Former Radio DJ Bill Reid Is Still Telling Stories In Burien
by Joanne Dyer
Stop by Tellit Productions in downtown Burien and you might recognize co-owner Bill Reid’s voice before you recognize his face. Take a listen to this 2003 clip:
The above clip is from Bill’s work as a DJ at Seattle’s KNDD 107.7, The End radio. Longtime Seattleites may have also caught Bill’s shows on CBS Radio/JACK-FM, KISW, and KZOK/KJET, and if you ever hung out in San Francisco in the early 90s, he even spent time on “Live 105.” A Seattle native, Bill spent much of his broadcasting career right here in his hometown.
Talk with Bill for a while and he might share stories like this one:
“I once almost got beat up by the Indigo Girls,” he said.
The Indigo Girls had stopped by KNDD studios to play songs from their new album, and Bill wasn’t as familiar with their music as they’d hoped. When the pair began accepting song requests by phone, Bill half-jokingly asked if they could play Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” a song miles away from their folky-pop style. The Indigo Girls were not amused. “I thought when she stood up to leave that she was going to hit me,” Bill said.
Bill had better luck interviewing the iconic Eddie Vedder, who he describes as “a great guy.” Bill says the Pearl Jam singer was humble and surprisingly sensitive about his ability to fit into Seattle culture as a relative newcomer. Listen to Bill’s interview with a young, weary Eddie Vedder, who was in the middle of the 1992 Lollapalooza tour, here.
Bill met many of Seattle’s rising grunge stars, such as Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, during his radio career.
After playing thousands of songs in his 25-year career, what’s the one song he never wants to hear again? “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana! It was overplayed,” Bill said. Today, Bill no longer works in radio, though he says, “it was quite a ride.”
Bill now brings his relentless curiosity and people-love to his current gig at Tellit Productions in Burien. Bill and business partner (and brother) David Leaming channel their passion for storytelling into their current work: creating videos. Tellit Productions creates video for the new social media, such as Facebook and MySpace. They also develop training videos and biographies, working with everyone from corporate clients like SeaTac Park.com to older—or even younger–folks who’d like to leave a legacy of memories via a personal biography video. Bill loves the opportunities in his new venture, which he finds are both meaningful and cutting-edge.
Here’s a sample video of their work for SeaTac Parking, a spot-on parody of the infamous Steve Ballmer “Developers” video:
Contact Bill and David at www.tellitproductions.com, 206-248-8355, 616 SW 152nd Street.