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About The Host, Bill Grady


Bill Grady, Host of You Are The Guest Podcast                Bill Grady at the 2000 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards in San Francisco, California                Bill Grady at the 1998 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards in Seattle, Washington 
 
The Short Story
I started as a radio announcer in 1979 at age 18, but later decided to drop my on-air aspirations and join a radio station's advertising sales staff in 1982. From that point on my radio career was spent behind the scenes; first as a manager of a 100,000 watt FM station at the age of 23, and later as a regional manager for a broadcasting group. I left radio broadcasting in the summer of 2002 to start my own business which today is focussed on teaching marketing to small business owners and coaching managers how to become better leaders. Podcasting has allowed me to re-discover what I left behind in 1982 and I'm enjoying this very much! Today I live in Fort Dodge, Iowa. When I'm not podcasting, I spend time with my family, friends, my motorcycles, banging out tunes on the guitar, and watching NHL hockey.

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Professional Bio
Bill Grady was born and educated in Fort Dodge, Iowa, graduating from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1979.  In 1981, Bill graduated from the broadcasting program at Iowa Central Community College.  During his broadcasting career he has worked as an announcer, chief engineer, news director, sports announcer, and sales representative.  He became General Manager at KRIT-FM in Clarion, Iowa in 1984 at the age of 23.  Grady also worked at KSMN/KLSS in Mason City, Iowa, KFIZ/WFON in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and WCWC/WYUR in Ripon, Wisconsin.  He came back to Fort Dodge in December of 1991 as General Manager of KVFD/KUEL.  Bill Grady has been active in the community by serving on several local committees and organizations including the Iowa Central Community College Broadcasting Advisory Board, United Way Board of Directors, Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chamber Ambassadors, Chairman of the annual "Fall Fest" committee, and Chairman of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica in 1993, and Honoree Chairman of the March of Dimes WalkAmerica in 2001.  Bill has also served several statewide and national organizations and committees such as the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, NAB State Leadership Conference, and served as President of the Iowa Broadcasters Association and President of the Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation.  While under his leadership, the staff of KVFD-AM and KUEL-FM received many local and national recognition’s including 3 consecutive Crystal Radio Awards for excellence in community service in 1998, 1999 and 2000, 5 consecutive Crystal Radio Award finalist nominations (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), 3 consecutive Marconi Radio Awards for overall excellence in broadcasting in 1998, 1999 and 2000, 4 consecutive Marconi Radio Award nominations (Jeremy Borash, Small Market Personality of the Year, 1997; KVFD, Adult Standards Station of the Year, 1998; KUEL, Adult Contemporary Station of the Year, 1999; KVFD, Adult Standards Station of the Year, 2000), recognized during the Service To America Awards in Washington, D.C. in 1999 & 2000 for excellence in community service, 2 Governor Media Awards for excellence in community development in 1997 and 1999, Radio Wayne Streetfighter of the Year Finalist (Ann Halbur, 1999), Iowa Sportscaster Association Play-by-Play Announcer of the Year (Joe Peterson, 1996), Sorenson Broadcasting Corporation Sales Department of the Year Award (1996 and 1998), and United Way of Greater Fort Dodge Corporate Leadership Award (1997).  Bill Grady was elected Chairman of the Sorenson Broadcasting’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan by the trustees in 1997 representing the financial interests of over 150 employees, and beginning in 1998 served as the Eastern Regional Director for Sorenson Broadcasting, responsible for the company’s stations in Iowa and Minnesota.  In 2000, he was named Regional Manager for Waitt Radio, responsible for KVFD-AM & KUEL-FM, Fort Dodge, KQWC-AM/FM, Webster City, and KHBT-FM, Humboldt.  Bill founded his own company, Star Communications in the summer of 2002 and since then has brought his advertising/marketing knowledge and experience to thousands of small business owners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
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