CNOtes 11/23/21: Bill Nance, Local Broadcaster and Co-Founder of Faith and Friends Radio

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord our God,

Marcus Aurelius is credited with saying, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Lord, as we approach Thanksgiving, the beginning of Hanukkah, and the start of the Advent season, help us not to become so overwhelmed or wrapped up in the busyness of this time of year that we fail to notice the multitude of blessings surrounding us.  Let us give You thanks God, not only for momentous events in our lives, but let us also give You gratitude for the simple blessings in each and every day.



  • Gary Hansen announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettia’s for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that the program has been a huge success. So far, they have received 67, $50 gift cards. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Chris McAlpine, chair of the long-range planning committee, said the committee is looking for ideas which are typically for long-term physical construction projects in the community. They welcome any ideas you have for a big project for our community.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Brian Nolan held an auction today to raise money for Veterans in memory of Zach Hollingsworth, who spoke at the CNO 2.0 meeting on August 19, 2021. The item was a specially engraved bottle of Freedom Whiskey saying, “Thank you Centerville Noon Optimist Club.” It was sold to Beth Duncan for $200. Hollingsworth founded and ran Freedom Whiskey. All the profits went to veterans causes and he took no money for himself. At a fundraiser two weeks ago, they raised $33,000 for veterans causes.

Dates to Remember

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is December 3, 2021.
  • 12/14/2021, there is not lunch meeting at Yankee Trace.
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help.

Bill Nance, Faith and Friends Radio

Debe Dockins introduced Bill Nance, a long time Miami Valley Radio and TV broadcaster. Nance has worked in local broadcasting for more than 53 years. During his 15 years at WING radio he received more than 50 awards for journalistic broadcast excellence. He was inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill and his wife Carol reside in Bellbrook, Ohio. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Today, Bill shared some highlights of those 53 years.

You can view the slide deck “From the Microphone of Bill Nance, From Disc to Digital” here.

With Nance today at lunch was Melody Morris, his colleague for decades and co-founder of Faith and Friends

Nance served three separate stints at WING. After first starting in 1968, he left for a short time to work at WAVI-WDAO. Then in 1969. he returned to WING for two years and worked in the Continuity Department, writing and helping to produce commercials. Next, Nance spent five years in Xenia at WGIC hosting a morning show and it was there that he reported on the Xenia tornadoes. In 1976, he went back to WING and reported news for 13 years.

Nance produced several documentaries and special reports. He dabbled in TV a little bit including filling in for Joe Smith on Clubhouse 22 in the 1970’s.

How Bill Nance Got Started in Broadcasting

Bill Nance attended second and third grade in the same building where the Wright Brothers went to High School.

In the early 1960’s, Nance was hit by a car and nearly bled to death. If his mother took him home from the hospital the same day he was brought in, he would have died. God was watching over him. His mother insisted there was more wrong with him than the doctors realized. While in the hospital he had a transistor radio and he tuned to Top 40 Station WING. He heard the songs “Let’s Get Together” by Hayley Mills from the hit movie “The Parent Trap” and the theme song to the TV show, “My Three Sons.” It was then he realized he wanted to be a disc jockey.

At age 14, he and a friend built a one tenth watt transmitter radio station called WIBI, Radio 102, in the basement of his friend’s home. There were electric trolley lines above his friend’s home. Because of the trolley lines the station could be heard for miles as long as you weren’t very far from the lines. They were not legally allowed to have more than one tenth of a watt of power.

Nance learned radio by doing. In high school at Patterson Co-Op, he spent 3 years at a Junior Achievement radio station.

As a high school senior, Nance interviewed with two radio stations. On April 18, 1968 James Bennet from Wing Radio 1410 offered him a job first and he took it. It was here that he met his mentors and friends, Gene Berry. Bob Braun and Steve Kirk. As the youngest and most recent hire, they did not always use him on the radio. Often, they dressed him up in costumes for various promotions. One of those times was as a lion that Steve Kirk wrestled.

Program Director for WFCJ

Bill Nance worked as program director for 22 years at WFCJ where he started his long work relationship that exists today with co-host Melody Morris. They did a roller coaster promotion for the Millennium Force coaster at Cedar Point by recording his screams. Melody loved roller coasters, Nance did not!

