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What is Eye on Books Classic?
It's authors talking about their books.
You can hear contemporary masters of their craft, in their own words and their own unique voices, as they talk about their newest books. Just discovered a new favorite author? Come to Eye on Books and hear interviews with them about their previous books.
Eye on Books also has hundreds of interviews with authors of nonfiction books — actors, musicians, astronauts, scientists, politicians, Nobel prizewinners, and many others.
Who is Bill Thompson?
It all started in 1973 at a little 3,000-watt FM station in Ottawa, Illinois, with studios on the second floor above a laundromat.
In those days (back before the turn of the century), I was a disc jockey. But after someone reminded me that you need a personality to do that for a living, I switched to being a newscaster, and, ultimately, an interviewer.
I've worked for nearly a dozen local radio stations in several cities, including Tulsa, Providence, Boston, and Washington, D.C., as well as the erstwhile USA Today SkyRadio, and I've anchored the news for the Associated Press Radio Network.
I was also in a major motion picture once -- just my voice, though, not my face. I played "Radio Voice." Remember?
Since 1985, I have done more than nine thousand author interviews. I'm also planning to write a book based on those interviews, Now I've Heard Everything .
I take great pride in my work. But I'm even prouder to be Hillary's husband (yes, we are Washington's other Bill and Hillary), Jennie and Krissie's dad, Rachel and Justin's stepdad, and Emily and Andrew's Pop-Pop.
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For a long time, I've had a sense that we've been in a battle. People are willing to trade their reputations, and their character, for success. I just think that's a huge mistake, for people to trade [away] who they are in order to get ahead.