Bill Bailey, 97 WWDJ Hackensack NJ | 1972
Station: 970 WWDJ Hackensack NJ
Format: Top 40
Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLS/WGVU/others)
Contributor: Sandy Bailey
Post Date: 12.17.2017
Total Time: 3:39
Airchexx Entry: 1,535
Bill Bailey playing the songs by request…
There were two people named Bill Bailey who worked in radio, and whom many remember. The first was “The Duke of Louisville”, who was known primarily for his work at WAKY. He passed away a number of years ago. I had spoken at length with one of his good friends and collegues, Tom Prestigiacomo about his career when Tom and I worked together at WMC-FM Memphis. The ‘other’ Bill Bailey worked at several different large and major market stations around the country and is the subject of this short but original aircheck from reel.
This comes to us by way of Bill Bailey’s wife, Sandy. Sandy Bailey had written in a Facebook radio group that she had a few dozen airchecks of her late husband that she had to get rid of and wanted to know if there was a place that could possibly archive them, as she felt that her husband’s work should be saved for the future. We reached out to Sandy, who wrote back the following:
(My) Bill was on WLS with John Landecker and Chuck Knapp. He did nights 9pm-1am. The tapes that I was able to salvage are Bill at different radio stations all over the country (we moved over a dozen times) including WLS. I have jingle packages also. I am from Chicago and also have a passion for radio. Working at WLS was a dream. I started working there in Traffic 6 months before Bill arrived. When I saw Bill come in the door it was love at first sight for both of us. We were together for over 40 years.
Sandy Bailey speaks of Bill’s time at 89 WLS, since that was the highlight of her husband’s radio career (naturally, it would have been mine or yours as well!). I was not aware that he had worked at WWDJ. This is one of the rare treats we’ve come across over the years, in that not only do we have a major early/mid 70s AM Top 40 air talent here but a very rare aircheck of a station that has few recordings floating around. WWDJ was the little station that tried and at least in Northern NJ, could, for a time, while in the shadow of New York City and the AM giants like WABC, WMCA and even WNBC. It runs well under 5 minutes, but considering the painfully short amount of time our listeners stay on one page (according to google), this probably works for most of you.