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East Texan and legendary radio personality Bill Young dies

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Bill Young ( source: Dignity Memorial) Bill Young ( source: Dignity Memorial)

Radio personality Bill Young passed away May 31st at the age of 74. Young fought a lifelong battle with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

Young started his career in East Texas at KTRE. Young originally wanted to go into ministries, but developed a love for radio while working for a Waco radio station during his college years.

His career took him to Oklahoma, and Tyler, before he landed a gig at KILT-AM & FM in Houston. After fifteen years of employment, Young retired from the Houston station in 1966.

He went on to start the Bill Young Production in 1981. During Young's 30 year career, he has worked with some of county music greats, such as George Strait, and Clint Black. Young was selected as "National Program Director of the Year" in the Gavin Poll. He was also recognized a handful of time as one of the industry's top major-market programmers by Billboard Magazine. In 2002, Young became an original inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

His Memorial Service was held at Second Baptist Church, in Houston on June 7th. Young was born in Honey Grove, Texas.

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