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!
2014, The Year I Threw My Glasses Away and Dropped 87 Pounds!
't It's not to brag, but about the journey for my fellow baby boomers, if you haven't done it! During my nine years as Morning Radio Personality at KOOL Phoenix, I did many "live endorsements" for advertisers including Lenscrafters, which worked better when I made regular visits. I remember my surprise to learn from the doctor on site that cataracts are a gradual part of aging. "They start to be a factor at age 40, and you may finally give in to them as late as age 90. If you don't get cataracts, you died too young," the doctor said with a big smile. Back in my days as an airline pilot, I recall my co-pilot Billy White saying "We don't need better eyes Bill, we need longer arms" as we'd hold our approach plates out at arm's length. Eventually, I gave in to "reading glasses." This year, my wife and I finally went with eye surgery and it's unbelieveable! I swear it's like turning the clock back many decades! I'm seeing things clearly without glasses and put them away for good! I was nervous about it since my last surgery was at age 6 for removal of my tonsils, but it was a breeze...easier than a dentist appointment. And the 87 pounds? It's a fight, but even with half the week of dalliances like those pictured below, I've kept it off, he says with crossed fingers.
Another "Most Wonderful TimeOf The Year!"
One of the really cool parts about living in Las Vegas is that no matter what regional American food you love, it's probably brought here. And that even goes for the rare deliacy Florida Stone Crab Claws. Every Friday, a fresh shipment arrives from South Florida, and the El Cortez offers this incredible dinner entree while they last. Florida Stone Crab season is only from October 15th to May 15th, so enjoy them like we do while you can! You're looking at my one pound serving at Cafe Cortez from a few Friday night's ago.
Arizona Cardinal Sundays in Las Vegas
From our days as season ticket holders at their former Sun Devil Stadium home during my ten years in Arizona.... And those great on air conversations I had with stars like Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner and others locked me in as a Cardinal fan forever. (By the way, you can hear several of those interviews here on the "interviews" page at my site). I took this picture during the Cardinal victory over the Dallas Cowboys a few Sundays back. Note my beer glass that looks like the cooling tower from a nuclear power plant! Believe it or not, my wife once foolishly used this wonderful vessel full of Smithwick's Ale as a vase :-)