Started my career (AKA: “Prolonged Adolescent Fantasy…”) at age 13 in my hometown of Montgomery Alabama. Thought being on the radio might help me score a date for the prom. Only problem: That job was at a small country station which no one listened to…Even ME!
By age 18, I lucked in to an undeserved Dream Job, doing Afternoon Drive at B100 San Diego. A few years later, my incredible good fortune continued when I landed at the Legendary Ten-Q, Los Angeles. That lead to stints at KIIS-FM also in L.A., WRKO Boston and almost the entire 1980s doing P.M. Drive (and later Program Director) at B104, the dominant station in Baltimore for 8 glorious years! Became a “P.D” again (it was the only job title I could spell) at KWOD Sacramento.
I left the country for a while, living in TEXAS..:-). Afternoons at another legendary station, KHFI, Austin. From the 90’s thru 2004, the “B” in Willie “B” stood for BOURBON Street (actually, I don’t drink!)…With an 8 year run in New Orleans. Thereafter, off to Indianapolis as Program Director for WNTR and later, was transferred to Memphis by Entercom, again, doing afternoon drive. I was actually on several Entercom stations simultaneously: P.M. drive in Indy, Madison, Memphis, etc.
Several career ‘highlights’ include being voted ‘Billboard Magazine Radio Personality of the Year’ in 1989, and several nominations for the same title with the Poe Awards. Celebrity interviews (some of which lead to long lasting friendships) include Eddie Murphy (who wore the B104 shirt I gave him on SNL!), John Belushi, Huey Lewis, Rick Springfield, Gene Simmons (I appeared in an NBC Special with KISS, “Land of Hype and Glory’),John Mellencamp and even George Harrison (BTW: He told me HIS favorite Beatle song was ‘Here Comes the Sun’ as the winters are so long in England!).
TV stints include hosting a top rated music video show In Baltimore (“BTV’) and even an appearance on ‘Miami Vice’ (please no autographs…:-).
Fortune has smiled upon me AGAIN (“I’m not worthy’) as I’ve just returned to California, as Program director and Morning Host for Results Radio, at KUBA Yuba City!