In his semi-retirement, Gil Stratton lived in Los Angeles with his wife of over forty years, actress/singer Dee Stratton. With the release of such classics as Stalag 17 and the Wild One on DVD and an entertainment climate starving for nostalgia, Gil is enjoyed a whole new career in public speaking. He was a featured speaker on the Princess Cruise Line and was a featured speaker at the Radio Enthusiasts of Puget Sound (REPS) conference in Seattle.
See more about Gil’s work on Cruise Lines here.
Gil guest starred in a few episodes of Harry Nile, a Seattle-based nationally syndicated radio detective series about a fictional 1940’s private detective. At a SPERDVAC (Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy) conference, Gil starred along with Dick Beals, Janet Waldo, and Elliott Reid in My Client Curley.
Helped to make and keep PPB going strong
Gil Stratton continued to serve the Hollywood community through his active membership and leadership through various professional organizations. Gil was the second President of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association and to this day still serves as a current board member. And he served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (Los Angeles Local).
Gil was honored by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcaster Association (PPB) in May, 2002. There he was roasted by such entertainment and sports luminaries as Nannette Fabrey, Richard Crenna, President of Southern California Sportcasters Stu Nahan, voiceover legend Janet Waldo, hysterical comedic writer Hal Kanter, George Nicolaw of KNX, and the grandson of Cecil B. deMille Joe Harper.
Gil has served as both PPB President and as PPB’s Vice President and is one of their Diamond Circle Honorees.
Gil Stratton Golf Classic
Gil has always believed in giving back to his community. For over ten years the annual Gil Stratton Golf Classic regularly raised money for charities. The Newborn Nursery at the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital was named for him as a result of money he raised for it. He also continued to speak at Rotary Clubs and other community service clubs.
Teaching on many levels
Gil enjoyed encouraging young and upcoming broadcasters by teaching an Extension Workshop at CSUN. The course covered a comprehensive analysis of sportscasting, from techniques of the trade to behind-the-scene operations for all types of media especially radio.
On a personal level, Gil was appointed by Ed Edelmen to serve as a Commissioner on the County Commission on Alcoholism for several years and he continues to work hard in his community volunteering on alcohol awareness and prevention programs.