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Bill Drake
Birth: Jan. 14, 1937
Donalsonville
Seminole County
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 2008
West Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Pop Radio Innovator. Born Philip Yarbrough, he pioneered the format that came to be known as "Boss Radio" which set the tone at stations nationwide. He began his career as a disk jockey-programmer in the 1950s at WAKE Radio, Atlanta and changed his name so it rhymed with the station call letters. In the 1960s, as a director for the RKO Radio chain, he syndicated programs of more music, high-energy jingles and brought in the "20/20 News" concept which forever changed the sound of top 40 radio. He programmed more top rated radio stations across the country at the same time than anyone in broadcasting. They included KHJ Los Angeles, KFRC San Francisco, CKLW Detroit/Windsor, WRKO Boston, WOR-FM New York, KGB San Diego and WHBQ Memphis. In the 1970s, with Gene Chenault he formed Drake-Chenault Inc., marketing radio packages such as "Hit Parade", "Solid Gold", "Classic Gold" and "Great American Country". He also created the radio special, "The History of Rock and Roll" with himself as narrater, that was broadcasted on over 400 stations nationwide. Drake is a member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, California Broadcasters Association Radio Hall of Fame and Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. He died of cancer. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Dec 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31861682
Bill Drake
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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