I was always happy to see him, and chat with him, as he shopped at Younkers and Meijers and then Target where I worked. He was very approachable, had a great memory and was a true gentleman.I was shocked to hear the news. My condolences to Sandy and his family.
Bill you gave me the courage to get into the field I loved ,your voice was the greatest and so were you and your wife at the MOTOR CITY RADIO REUNION 2010 IN Detroit I will always cherish your friendship Bill R.I.P. BROTHER BILL
Bill Bailey gave me my first shot at working in a major market. After listening to him on WLS during my teen years, I sent him air checks, and he gave me my first big break at WDRQ in Detroit.
Along with being a great boss and fellow announcer, Bill made sure I had a place to go for Thanksgiving. I always looked forward to spending time with Bill and Sandy. I worked with him 4 times, in Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C. Working with Bill was always a lot of fun. We shared our love for the Moody Blues. I remember being invited to enjoy their new album when the group got back together. I think Bill really had a feeling of what radio was really all about, in the highest sense of the word. He didn't just talk into a mic. He connected with listeners.
I appreciate Bill for taking a chance on me when I was 19 years old and bringing me to Detroit to live my dream of major market radio. Things were so different then, but Bill's great spirit seems to have continued without change. I was hoping to reconnect with Bill and Sandy after a long absence. I'm shocked and saddened that that won't happen now.
My thoughts and prayers are with you Sandy and Brandy. What a great loss! I hope and pray that you find the strength and grace to go on. I'm sure that's what Bill would want.
"Brother" John Letz
Bill was an outstanding radio personality and an even greater friend- I'm a better person for having known him. Blessings to Sandy & Brandy.
my prays go out to the family to
I just woke up not too long ago. After not listening to Bill for a few weeks, I decided to tune into the Saturday show. When the dj announced the upcoming songs, I thought, what the heck is going on? Coming back to the kitchen a little while later, these songs were still being played. I got on the website site, and found out why.
I am in tears, shock, grief and sadness learning the news of Bill's passing. I cannot write ay further until I calm down. I have lots more to say. In the meantime, my prayers go out to his Family.
I always loved hearing Bill on the radio. His shows were always a delight. He will be sorely missed. I extend my sincere condolences to his family.
We will always remember that one in a million VOICE. Lots of prayes and sympathy to his dear wife and daughter.
A friend, a mentor, a class act. You made me laugh. You had my back. You taught me and trusted me. You are one of the reasons for some of the best years of my life. You will not be forgotten. My prayers to Sandy and Brandy.
Bill you left a lasting memory in my mind that will never go away. When we meet again I hope you will allow me to play those classic tracks of classic wax, once again. Sandy and Brandy, I will never know your loss. R.I.P Mr. Bailey RIP
I woke up to Bill's show every morning. It was a great way to start the day! Bill's sense of humor and resonant voice made me jealous since I always wanted to work in radio - if only I had his talent! He will be missed!
We'd often run into Bill at the Gaines Twp "Shifty Acres" and spend a few minutes shooting the breeze. We last saw him as we volunteered at the car show this month. He certaainly led a full life and will be missed.
Our sympathies to his family.
I met Bill one day in downtown Grand Rapids. Got to talking and found out my old friend from Armed Forces Radio and WLS and Bill were friends. What a shock. Bill was always a pro and not a in your face type of guy. Will miss him
I was Bill's engineer at WRC/WKY in Washington. Bill was a true professional and a true gentleman. I will always treasure the time we worked together. All my best to Sandy and Brandy. He will be missed!
FOX News, Washington DC
We very much enjoyed getting to know Bill at the Sock Hops over the last two years. He was just telling us at the last one about how he, too, still sits in the car in the garage to hear the end of a good song, even after all these years playing the music. He was a living legend for Oldie's radio and will be greatly missed.
I was so sorry to hear this news about Bill. I listened to him everyday when he was on WLHT, and I got a chance to meet him at one of the Womens Expo's in G.R. When I first heard his voice I always thought he would look like the Skipper from Gilligan's Island, boy was I surprised when I met him face to face. My prayers go out to all of his family and friends.