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Bill Jenkins

Bill was program director at Tampa Bay’s country music station WQYK in the early/mid 1980’s and later became general manager of Clearwater’s WTAN. He was born and raised in Carthage, Tennessee and had his own Nashville radio show while still in high school. After graduation, he joined the Army and worked for Armed Forces Radio while stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. By the mid 60’s, he was back in radio in Music City and a TV weatherman and radio traffic reporter there.

During his second stint in Nashville, Bill entered college at Middle Tennessee State University while also hosting a popular morning radio show – so popular, in fact, that a fictionalized character he created for the show, Lillard Fingers (his slogan was “You can count on your Fingers”), actually received votes in the Tennessee governor’s race.

Before moving to Tampa Bay, Bill worked at stations in Deland (FL) and California. But by 1988, he had tired of radio and answered a newspaper ad from a law firm seeking a handyman and pilot. The ad led him to Alley and Alley, a local law firm that became Ford & Harrison. He started there out as a pilot and then became the company’s creative director, using his skills as an artist and cartoonist to prepare PowerPoint presentations for training seminars and use in the courtroom.

After nearly two decades with the firm, Bill passed away May 2, 2006 from a heart attack at the age of 65.

 

Station History

1981 - 1986 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Program Director)
1986 - 1988 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Management)

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