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!
It's A Shame What's Happened To Radio...
October started with a call from my long time friend shown above, Shotgun Tom Kelly. Like me and many other radio personalities all over America, CBS Radio has foolishly decided that their radio station is better without "Shotgun Tom" on the air each afternoon in Los Angeles.
For the record, I've been a world class Program Director, turning around under-performing low ranked radio stations in San Francisco, Orlando, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and others and making them top contenders very quickly. (See the resume page here at this site:-)
Here's a "big if" that I seriously doubt could happen in today's radio climate where a few top executives keep ALL the money. IF a shrewd owner of an under-performing radio station in Los Angeles or a similar sized city were to hand me the reins to their station and allow me to do the morning show, and hire a couple world class personalities that are now NOT on the air., like Shotgun Tom Kelly, they would soon own a top five radio station in their city within a year. And reap huge profits they can only dream of currently.
However, on air product like personalities and the corresponding loyalty to radio stations by listeners that we bring is gone. If ANYONE would try again, look out competitors!
"The Old Captain" is almost back!
I've had the nickanme "The Old Captain" for a lot of years. Matter of fact, my long time pal George Johns just emailed this week saying "congratulations on being The Old Captain again." Thanks George.
A couple months of ground school, flight simulator training, medical and drug testing, reference checking, and even plenty of psychological and emergency training for my new airline employer are behind me, and I'm now finishing up with flight training in the real airplane.
Just about ready to carry a plane load of passengers to really cook destinations again.