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Condolence From: Mike Flanagan
Condolence: A lot of people don't know that Bill kept Radio 1190 on the air from the get go...remember it was once KBCO-AM. He knew everything about that dinky little transmitter broadcasting from the heart of one of Boulder's few swamps. Bill was the real thing, and his passing leaves a knowledge gap in everything that is Colorado radio that is too large to imagine. He would reboot that transmitter in a blizzard and kept that Reagan-era hunk of junk percolating when sheer logic dictated that it should have blown years ago. Working with Bill was a high point of my radio life. He knew it all, and he let you know it. If you ever listened to Bill, you heard the truth.
Monday November 19, 2012
Condolence From: Bryan Weitzel
Condolence: I first heard about Bill's passing the other day when Bret announced on the radio - I was very surprised. I worked with Bill for a short time in the early 80's after I first moved to Boulder. It was the same company where Janice worked and where they met. As a pilot, he gave me my first ever single-engine plane ride. For some reason he decided to go up during a local Chinook. I remember getting tossed all around, and sudden big drops, but I was not scared. Bill silently had it all under control, and we landed safely in Erie. After getting out he said "those were the worst flying conditions that you'll ever experience!" and it turns out he was right. I lost track of him when I moved out of Boulder but I knew he was at KBCO. I reached out to him by e-mail a couple of years ago and he promptly replied "How about that!" Wish I could have met up with him one more time... Fly on Bill.
Monday November 19, 2012
Condolence From: Paul Jellison
Condolence: I was so shocked to hear of bills passing on Friday. My deepest condolences to Bills family, friends, and coworkers! I enjoyed greatly my time working with Bill.
Saturday November 17, 2012
Condolence From: Keefer
Condolence: Boring remotes at shoes stores in Aurora...getting out of our skulls as roomates at the World Class Rockfests...hear him loudly curse a peice of equipment I brought him to fix, shortly before he sent it to an untimely end, smashing it on the floor of his cluttered office...yes folks, I've done my time in Mr. Bill's neigborhood, and I'm better for it. He was a good soul and a tireless soldier for KBCO. Without Bill around, the world just got a little duller, a little quieter, and a lot less fun. Sail on Bill, sail on.
Friday November 16, 2012
Condolence From: Ron Smith
Condolence: Bill left us too soon. He could always make me laugh. God be with you always...
Friday November 16, 2012
Condolence From: Steve Ickes
Condolence: I am one of the many people who never met Bill in person but knew him through Amateur Radio. I’ve spoken with Bill many times on the air and read his many writings in various publications over the years. He was clearly a technical guru that could explain things in a way that was easy to understand (a rare combination). His presence in our community will be greatly missed and his passing mourned by many across the USA and the globe. My prayers and sympathies go out to his family and friends. Bill, you will not be forgotten.
Friday November 16, 2012
Condolence From: Carson Christian
Condolence: It may be hard to write about, but it isn't hard to remember the positive and gentle way in which Uncle Bill has touched my life. When I was little, I got to hang out in his "Bat Cave" - surrounded by radios and electronics of mysterious purpose and unknown-to-me complexity. Even though I was just a kid, I got to turn all the knobs and poke all the dials. He got me interested in technology by making it approachable, and by making it about people. Radios weren't interesting just because they had tubes in them (but, let's be honest, that was pretty cool too), they were interesting because of everyone who was out there, around the world, ready to share, discuss, and communicate - just like him. Some time later, my very own shortwave radio appeared under the Christmas tree, waiting for me to build it myself! Build it I did, and in my own way as just a listener became part of that global community too. Over the years, he has always been ready with a smile and a laugh, a solid opinion, outspoken ideals, consistent motivation, and dedication to his family, his trade and his hobbies. Bill is always friendly, engaging, and ready to share. He has touched not only my life, but the lives of many, near and far. He is a good man, to be missed and celebrated. He will always be in my heart.
Friday November 16, 2012
Condolence From: Laura Saeger
Condolence: Bill & Jan got lucky when they met each other and that turned into a solid life of happy times raising their kids and loving everything they did together. He was a great mate, a wonderful Dad and fun brother in law. Never hurt a soul, kind, patient and loving we had some great times in the kitchen learning how to cook "Greek" . His sense of joy for life and all it threw at ya was obvious. A really good human being, We'll miss him so.
Thursday November 15, 2012
Condolence From: Erica Anderson
Condolence: Bill was such a kind and generous person. He was always quick to offer help and had the patience of a saint. We are lucky to have known him. He will be greatly missed! Our prayers are with you.
Thursday November 15, 2012
Condolence From: Scott Arbough
Condolence: Bill was a wonderful man. He was an amazing broadcaster that made KBCO sound warm and inviting. I am proud to have known him and to have worked with him for nearly 20 years. Bill was a loving soul with a beautiful smile, friendly eyes and marvelous sense of humor. He will live on in my memory forever. May you find peace at this time of loss.
Thursday November 15, 2012

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