Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 21, 2018
WILLIAM "BILL" MAYHUGH (1927 - 2018)
WILLIAM MAYHUGH "Bill" It is with great sadness, that
we announce the passing of Bill Mayhugh of Fairfax City,
Virginia. He died on his 91st birthday, Friday, October
He is survived by his two sons, Scott Mayhugh and Cathy
of Ocean View, Delaware, and Jack Mayhugh and wife
Sandra of Silver Spring, Maryland, and his five
grandchildren Thomas, Nicholas, Lilly, Christopher, and
Bill was born William Southall Mayhugh on October 12,
1927, in Washington, D.C. to John Fleming Mayhugh and Mary Amos Mayhugh. Bill lived
and worked in the D.C. metropolitan area all of his life and graduated from St. John's High
Throughout his life, Bill cultivated an extraordinary appreciation for music. He started playing
drums at the age of 15 and became a professional drummer at age 16. He made his living
as a drummer, bandleader and drum teacher until he was 23. Bill then enlisted in the Army in
1945 and served until 1946. Throughout this time, he continued to share his musical talent
while serving his country.
Bill believed radio was the avenue to share his passion for music with others, so he enrolled
in the National Academy of Broadcasting in 1949. Bill's radio career began at WFAX in
1949 and it spanned close to 50 years in the Washington, D.C. area. He worked at other
noteworthy stations such as WPIK, WGAY and WOL. Bill is best known for hosting the "All
Night Show" from midnight to 6 a.m. on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. for 30 years.
During his over four decades as an on-air personality.
Bill cultivated a wide-spread public relations family among many civic and social
organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. He personally worked with and devoted
much of his free time to over 25 charitable organizations. Bill's personal appearances as a
speaker and master of ceremonies numbered in the hundreds year after year. His love of
golf afforded him the opportunity to participate in or host more than 20 charity golf
tournaments each year. Dearest to his heart, and his most proud achievement, was the 20
years he spent helping to plan, produce and host the Leukemia Radiothon on WMAL. The
event raised over 15 million dollars for Leukemia research.
His family, friends, and fans remember him as a remarkable, kind and caring soul, who
always put others first. Bill often said, "If you do what you love, it is not work, and I have been
very blessed to be able to work in my own hometown all my life, and do what I love to do. I
have had a wonderful life and have no regrets."
A celebration of life is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at
Norbeck Country Club, 17200 Cashell Rd., Rockville, MD 20853.
Condolences may be sent to the country club at the address above.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory
of Bill at www.lls.org