Post by fkaJimmySee on Aug 1, 2020 13:23:29 GMT -5
Bill Mack was a long time DJ on WBAP radio, Dallas, broadcasting his late night show to long haul truck drivers across the 48. WBAP had a nighttime 50k-watt clear channel signal that reached coast to coast.
I used to listen to him regularly in Madison, WI when I was in school -- the show was a blast. I had a Hallicrafters radio with 50 foot copper antenna wire strung outdoors -- that WBAP signal came in like a bullet.
Bill did have competition, Billy Cole over at WHO, Des Moines, also did an all-night show for truckers. But Bill Mack was the top guy.
Yes that is sad, Everyone around here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex listened to him especially on long trips because of his ability to reach far and wide with 100,000 watts AM radio from Broadcast Hill in Ft. Worth Texas for years which could be heard all the way to Chicago and other places as Jimmy mentioned. At night it was the Truck Drivers special that got them to their destinations with ability to tune in on the road. Bill Mack wrote several songs. Among them was the song "Blue" meant for Patsy Cline but she died in a plane crash before he could give it to her so he hung on to it for many years until he heard this young lady from Dallas and gave it to her to record. I liked LeAnne's singing Patsy Cline songs but lost interest when she ventured elsewhere. One of the last times I saw him in person was at a table near my wife and I in early 1980's. Very nice man.