Brainerd Area News

Brainerd Lakes Morning Show Host Honored With Community Spirit Award…And More


Bill Satre is the morning show host on Today’s Best Country B93.3 – a position I held for 15 years before handing the reigns over to him in 2017.  I told my listeners, as I was departing, they were in good hands.  Here is proof these are not only capable hands – they are caring and giving hands.

On May 6, 2019, while much of the community was gathered at Jack’s House for the annual Good Samaritan Bowl to raise money for senior programs and facility updates – my friend, Bill, was called to join the emcee of the event to pick up an award the radio station had received.  While he was there, he was surprised with a second announcement.  He was about to be recognized on a personal level.

The Spirit Award is given in memory of Jim Alderman, a past community leader known for his own spirit of giving to others.  Sheena Ziegler, organizer of Good Sam Bowl, said that this award is given to someone in our community who “goes above and beyond the call of duty as a community figure, as did Jim Alderman.”  She went on to say “the Brainerd Community is very lucky to have Bill as his passion for our community shines very bright.”  How true.  How true.

 In Ziegler’s own words “Bill was chosen this year because of his incredible dedication to our cause over the years. Bill spends time at Woodland and helps with their Resident Roll Offs, even after tragedy struck his heart and his mother passed. Not many people are even able to walk into a facility again after losing a loved one there. Bill does and with a smile on his face looking to brighten the spirits of many people.”

Ziegler also announced today that Bill has been chosen as “the 17th annual Community ambassador for 2020, next year’s Good Sam Bowl.” A challenge which, not surprisingly, Bill has accepted with those same caring and giving hands we have come to expect from our colleague at the radio station.

Congratulations, Bill, and thank you.  Thank you for the example you are to us, and for the love and devotion I witnessed first-hand from my cubicle that you gave to your mother in her final years.  Thank you, also, for continuing to brighten the days of those at Woodland and beyond.