Backstage Announcer : Bill Ward
Bill Ward broke into radio at a small 1000 watt daytimer in Painesville, Ohio in 1970. Within five years, he worked his way near the top of the industry when he joined the staff of the legendary Big 1220/WGAR in Cleveland, recognized by Billboard Magazine at the time as the number one MOR station in America. After three years on the air as a part-time personality, he was named the station's Director of Production.
Bill's studio wizardry eventually caught the attention of the powers that be in far-away Los Angeles, and it wasn't long until he found himself applying his craft in the quarter-million dollar production room at another legendary station...The Big 1110, KRLA... Working with the likes of "Wolfman” Jack, Charlie Tuna, The "Real" Don Steel and "Emperor" Bob Hudson.
While in Los Angeles, Ward had the good fortune of signing with the renown Herb Tannen and Associates talent agency, quit the 9 to 5 broadcast grind and embarked on a successful freelance career which he still enjoys today.
Over the years, Bill Ward has been lending his amazingly versatile voice to countless scripts including Pfizer, Sherwin-Williams Paint Company, American Greetings, Goodyear, NASA, Morton Salt, Subway Restaurants, Ohio Lottery, Smith's Dairy, the Cleveland Browns and many others.
He was heard regularly as the announcer on the PBS Network's critically acclaimed program, "Talking with David Frost." And was the familiar voice of WJW Fox 8 television in Cleveland for 30 years.
But, his talents aren't limited to his work behind the mic. When "Cleveland Magazine" selected him as one of Northeast Ohio's 50 Most Interesting People it wrote, "You'll recognize his voice first, but you'll also know his face." His work in front of the camera includes speaking roles in motions pictures such as "Unstoppable" starring Denzel Washington, "Hostile Witness" with Sam Waterston, and Black Edward's "Sunset” featuring Bruce Willis and James Garner. Bill can also list "Moonlighting”, “Highway to Heaven" and "Matlock” as network television credits, as well as scores of commercials, industrial training films, documentaries and print work.
His many alter-egos have also earned him four local Emmy Awards as a long-time contributor to the Big Chuck and L’il John Show, one of the longest running comedy programs of its kind in America.