Bill Fox is a husband, father of two, a highly regarded leader in Boy Scouts of America, Little League Baseball coach, and Boston Red Sox fan…who just happens to also be an award-winning morning radio personality.
His love and passion is his family. Married to his wife Charmen since 1998, they have two sons; Jack and Nick. Bill is very active in Boy Scouts of America where he has served as a Cub Master, Den Leader, and council committee chair. He also volunteers his time as a Little League coach. And you’ll find him actively involved with charities like the Children’s Miracle Network.
Getting his start in radio while still a junior in Parkersburg, WV, he worked weekends at the legendary AM1450 WPAR. After less than a year he was offered a job at “The station that put the Z in ParkerZburg”…99Z. Bill quickly became the primary fill-in personality, and shortly moved to full-time nights, and then afternoons.
After a short-lived college stay at Ohio University he returned home to do nights at the heritage Top 40, 95XIL, where he had an amazing 42 share of the audience. The only thing that was bigger than Bill at night in 1985 was The Cosby Show.
A few years later he got his first shot at mornings. Paired with market veteran Chuck Loose, Bill and Chuck formed the NAB award-winning Magic Morning Crew. The duo took the morning show ratings from 18th to 3rd place in less than a year.
Then in 1989, after watching Good Morning Vietnam too many times, Bill joined the United States Air Force and went to work for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network. He hosted mornings on the radio at 89EBS in Zaragoza, Spain and anchored the television nightly news. He later accepted an assignment in Keflavik, Iceland where he did the same.
While doing voice-over work for the Air Force, Bill returned to commercial radio in 1995 at Magic 105.3 in San Antonio, TX.
Itching for a move back to mornings, he moved to Bakersfield, CA to do mornings at 95.3 KLLY. Alongside new partner Kendall Marshall, Bill created another award-winning morning show that shot to the top of the ratings and stayed there for two years.
It was in Bakersfield that Bill met Charmen, and the two were married. Shortly after that, Bill was recruited to do mornings at Top 40, 97BHT in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA. And while Dunder Mifflin is a made-up company…there was nothing fake about the ratings that Bill Fox & The BHT Morning Buzz generated. Known for great celebrity interviews and timely stunts, the show was featured online, in newspapers and on TV around the globe.
It was during this time that Bill’s oldest son, Jack, was born. Fatherhood had him thinking more about family. So when an opportunity to return to Charmen’s hometown of Sacramento, CA to do mornings at the legendary Classic Rocker KXOA (93-7 The Arrow) came along, it was an easy decision.
Again, Bill pulled the show’s ratings up…this time from 11th place to 4th in less than a year. Unfortunately, this is also the time when a lot of FM stations were being turned into Talk Stations. The Arrow format was jettisoned for the likes of Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony.
However, Bill was fortunate, and was transferred to STAR 101 in Fresno.
Within a year he helped transform the station into a hot new Top 40 re-branded as Y101.
Bill was the cornerstone of the Y Morning Zoo. Alongside Nikki Thomas and Herc…the trio set Fresno on its ear with outrageous phone scams, celebrity interviews with stars like Tom Cruise, Muhammad Ali, and John Voight. There were musical performances by John Mellencamp, and live broadcasts from the American Idol finale.
Also during this time, Nicolas, Bill’s second son was born.
Two years later, looking for a safer place to raise a family with clean air and less crime, Bill became the very first morning show host for Classic Hits 107-5 FRANK-FM in Portland, ME.
During his six years perched atop the ratings in Portland, he served as the morning show lead for three different versions of the show; Bill & Shelly, The Big Show with Bill, Kelly & Mark, and the most popular…and successful…
Frank’s Place with Bill & Heidi.
Topical, real, compelling, and laugh out loud are just a few of the words used to describe the show. During that time Bill helped raise nearly one million dollars for local charities including the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, Make-A-Wish, and Habitat for Humanity.
Sadly, the show ended in August 2010 when Bill was released due to budget cuts. Since then he continues to volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, coach Little League, serve his community…and look for a new morning show opportunity so that he can add another paragraph to his already lengthy bio.
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