For All Special Events, Occasions and Projects
is a person to person entertainer. He reaches and touches
everyone in his audience.
I RECOMMEND HIM UNEQUIVOCALLY, AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN ONE.
Joseph Delaney, Entertainment Columnist, Las Vegas SUN newspaper
Bill Cooksey is quite capable of promoting, marketing and advertising any individual, group or business of any kind, shape or form. He is well seasoned and experienced in wisdom and knowledge with a unique ability to communicate the desired message from a mountain top or a soap box depending on what is available at the time. There is no limit to his resources of imagination and fresh ideas in motivation, inspiration and creativity.
Let him help you "Climb Your Mountain To The Top Of The Top"!
Bill Cooksey Biography
Bill Cooksey is a professional, personal consultant in the field of public relations. He has had extensive publicity and promotions experience in entertainment, broadcasting, education, corporate/private ventures and possesses a unique ability to create the catalysts that make special events spectacular.
Cooksey has been involved in high level policy and project planning and execution for his own career as a TV/Movie Producer, Recording Artist, Concert Promoter, Syndicated Radio Host and Producer, Guinness Book World Record Breaking Musician/Comic Stage Performer, Newspaper/Magazine Reporter and Columnist, Author/Seminar Instructor and Artist, as well as Advertising/Marketing Director, Corporate Public Relations VP, Master of Ceremonies/Event Planner, and Image Advisor/Consultant to hundreds of national and international clients in the fields of entertainment, private /corporate business and manufacturing/distribution.
His corporate clients have included Leiser D-1 Exotic Automobiles as Public Relations Director, Delta Studios and Delco Publishing as VP of Sales, Americana Racquet Club/Harrahs Corp. as PR/Promotions Director, Limited Snowboards, Inc as Event Planner/Public Relations, Peppermill Casino Corp. as Advertising/Marketing Consultant, Fred Olen Ray's Firebird Motion Picture Productions as Financial Consultant/Technical Advisor, Lemon Tree Hotels as Advertising/Promotional Consultant, Loew's Hardware Stores National Chain East Coast Spokesperson, Promotional Event Planner for hundreds of Automobile Dealerships, Banks, Hotels, Radio Stations and other numerous profit and non-profit organizations from coast to coast.
Personalities and celebrities who utilized Cooksey's Promotional/Musical skills and talents on and off stage have included stars like Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Blood, Sweat And Tears, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, The O'Jays, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Shirelles, The Dixie Cups, The Box Tops, Paul And Paula, Gary U.S. Bonds, Little Anthony's Imperials, Roy Hamilton, Bobby Lewis, Rufus Thomas, The Dovells, Lighthouse, Jimmy Elledge, Jewel Akens, Dallas Frazier, Walter Scott, The Ink Spots, Guy And Carmen Lombardo, Freddy Fender, Grampa Jones, Marylin Chambers, Vic Dana, Bob Crane (TV's Hogan's Heroes), Wayland Flowers And Madam, The Orlons, Robert Goulet, Bobby Darin's Road Band, Wilburn Brothers, Red Stegall, Roy Head, Little Robert Parker, Barbara Fairchild, The Tams, Gary Lewis And The Playboys, Lee Greenwood, Joe Frazier, The Swingin' Medallions, Dennis James, Ronnie Dove, Johnny Carver, Don Covay, Inez And Charlie Foxx, The Vibrations, Stan Musial, Major Lance, Bill Deal And The Rhondels, Pete Barbutti, The Left Banke And Many, Many More Wonderful Artists who have made their marks in the entertainment industry!
Cooksey's involvement in the print media have included being an exclusive correspondent for "Steppin' Out Magazine" in Las Vegas, distributed throughout Florida and Atlantic City; Columnist for "Entertainment Vegas-Style" weekly; Show reviews and entertainment columnist for "Las Vegas Sportsline Newspaper"; Special Features and Freelance writer for "Vegas Horsetalk Magazine" and other publications around the country. Cooksey has been on the VIP invited press list of every major resort property in Las Vegas and continues to maintain his valuable press contacts and personal friendships in media, publicity and public relations outlets throughout the US. Personal interviews and show reviews of celebrities have included Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Tom Jones, George Burns, Paul Anka, Frank Sinatra, Joan Rivers, Tony Orlando, Merv Griffin, Mickey Gilley, David Copperfield, David Brenner, Liberace, Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Maclaine, Harry Anderson, Anne Murray, Rick Nelson, Tina Turner, Eddie Rabbitt, Dom DeLuise, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Vinton, Wayne Newton, Jenny Jones, Engelbert Humperdink, Mamas and the Papas, The Association, Chubby Checker, Tammy Wynette, Jack Jones, Mel Tillis, Jim Stafford, Gallagher, The Unknown Comic, Diana Ross, T.G Shephard, Dottie West, Jenny Jones and it seems the list is endless.
