More stimulating talk radio – that is the tagline for KFI 640 am radio in Los Angeles, CA.
Move over Dr Laura and Bill Handel, there’s a new talk show host in town and his name is Bill Carroll.
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Bill Carroll joined KFI in February 2010 after working for nearly 20 years in broadcast and radio in Canada. He was born in Scottland and moved with his family to Canada when he was around 10 years old. After leaving high school he started working as news director for a radio station in New Liskeard, Ontario. He did not attend journalism school nor did he have any prior experience so he bought journalism books and stayed up all night learning everything he could. Bill is married to his wife Sylvie who, in his own words, is “smart, savvy, and breathtakingly beautiful.” They have two kids Killian and Magalie, who are the loves of their life.
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5 Reasons to tune into the Bill Carroll Show weekdays 12pm – 3pm
5. The show has a great support staff
Chris Lane – not only does she have model good looks, she is a seasoned news reporter, banters often with Bill and brings interesting insight and a different perspective to the show. The other day she scooped the world when, hours before the news was released, she predicted that Congressman Weiner’s wife Huma was pregnant. It was funny because I was listening to the show when she made the prediction and thought well that’s interesting but I don’t think so. Crazy enough, before the show went off the air, there was breaking news that Huma was expecting. Everyone on the air was laughing, giving her high fives, and and joking about how talented she is that she can now deliver the news before it happens.
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Brian Holt – Normally content to stay in the background, he will occasionally chime in when he has something to add to the mix. Brian is openly gay, is obsessed with news, runs a tight ship, and brings a personal sensibility to the show. He also maintains The Bill Carroll Show blog. You can tell from the posts that he is informed on the issues and has a humorous point of view. I was very impressed with Brian when he was coordinating the segments about the Brian Stowe beating. He took time to meet up with the Stowe family and went out of his way to to provide assistance while they were in Los Angeles caring for Brian S. in the hospital. I think Brian H is the brain behind Bill’s brawn.
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4. Professional and personal connections that provide insight you won’t get anywhere else
In his 20 years in the biz, Bill has made a lot of contacts. He doesn’t hesitate to invite them to the show because they provide a unique perspective and abundance of information that you won’t hear any where else. During the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Bill would frequently talk with a contact who was an expert in nuclear energy. This consultant was advising the Japanese authorities who were managing the reactor crisis and giving Bills audience detailed information in real time. The most important take away was that even though some of the reactors were in a state of melt down the situation was being controlled and no catastrophe would ensue.
3. Unrelenting passion for news and innate ability to get listeners to the heart of a story
If you are a news junkie I challenge you to find another radio show where you’ll get as much in depth discussion of trending local and national news. His opinions on issues that are in the news tends to fall just right of center. Don’t try to put him in a box, however, because many times his take on whats going on may surprise you. With Bill it’s not political but it’s about what makes common sense.
A huge story in Los Angeles this spring was the savage beating of Brian Stowe on opening day of the LA Dodgers baseball season. This story definitely had an impact on Bill and he covered the story in several segments each day for at least a month. He didn’t just lament the tragedy and condemn the perpetrators. He gave his audience insight into how the family was coping by talking with Brian’s mom on air and even went to the hospital on one occasion to see Brian. His description the next day of Brian’s condition was very compelling. He interviewed the neurosurgeon several times on air to get a first hand account of the extent of the injuries and Brian’s prognosis for the future. It was made clear to the listeners that Brian had a long journey ahead of him and that is was likely he may never regain consciousness. This was information that wasn’t really being conveyed anywhere else.
The unusual police investigation underway in the Stowe case has also been a regular feature on the show. The arrest of prime suspect Giovanni Ramirez has been intriguing due to its high profile nature and the fact that the case hasn’t been handled very well by top officials. The defense lawyers for Ramirez (there are 4) have been making a case for his innocence through the media leading many people to wonder if the wrong guy was arrested. Bill has been good about updating his listeners with all of the latest information, including regular interviews with a KFI news reporter who has sources inside the police department. While the reporter has not divulged anything that would jeopardize the case, you are able to get a sense from the interviews that the police have additional evidence implicating Ramirez that they will bring forward after they have time to conduct a thorough investigation.
2. Going deep into a story to give listeners a different perspective
With time constraints and a high propensity for audience fatigue it is difficult for radio hosts to get too deep into stories. Bill manages not only to pick topics of discussion that are interesting but he gets deep enough to provide listeners with valuable information. For example, in a segment about the Casey Anthony trial, Bill interviewed a body language expert to get perspective on evidence presented during the trial and Casey’s reaction to it. Bill asked the expert to explain, from her perspective, why Casey may have been crying when gruesome pictures of her daughter Caylee were being shown. The expert explained that she believed the crying was due to self pity and Casey coming to the realization that the evidence was very damaging to her case.
1. Gives the audience a unique point of view
Bill has a personality that you rarely see in radio. He is passionate about what he does and comes across as brash at times but is not afraid to show his vulnerable side. When his dad passed away a few months back, he conveyed how painful the experience was, why his dad was so special to him, and how difficult this time was for him. For about a month he wasn’t able to talk about it but when he could he would relay to his listeners some of his memories and difficulties he was having coping. He shared his emotions in such a way that it was endearing and also talked about advice his wife gave him about tempering the grief so that he could be present and available for his young children. Although he doesn’t do it often, some of his most compelling segments are when he talks about personal experiences and how he’s learned and grown as a person from them. After listening to the show for a while you know that he is the real deal and that his point of view is coming from a place of honesty and integrity.
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