BILL WEST is a Classic Hits fanatic, barbecue enthusiast, and bestselling multi-cookbook author based in Charleston, South Carolina.
West host our midday day “classic hits café” during the week that’s dubbed the “Whole Lotta Lunch” for it’s classic rock flavor and extra helping of tunes.
He has been playing radio in Charleston since 2007 and first came to the Low Country in 1989 (yes… just one week before Hugo hit). During that time he has interviewed some of entertainment’s biggest celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Paula Deen, Zac Brown, Ryan Seacrest, Carrie Underwood, and Alton Brown, to name a few. Bucket list interview: Springsteen (West’s favorite concert of all time was 1985 Springsteen in Chicago’s Soldier Field).
His favorite classic film is Forrest Gump. A movie he actually auditioned for during his Savannah radio days. Casting said “maybe a soldier,” and never called back. West says it “probably would’ve done better” if he had been cast.
His blog at BarbecueTricks.com and his YouTube channel, have accumulated more than 10 million views and nearly 45,000 subscribers. A native of Glenview, Illinois, West is the youngest of six children and has spent the last 30 years in the Southeast playing country music on the radio. As a hobby, he competed in and judged barbecue competitions across the state for several years before he took up writing.
He and his wife, MJ, make their home in West Ashley, and have one son, Jack, who is an accomplished guitar player that does an incredible solo arrangement of Free Bird.
Download Bill’s free Sides & Sauces eBook: BarbecueTricks.com/sauces-sides-recipes and have lunch with him this week on the WOLF!