Bill Garcia is regarded as the “Godfather
of Stereo Rock & Roll Radio in Tampa Bay.” He burst
into the scene in December of 1973 as Program Director and Mid
Day Jock at Q105. He was the first to broadcast Rock & Roll
in stereo in Tampa Bay.
Within months of his arrival, Bill had dominated
the market, tearing down WLCY and WDAE FM 101 and anything else
broadcasting in Tampa Bay. Featuring acts like Cleveland Wheeler,
Tim Davisson, Uncle Johnny and Chuck Stevens, Garcia showed the
Bay area what radio was all about. The rest is history as Q105
went on to become the ratings monster for years to come, not
surrendering the title until 1990 when the Power Pig dethroned
them. Bill was gone before then.
left: Bill Garcia & Tedd Webb in 2004, Bill stole Tedd away
from Q105 in 1983 when he was Program Director at WFLA, helping
to launch the Sports Huddle Radio show in 1983.
Since leaving Tampa Bay, Bill has worked in
radio sales and is now working for: The Associated Press Regional
Radio Executive CRMC, Large Markets out of Boston, still being
involved in the broadcast industry.
A great programmer and a terrific on-air talent,
Bill Garcia earned his place in the Tampa Bay Radio Hall of Fame.
Bill can be reached at email@example.com