Bill Brown
Bill Brown

AGE: 69 • Lake Hopatcong

Bill passed away after a long illness. Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Bill landed his first radio job at the age of 15 at WCLB in Camilla, GA. He then headed to California and was on the air at KICO, KAMP and KXO. He joined the Navy and served in Tokyo from 1960 - 1964. He was a photographer upon enlistment and worked on Project Mercury, photographing aspects of the capsule chute development program. He was also the Program Director and disc jockey on the Far East (Radio) Network/Tokyo. When he returned to the States in 1964, he was hired by KGB Radio in San Diego, the #1 station in that market, a Drake-Chenault "Boss Radio" Top 40 format. In 1967 Bill left San Diego for a job at another Drake-Chenault radio station in Cincinnati, and, as he was driving across the country, he received a call from his boss to continue driving on to New York, where he joined WOR/FM. Two years later he was hired by WCBS/FM, where he was on the air for 36 years, retiring in 2005. He was best known for his "Brown Bag" special which aired during the lunch hour every day. Bill was a 32-year resident of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, where he enjoyed boating and golf and loved every sunset he saw from his front window.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Debbie (Meehan) Brown of Lake Hopatcong; his son, Bill Brown; daughter-in-law Rosario (Castellon) Brown, and two beautiful granddaughters, Emilia and Camila, all residing in California. Bill took great pride in his son's accomplishments as a composer/film scorer (CSI:NY among his many credits).

Bill will be missed by family members on the East and West Coasts and by a very special community of friends in Lake Hopatcong.

Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Peter's Orphanage, a residential treatment facility for deprived and abandoned adolescent boys, 170 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, NJ 07834. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Tuttle Funeral Home, Randolph, NJ (

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Published by Daily Record on Oct. 12, 2011.
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I didn't win a "Brown Bag" but he did mention two entries I suggested for a Brown Bag and this was many years ago but I never forgot how great I felt when this great guy, selected my entries and played them.
Funny how we don't forget people we didn't really know but knew them from radio. Radio people are like family. Rest in peace Bill - a kind and missed soul.
Kathy Dawson
October 13, 2020
Rest in Peace Bill. You were one of the best. You provided numerous hours of pleasure and entertainment. Gone but not forgotten.
Joan,Marion and Marilyn
Marilyn Collins
October 6, 2020
Always think about him, I won 2 Wcbsfm bags from him, one was destroyed in hurricane Sandy. When I use the bad for traveling I think of him. Missing him
And his sweet voice on Wcbsfm. Mary Shaw xo
Mary Shaw
October 6, 2020
You will always be in my heart . Thank you so much for always being on the radio everyday at noon you always made my day with the BROWN BAG .. You will never be forgotten. RIP ..
bernie sanders
October 9, 2019
Once again I would like to give homage to the memory of a giant, one of those who really touched those who lent an ear to the Brown Bagger, MR. B, on the afternoon drive. As our time go's forward we carry fond and loving memories of those we felt sincerely close to and have passed. Every so often to reflect back to voice of the Giant and the listening pleasure he gave us where we would transcend in our own euphoria. Words,words, words, are never enough to express devotion and sincerity. But one thing I can surely bet on are the Sincerity and affection of this Giants Fan's. Every time I spin Bobby Darin's vinyl I am back on 101's afternoon drive and take me back to a great time. R.I.P. Bill I'll be seeing you. Oh the angels have to be loving you.
Bill Heiser
bill heiser
October 7, 2019
Happy Anniversary in heaven Bill Brown. I'll bet you're playing your "Brown Bag" up there for so many people who loved you and the best music on earth and now in heaven. When I think of the best years in radio, you are one of those remembered. A true classic.
Kathy Dawson
October 7, 2019
One of the best disc jockeys ever. Bill you are missed. Never to be forgotten. Rest in peace Bill.
Marilyn, Joan and Marion
Marilyn Collins
October 6, 2019
A true radio great.With fond memories from Wales. UK
Tony Worrall
September 6, 2019
I had my ear always close to the magic box where you were taken in time to a place of comfortable repose. The radio giant that took you on this journey was commander of the vernacular. The voice that commanded the attention of your being. I meet this gentleman at the Cove where I was spinning 50s,60s vinyl on a Saturday nite. Jimmy the mixologist introduced us. Bill this is Mr. Bill Brown. This nite was a very special gig for me to say the very least. I always would listen to him do the afternoon drive and I have to mention Ron Lundy when he would introduce the giant. Bill sent out over the air waves a dedication of the late great Mr. Bobby Darin's Artificial Flowers and he had it taped! what a MAN! Its been many years ago but we are still able to reflect back to a time to the magic box that brought us what we enjoyed and held close to our memories. You live on Brown Bagger in heaven and may family and fans endure with love for a GIANT!
October 29, 2017
Bill,You were the best. Rest in Peace.
Thank You for the memories on WCBS-FM
Joan,Marion and Marilyn
Marilyn Collins
October 28, 2017
I was just reading some of the most recent entries to Bill's guest book and its evident how much Bill was loved by co workers and listeners. One entry was from Philip Martone who mentioned two of his selections were used for Bill's "Brown Bag" and I smiled to myself because the same thing happened to me. Now I'm trying to remember what my "theme" was for both of them. Am sure they were good because Bill was selective in the kindest way.
Oh how I miss those radio days and wish we'd return to radio that was entertaining in all the right ways and with professionals behind the mike, playing music that was and always will be "great to listen to" no matter how many years pass. Thank you Patricia Brown-Abare for keeping this book open for all who loved Bill Brown.
Kathy Dawson
February 24, 2016
Bill, may you rest in peace. I was your engineer from 1969 to 1971, and we had so many fun times along with Gus Gossert, Steve Clark, and Bobby Wayne, the Wizard. God bless you. I will never forget you.
Gary Adler
December 31, 2015
Bill misss you everyday
bernie sanders
December 31, 2015
Radio is not the same anymore. Rest in RIP.
Philip Ruisi
December 30, 2015
when i lived in new york cbs 101,1 was the place to be and bill brown was one of the reasons rest in peace
sal cilmi
December 29, 2015
I never missed the "Brown Bag" Bill used 2 of my suggestions for it. I only wish I could have met Bill in person!
Philip Martone
August 29, 2015
I never missed the Bill Brown show. He came on right after Ron Lundy. May they both REST IN PEACE
Philip Ruisi
June 7, 2015
Bill Brown My Favorite NYC DJ
From WOR FM To CBS I always listened
to Bill Brown.Thanks for the Memories.
Rest In Peace Bill
From NYC Trevor Holtzworth
Trevor Holtzworth
October 26, 2014
Bill was my nid day radio companion for 25 years. I listened to him at work. He seemwed more like a friend along being a great DJ

