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Bill Ashenden Leaving KXL After 19 Years & 33 In Radio

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  • Started 6 years ago by Craig_Adams
  • Latest reply from mike_kolb


  1. Craig_Adams
    Radio historian

    This from the Craig Adams News Service:

    Bill Ashenden is leaving Alpha Broadcasting where he was General Sales Manager of KXL "FM News 101", KXTG "The Game", KUFO "Freedom 970" & Radio NW Network since 2009. "I have decided to step out of the radio industry and take advantage a great opportunity that has presented itself to me. I plan to join the publishing industry and help a great local company grow; my plan is to discover a new passion in this business, similar to radio." said Bill.

    Previous to this, Bill was Director of Sales for KXL & KXTG, 1994-09. Before joining KXL 19 years ago, Bill had been General Manager & Sales Manager for KKRZ "Z100" 1984-94. AE at KLLB "KB101", KRCK "Rock 101" & KYTE "97 Country" 1981-84. AE at KCYX 1980-81.

    Posted on July 14, 2013 - 08:57 PM #
  2. Chris_taylor

    Congrats Bill. Enjoy the new challenge.

    Posted on July 14, 2013 - 09:04 PM #
  3. semoochie

    "Bill had been General Manager & Sales Manager for KKRZ "Z100" 1984-94." A decade of hits!, remember?

    Posted on July 14, 2013 - 11:12 PM #
  4. radiopinion

    Bill is a man of great character, with a great family and hundreds of friends and fans. He has trained, guided and inspired many people in the Portland radio community. Many of us could likely compile a nice list of the favorite people we worked with in Portland radio. Bill would like be on many of those lists. He is at the very top of mine. Best of luck, Bill.

    Posted on July 16, 2013 - 06:40 PM #
  5. Chris_taylor

    "A decade of hits!, remember?"

    Said it many times during my stint.

    Posted on July 16, 2013 - 11:31 PM #
  6. semoochie

    I don't want to take this thread too far off course but would that be considered Hot AC by today's standards? Hot AC doesn't even have that much gold.

    Posted on July 16, 2013 - 11:41 PM #
  7. Matt Jones

    During the "Decade of Hits" period, Z100 certainly skewed more adult. Without a direct competitor, we were able to successfully retool the station, and build back up to an even more successful operation through the rest of the 90's. I suppose "Hot AC" would have been a pretty close description.

    I logged the longest single workday of my career doing the final imaging for the decade of hits campaign. Since we were keeping it a secret (not even telling the airstaff about it), and since it all had to transition into rotation in one quick switch...I had to produce all the image pieces in a single session. My workday began at noon on a Friday, and ended at 11:45am on Saturday! Great memories....although I wouldn't want to repeat that marathon again. :P

    Back on topic: I would have to echo what Radiopinion said. Bill is definitely one of the good ones. At Z100, he was a "cool" leader. By that, I mean that he displayed true leadership, yet enjoyed the format, and hung out with us jocks, as well as the sales folks. You'd often catch him either singing, humming, or whistling the songs that were playing on the in-office speakers. Plus, he could easily, and very calmly resolve any interpersonal conflicts that came up.

    Best of luck to you, Bill, on your next chapter.

    Posted on July 17, 2013 - 06:05 AM #
  8. Stoneman

    Class act. Another miss for radio as most of the hard shoes walking around don't know squat about the selling aspect of the medium. Bill built his reputation on relationships. Good luck to a good guy.

    Posted on July 17, 2013 - 06:26 AM #
  9. mike_kolb

    Worked with Bill a long, long time ago...back when he was cold-calling accounts in McMinnville in his little Subaru! He's originally from Chicago and l-o-v-e-s the blues! Best of luck to Bill, in whatever he does.

    Posted on July 17, 2013 - 08:39 AM #