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!
The National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas!
Who's that on my shirt? When I recently told my long time friend and former Star 94.7 Milwaukee team mate "Dutch Van Hooten" that my wife and I would celebrate her April birthday with dinner at Joe's Stone Crab at Caesar's Palace Forum Shops while 100,000 NAB delegates are in Las Vegas, he kiddingly suggested I wear a "Billboard Air Personality of the Year" sign and see what happens :-) Good excuse to at least try on one of the shirts my then girlfriend Mike had made when I won the Billboard award! Probably need a collared shirt for Joe's, so it wouldn't work, but I'm glad the shirt still fit after forty years! Now going under his real name, Claude Hooten is owner-operator and morning guy at KUNK-FM on the northern California coast.
Mayweather and Pacquiao..."The Fight of the Century"
As Las Vegas and the world closes in on Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd, I got to thinking about how long ago I first attended great fights featuring both fighters. I have most of my old press credentials framed, and looked them over.
This time, no longer a part of the media, and like most others, I'll split the $99 HD pay-per-view with friends or family here at our home in Las Vegas. A dozen years or so ago, Floyd Mayweather wasn't even the top name on the card!..it was actually Oscar De La Hoya agains't Oba Carr back then, (on the right, below. Zoom if you like in the lower right corner of any photo).
The part most of us regret is that as big as this event is, and with two of the biggest names in boxing today, and a probably record chunk of revenue, it probably would have been a better fight back then.... a dozen or so years ago. You agree?
Oh yeah, I'm picking Mayweather, but I'll be rooting for Pacquiao. Maybe you'll hear me shouting from where you are!