Gordon Hinkley

hinkleyGordon Hinkley was a 51-year veteran radio and TV personality, spending 42 years at WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee. Hinkley first took to the airwaves in 1941 while still in high school in Wisconsin Rapids with his own weekly piano show on WFHR-AM. He continued his career on Armed Forces Radio while in military service and then served as a morning show host on WSAU-AM, Wausau, in the year prior to his move to WTMJ in 1950. In the mid 1950’s, he served as a radio staff announcer and hosted a live musical variety show and a nightly interview show on WTMJ-TV. In 1961, Hinkley began a 23- year run as host of “Top O’ The Morning”, one of Milwaukee’s most widely listened to wake-up shows. He hosted “Ask Your Neighbor”, a daily call-in show he began in 1961, as well as one of the longest running shows in Wisconsin radio history, “Invitation to Beauty”, a weekly program of light classics and popular music on Sunday mornings he put on the air in 1951. He has been honored for his community service contributions by such groups as the Salvation Army, Make A Wish Foundation, The Medical Society of Wisconsin, Broadcast Pioneers and Badger Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. In 1988, the Milwaukee School of Engineering conferred upon Hinkley the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Gordon Hinkley passed away on December 23, 2013.

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  1. DAVE ARNOLD

    A wonderful human being. Always positive on the air waves. I think Gordon was the MC for JOE SHOT & THE HOT SHOTS on WTMJ TV. That goes back when I was a kid; and i’m 73. MAY HE REST ETERNALLY WITH GOD’S GRACE AMEN

  2. Yeah my dad worked at wtmj. Back in the 50s the feds forced them to switch to television broadcasting when they were just a radio station. Gordon one time came to my house to borrow dad’s camper trailer. Do you know that Bob Alison in Detroit also started ask your neighbor show. Maybe Gordon was the original?? Quite conservative man Gordon was. A very talented and hard working man that had a sense of humor.

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