620WTMJ Hall of Fame radio legend Gordon Hinkley passes away
Legendary 620WTMJ radio hall of fame voice Gordon Hinkley has passed away. He was 88 years old.
"Gordon was a huge part of WTMJ Radio's rich history, hosting the morning show and "Ask Your Neighbor" for over three decades," said Journal Broadcast Group Executive Vice President of Television and Radio Operations Steve Wexler.
"Listeners loved him. Advertisers trusted him. And all of us who knew him learned from him. Gordon was a true professional who helped build WTMJ's legacy. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1997. "
Hinkley joined WTMJ in 1950 after broadcasting for stations in Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids and stayed on through 2001.
For years, he was the main voice on "Wisconsin's Morning News," "Ask Your Neighbor" and "Invitation to Beauty."
"He was the warm, 'friendly guy you could trust' voice on the radio," former 620WTMJ host Jonathan Green said on the station Thursday.
"Gordie, he carried it all...he was the glue that put it all together...he strangely was not the funny man in the place. He was the guy who fed the stuff to the other guys."
Hinkley's impact was not only on millions of radio listeners, but the kindness he gave his colleagues.
"I can't remember him being angry. I can't remember a cross word ever coming out of his mouth."
"He would make contact with you when you were a kid, walking past him...that was my introduction to him, a really nice guy you weren't afraid to say hello to," said TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz, who interned when Hinkley was hosting in the 1990's.
"My first paid job was on Sunday afternoons was hooking up the reel-to-reel and make sure Gordie's 'Invitation to Beauty' was playing...the beautiful music he loved to share with everybody."
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