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 (www.tuttlefh.com
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Published by Daily Record on Oct. 12, 2011.