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WIBC's Big John Gillis Dies At 64


Long-time WIBC (Indianapolis) traffic reporter Big John Gillis died Friday at his home at the age of 64. He was having breathing problems in recent weeks and his body shut down Friday. Emmis Indianapolis Market Manager Charlie Morgan tells Radio Ink, "John was truly a bigger-than-life personality. He was more than just a traffic reporter, he was a part of the fabric of WIBC and the Indianapolis community. He was beloved by WIBC listeners and will be missed by all who listened to him, worked with him, or knew him."

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan added, "WIBC and the entire Emmis family are saddened by the passing of Big John Gillis. John was an icon in Central Indiana whose captivating personality touched generations of listeners in our community. John will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Sherry and his entire family."

(10/29/2014 5:58:30 PM)
John was PD at WVBF, Boston in '74 when I got hired there. Too bad he left shortly thereafter. He was a really nice guy.

(9/13/2013 1:35:16 AM)
dZGiRT Really enjoyed this article post. Really Cool.

- NY
(9/7/2013 8:40:57 PM)
WFw9pU Im thankful for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

- NY
(11/13/2012 9:41:42 AM)
Big John was a shriner in the Indianapolis Murat Temple and a well sought after speaker by its many different 'units.' Growing up in a military family, he traveled all over the world and had many interesting stories to tell. As a Freedom Team Salute Ambassador, I'd like to express my gratitude for John's service to both our community and country. He will be missed!-- A U.S.Army Veteran and brother Mason, Rudy Nylund

- Rudolph Nylund
(11/12/2012 2:32:04 PM)
I remember Big John as the morning drive jock years ago, on a new station called WNAP....and he was KILLER!!!
Fairwell Big are a legend.


- Brad Aaron

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