What did you do right after you left UWP? (work, military, travel?)
After graduating in August 1980 I was a DJ at WOSH/WYTL in Oshkosh until May 1984. Moved to Freeport, IL in October 1984 where I worked as a Sales Manager at Lameyer TV & Appliance until January 1993. Went back into radio as Sales/Sales Manager/Part-time on-air at WFPS/WYTL in Freeport until September 2003.
I moved to Ripon, WI in July 2004 where I worked as Sales Manager at WRPN (Ripon). In July 2007 I became Sales Manager at WAUH-FM in Wautoma. Left there in January 2010. In April 2010, I started my own marketing company, ABC Marketing Consultants. I Was hired by Wisconsin 106 (WCWI-106.1FM) in October 2014.
You've been managing the band "Urban Hillbillies" for the past five years. -How did you get into the artist management field?
I started booking for the band in February 2013, when my Financial Advisor contacted me about it. He was the lead singer and guitarist. I don’t manage the band anymore. I ended my relationship with them in December 2017, but left on great terms. I still provide them with leads, just couldn’t get to gigs with my disability.
Bill (far right) with members of The Grass Roots and two Meet & Greet winners.
Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing now. Where you live, etc.
After medical setbacks in the Fall of 2016 to end of January 2017, I’m now disabled, medically homebound and in a wheelchair. Other than that, I work from home as an independent contractor in the sales department at Wisconsin 106 (WCWI-106.1FM) in Adams. Listen online at www.wisconsin106.com! I’ve lived in Wautoma, WI since March 2011. Got divorced in May 2011. And, I have two sons… Josh & Mark.
What do you remember most vividly about your time as a TKE?
The friendships I made. My TKE Brothers are still my best friends. Since we didn't yet have a house, most of us lived on the 4-East wing of Porter Hall. And, our rush parties were held in the Wilgus Hall basement! I also remember Wisconsin Badger Camp Telethons.
Back row: Bill Denkert, Kraig Holub, Pat Kelly, Wayne Michael Powers, Michael Snodgrass, Bill Johnson, Jerry Schewe, and Gene Dierauer. Front row: Rick Lemerond, Rick Riemer, and Paul Hrupka.
How did your love for radio begin?
Started in high school. Radio was part of our Mass Communications class. Myself and another guy took a couple of turntables, a mixer, mic, and a reel-to-reel… and started recording records that the students could listen to. The rest is history.
- Hot or Mild? Hot
- Elvis Costello or Elvis Presley? Elvis Costello
- Summer or Winter? Summer
- City or Country? Country
- Vinyl or Digital? Vinyl
- Drama or Comedy? Comedy