Cooksey has performed one or more of his talents as a musician/comic/caricaturist/journalist/ publicist in the following resort properties: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: The Rio, Stardust, Ballys, Sahara, Flamingo Hilton, Monte Carlo, Stratosphere, Riviera, Marina, Dunes, MGM Grand, Peppermill, Alexis Park, Landmark, Fremont, Silverbird, LV Hilton, Frontier, Sands, Caesars Palace, Tropicana, Circus Circus, Golden Nugget, Silver City Casino, Vegas World, Palace Station, Aladdin, Alpine Village, Old Nevada, Silver Slipper, Union Plaza, Silver Nugget, Royal Casino, Nevada Palace, Thomas & Mack Arena, Cashman Field and The Las Vegas Convention Center. LAUGHLIN, NEVADA: Riverside Hotel and Sam's Town Gold River Hotel FLORIDA: Americana Racquet Club, Orlando--Clearwater Beach Hilton, Clearwater--Red Carpet Inns Hotel, Daytona--Breckenridge Resort Hotel, St. Petersburg--Old Orleans Hotel, Tampa--Sheraton Motor Inn--Fort Myers
Cooksey's broadcasting and film ventures have included his own TV show "The Wild Bill Cooksey Show" produced by Gulf-Western/Paramount from 1972-74, syndicated around the country in 1800 cable markets and winner of Gulf Western's 1973 award for "Best Independent Cable Show"; Co-Producer/Actor in the Fred Olen Ray Firebird Motion Picture Classic, " Brain Leeches " filmed on location in Orlando, Florida; Cooksey's Guinness Book World Record Breaking Event was the subject of a television documentary produced by Dennis Hamby and Associates, a independent filmmaker formerly with PBS in New York. The video production centered around the fact that 20 years after Cooksey had overcome a 5 year bed ridden illness limiting his ability to walk as a child, he broke a Guinness Book World Record In Las Vegas for endurance; Syndicated Radio Host/Producer of his own shows from 1985 through 1996 originating from KTRB-AM, KCIV-FM, KPLA-AM, KCBC-AM which aired in Northern CA alone to a potential audience of over 12 million people. The guest interviews in 1995-96 were syndicated to 22 major markets in the USA which aired weekly to a mass coverage of over 100 million residents in the total listening areas. The program, "Cooksey's American Carousel" was a "chat around the coffee table" type family show co-hosted by Cooksey's wife, Janae. Their well known guests included Pat Boone, Dave Dravecky, Mickey Gilley, Meadowlark Lemmon, Bo Diddley and hundreds more authors, entertainers, speakers, sports figures and business professionals who have appeared on national programs such as The Larry King Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, CNN and all of the many TV talk shows. The Cookseys also wrote and produced all of the entertaining commercials for their sponsors as well as all of their special radio dramas with sound effects. During the years, they did extra promotional remotes on location to interact more with their listeners.
Cooksey's interests in the recording industry included producing/performing three successful regional rock hits in the South with his own band in the 60s; recording four originals in Nashville at the encouragement of country singer Marty Robbins, which featured Elvis record legends The Jordanaires (backup vocals), D.J Fontana (drums) and Scotty Moore (guitarist) operating the board. Signed with Chart records to release "Mississippi Hippie" which made the top ten in many country/rock charts in the South. "Woman's World" from the same session was a number one hit across many cities in Florida. "Tender Lovin' Care" was charted on rock/country/gospel and MOR stations east of the Mississippi River and became a standard to be played at many weddings. In 1977, "Tender Lovin' Care" was re-released in a national test marketing and ranked in the top ten in over 150 cities. In 1978, Cooksey released "I'll Climb That Mountain" on an independent label to coincide with the debut of his non-fiction publication of his book by the same name. This song was also recorded by The Thomas Singers Gospel Quartet and was their most requested song in their 300 performances yearly for over an 8 year period. Cooksey also ran his own independent recording studio in Florida where he produced hundreds of commercial jingles for clients himself by dubbing all of the instruments and voices. Over the years he has been a promoter/consultant/arranger/producer/musician on numerous sessions for other friends in the business.
