2011 Legacy Inductee

Bill McCain

1916 - 1971

Bill McCain was born in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and began his radio career at age 15, announcing and producing the school's weekly radio show.  He was offered a job at local station KFPW while still in high school.  While attending the University of Arkansas he worked at KUOA then moved to KVOO in Tulsa, then to Birmingham. In the mid 40's, he came to WAGA radio in Atlanta where he was News Director and host of man on the street interview show, "Town Talk", each day on Peachtree Street in front of Davison's Department Store.  He was in much demand for voiceover commercial work. He remained at WAGA until the early 50's, when he returned to Birmingham and WBRC.  After a year in Birmingham, he returned to Atlanta.  He was News Director at WAKE where he met Bill Drake. In the early 60's when Drake went to KYA in San Francisco he asked McCain to join him. San Francisco’s climate did not agree with McCain so he came back to Atlanta to WQXI. Strauss Broadcasting hired him to be News Director at WGKA in the mid 60’s. Soon, McCain was promoted to station manager and Vice President with Strauss.

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