Bill Bailey was born and raised in Chicago and comes from a family of school teachers. “I had the mumps at the age of nine and had to stay home from school and in bed for about a week. My father would let me listen to his portable radio, to keep me company. That was the beginning of my love of radio.”
Bill served as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star. On air and Program Director opportunities have given Bill the chance to live in several large markets including New York, Detroit, Washington D.C., and Chicago. “Working nights at WLS in Chicago in the 70s gave me the ability to talk to 48 states and 3 countries!”
“The effort of preserving the music of the 50s, 60s and 70s at Real Oldies 1480 and 850 AM is a unique opportunity that doesn’t exist yet anywhere else in the nation. The response has been tremendous. Many in broadcasting have been watching our performance and it’s very exciting to be part of something that is this unique.”
“When we came here, in 1997, I felt like this was the place to stay. Besides, Michigan golf courses are the best. Links courses are nice but I really appreciate the trees. Golf is a passion for me but forces me to watch a lot of movies. Of course a lot of those are golf movies!” Radio promotions have given Bill a chance to indulge in a bit of car racing. “I drag raced in Chicago and won, I Stocked Car raced and won and was in a Demolition Derby in Detroit but nobody really wins those! I came in second to last!”
“Working Mornings on Real Oldies 1480 and 850 AM has been an extreme pleasure. I’m delighted to be able to entertain as well as inform and to do it in an atmosphere of enlightenment at WGVU,” said Bill.