Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Bill Porter is Bradley University’s Director of Broadcast Engineering and Chief Engineer of Peoria Public Radio and WTVP-TV. Bill’s first experience on the air was writing and hosting a documentary about Jimi Hendrix in 1973 at his high school FM station, WNTH. After graduating with a degree from ISU in Information Sciences, Bill pursued his love of music by playing lead guitar and toured with several rock bands. After returning from the rigors of life “on the road,” he was hired as an engineer at a Fox TV affiliate. Six years later he was hired as control room supervisor and transmitter field maintenance engineer for a group of PBS stations. During those years, Bill took night courses and received additional certification in electronics servicing. He also gained valuable experience by working closely with several universities, TV and radio stations throughout the state of Illinois. In 1998, Bill was hired by Bradley University. He recently said, “I love working at Bradley. My Dad is a WW2 Navy veteran and attended Bradley on the GI Bill after the war. I feel like I belong here.”
Bill remains active in music and was a competitor in the International Blues Competition in Memphis, has performed in Los Angeles on a syndicated TV show hosted by Natalie Cole, played guitar in the main studio at NPR’s headquarters in Washington DC and has performed at the Illinois Blues Festival in Peoria seven times.