Bill Vancil was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2013. He started in radio as a one-dollar-an-hour announcer at WKEI in his home town, Kewanee, Illinois. While attending Illinois Wesleyan University, he worked at WPEO in Peoria, then transferred to Augustana College in the Quad-Cities, where he worked at KSTT, Davenport as Program Director. Later, Bill moved to Madison, Wisconsin working for Mid-West Family Broadcasting, first as Program Director of WISM-FM, then managed all five Mid-West stations. He also consulted other stations in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Bill retired from radio after serving as Mid-West Family’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for ten years.
Bill was an art major in college, and aspired to becoming a commercial artist. He applied his artistic skills in many ways throughout his radio career designing everything from logos, to print ads, to billboards; and upon retirement from radio he started his own graphic design business. Bill continues do freelance writing, website and logo design, voice over work, and has recently begun recording songs for national distribution.
He is a published author with two books to his credit, and served on the International Advisory Council of Loma Linda University’s Proton Treatment Center in Loma Linda, California, where he was successfully treated for prostate cancer.
Bill Vancil now lives in Marana, Arizona, a suburb of Tucson, on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, with his domestic partner, Andrea Byk, along with his cat, Kitty, and puppy, Paco. His beloved dog, Roy, passed away Memorial Day weekend, 2018, at age 12.