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By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices

(l-r) Troi Torain, Miss Jones and Wendy Williams are fierce radio rivals in New York City.

New York's hip-hop radio shock jock Miss Jones didn't mince words about her fellow broadcasting colleagues Wendy Williams and DJ Star in her new book, 'Have You Met Miss Jones? The Life and Loves of Radio's Most Controversial Diva.'

The book, published by One World/Random House, hit shelves this week.

And the tome -- written with Sabrina Lamb -- has had tongues wagging -- especially in The Big Apple, where Jonesy (as she is known) shares a cluttered radio landscape with the nationally syndicated radio veteran Williams, and her former HOT-97 counterpart turned morning show rival, legally known as Troi Torain.

troi 'dj star' torain getting arrested in may of 2006."A knuckle-dragging motherf#$%& wearing tight, high-water pants that emphasized how small his nuts were," is how Jones (legally known as Tarsha Nicole Jones) described the 'Object of Hate: The Prequel' author, upon seeing him "hanging out" at the station in 1998.

"His pants barely reached the top of his black, run-over Chuck Taylor sneakers," she continued about the introduction to the on-air personality whom she claimed connived to take her morning show slot while feigning personal sympathy with her best industry galpal at the time, Charisse Rose (from Changing Faces).

Tracy Cloherty, a former Emmis Broadcasting Corporation big-wig who ran HOT- 97, is portrayed as a low-down, lying, celebrity-seeking, bitch who often criticized Jones's show without offering any tools. Jones later found out that she lied about promoting her Motown album 'The Other Woman' on the influential station.

Cloherty wound up helping propel Torain, who was initially brought on as a "writer of radio copy" for Jones's show, into an overnight radio sensation, on the other hand.

Hmmm.

"Tracy and Star were kindred spirits," she writes. "They shared the same kind of perverse humor. Very sexually depraved and misogynistic. Tracy was into that. She liked that Howard Stern-type shit and listened to Stern every morning."

That's much -- especially considering Cloherty is now programming K-Rock, Stern's former radio home.

Torain, never one to pull any punches himself, responded to Jones's revelations in his usually bold fashion. "Although I haven't owned a pair of Chuck Taylors since 1978, I must say there's nothing sexier than a scorned black bitch," he told 'The New York Daily News' earlier this week.

wendy williamsThe female friendly Williams, on the other hand, once shared a close association with Jones while ruling the roost as the top draw on Hot-97.

Or so Jones thought.

"Ever since I pulled a weekend shift at HOT-97, Wendy Williams has attacked me whenever the mood struck her," she said of the best-selling, nationally syndicated multimedia diva. "My mistake was not shutting her down sooner."

"Her insecure ass was focused on me, though I am younger and contracted on a completely different radio station and in an opposite time slot," she continued.

She also called Williams, who referred her for a job at a Philadelphia radio station years ago, "transparent" and "so dramatic."

miss jones autobiography tells inside stories on radio rivals wendy williams and dj star."In her position, she should be professionally riding the wave as a leader of the pack or sharing the torch gracefully, knowing she will get love from young ones like myself who desire mentorship. Wendy wants to not only hold on to the torch, but also crush anyone who dares to have aspirations for success. Her justification has always been: 'I'm not helping nobody, because nobody helped me.'"

Whoa.

Queries to Wendy Williams' radio station assistant/publicist Nicole Spence were not answered today.

"It's a shame that Star and Wendy wanted me dead in radio. But to God be the glory, I'm still here," Jones concluded.

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