Cooksey's involvement with authorship in publications include his non-fiction book, "I'll Climb That Mountain", relating the events leading up to, during and afterwards of his Guinness Book World Record Breaking Event in Las Vegas in 1976. Highest praise for the motivational and humorous content of this work have been received by Cooksey from thousands of readers worldwide on every lifestyle level, including a gentleman who has sold over $100,000.000 in his own motivational materials and stated that Cooksey's book was the only publication he had found worthy of reading since he read Napoleon Hill's classic," Think and Grow Rich"; Cooksey compiled numerous workbooks and course materials in association with his motivational seminars, speaking engagements and interactive lectures for the banking industry, educational workshops for parents and corporate sales/marketing meetings around the country; Cooksey co-authored the extensive three volume curriculum," Foundational Phonics", with his wife, Janae. The course has been used since 1994 to teach thousands of students worldwide how to increase their reading skills in live classes and on the Cookseys' web site, "Free Online Phonics Classes On The Net". The program has been included in public and private schools, adult training facilities in the US and overseas, as part of the homeschooling curriculum of thousands of parents who have enrolled their children as students and also as a major part of a two hour mandatory course for teachers seeking state certification in a college in the Midwest; Other co-authorship is featured in several books compiled from the transcripts of Bill and Janae's "American Carousel" radio interviews with internationally known guests; New releases of Cooksey's publications include "Priorities", a non-fiction book about goal setting and lifestyle achievement and "Charlie Hazben; Been There, Done That A Couple of TImes Already", a humorous compilation of stories and events about Cooksey's encounters with celebrities and the reality of looking through the eyes of vanity with laughter.
Cooksey's promotional participation with Business, Government and Community Involvement have included his position as emcee/performer in special events for non-profit organizations like the Southern Nevada Hospital Auxiliary Fundraisers as co-host with Robert List, Governor of Nevada, Senator Richard Bryan's wife, Bonnie, and other notable public officials; Cooksey was handpicked for several campaign special events as the main speaker/emcee/organizer for Governor Bob Miller's re-election as Clark County District Attorney in cooperation with Sig Rogich and Associates, the major campaign force behind the Presidential elections of Ronald Regan and George Bush; Cooksey has also been featured as a roast speaker for the Clark County Commissioners and Master of Ceremonies/Promotions in charity organizational events for the Arthritis Foundation, Boy's and Girls Clubs of America, Florida Shriner's Children's Hospital, Maitre'D's and Captains Association, Jerry Lewis MDA Telephon, Help Them Walk Again Foundation and dozens more national and local non-profit groups; Cooksey was Public Relations Director for the Leiser D-1 Exotic Automobile Corporation in Las Vegas from 1981-83; As Promotion and Publicity Director of Concerts for Halsey Productions, Cooksey's expertise produced great success with major events of 25,000 attendees featuring headliners like Chuck Berry, Del Shannon, The Coasters, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Freddy Fender and other hit recording artists in major arenas nationwide; Cooksey was VP in charge of sales and marketing with Delta Studios and Delco Publishing which maintained photography studios in 18 elite department stores in Texas and the South, as well as special customer promotional events with Texas Banking Institutions; In 1978-79 Cooksey directed the public relations/promotions/publicity/performances for the VIP lounge of the exclusive Americana Racquet Club, a Harrahs property in Orlando that featured concerts with nationally known celebrities; Cooksey has also represented numerous private businesses in NV, CA and Fl as director of all media relations and placement of advertising on TV, radio and in newspapers.
Cooksey has received the following honors and awards: Guinness Book World Record Breaker, 1976, Las Vegas, NV and certified by Casino officials and press under the direction of Ben Roscoe, the former personal road manager for Roy Rogers and Gene Autry; Las Vegas Maitre'D's and Captain's Association Community Service Award; Gulf-Western's 1973 Best Independent Cable TV Program; Inducted into the Florida Music Hall of Fame; Co-recipient of the National Finals Rodeo Cartoonist Award; plus hundreds of other awards from local business, entertainment, educational and non-profit groups and organizations across America.
