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")
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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!
Farewell To Another Radio Brother and my "Rocky" stand-in!
Been WAY too many over the last year. I posted farewells to my former team mates David London from KCBQ San Diego days, Jim Brady at CFTR Toronto, owners Steve Gold from KFM Las Vegas and Rick Buckley from WIBG over the last year. Here in late August comes word of the passing of my WIBG Philadelphia team mate Don Cannon. I remember one of my favorite Program Directors, Jack Reynolds hiring Don from a station in Long Island NY for the 10PM - 2AM shift at WIBG for his Philly debut, but Don went on to big things, including mornings at both WIBG and WFIL. Like many of us, it's been a little quiet recently for Don, but I know my brother Andre Gardner would mention that Don would usually take the time for a visit while Andre hosted his annual broadcast and food drive on the air at WMGK-FM Philadelphia. If you click over to the "Letters & Articles" page here, you'll see Don Cannon in the first group shot back row at the WOGL-FM Philly Legends Radio Reunion from 1996. I've enabled the zoom feature on that picture as well as this one from 1970 and the WIBG Basketball Team. That's Don in the front row left, owner Rick Buckley next to Don, former midday guy Bob Gross, then me on the right. Godspeed old friend. BTW, we don't know the first guy in the back row, but then it's Ken Matz, John Landecker, and Jimmy "Law Books" Binns, the Buckley staff attorney.
My wife reminded me of one more great Don Cannon story. Back in 1976, an "unknown movie director" named John Avildson called me while I was Program Director and Morning Personality at WIBG Philadelphia. He said they were making a movie in Philly with a star "no one knows" by the name of Sylvester Stallone, who liked our radio station from growing up there. . They had no budget, but needed a recording of a guy pretending to be on the air at WIBG that they'd use in the movie. (Remember Rocky drinking the raw eggs at dawn? With the radio playing in the background). Anyway, I told him it really wasn't my style, but my midday guy Don Cannon would probably be interested, and was!
"Seventy One, W H B!"
Joe Lascon and I worked for one of Top 40 radio's legendary radio stations, Todd Storz' 71 WHB Kansas City early in our careers. Joe and I have tipped a pail on every trail and remained the best of friends and in pretty close contact over the years. Back in 2012, Joe relocated to Las Vegas. Here we are celebrating a Las Vegas evening on my patio this week.
Ron Chapman says...
As the NAB just announced my long time KVIL Dallas team mate, Dallas Morning Legend, and NAB Marconi Award winner Ron Chapman as one of the hosts for this year's NAB celebration in Indianapolis in September, Ron and I exchanged e-mails. Always WAY ahead of everyone else, Ron said one line in his note about the radio industry I thought was sad, but very interesting, because HE said it. His radio observation? "Don't long for the good times. They don't exist anymore." Yikes.