will sadly miss him
John Church
December 31, 2013
As a former NJ resident, I enjoyed listening to Bill Brown right after Harry Harrison and Bill's brown bag special. He gave me lots of memory to last a lifetime. God bless his family. R.I.P. Bill
Jackie Bowman
June 14, 2013
I am suprised and sorrowed by the passing of Mr. Brown. Thank you for the obituary, it was concise. yours truly henry kane [email protected]
November 13, 2012
A big fan of Bill's since his WOR-FM days, I once hired him to do some voiceover work for a client in west Jersey. He was, of course, warm, friendly and ultra-professional. The client, who wasn't familiar with his work, kept saying, 'you were right, his voice is like velvet thunder (that's how I described Bill's voice).
A few months later, my second son was born, and I called Bill at the station and asked him to play a song for my son. I can still get chills hearing 'velvet thunder' cue up 'Rock Your Baby' by George McRae and say, 'welcome to the world, Michael Vespe'.
Jim Vespe
June 20, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I first met him when he was in San Diego at KGB! He was a really neat DJ and man. I will miss you Uncle Bill.
Barbara Ditler
November 3, 2011
I was Bill and Debbie's bus driver for years. Bill sat up front by me one day and told me I had a good voice for radio and I should get into it. I wasn't interested untill Bill dedicated a song to me by Eddie rabbit. Driving my life away. He hit home and I was hooked. I went to the studio with Bill many times and he taught me what he could. I went to school the next thing I knew I was on the air. Bill was and always will be my mentor. We lived a 1/4 a mile from each other. Debbie was his rock and he was hers, true soul mates. Bills son Billy was his pride and joy. my wife Joanne and I will miss him. Love to the family; John and Joanne Voorhees
John Voorhees
October 26, 2011
Bill always had a kind word and interesting conversation. He was always engaging, loving to talk. I cherished all the family get-togethers at Debbie & Bill's house with him showing off the things he loved: the lake, the boat, the view. When I lived in NY, Bill invited me to the studio, gave me a tour and introduced me around. I was so impressed & excited. I will truly miss him and I offer my deepest condolences to Debbie, Billy & Rosario, and all the family.
Diane Davison
October 20, 2011
I always listened to CBS-FM in the 70s and missed it after moving out of the area. Bill was always great to listen to. 1976 was my first college radio show--oldies. No surprise. Still have my old CBS-FM Golden Key Card. Always listened when I visited the area and kept up on the station's news online. So sorry to hear of Bill's passing at too young an age. Good day, goodbye!
Dave Silverstein
October 16, 2011
I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Brown about 23 years ago, simply by chance, in the Rockaway Town Square Mall. I'd gotten down on one knee to tie my then 2-year-old's shoe and felt a tap on my shoulder. Mr. Brown asked where I'd gotten my WCBS-FM jacket, I told him my daughter had given it me as a birthday present, and he lamented that even those at the station didn't have one of them....A true gentleman, a brilliant radio personality, and simply a nice person. I will keep Mr. Brown and his family in my prayers.
Mark Wilson
October 16, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Brown family.
May time heal the sadness you feel and the memories long live. Bill will ALWAYS be an icon WCBS FM101
Guy Sternitzky
October 16, 2011
My condolances to the brown family. Some of the best days of my life have been with my family cruising lk hopatcong, swimming, fishing, in our sea ray and later our boston whaler named "Hello Luv". We always had WCBS-FM on and listened to the best DJ's that ever lived. Harry, Ron, Bill, and Bob. I never knew Bill and his family lived on Lk Hopatcong. It's very sad that Bill has passed on, but what wonderful memories his family will have from living on the Lake. May God bless Bill and his family.
