BILL O'CONNELL, WCLV's VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROGRAMMING AND WCLV AFTERNOON HOST
Bill O'Connell is only the second person in the history of WCLV to hold the title of Program Manager, having succeeded WCLV's President, Robert Conrad, who, in addition to his ownership and administrative duties, was the station's Program Manager beginning with its inception in 1962. In 2001 Bill was promoted to Vice President of Programming for WCLV.
Bill came to WCLV after seven years as program director of KDFC, the heritage classical station in San Francisco.
During his tenure, KDFC earned the 1992 Marconi Award as Classical Station of the Year. In addition to hosting the station's afternoon drive slot, O'Connell was a commentator for the broadcasts of the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. Before KDFC he spent 17 years at WFLN, Philadelphia's late and lamented classical music station, as air host, production manager and music director.
He is a graduate in Communications from Temple University and is a former member of both the Choral Arts Society in Philadelphia and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
Bill O'Connell is heard on WCLV during afternoon drive, 4:00 to 7:00 PM, and on The Late Program at 11:00 PM. In addition, he voices commercials, is heard on special programs, and shares the mike with Robert Conrad on The Cleveland Orchestra broadcasts.
He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Shaker Heights. They have a son, Brendan. Cynthia is an adjunct voice professor on the faculty of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and has her own vocal studio. Bill does volunteer work in Shaker Youth Baseball.