Rod Williams was News Director of WING in Dayton, Ohio, from the late 1950's until the early 1960's. It was the dawn of Top 40 Radio, introduced in Dayton by WING General Manager Dale Moudy (a protege of Todd Storz.) While in Dayton, Williams was instrumental in the formation of one of Ohio's first sport parachute clubs.
Williams' interview with convicted murderer Edith Klump is credited with helping to win her stay of execution and eventual release from death row.
Williams left WING to join WSAI in Cincinnati as News Director. He won numerous awards as a combat reporter in Vietnam, including resolutions of commendation from the 105th Ohio General Assembly and the Cincinnati City Council. While at WSAI, Rod helped establish Cincinnati's first private jet club.
Williams left WSAI and became manager of KMVI, Maui, Hawaii, (where he had been a staff announcer before WING) and KHEI-KVIB, Maui. He also managed KBYR-KNIK in Anchorage, Alaska before returning to Cincinnati as manager of WRBZ-WCVG. WCVG was the world's only "All Elvis" formatted radio station.
Rod is presently semi-retired but produces documentary videos for the travel market. He devotes considerable time to working with the handicapped. Rod resides in Burlington, Kentucky.
Rod Williams was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron Ohio on October 4, 2000. Previous inductees include Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw and Edward R. Murrow.
Where to find Rod Williams online
sailing past Kahoolawe during a Kona storm.WHALES OF KAHOOLAWE
The moaning whales of Kahoolawe
by Rod Williams
The love of a couple for their adopted Vietnamese daughter and the their frantic search for her abductor.
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Smashwords book reviews by Rod Williams
on Sep. 23, 2014
The theme carrying this wonderful book,TIME ASIDE, is reincarnation, from the Pink Mill on its cover to the last page. Setting the tone, Judge Constance Merrywell has just learned her son Jeremy, a med student, has ALS. Seeking courage and strength to deal with it all Constance escapes to her old hometown. And here, unexpectedly, an exciting new life embraces her. Colorful characters abound, keeping the plot moving ahead with twists and turns and colorful imagery. Art thefts, a revenge barn burning, a wedding or two, are just a few scenarios enclosed within its turning pages. I could not put it down.
Rod Williams, author of Kahoolewe