No Curveballs, the biography of Bill Werndl, was written by Bill and his co-author, Joe Vallee. You can find out more about them here!
Bill Werndl is a man of many talents, as well as several nicknames. If you know him from Philadelphia, you may know him as “The Loon.” If you’re from the West Coast, you know him as “Philly” Billy. No matter what name you know him by, it’s safe to say that Bill’s successful career in sports that spans almost 50 years is matched by very few. Just months after starting in the mailroom at WFIL Radio (the future WPVI/Channel 6) in 1966, Bill was promoted to the newsreel. In 1974, he became the first full-time sports producer in the Philadelphia market. Along the way, Bill established friendships with the Philadelphia Flyers Broad Street Bullies, Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, baseball’s all-time hit king and former Philadelphia Phillie Pete Rose and countless others. During his 30-year stint in the City of Brotherly Love, Bill covered more than 3,000 stories, including the Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA championship seasons of 1967 and 1983, as well as both Flyers’ Stanley Cup parades in 1974 and 1975.
In addition to his work in television, Bill was also a long-time spotter for the Philadelphia Eagles radio broadcasts, as well as a co-host for Eagles pre and postgame shows on WYSP radio. During his long and varied career, Bill has spotted more than 800 football games, including the “shortest day ever spent in Japan” back in 1993. Along the way, he has worked for every major network, which includes CBS, ABC/ESPN, NBC and FOX, covering some of the biggest college football games ever played while working with such notable sports broadcasters as Ron Jaworski, Bill Campbell, Johnny Sample, “Big Al” Meltzer and Jim “Sports” Kelly.
After years of working behind the scenes, Bill Werndl received the offer of a lifetime to work sports talk radio in San Diego, California. Immediately after arriving, Bill became a talk radio sensation, and was given the nickname “Philly Billy” by his on-air partner, Steve Hartman. The two were known as the Loose Cannons on XTRA 690 AM, and their show became the number one-rated sports talk show in all of Southern California. During his time in San Diego, Bill covered the 1998 World Series featuring the San Diego Padres, San Diego State basketball and football, was a color analyst for the San Diego Chargers, covered golf tournaments (including the Bob Hope Classic and Torrey Pines) and was a color analyst for the San Diego Chargers. Bill also reunited with baseball great Ted Williams and forged relationships with Padres Hall of Fame legend Tony Gwynn, former Sixers Hall of Fame coach Alex Hannum and many more. After six and a half years at XTRA Sports 690 AM, Bill moved up the dial to The Mighty 1090 AM, before returning to Philadelphia in 2009. Since his return, Bill has appeared as a panelist on numerous media outlets, including The NFL Network and Philadelphia’s Comcast SportsNet. You can currently catch up with Bill on WCHE 1520 AM in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and WBCB 1490 AM in Levittown, Pennsylvania.
The accomplishments of Bill Werndl doesn’t do his career justice. He’s simply one of the most diverse and knowledgeable personalities in the world of sports.
Bill currently resides in Valley Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Corinne.
Joe Vallee’s love for sports began as a child growing up in the 1980s. With his family having been full or partial season ticket holders for all four major Philadelphia sports teams during certain parts of his youth, Joe was able to experience the good, the bad, the ugly, and the absolute heartbreak that too often comes with being a Philadelphia sports fan.
A former Phillies bat boy, Joe is always open to sharing stories about his encounters with the likes of Mike Schmidt, Darren Daulton, John Kruk, and memories of a not so pleasant meeting with Lenny Dykstra. Joe is a graduate of Bishop Eustace Preparatory High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey. While attending St. Joseph’s University, Joe hosted his own radio show and graduated with a degree in English and a minor in Business. After an internship fell through at a local sports station just prior to graduation, Joe continued to work his way up in the family business at Vallee and Bowe Cadillac and Oldsmobile in Woodbury, New Jersey, before its closing in 2006.
Joe is the co-founder of the Philadelphia-based website Philly2Philly.com. The site officially launched in June, 2009, and reached more than two million views in just the first two years. Joe was also the brainchild behind the book A Snowball’s Chance: Philly Fires Back Against the National Media, which he wrote along with several sports writers from Philly2Philly.com. The book was published in 2013 and has been met with critical and commercial success.
Joe has played a major role in the launch of the Rainbow Rabbit Anti-Bullying Educational Program, which is based on a character created by his grandfather, Arthur Vallee, who was one of the first Disney animators. The program is currently being utilized by various educational institutions throughout the Tri-State area. He is also a musician, having played drums in practically every venue in the Tri-State area for better parts of the last 20 years, as well as releasing two albums and an EP with multiple groups. Joe was featured on 97.5 FM The Fanatic Dream Job contest, has served as guest host on The Artie Clear Show with Artie Clear, and has broadcast news segments for The Daily on the Apple iPad. Joe’s voice can also be heard on numerous KYW News Radio commercials, as well as spots for Activision and Potomac State University. He has also been an occasional sports contributor to FOX 29’s Good Day Philadelphia, a writer for JerseyMan Magazine, and digital media manager for CBS Philly/WOGL.com.
Joe currently resides in South Jersey.