I have taken it upon myself to get the dude elected as the winner of the Ford C. Frick award sometime in the next millennium. But this is foolish on my part... I need help.
"What do you need from me?" you might be asking.... Well below the fold is the specific request(s).
First, I need some of y'all to come and blog about Bill and radio announcers in general. I am not looking to go all "Fire Joe Morgan" or even "Fire Jay Mariotti" on the radio announcers of the day. I would like to praise the good guys, call out the crappy guys (like perhaps Hawk Harrelson, ugh) with the idea of showcasing why Bill is the best! If anyone is interested in writing blogs once a month, once a week or as often as possible about broadcasters, please let me know... I could use the help.
Second, I need personal stories from each of you about why Bill was the best. Think of it as being akin to writing your Senator a Letter... only hopefully this musing will be read by someone :) I will then post each of these letters on the remeberingbillking.com blog under a special heading as "Testimonials." I have a couple of folks who are slightly famous lined up to provide some of these already and I am bugging the hell out of other local writers and broadcasters to get them to do so as well.
Third, it is my goal to have audio of Bill's best calls on the site. I don't have any recorded... if anyone can help with this (send me mp3's?, have tapes? I can convert them! Know of an online repository?) I would be forever in your debt. I have heard rumors that Robert Buan has quite a collection of audio but I have failed in my attempt to hook it up with him... can anyone email him? Call him? Get him to let us use them?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate any help any of you can give to help forward Bill's cause. On my recent trip to Cooperstown, I couldn't help but feel a bit sad when I looked at the Ford C. Frick display and Bill wasn't there. Here is to hoping that my next trip that way includes listening to someone give a speech on his behalf.