for outstanding work or milestones, such as anniversaries or birthdays.
They'll build on a format that was put into place more than 20 years ago by former WAL-MART RADIO voice TERRY BERRY. Now a trainer for new store managers, BERRY spent nearly a decade working with WAL-MART RADIO until he changed jobs in 2002.