During the halcyon days at KOOL with General Manager Clancy Woods and Program Director Tim Maranville, our many number one "25-54 adults and 12+ persons" rating "books" were rewarded with these personalized trophies, still proudly displayed here at our home.
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Bill Gardner has been an "immediate impact player" in Adult Contemporary, Country, Oldies, Classic Hits, and Rock & Roll radio. There's "easy-to-document" success* as a Drive Time On Air Personality, a VP/Programming or Program Director, even President/General Manager while owner-operator of an AM/FM combo in Arizona, many times assuming both senior programming and morning drive on air roles simultaneously back when this was thought to be impossible :-) And this "easy-to-document success" doesn't happen some of the time...it happens every time!
( *Ask for your copy of the Arizona Republic July 31, 1999 article where with virtually no other change in KOOL 94.5 mornings other than hiring Bill Gardner, the Spring 1999 ratings "book" their radio and TV columnist detailed Bill Gardner with "the biggest gain in Valley radio," almost instantly moving from 13th to 4th most popular morning show in Phoenix")
Bill Gardner on Your Radio!
You've found the site for airchecks, interview samples, resume, letters of recommendation and more for legendary radio morning guy Bill Gardner, for almost a decade through 2008 the top-rated morning personality of KOOL-FM Phoenix, as well as morning personality and program director for Los Angeles area's 92.7 FM through summer 2010.
And a special thank you to the many KOOL listeners who've sought me out via search engines and sent emails to my address below. Even after more than five years, they continue to arrive in my inbox! Really! Your thoughts and loyalty are genuinely appreciated! It's nice to be missed, especially when I wasn't permitted a chance to say goodbye!
It's Back To School!
Awhile back, I filled out an online application with my former airline employer in Las Vegas, and voila....I got a phone call, an interview with a couple great airmen at the company headquarters, and I'm back to being an airline pilot! Five weeks of ground school, simulator training, and flight training start soon.
So it's back to First Class FAA Medical Examinations, "epps" on my shoulders, and proficiency checks.
Looking forward to rejoining the "fraternity."
The Check In The Mail!
It was fifty years ago this August that a teen-aged Bill Gardner was hired by Time-Life Broadcasting to launch what was arguably America's very first rock and roll station on that "lightly used radio band" called FM!
Thanks to Denver's wonderful and well-circulated magazine, "5280" for buying my article about those days. It's excerpted for sure, but it appears in the upcoming August issue marking the 50th anniversary. Can't believe it's been that long ago. I'll have a link to it, and a look at the cover as soon as it's on the streets. This above is the July cover.
Here's two vintage clips they chose not to use from 1965: It's a Denver Post ad we ran to announce the new format. And below that, Max Floyd, and me awarding one of those "amazing new FM portable radios" to a winning listener. Put your mouse in the lower right corner of any photo to zoom.