Patrick Center June 13, 2013 | WGVU “Hi, I’m Bill Bailey. I’m here every weekday morning from 6:00 to 9:00 on your commercial free, listener funded Real Oldies 1480 and 850.”
Preserving the music he loved, the oldies, was Bill Bailey’s passion.At WGVU-AM Real Oldies 1480 and 850, he continued the station’s mission of archiving more than 5,000 songs.
“We’ll help you get the day started with all your favorite music from the ‘50’s to the early ‘70’s and bring you news from NPR and WGVU every hour.”
Bill’s joy was sharing the hits and the B-sides on-air and via the internet to a growing global audience.His clean, friendly delivery and inviting baritone voice set Bill Bailey apart. How did this kid from Chicago become an award winning disc jockey? Bill Bailey told the story how he came down with the mumps at age nine and had to stay home from school in bed for about a week. His father let him listen to his portable radio, to keep him company. That was the beginning of Bill Bailey’s love of radio.
More than 30 years in the business he was heard on WLS-AM in Chicago working nights back in the 1970’s. Bill said it gave him the ability to talk to 48 states and 3 countries. Bill was good. A pro’s pro who worked the major markets at WDRQ-FM in Detroit, WXTR-FM in Washington DC and many others. Here in West Michigan he was Program Director and Afternoon host for WLHT-FM and he was also Program Director at WTRV-FM in Grand Rapids. The recognition for spinning the discs and running the show paid off with the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Station of the Year in 1998. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 he was a finalist for the NAB's Crystal Award and recognized as a finalist for Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year and Program Director of the Year.
An officer in the U.S. Army Bill served his country in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star.He was always the gentlemen. He loved West Michigan vineyards and hitting the links.
Above all else Bill Bailey was a loving husband and caring father. Here at WGVU we’re going to really, really miss you, Bill.
“Ya, we’re cruisin’ with Smokey Robinson on Motown and Soul on Real Oldies.”
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