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Local Address: Florida, United States
U.S. Air Force

Employment History

  • News Director
  • Personnel Services Officer
    Air Base
  • On-Air Talent

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
  • Member of the Advisory Board
    Judson College
  • Board Member
    Alabama Jail Ministries


  • BA , Radio Arts
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Birmingham Rewound :::: RADIO-TV, 8 Aug 2013 [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
FOX6 News -- Coverage You Can Count On -- Birmingham, Alabama, 27 May 2005 [cached]
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.
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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.â€
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 News†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
Contact FOX6, 28 Nov 2009 [cached]
Bill Bolen
FOX6 News -- Coverage You Can Count On -- Birmingham, Alabama, 11 Aug 2005 [cached]
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