Bill Daughtry

Afternoon Jazz Host

Bill Daughtry

Harlem, NY native, and broadcast professional since 1974, Bill Daughtry is well known to sports fans around metropolitan New York. His career has taken him across the country, leaving him with a number of unforgettable moments.

Growing up in the New York Metropolitan area, Bill was exposed to great radio and great radio personalities. He remembers, “My parents were always listening in the house, in the car, watching on TV...Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dinah Shore, artists on the Ed Sullivan has always been a part of my life. As a youngster, you try to emulate the things you see and hear and when I got to college and discovered we had a student run radio station, my mission was crystal clear.

I wanted to be the next Frankie Crocker/Hugh Morgan/Symphony Sid!”

Bill got his own show in his sophomore year at SUNY Albany, as a DJ on the campus radio station WSUA. And would also go on to host a second show of R&B and jazz at WRPI FM in Troy, New York. While his roots were in music, his first job for pay was as a news anchor/reporter at WPTR in Albany. While news, talk and reporting would be the course of his career path for decades, Daughtry’s love for music never waned.

Bill worked for radio stations in the New York City market including WEPN (ESPN New York), WFAN, WCBS, WMCA, WABC and The National Black Network.

In the fall of 1997, Bill brought his broadcasting experience to television on the Madison Square Garden Network. At MSG he hosted and reported for MSG SportsDesk, served as host for MSG's Knicks coverage and co-hosted an afternoon talk and interview program called, Talk Of Our Town.

After nearly a decade at "The World's Most Famous Arena", Bill joined the most famous brand in American Sports. In November of 2006, he returned to radio as a Sports Center anchor and show host on ESPN New York.

Bill came to WBGO because of his passion for the music and a connection at his church, Fountain Baptist, in Summit, New Jersey. He expressed to WBGO’s (then) General Manager that he had an interest in working at the station. After several audition sessions in the production studio, WBGO gave him a “seal of approval,” and the rest is history.

“It's a real honor to be a part of the history of this jewel, this fortress, this outpost of American music,” Bill commented. “I hope our members enjoy me as much as I enjoy being here.”

Bill is an avid golfer and bowler. He and his wife Carol call Union, New Jersey home.

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