bill bailey - Inducted 2010
Bill Bailey started his radio career in 1956 as a high school student in Temple, Texas. Bailey spent the majority of his career at KIKK (Pasadena/Houston, Texas) and KENR (Houston), but also spent time at KTAE (Taylor, Texas), KELP (El Paso, Texas), KATR (Corpus Christi, Texas), KIOA (Des Moines, Iowa), WPEO (Peoria, Ill.) and KTHT (Houston). He was awarded Billboard and Bill Gavin Radio Conference's Country Radio Program Director of the Year in 1970 and later won CMA's Large Market Disc Jockey of the Year in 1979. Bailey holds the distinct honor of sending the first Country music to the moon when he gave a cassette tape to the astronauts aboard Apollo XII in 1969.