Bill Parker, the man who was a familiar personality to Binghamton radio and TV audiences for decades, has died.

Parker apparently died in his sleep early Thursday at Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was 91.

Parker grew up in the village of Canastota in Madison County. His first radio job was on a Utica station, where he worked for a short time. He was 20 years old when he arrived in Binghamton to become an announcer at WNBF Radio in 1948.

Parker was on hand when television arrived in Binghamton when WNBF Channel 12 signed on in December 1949.

Photo: Valerie Soule
Photo: Valerie Soule

For years, Parker entertained people on the TV Ranch Club and the Officer Bill Show. He also relayed forecasts as the "Atlantic Weatherman." He also hosted daily music and interview programs on WNBF Radio.

Parker was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2015.

WATCH this WNBF Radio interview as Bill Parker talked about his life and broadcasting career.

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