John Sikora
October 15, 2011
Funny thing but the listeners knew our DJ's whether we met them or not and we knew that Bill had to be as kind "off the air" as he was "on the air." It has to be the light that God places inside people and in Bill's case, God put some kind of flame! Thanks Bill for the years of great radio which was put together with these few things; a real decent man, with real talent, and a love for his profession and loyal listeners. Thanks too for selecting my "Brown Bag" entry and for making me feel liked I walked on air for weeks afterwards. If I get to heaven one day, will look for you. My entry is questionable but not yours - you're up there for sure!
Kathy Dawson
October 14, 2011
Bill always let the music do the talking. But what he said in between the tunes was always fun-sounding, upbeat and friendly. What a great DJ is supposed to do. My sincere condolences to Bill's entire family. BE BIG! Jay Sorensen CBS-FM
Jay Sorensen
October 14, 2011
So sad to hear about Bill's passing. Bill was such a pleasant man to chat with during his visits to the Post Office. He dedicated a song to my mother for her 70th birthday and she loved listening to it on the Brown Bag Special. Thanks for the good memories Bill. Our condolences go out to Debbie and his family.
Sue and Roy Zebrowski
October 14, 2011
I was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was a wonderful guy to work with. I had the pleasure to do so at CBS-FM from the mid to late seventies. Actually it was Bill who hired me. He was a great talent and an even better man. I always thought we'd meet again. I guess God had other plans. RIP old friend. My deepest condolences to Debbie and the rest of the Brown family.
Jim Harrington
October 13, 2011
RIP Bill
Mary West
October 13, 2011
October 13, 2011
Very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Especially enjoyed his Brown Bag Specials when he was on CBS-FM. My condolences to his family. Jim the Curator.
October 13, 2011
Bill always created 'real' radio and transcended its limitations. He's an occasional bus-buddy I've already missed for years on my way to WOR in the morning ... a warm, gentle soul and consummate communicator. I'm guessing they've already signed him up at WGOD!
Fred Masey
October 13, 2011
As a barely teenaged radio geek I first listened to Bill on OR-FM from the very beginning. Guys like Bill inspired me to get into radio and here I am almost 40 years later. Will dial one up on that request line in the sky for you and your loved ones.
Don Blesse
October 13, 2011
I can't express the sadness I felt when I heard that Bill had passed. Debbie, my heart goes out to you and your family. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Lois House & Family
Lois House
October 13, 2011
A man who is appreciated by every co worker and management executive and has lived an exemplary life,
You ran a great race,
rest in peace,
joey reynolds
October 13, 2011
Bill Brown was one of my favorite DJ's on radio,going all the way back to WOR-FM and all the years on WCBS-_FM> To Use Bill's sign off line Good Day and Good Bye
Steven Plotkin
October 13, 2011
Bill was such a class act that it was an honor for me to just work on his boat!!! I will miss is smile, voice and words of wisdom. Debbie - keep smiling, thats what Bill would want...
Ron Sorensen
October 13, 2011
Bill is a legend in real USA radio. To his family and friends, we
offer our prayers and condolences. From the staff and management of
WIBBAGE FM, we sincerely appreciate all that Bill brought to live
local radio. Thanks for so many great memories Bill. Rick Brancadora
October 13, 2011
To The Brown Family My Condolences

