Hawaii media is mourning the loss of William H. “Bill” Baist, Jr.
Baist died Tuesday Oct. 11, due to complications from prostate cancer at his home in Ewa Beach with his wife Margo by his side. He had been battling the cancer for 13 years. Baist was 76 years old.
Baist was known in the islands as “The Golden Voice” for his smooth on-air delivery. He entertained island radio and television listeners for over 60 years.
His love for the broadcasting business was lifelong, with his first job was at KAIM radio at age 16.
In 1968, Baist was the co-anchor of the KHON News at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Don Picken. In 1970, he moved from anchor desk to sales at KHON and spent over 20 years at the station becoming the face and voice of a number of clients.
Most recently, Baist was a deejay on KUMU Radio 94.7 FM for 30 years.
Baist is survived by his wife Margo Massa, five children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Memorial Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at Koolau on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Burial to follow at 3 p.m. at Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family asks in lieu of flowers to direct donations to First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at Koolau, Cancer Center of Hawaii, or a charity of your choice.