Bill Hearne(45787 bytes)
Bill Hearne-DJ
Caroline North 1965-1966
Caroline House 1966-1967

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Bill Hearne is always considered a Canadian but, he was born  in Clapham, London on 6th August 1927.  When he was three his parents moved to Toronto, Canada.   There he grew up and attended school.  Upon graduation at 17 he returned to London to study commercial art at St. Martin's School of Art.  After finishing St. Martin's he returned home and became a successful illustrator and artist. In 1950 he graduated  Ryerson Institute of Technology, Radio Broadcasting School. During the following fourteen years Bill worked in broadcasting as director, news reader, interviewer, commentator and script and commercial writer.  In 1964 he once again left for Europe where he worked for Radio Luxembourg.  Bill  joined Radio Caroline North in  April 1965.

One contribution Bill made to Caroline North was his many "drop-in voices".They ranged from a "Cockney cleaning lady" to an old west cowhand.   On his week off Bill did voice  work for the Anderson Puppet Television Productions. He remained on board the North ship until 1966 when he moved on shore and worked in Caroline House in Production.

One of Bill's tasks at Caroline House was "Caroline Cash Casino".  Hourly  between 9 a.m. and noon weekdays, Bill gave clues to listeners on both Caroline ships.  They were in rhyming couplets describing a person or thing.  A new line was given each day.   Listeners entered the contest with their guesses or "deductions" as to who or what was being described by the couplet.  They mailed their answers to Caroline House along with a proof of purchase of one of the contest's sponsors writing that sponsor's name on the outside of the envelope.  Hourly three randomly chosen letters from the particular sponsor for that hour were opened.  Each letter that contained a wrong answer added  10 to the jackpot which started  at 100 for each new contest. The first letter  opened containing the correct answer won the jackpot. 

 

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hearne1.jpg (106862 bytes) Cash Casino No.  5  jackpot was 4,070  May 1, 1967.   Bill  presents  Mrs. L. Hughes and family of Bangor, North Wales her check.  The correct answer was  Mary Quant.
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