About Bill Drake

  • He was a fraternity brother of actor Harrison Ford in college.
  • He sang in a barbershop quartet with jazz singer Al Jarreau.
  • His brother directed major TV shows like Golden Girls, Night Court and Sanford & Son.
  • He covered sports during the Vince Lombardi era in Green Bay, WI.
  • He’s a three-time winner of the SC Radio Personality of the Year award.
  • In 2004 he was presented with The Order of the Palmetto, SC’s highest Award.
  • Since 1959, this Chicago native and die-hard Cubs fan has been a Radio & TV personality, interviewer, sports play-by-play announcer (he was on the Gamecock Football Network for two years), after-dinner speaker, lay preacher and the man who invented the 36-hour day!
  • Arriving in Spartanburg in 1976, Bill has been involved not only on the local airwaves, but in many community activities, including serving as Board Chairman of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
  • Since 1980, Bill’s been the Producer & Executive Director of the annual BILL DRAKE CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL, bringing singing and instrumental groups from area churches and schools to sold-out performances at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
  • Bill invented and conducts the BATTLE OF THE BRAINS, an annual awareness/current events/academic knowledge quiz bowl involving teams of 7th and 8th graders from 36 schools in Spartanburg, Greenville, Cherokee and Union counties.
  • Bill was an adjunct professor of Public Speaking at the University of South Carolina Upstate for over 27 years.
  • Bill & his wife Judy, an RN at Gibbs Cancer Center, are parents of three children and have four grandchildren.
  • Among his many honors, Bill was chosen Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Ripon College in Wisconsin in 1994.
  • He attended St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he sang once a month.
  • Bill took great pride in being dubbed “Spartanburg’s Goodwill Ambassador”!
  • Finally…Bill liked to say he had not worked a day since 1959, as his job was also his passion and hobby.