William O. Bolen Bill Bolen
is a 53-year veteran of Alabama Broadcasting.He began his career while a high school student in his hometown of Selma, Alabama.Bill later went on to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa to earn his BA in Radio Arts.
Though well known in Central Alabama as a FOX6 WBRC-TV anchor, his
first love was radio.Beginning in 1947, Bill worked at various radio stations in the state as an announcer, disc jockey and in traffic, promotions and news; you name it, Bill did it!He left his home state in 1952 to join the U.S. Air Force.While serving, Bill was appointed Personnel Services Officer at an Air Base in Yuma, Arizona.He returned to civilian life in 1954 keeping active in the Air Guard and Reserves until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1979.
Also on his
return to civilian life, he
secured a job at a very "hot" AM station, WSGN 610.Once again, Bill
was a jack of all trades; sales person, disc jockey, news director and program director.Bill
broke into television in 1965 at the new station in Birmingham: WBMG-TV
, a CBS affiliate.Bill not only anchored two newscasts a day, but he
also produced the shows, acted as street reporter and shot news film.WBRC-TV lured Bill away from "next door" and he joined the Channel 6 family in August of 1969.In typical fashion, Bill jumped right in; working as co-anchor for the 5:30pm News and anchoring the 10:00pm News.
In 1973, management switched Bill
to mornings and he
began working "regular" hours.Not only did he anchor morning news segments, but he also anchored the daily noon news, was Editorial Director and Religion Editor.
In 1996, the early morning news went to two hours which Bill co-anchored from 5 until 7am.At the same time, FOX6 WBRC-TV launched a new morning show Good Day Alabama, a two-hour, live show focusing on local news and issues.The popularity of the show has grown immensely over the years and Bill Bolen
has been an integral part of the team.His
daily contributions to the show have been innumerable - anchoring news cut-ins and hosting regular features each week; from gardening to cooking to carpentry.
In September 2001, Bill
asked to have his
hours reduced so that he
could have more time with his
family.Now, Bill only co-anchors Daybreak from 6 to 7am and substitutes for the other morning anchors when they are out sick or on vacation.Also, Bill
still does his
regular features in Good Day Alabama.
Bill's connection to the Birmingham community is widespread.He is a member of the Advisory Board of Judson College, is a member of public relations committees of the Red Cross, the City of Mtn.
Brook, Shades Valley Rotary Club and the Birmingham Baptist Association
.He is on the Board of Directors for Alabama Jail Ministries.He is active in his church as a deacon and serves on numerous committees.Bill
is the recipient of various professional awards and civic honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in June 2001.As a cancer survivor, Bill
was honored in 1997 by the American Cancer Society
with the Life Inspiration Award.