Local radio personality Gary Williams is leaving this market, but hopes to retain his link to the Panthers organization.
Williams, who's co-hosted WFNZ's "Morning Sports Page," with Jim Celania the last seven years, is taking a job with Sirius, co-hosting a morning drive show with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. He'll be moving to the New York area, but said last week he's hoping to still be able to work the Panthers preseason television games. Williams has done the broadcasts alongside Steve Beuerlein.
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Gary's a pro and a friend and he'll do well there. Celania we worry about. Jim, if you read this, I'll bring over some luggage to help you push through the loss.
The move's causing a shakeup at WFNZ as well. Mid-day host Chris McClain's moving into Williams' slot in the morning, which creates an expanded (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) show for former Panthers Frank Garcia and Brentson Buckner, who had been in the 10-11 a.m. slot the last few months.