In the summer of 1969 he departed for AM drive at WLS in Chicago but quit after six months.Bill returned to Louisville and joined WAKY in 1970, where he ruled the morning roost there through 1981.He is preceded in death by a sister, Jessie Faye Skiles. I got to know 'Rudy Ratfink' who was the all night program. "I spent most Saturday mornings at the studio and helped to set up when Tim Tyler had a remote at Stewart's department store on Saturdays. I left to take a job as an announcer at WSTL in Eminence.
Bill had his moments; I recall one time when Laurie was arguing with a female caller and Bill was muttering something about 'ovarian lunacy' in the background.
But it soon became obvious that we needed to make a change before Bill moved his family to Maryland.
During his time in Alaska in the Air Force he took up portrait painting and was very talented at outdoor scenery.
He was a loving father and grandfather, with a larger than life personality and a one of a kind sense of humor that he kept until the end. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Kentucky/Southern Indiana Stroke Association, 3425 Stony Springs Circle, Suite #102, Louisville, KY 40220. When I was in junior high, I called into Tim Tyler and Jack Daniels a lot.
At a very young age Bill developed a love for drawing and painting.
You could put anything in front of him and he could draw it or paint it."Today, I am a pastor at the Faith United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky.I have worked as chaplain in mental hospitals (working at WAKY was great preparation for that task), jails, prisons, and hospital emergency rooms.We were able to turn the fortunes of GBF from bad to good (including becoming the first station to syndicate The Bob and Tom Show). Did mornings at WSSX in Charleston, SC in the early '80s.Was morning host at WVEZ in Louisville for many years through July 21, 2008.[Audio Interview Available] Longtime WAKY morning man known as "The Duke of Louisville." Bill came to the Derby City from Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1965 to do morning drive at WKLO.He was born December 18, 1930 in New Bern, NC, the son of the late Jesse A. For nearly 30 plus years Bill ruled the morning airwaves at WAKY radio and other Louisville radio stations before ending his career in broadcasting in 1994 at WVLK in Lexington.