Local radio legend Smokin’ Bill dies

Bill Cannon, 62, known on the air as Smokin’ Bill, died of a heart attack Wednesday night.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning Valley has lost a radio legend.

Bill Cannon, 62, known on the air as Smokin’ Bill, died of a heart attack Wednesday night.

Smokin Bill’s radio career dates back to the 1970’s when he was on WHOT on 1330-AM. When the station moved its format to 101.1-FM, he continued his night broadcasts there.

After being let go from WHOT, he moved to Y-103 until 2009. John Batcho worked with Bill at Y-103 and has fond memories of his radio buddy.

“If you needed something, you didn’t even have to ask. It was done for you and it was there. He loved helping other people and that is the legacy I think he leaves behind to the people who knew him best,” Batcho said.

Earlier this week, another former WHOT disc jockey died. Terry Lee Williams, who worked at the station in the 1970’s, died of pancreatic cancer.

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