When I heard Bob Shannon broadcast a Tribute to Bill Brown today, about His Brown Bag and was very shocked to hear about his passing! Bill was a Great D J to hear during his afternoon shows and was followed by Bob Shannon at 3 PM. When WCBS went off the Air, I was always concerned about Bill. Bill always made it to work during all inclement weather conditions safely. I had always remembered he would always follow Ron Lundy at Noon & Ron would Salute him when he would enter the studio. This Big-Tall Boy and Bl Eyes.

Bill May You Rest In Peace & You Will Be Remembered on Veterans Day For Our Freedom.

Captain Paul Haggerty
Paul Haggerty
October 12, 2011
I will miss you, Dad. I love you.
Patricia Abare
October 12, 2011
When I visited Harry Harrison at CBS-FM, he always made sure I'd say hello to Bill Brown.
A master in his craft...
He was a true ambassador of the radio business...I also embarked on a broadcasting career and he became a major influence in my life...
Thanks for being one of the most dynamic personalities in the NY metro area..
October 12, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Steve&Margaret Schillizzi
October 12, 2011
May Bill's memory always be a blessing to the entire Brown family. He was always a pleasure to listen to and was always a true professional.
He will be missed!
Doris A
October 12, 2011
Bill was a "pro" in all respects. He left us much too soon, but his wonderful years at OR-FM and CBS-FM will never be forgotten by the legions of listeners who loved his Brown Bag! My condolences to the family.
Dave Vieser
October 12, 2011
Rest in Peace Bill Brown. You were a wonderful person and will be missed. I listen to CBS all the time. I have been of the station for over 20 years. You were ibe if the best. Your brown bag lunch was great. You were one of the bes and our hear is sad.
Barbara Van
October 12, 2011
I was shocked to hear of is passing. I loved the brown bag special. He will be sorely missed. my heart goes out to his family.
Priscilla smith
October 12, 2011
you do not know me and chances we never met, but hearing you on CBS everyday at lunch with your brown bag, made my day at work go smoother.
May you rest in peace and may God hold you in His arms till allyour family can be together once again.
October 12, 2011
I am very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I enjoyed listening to his show on CBS-FM for many years. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mrs. Tracy Schulman,
Staten Island, NY
Tracy Schulman
October 12, 2011
I must have over 200 hours of his CBS-FM air checks dating back to 1973 and I have never heard such a smooth but witty voice and personality. I would play those recordings at my college in Florida to show the folks down there what a master of words he was. He was so funny with a bright as the sun personality and my favorite DJ of all time. I am so saddened by this loss and it a loss for all of radio.
Robert Sarkissian
October 12, 2011
You will be missed may god bless the brown family my sympathies to you all.
carolyn domicello
October 12, 2011
My sympathies to The Brown Family, Bill Will Be Missed By Everyone. I Remember Being On Lake Hopatcong, And Called Him While He Was On The Air. I Told Him I Just Passed The PT-101, And He Made Me Blow The Boat Horn.. Always Making Me Laugh. Thank`s For All The Great Times My Friend. Your Buddy Rick. ( Vernon, New Jersey )
Rick Johnson
October 12, 2011
To the entire Brown family.
My wife and I listen to Bills's show every day till I retired in August of 1990 and we left the State of New Jersey. He had a wonderful show, a good man with a good heart. He was one of the best on WCBS-FM. Rest In Pease Bill Brown.

