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Sad news... Bill Bailey, who was a DJ on WLS-AM in 1972 and 1973 (the second of two short-term DJs on WLS with the name Bill Bailey) passed away this morning.

Bailey had most recently been the popular morning show host on WGVU-AM, an oldies station in Grand Rapids, MI. He passed away this morning at a WGVU golf event.

Details of his passing can be read HERE.

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      Saturday, September 21 2013, 09:46 PM - #permalink
      daniel_bernath2 hours ago
      I was Bill's newscaster, going by the name Daniel Abernathy in Detroit at WDRQ. I loved the guy. My PD said it was hero worship. He just seemed like the most big time jock I had ever met and I got to work with him-a privilege. I remember he told me he had a radio announcer job at KMOX, the CBS owned and operated stations in St. Louis. He was so frustrated because he was so creative but he only got to say the station ID at the top of the hour "This is KMOX, St. Louis." So he quit CBS! His father thought he was crazy that one day he'd end up in the big time. Bill lived his life the way he wanted to and was in the big time. I hope his wife is doing OK. So sad to see him go. Daniel Abernathy WDRQ and WOKY Milwaukee where I also worked with Bill.
      I remember calling him when I saw an older publicity photo of him. "Gee Bill, as you get older, you look more phillipino!" His wife is of european heritage. He laughed when word got out that he and she were having a baby. A DJ friend called him and said, "you have a zebra or something?"
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        Friday, June 14 2013, 03:40 PM - #permalink
        If you go to YouTube and search RIP Bill Bailey, you will see a special 11 minute video tribte that I produced remembering this radio great. It was a true labor of love.
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          Thursday, June 13 2013, 10:09 AM - #permalink
          I knew Bill from high school, Calumet High School in Chicago. I live down the block from Bill then. One summer Bill
          set up a community radio station in his garage and invited his high school friends to come over and broadcast on a station that only reached a few blocks from his West Chatham home. The station lasted until the end of summer and I began college. The next time I heard from Bill was when he came to WLS , a time when I was a reporter on the Southtown Economist. I wrote a story about Bill returning to Chicago. I last contacted Bill about 10 years ago when he was working for a radio station in southwest Michigan. I am sorry to hear about his passing.
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            Wednesday, June 12 2013, 07:42 PM - #permalink
            I was saddened to hear this. He was only 66 and one of the good guys in radio.
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              Wednesday, June 12 2013, 05:02 PM - #permalink
              This is very sad news. Before I started my first radio job, I loved to listen to Bill's show. Unfortunately, it wasn't often enough, since the reception of WLS in Minneapolis was spotty at best. Still he made quite an impression on me.
              RIP Bill.
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                Wednesday, June 12 2013, 04:40 PM - #permalink
                For those who would like to hear how great Bill Bailey was back in his WLS days, I posted an aircheck of his last October. It can be heard at the link below.

                WLS-AM - Bill Bailey aircheck 10/11/72
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