Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey, 95.7 WLHT Grand Rapids | July 17, 2008

“Soaking up the coffee like a sponge…     *Aircheck donated by Bill Bailey’s widow, Sandy Bailey* Personal note In researching Mr. Bailey’s total radio career and attempting to discover why he passed, I noticed that Bill Bailey, of WLHT, WDRQ, WWDJ and WLS has ONE mention on mlive.com, and it took 5 pages of google searching to find something that resembled an obituary. I feel that this terrific radio talent has not been properly honored and so, I’m putting out this call to anyone who knew Bill Bailey, to write a proper tribute. In my opinion, Bill Bailey was an integral part of the glory days of radio, a trailblazer, being the first black man on the airstaff of WLS Chicago, and a truly great radio talent whose contributuions to the art of broadcasti...

Bill Bailey, 99.9 WNFY “Y100” Middleburg FL | 1982

Recording Date: 1982 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 99.9 WNFY (WNFY/WNFI/WFKS/WGNE-FM) Middleburg (Serving Jacksonville and Daytona) FL (Wikipedia) (Current Website) (Tribute Page) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The All-New Y100” Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey Contributor: Sandy Bailey Total Time: 6:36 (Telescoped) Aircheck #1,586     …I happen to be an accomplished ventriliquist… Curator’s Notes: Special thanks to Mark Kattoura for the corrected information. This monaural recording came in on reel, as most of the Bill Bailey airchecks we received from Sandy Bailey did.  Here, Bailey sounds GREAT doing mornings.  This is a ‘straight’ morning show, with a few sound effects, a few features and mostly music.  No obnoxious morning show team. ...

Bill Bailey, 89 WLS Chicago – 1973

Recording Date: 1973 (corrected) Station: 890 WLS Chicago (Wikipedia) (Tribute Site) (Current Website) Currently Broadcasts in C-Quam AM-Stereo. Formerly tried broadcasting in IBOC HD from 2008-2013 but abanodoned it due to interference problems. You can listen live to their current News/Talk format HERE. Format: Top 40 Branded: “The Rock of Chicago” Ownership: (then) The American Broadcasting Company (now) Cumulus Media Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLS/WLHT/WHYI/WDRQ) Contributor: Sandy Bailey (Widow) Associated Air Talent: Larry Lujack, Joel Sebastian, Ron Riley, John Records Landecker, Jeff Davis, Fred Winston, others Total Time: 2:05 Aircheck #1,589 A lot of perspiration went down on the court… Curator’s Notes: One of the shortest airchecks on our...

Bill Bailey, 97 WWDJ Hackensack NJ | November 27, 1971

Recording Date: 11.27.1971 Station: 970 WWDJ (WTTT/WNYM) Hackensack, NJ Branded: “97 DJ” Format: Top 40 Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey Contributor: Sandy Bailey Total Time: 6:55 Aircheck #1,585       Six-Oh Five with the original Bill Bailey, Saturday night music and I think I can relate to this… Curator’s Notes: With, perhaps, more than two dozen reels still to go through, here’s another ORIGINAL reel from the archives of Bill Bailey, submitted by his widow, Sandy Bailey. I have mostly left the tapes as they sounded in analog, except for a few things that had to be done. First, likely to playback issues on our end, there was a bit of 60 hz line hum that had to be removed. Worse, the tape played back at a slightly faster pitch than normal...

Bill Bailey, 970 WWDJ Hackensack NJ | 1971

Date of Recording: 1971 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 970 WWDJ Hackensack NJ Format: (This aircheck) Top 40; (Now) Conservative Talk Radio (WNYM) (Wikipedia) (Website) Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLHT/WDRQ/WLS/others) Contributor: Sandy Bailey Associated Air Talent: Larry Lujack, Joel Sebastian, Ron Riley, John Records Landecker, Jeff Davis, Fred Winston, others Total Time: 5:08         Dean used to be a dentist before he got into radio… Curator’s Notes: From the master reel (shown above right), Bill Bailey rocks the tri-state on 97/WWDJ, the station which inspired the NINE! parody so many years later.

Bill Bailey, 890 WLS Chicago | 1972

Recording Date: 1972 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 890 WLS Chicago Format: Top 40 Branding: “The Big 89“, “The Rock of Chicago” Ownership: The American Broadcasting Company; (Today) Cumulus Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLHT/WDRQ/WLS/others) Contributor: Sandy Bailey Associated Air Talent: Larry Lujack, Joel Sebastian, Ron Riley, John Records Landecker, Jeff Davis, Fred Winston, others Total Time: 4:06 (Telescoped) You’re so vain, you went and named an album after yourself.. Curator’s Notes: What can a mere disc jockey such as myself write about perhaps the most awesome, legendary Top 40 radio station in all of the storied history of AM radio, and not be redundant? Probably nothing, which is why this will be short. Donated to this website b...

Bill Bailey, 97 WWDJ Hackensack NJ | 1972

Date of Recording: 1972 (Exact Date Unknown) Station: 970 WWDJ Hackensack NJ Format: Top 40 Slogan: 97/DJ 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… Curator’s Notes: 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...

Bill Bailey, 98.1 KSLQ St. Louis | May 13, 1977

Date of Recording: 05.13.1977 Station: 98.1 KSLQ St. Louis (KSTL-FM/KRCH-FM/KSLQ/KYKY) Format: Top 40 Slogan: “KSLQ” Featured Air Personality: Bill Bailey (WWDJ/WLS/WDRQ/KSLQ/WLHT) Contributor: Sandy Bailey Total Time: 12:46 (Telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,536 If your sock or stocking falls today, someone is thinking of you… Curator’s Notes: Without much to go on, it took a bit of work to look up the history of this long-gone Bartell-owned Top 40 station. Today’s KYKY “Y98” was the original KSLQ. Originally taking to the air under those call letters in 1972, the station lasted just 10 years, then changed to Adult Contemporary in 1981 and the call letters changed to the current KYKY in 1982. The late Bill Bailey (of WLS fame) is heard here doing morn...

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