Bud & Kathy Mura, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.
October 12, 2011
Bill Brown was one of my favorite DJ's. His Brown Bag Lunch was always fun to listen to.
My condolences to all at the station who knew him and to his family.
He will be remembered with love.
Susan W
October 12, 2011
Bill was a class act he was a wonderful man and a great DJ on Cbs FM I remmber the Brown Bag and how exciited I was when he played my It's Brown Bag 5 songs with the It's in the title Ex(it's my party ) he was so into his job and how perfect he was on the air . i will always remmeber our conversations and him saying hello to me at Christmas when he received my holiday card . Rip Bill you will forever be in my heart and the heart of NY forever ~ Bernie Sanders SI NY .
bernie sanders
October 12, 2011
So sorry to hear of your loved one's passing. Though I didn't know him personally I am one of the many people who he kept company during the afternoon hours. How I missed that when WCBS FM changed formats. And though the radio station eventually gave us back disc jockeys to go along with the music, Bill Brown was not part of that group and so the new CBS FM could never be as great as the original.
And now that he is brightening up heaven's afternoons, may his family and friends find comfort in the memories he left behind.
Linda Barbaccia
October 12, 2011
I am so sad, Bill was so sweet to me, the first time I met him I wanted to know if he was Dan Ingram, He laughed NO Darling, but you made my day, He had a wonderful voice and at time I would call him and he always knew it was me. I remember his last words on wcbsfm, as the format changed, I think it was a hint as it was over, I always wondered where he was and how he was. I used to send in Brown bag songs when listeners could. I was even picked and still have the bag he sent me. I still use it too. I will miss my Radio Friend, but now he is in Peace with God, sending Love and condolence to his family, friends and fans we all loved Bill!!! Thanks Bill for the Happy Days on Radio!!! a True Legend!!!
October 12, 2011
I remember Bill from his earliest days in NY radio. We'd spoken of a number of similar experiences from our individual backgrounds in phone conversations throughout many years, in addition to various other topics. He was always engaging and enjoyable to chat with. An interesting sidelight is that radio stations often changed the on-air names the jocks used, but Bill was one of the rare few who fit right in; a real "natural" in that way and in his great persona. I am sorry to learn of his passing and wish him a safe journey to a wonderful place. My regrets also to his family and many friends on the loss of this fine man.
Newt Tanner
October 12, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Bill's family. I've always been a loyal fan of his back to the WOR-FM days. Sat with Bill in the studio several times. He was a SMOOTH on the air as he was in the studio and in personal life. Radio has lost a TRUE great!
Bill Reilly
October 12, 2011
Dear Brown Family,
My sincere condolences to you during your time of sorrow. May God comforts you durning these different times. Gods word says, throw all your anxiety on him and he will sustain you. That A promise.
D.B (NJ)
October 12, 2011
My respects and love to Mr. Brown's family and friends during this very sad time. Be thankful for the wonderful memories you will always hold dear to your hearts. I know he will be sadly missed.
Andrea Procopio-Callow
October 12, 2011
I grew up listening to Bill Brown on WOR-FM and CBS-FM. He was a wonderful disc jockey, always upbeat, with a very friendly personality. He was always a pleasure to listen to and one of my wonderful memories of FM rock radio in its early days and the timeless oldies format. Somewhere in my files I have an autographed photo of Bill I think my father, who was in the advertising business, got for me. I'm going to look for that today! My thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family and I want them to know that he made a great many millions of radio listeners happy over the years.
Bill Hoffmann
October 12, 2011
Bill was the consumate DJ.
Always prepared. Always on time.
He loved what he did and so did
his audience.
I'm proud to have known and worked
with "the brown bagger".
Bob VanDerheyden CBS-FM
Bob VanDerheyden
October 12, 2011
I had always looked forward to Bill's radio show in the afternoon. He had a friendly voice that had a positive note. I had the pleasure of talking to him in phone call to WCBS-FM. May he be seated at the right hand of God.
John Zaleski
October 12, 2011
We offer our deepest sympathies to the Brown Family. May your precious memories of Bill bring you all comfort. And may "the God of all comfort," ease the pain of your grief.
Wanda and Family
October 12, 2011
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