“This is…(long terrified pause to see if the mic is really on)…this is Radio Leacock,”Those were the first words on a high school radio station in Toronto of a paralyzingly shy kid named Bill McCarroll. Bill’s passion for radio started while at Stephen Leacock High School in the radio club and broadcasting program.
He went on to become one of the biggest names in Canadian talk radio – Bill Carroll.
Bill was born in Coatbridge, Scotland. He came with his family to Toronto, in the late 1960s.
He began his career in 1980, moving to New Liskeard, Ontario for his first job as NewsDirector for CJTT.He was a one-person department–reading the morning news and was the news reporter.
In 2010, he decided to chase his ultimate broadcast goal. He wanted to see if he could crack the U.S. market and flee the Canadian winters.While in L.A., Bill did something unprecedented, he hosted two shows in two countries each weekday: midday on KFI and afternoon drive on AM640 in Toronto.
During his career Bill has been recognized with a numbers of awards including – the Edward R Murrow award for hosting live coverage in Washington D.C. for President Obama’s first inauguration. The RTNDA Sam Ross Award National and Central Region 2008 for radio editorial. The RTNDA Sam Ross Award Central Region for TV Editorial 2006.
Bill is currently the host “The Morning Rush” on Newstalk 580 CFRA. Despite a near audience revolt in his first few months, he has been at the helm of what is now Ottawa’s top rated morning show since March, 2016.
Bill married his wife Sylvie in July 2003.They have two children, Killian and Magalie and live in the beautiful riverfront community of Manotick. He still hates Canadian winters.