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Saluki, longtime radio announcer Bill Wilkerson dies

Bill Wilkerson and Wendy Wiese in a 1994 photo.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Bill Wilkerson, whose animated baritone voice highlighted St. Louis radio for more than 35 years, died on Nov. 2, 2017, after collapsing at his home in Florissant. He was 72.

Mr. Wilkerson first gained popularity when he joined KMOX-AM 1120 in 1969. He would go on to become a morning-drive host.

But he became a household name, at least in sporting homes, when the station made him the play-by-play announcer for St. Louis Cardinals football. He covered the team from 1973 until the team left for Phoenix after the 1987 season. …

“Bill was one of the most underrated football announcers I’ve ever known,” said Hall of Fame lineman Dan Dierdorf, who later worked with Mr. Wilkerson in the radio business. …

Mr. Wilkerson also played football at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.


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