Bill Ashley retires Friday (Feb. 29) from Bradley Broadcast.
The long-time account executive and veteran engineer started with the company in August of 1987; he was hired by Art Reed, who had worked under Ashley as an assistant engineer at a Washington-area radio station.
Ashley told RW that after more than 50 years in the business, it’s not easy to walk away.
“Broadcasting has been such an integral part of my life since I was a teenager, I simply cannot even imagine doing anything else. There will be an unfillable void when it all goes away.” He started his career working for Ralph Epperson at WPAQ(AM) in Mount Airy, the North Carolina town that became famous as Mayberry RFD.
He is a former top 40 jock who also worked over the years as an engineer or consulting engineer for several stations as well as George Beasley and the Mutual Radio Network.
Ashley also owns and runs Excalibur Electronics, which he co-founded in 1976 with the late Dr. Robert L. Holland of George Washington University; he will continue that business.