William B. Williams Farewell; Bob Jones, WNEW 1130 New York, Part 1 | August 3, 1986


Somewhere, in some vault, there is a master recording of this tribute to the late William B. Williams. But, for this website dedicated to classic radio, perhaps it’s better that we present the following original ‘off the air’ recording, made by Contributor Ira Warren Patasnik on a simple table radio..
CORRECTION (10/27/10) – Our Contributor actually has a nice recording setup, as he contacted Airchexx to describe;

“I recorded it off a Technics by Panasonic FM/AM Stereo Receiver SA 300
that was 30 watts per channel and recorded it on a JVC KD-W7 Stereo Double
Cassette Deck Recorder at Normal Speed in DNR Dolby Noise Reduction.”

Nice. We’ve got something similar here at the Airchexx studio. Thanks for the correction.

WNEW Staff Photo from 1958 - Look for a young William B. Williams center right of photo

We received several tapes from our Contributor recently, along with an enclosed letter:

It is with great pleasure that I send you the following tapes on Bob Jones’ Tribute to William B. Williams from WNEW Metromedia Radio 1130 in New York on the day William B. Williams died, August 3, 1986.

Obituary from NY Times, 8/3/86

“William B. Williams, the radio personality of four decades who never wavered in his commitment to the old favorites of popular music, died yesterday at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan after a long illness. He was 62 years old. A hospital spokesman said that Mr. Williams died of acute anemia and respiratory failure. Associates said he had suffered from a congenital blood disease and was hospitalized several weeks ago for removal of his spleen. Last year, Mr. Williams underwent surgery for cancer of the colon.”

This recording begins sometime at the start of Bob Jones’ fill-in show in the “Morning Report with the Chairman of the Board”. The whole program is a tribute to William B. Williams, and features recordings of Mr. Williams’ best shows, with guests like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.

For us to write more on our own about this great man, and this legendary radio station, would only lessen its importance. All you must do, is listen.