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Mrs. William O. Bolen

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Local Address:  Florida , United States
United States Air Force

Employment History

  • On-Air Talent
  • News Director

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of Public Relations Committees
  • Member of Public Relations Committees
    FOX6 WBRC-TV News
  • Member of the Advisory Board
    Judson College
  • Member of Public Relations Committees
    Red Cross


  • BA , Radio Arts
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Web References
Birmingham Rewound :::: RADIO-TV [cached]
(picture courtesy of Bill Bolen) 1955: Cousin Cliff Holman's first TV show on channel 13!
42's star attractions at the onset were WSGN newsman Bill Bolen, who made the move from radio to television ... and WSGN "Good Guy" Neal Miller.
(courtesy of Bill Bolen)
ca. 1969: Bill Bolen was the newest member of the Channel 6 team. (L-R) Joe Langston, Bill Bolen, Tom York, Pat Gray.
BACK ROW: Bill Bolen, Herb Winches, Tom York, Joe Langston
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Bill Bolen in his Mountain Brook home.
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Strangers often stop to say hi to Bill Bolen when he is out shopping.
“I’m always happy to talk with folks,� said the former newscaster. “I appreciate the fact that they watched me all those years.�
Bolen spent nearly 50 years delivering the morning news until his retirement in 2011. Now the Mountain Brook resident said he misses the news business but is happy to get to sleep a little later in the morning.
A member and deacon at Brookwood Baptist Church, Bolen is quick to cite the leadership of God in his broadcasting career.
Bolen grew up in Selma and said he professed faith in Christ on Easter Sunday in 1940. His best friend in high school became a pastor, but Bolen never sensed that God wanted him to be a preacher, too.Â
While working at the local Sears and Roebuck as a teenager, Bolen became fascinated with the radio repair shop. After hearing him use one of the early wire recorders in the shop, a coworker asked if Bolen had ever considered a radio career. Bolen applied to Selma radio station WHBB and worked there until he enrolled in the School of Radio Arts at The University of Alabama.
After graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Air Force in Yuma, Ariz., writing press releases and meeting with the media for the Department of Information Services.Â
While in the Air Force, he married Vivian Killebrew of Anniston, whom he had met at The University of Alabama. Together they raised a son and three daughters, who all graduated from Mountain Brook High School.
Following his enlistment, Bolen returned to Alabama, working at radio station WSGN. When Birmingham added a third television station in 1965, he started at WBMG TV as news director and chief anchor.Â
The city’s First Baptist Church, where he held membership, purchased airtime and asked Bolen to host “Religion in the Newsâ€� each week. He moved to WBRC TV two years later, where he hosted a weekly 30-minute religious newscast, and later hosted a monthly religious discussion program. He produced and hosted these programs for 22 years.Â
Bill Bolen Radio Broadcasting
Wife of Bill Bolen passes ... [cached]
Wife of Bill Bolen passes away Submitted by MyFoxAL Web Staff on Sunday, July 3rd, 1:28 pm
Vivian Bolen, wife of legendary Birmingham television news anchor Bill Bolen, has passed away after a short illness.
Mrs. Bolen died Thursday night. She was 79.
Vivian was the wife of Bill Bolen, who retired from WBRC-TV in January 2010 after serving more than 40 years as an anchor and reporter.
Mrs. Bolen will be buried Tuesday in a private graveside service.
EASTWOOD MALL ::: History [cached]
The ceremony was emcee'd by Bill Bolen, then News Director of WSGN (and for decades a news personality WBRC-TV).
Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis [cached]
William Bolen Chapter Vice President U.S. Air Force
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