Amidst the controversy, last month with statements made by Johnny Koolout Sparks, a former radio announcer at the station, about Rhythmic PD/Brand Manager (his boss) Greg “The Hitman” Williams allegedly coming on to him in the bathroom of the station, Audacy’s investigation has come back in Wiliams’ favor, and he is back on the air.
See his statement below that he posted on FaceBook. Not sure if Sparks is in the process of suing or has an attorney about the matter.
MY STATEMENT THIS MORNING ON AIR
“Good morning. This is The Hitman, and yes, finally, I am back on the air. After a full investigation by both my employer and the Wichita Police Department, the public allegations leveled against me by a former employee have been proven false.
I want to say thank you to the many people who have stood by me these past three weeks. It’s been a difficult and painful time.
However, what I feel most this morning is gratitude and grace. My faith in God and our lord Jesus Christ commands me to forgive, reflect, and pray for healing.
I want to say thank you to my wife Necol, our family, friends, my co-workers, a multitude of industry peers from coast to coast in both radio broadcasting and in the music business, my attorney Don Peterson, and to each of you…our listeners, who reached out to me, almost on the daily with your love, prayers, and support.
Most importantly, I want to say thank you to my employer, Audacy, for supporting me through the end of this ordeal. Finally, I want to express my profound gratitude to the Wichita community for blessing me with this amazing career. For more than 45 years, so many of you, our hometown listeners, have allowed me to have a voice in your lives.
For you see, my late mom, Bernice, taught me the importance of giving back to your community. That’s why I have invested years of my life by giving my heart, soul, and deeds to our youth, area schools, and many organizations.
It’s why I have been proud to stand for causes such as D.A.R.E., Real Men Real Heroes, Inter-Faith Inn Homeless Shelters, The Urban League of Kansas, The Y.W.C.A. Center for victims of domestic violence, Dress for Success, the United Way of the Plains, the Girls and Boy Scouts of Wichita, the Wichita Children’s Home, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Kansas African American Museum, and other local causes that are dear to both you and me. Thank you for blessing me with an opportunity to do this important work for our community.
I want to conclude by sharing this….I was once asked, after all these years, what was the one thing that meant the most to me in my career. To me, the answer to that question was simple.
It has been the endless opportunities to unselfishly give of my heart, soul, and time all in an effort to be a force and a voice for good.
So today, I am laying to rest this entire situation. Today, I am looking forward to tomorrow with hope and love in my heart.
In closing, I want to end by quoting this poem I learned as a sophomore fraternity pledge for Alpha Phi Alpha at Wichita State…
Invictus by William Ernest Henley;
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
Thank you for your support, prayers, and, most importantly, your love. Because when there is nothing left, there is love…when all else fails, when you have love, then you have all that anyone could ever want, hope for, or need. God bless you all.”