Billy Kidd passed away in November 2020, having been in contact with the on-air audience for over 20 years on 103.5 WIMZ.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – About a year ago, a beloved radio host in Knoxville passed away. For example, the Second Harvest food bank in eastern Tennessee held a food drive in his honor on Thursday, collecting donations to give to people in the area.
In November 2020, William Winningham, better known as Billy Kidd, passed away. He hosted a show between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays on 103.5 WIMZ, a classic rock station. He worked on Knoxville Radio for decades, connecting with audiences on the air.
Second Harvest said he has worked with them throughout his career as well, which has had a huge impact on the community.
“Friends like Billy are rare, precious and priceless,” they said on social media. “The loss of Billy is always hard to imagine, but we will never forget the impact he had in this community. He cared so much for his neighbors on and off the air.”
In his honor, they organized the Camping for Cans take-out food drive. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., donors could drive to Food City at 284 Morrell Road and drop off any type of food.
The MEDIC Regional Blood Center was also present at the event, collecting blood donations. They said they would donate $ 5 for each person who donated blood.
“This is very important to us because for over 20 years WIMZ’s Billy Kidd has camped for cans in Knoxville parking lots,” said Alison Galyon, Events Coordinator at Second Harvest. “He would camp endlessly, for days on end, until he got enough cans and enough money for people to eat their meals.”
Last year, the event took place virtually due to COVID-19.