Thanks for visiting billdeyoung.com and the home of bdy Media. Welcome to Florida. I have been a writer and journalist for nearly four decades; my first tentative bylines appeared in the St. Petersburg Times in 1976. The details of my career are long and boring – the short version is that I was Arts and Entertainment editor at the Gainesville Sun for many years, followed by a similar gig at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart and Vero Beach, Fla., followed by a five-year stint at Connect Savannah in Georgia. I came back to St. Petersburg, my hometown, in 2014 for public relations work. There were stops, starts and misfires along the way, and some happy accidents, and I wrote liner notes for nearly 100 CDs. I met some great people, too.
On this page – which is, I’m sure you’ve noticed, still very much under construction – are a few of my favorite music pieces from over the years (look to the right of this column). On the left, a couple of the nice things that have been said about my first book, Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down. In early 2018, University Press of Florida will publish my new one, Phil Gernhard, Record Man. More about that very soon.
So now I’m a writer-for-hire. Please contact me at email@example.com, and let’s see if we can’t get something going. Talk to you soon. BDY