Born in Brazil in 1951, Bill Handel immigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was five years old. He grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley and went on to become a leading reproductive law expert. Regularly invited to discuss the topic on radio and television, his assertive style and informed opinions landed him his first radio job at 34 years old.
In 1989, his weekend show Handel on the Law debuted on KFI-AM 640 in Los Angeles. As his popularity grew, KFI gave him a daily morning show in 1993. The Bill Handel Show would go on to become one of the highest-rated programs in Los Angeles focusing on headline news, politics and pop culture. Primed for the national stage, Handel on the Law launched into syndication in 1998. Heard on 330 radio stations, Handel provides legal advice and rapid-fire commentary every Saturday morning.
Throughout his career, Handel has received numerous industry awards and accolades. In 2009, he was bestowed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also recognized with a Marconi Award in 2005 for Major Market Personality of the Year, along with three Local News/Talk/Sports Personality of the Year Radio & Records awards.
Bill Handel was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017.