ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The news never stops, but for KMOX newsman Bill Reker, it will at least take a little break after tonight.
The news anchor and reporter is retiring after more than two decades behind the microphone here at KMOX.
LISTEN as the KMOX staff surprised Bill with a proclamation from Mayor Slay during the Mark Reardon Show:
Before settling down in his hometown, Bill worked from coast-to-coast.
But then he got a call from the program director at The Mighty Mox.
“He said, ‘Mr. Hyland wants to meet you.’ Not, ‘Would you like to interview at KMOX?’ Bill says, laughing. “It was more of, ‘Mr. Hyland would like to meet you.’ I thought, OK, that’s about as personal as it gets.”
Mr. Hyland being Robert Hyland, the legendary general manager of KMOX.
“I was in Seattle, and I had already been to Miami, Oklahoma City markets, and I’d already been to 50,000-watt stations,” Bill says. “So, I felt like I had enough, you know, background and experience to at least give KMOX a try.”
When Bill arrived, it wasn’t the typical sit-down interview.
“They threw me on the air. They said, ‘So-and-so is going to type up a newscast for you, but we want you to announce it.’ And that’s when things got just a little bit scary.”
But he survived that pressure-cooker, and became a calm voice for St. Louisans in times of crisis.
His plans now?
“I write songs – I’m a hack guitarist, and right now, I’m taking bluegrass lessons.”
And Bill says he’s “going to do what (he’s) been doing for years, and that’s been writing” – just not necessarily the news.
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