As a professional artist, Cooksey has together with his wife, Janae, in most major hotels in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe/Reno and Laughlin, NV. The Cookseys have used their entertaining caricature presentations as a business promotion vehicle from CA to FL in hotels, casinos, restaurants, car dealerships, conventions, exhibits, on stage and at special events. The list of the thousands of proud owners of original Cooksey artwork include notables like Jay Leno, Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Florence Henderson, Johnny Hart, Charlie Pride, Dean Martin, Ray Stevens, Red Skelton, Diana Ross, Tempest Storm, Mel Tillis, Paul and Paula, The Platters, Pat Robertson, Merle Haggard, Ralph Emery, Tom Jones, Righteous Brothers, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, Dottie West, Norm Crosby, Jackie Mason, Donna Fargo, Jimmy JJ Walker, Foster Brooks, The Jordanaires and many more. In true Cooksey promotional tradition on February 25, 1988, Bill and Janae began The World's Longest Cartoon on the bridge over the Colorado River at Laughlin, NV, as Bill stood on the NV side of the stateline marker drawing his wife, Janae stood on the AZ side of the stateline marker drawing Bill. The culmination of the project is scheduled to conclude in Las Vegas on February 25, 2001 as all owners of Cooksey artwork will be allowed to enter their treasures in the World's Longest Cartoon Party Contest to be able to partake of all of the winner's cash prizes. Plans are for the event to be filmed from the air as all of the Cooksey caricature entries will be laid end to end across the open desert and become, in fact, The World's Longest Cartoon. Anyone who owns original Cooksey artwork is eligible to contact Wild Bill and Janae about bringing their masterpieces to Las Vegas and join in the Big Party!
Cooksey's success in promotion of the careers and projects of others, as well as himself, is due to his commitment and dedication to get the job done in spite of the obstacles and objections of the establishment. His determination, perseverance and hard work ethic combine with integrity to create new avenues to follow in his quest to reach the end of the rainbow for clients. His game plan is to do as much as he can alone researching and evaluating all of the options available for the success of the project. Once all of the information has been collected, Cooksey becomes the ultimate quarterback team player, directing and executing each promotional action with precise detail and yet with perpetual flexibility. Cooksey's clients can count on the confidentiality of his work with them. Just as speech writers and promotional staff members for professionals with high visibility like the President, CEOs of major corporations and entertainment figures, Cooksey will not reveal any information about his clients or their business for any reason without their total consent. Bill's "never give up" attitude and natural "bounce back" spirit makes sure the ship never sinks and turns the lemon experiences into champagne lemonade. With an entertainer's heart, Cooksey's communication skills break through steel doors and bring the message home to folks who do not wish to hear anything from anyone at anytime.
Some observers have labeled him as "Wild Bill" Barnum or "P.T." Cooksey.
Perhaps, Las Vegas' Dean of entertainment columnists and critics, Joe Delaney who has been on the staff of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper since the Sixties, TV and radio host for decades, producer/director of multitudes of community activities and special events and an instructor of a course in hotel entertainment at the UNLV's College of Hotel Administration for 25 years said it best in a recent letter about Cooksey's entertainment and promotional skills:
"To Whom it may
Bill Cooksey came to my attention when he appeared in Las Vegas. THE FIRST ACT and ONLY act that I had seen other than SHECKY GREENE in New Orleans, circa 1952, that could go five and six hours non-stop and not repeat his material.
Cooksey is a person to person entertainer. He reaches and touches everyone in his audience.
I RECOMMEND HIM UNEQUIVOCALLY, AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMER IN ONE. I always look forward to his return performances in Las Vegas.
Joseph P. Delaney
Las Vegas Sun
800 South Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Press Release: July 17, 2000 - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA:
After being selected as the Las Vegas hosts for upcoming segments of VH1 Television Network's popular "Rock Across America" series, Wild Bill and Janae Cooksey were indeed in rare form on this first day of production with the visiting VH1 New York film crew. The tapings featured the crazy antics of the Cookseys as tourist guides taking the viewers from one end of the famous Las Vegas Strip to the other and included a special interview with well known Mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. Besides showcasing the madcap talents of Wild Bill and Janae as the fun hosts of these segments, VH1 producers will also be profiling the colorful careers of the Cookseys during their eventful years in entertainment, broadcasting and education for airing in vignette format throughout the Fall of 2000.
As you can see, the above biography definitely establishes Bill Cooksey as a successful professional quite capable of promoting, marketing or advertising any individual, group or business of any kind, shape or form. Cooksey is the perfect Speaker, Motivator, Emcee, Host, Announcer or Spokesperson for all special events, occasions and projects. He is well seasoned and experienced in wisdom and knowledge. Let him help you "Climb Your Mountain To The Top Of The Top
While You Are Browsing Over This Page And Checking Out The Links, You Might Enjoy Listening To The Vegaswatchdog's Special Musical Tribute To All The 50,000+ students, supervisors and supporters who have been actively involved in the last decade with The Cookseys' original free online phonics reading program, usareadingschool.com . When you hear the lyrics you will see why The Cookseys have never turned away anyone who wanted to learn to improve English reading skills. The download to your desktop might take a few minutes, but we think you'll be touched and want to share it with someone else who cares about other people too.
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