Long before there was WQYK, there was WYOU,
the top Country Music station in Tampa Bay. Bill Floyd was not
only the top Country DJ in town, but also had a solid following
as singer-guitar player.
It was at WYOU Bill and Tedd Webb met. Tedd
worked weekends, and often got in to see Bill playing before the
live crowds. Tedd says “You didn’t find many entertainers
with the magic and charisma of Bill Floyd. He had the audience
in the palm of his hands from the get go, and always left them
hungry for more. Fantastic energy on stage, and no one could do
a better Elvis impersonation.”
Bill recorded in Nashville, drawing incredibly
large crowds locally to such places as “Joyland” on
US 19 in Pinellas County.
Bill had a strong loyal following on the radio,
they knew he had the inside track on the country music scene.
He recorded in Nashville for the better part of 10 years and toured
with the biggest names in Country Music during the 60s, 70s &
80s. Bill Floyd released 4 albums and 17 singles, and also hosted
the nationally syndicated “Bill Floyd TV Show” from
Bill was born 8/17/35, in Willacoochee, Ga...
“My parents moved to Bradenton when
I was 10 yrs. old. My brother Harold, another gifted musician,
still lives there. I currently am a Circulation Division Manager
with the Tampa Tribune. The band business died in 1984 and I started
at the Tribune in 1986. I still entertain at many VFW's, Moose
Lodge's, etc., within a 50 mile radius of Tampa. I have 4 grown
children, and 6 grand children. My wife died in June of 2000 from
Bill Floyd, a definite member of the Tampa
Bay Radio Hall of Fame.