Another time a magician juggled real daggers over him while he lay on the ground for 10 seconds. Melody was asking him questions during the act. It was only after the event that he realized the daggers were real and not props.

Celebrities Nance Interviewed Include

  • Johnny Bench, while he was a huge star with the Cincinnati Reds
  • Johnny Olsen, famous for announcing for the Price is Right, “Come on down!”
  • Andy Williams
  • Henry Winkler
  • Dick Clark
  • Rick Stanley (stepbrother of Elvis Presley)
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Mark Lowry
  • Chonda Pierce
  • Tiny Tim, who played and sang an old obscure song about Ohio from the 1930’s
  • Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son)

Faith and Friends Radio

Bill Nance, along with longtime colleague Melody Morris, are the co-founders of listener supported, internet radio station Faith and Friends The station harnesses the world’s technology. As of 6 years ago, they have been heard in all 196 countries in the world. They are community focused and have a global reach. launched on May 16, 2011. Their slogan is, “Music that hits the heart.” In 2014, Faith and Friends Radio became the first Internet-based radio station to be accepted on the iHeart Radio Network platform. By 2015, industry analysts found that more people listen to radio online than listen through a standard radio receiver, proving accurate the forward thinking of those who so diligently worked to establish Faith and Friends Radio.

About Faith and Friends Radio

  • They have a state-of-the-art studio
  • Their internet broadcaster is in Canada, and can track where and how long people listen
  • There is no transmitter, which saves thousands of dollars in operational expense
  • The format is a 50-50 blend of contemporary and traditional Christian music

Ways to Listen to Faith and Friends Radio

You can listen to Faith and Friends on numerous devices including SmartPhones, Computers and internet connected devices such as Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Google Home.

Friends and Family Radio is carried on iHeart Radio at and on iTunes at .

There is also a link on their website that links to

Thank You

Thank you, Bill Nance, for talking about your career and your current work at Faith and Friends

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kent LooseJean Pummill1st Reading
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Andrew CrosbyTOP Optimist Club Member
Ashley SchmittMike Bevis
Bill NanceSpeaker
Carol KennardDebe Dockins
Patti Jo VoreDebe Dockins
Melody Morriswith Speaker

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

Everyone that is not hosting Thanksgving DinnerBeing a freeloader for not hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.
Greg GriffinKeeps playing Bad Boys when sergeants Diane Arehart and Jane Fiehrer are clearly girls. [Greg’s rebuttal] – “Bad Boys” theme refers to the offenders as it does in the TV Show “Cops” – not the men and women of law enforcement. “All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.”
Gail AikenWearing an Ohio University Bobcat jacket, which is not Miami University.
Art HungLetting all the younger guys do all the hard work at the tree lot.
Brian NolanNot helping to lift trees onto the drill at the tree lot.
Bob Duffy and Chris McAlpineSitting at the birthday table when it was not their birthday.
Scott LangerLate to today’s meeting.
Gary HansenThere was no American flag at the meeting and Gary did not notice during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Membership Anniversaries

Andy DickersonNovember 24, 20183
Erin DickersonNovember 24, 20183
Gareth DickeyNovember 24, 20183
Mariah VogelgesangNovember 24, 20183
Rick AltvaterNovember 24, 20183
Ron KukerNovember 24, 20183
Sue ZammitNovember 24, 20183
Cindy GabouryNovember 27, 20174
Jay McAlpineNovember 27, 20174
Jayne WeikelNovember 27, 20174
Nancy AndersonNovember 27, 20174
Patrick ArehartNovember 27, 20174
Rick TaldaNovember 27, 20174
Robby JohnsonNovember 27, 20174
Sharon SilverbergNovember 27, 20174
Shelby DiPasqualeNovember 27, 20174
Sonny SinghviNovember 27, 20174
Liz FultzNovember 29, 20156
Jesse LightleNovember 28, 200615
Bill DeFriesNovember 23, 200417
Ted HumphreyNovember 29, 200120


Mike KistlerNovember 23
Tom BeeryNovember 29
Denny CottleNovember 29

CNO Donations – 2013 through November 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.