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Birmingham Rewound :::: RADIO-TV
(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)
COLOR, COLOR, WHO'S GOT THE COLOR??
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
SPECIAL THANKS TO BILL BOLEN
FOR THESE WONDERFUL PICTURES!
Mountain Brook home.
Strangers often stop to say hi to Bill Bolen
is out shopping.
â€œIâ€™m always happy to talk with folks,â€� said the former newscaster. â€œI appreciate the fact that they watched me all those years.â€�
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
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.
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 cityâ€™s First Baptist Church, where he
held membership, purchased airtime and asked Bolen
to host â€œReligion in the Newsâ€� each week.
moved to WBRC TV two years later, where he
hosted a weekly 30-minute religious newscast, and later hosted a monthly religious discussion program.
produced and hosted these programs for 22 years.Â
Wife of Bill Bolen passes ...
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.
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.
will be buried Tuesday in a private graveside service.
EASTWOOD MALL ::: History
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
Chapter Vice President
U.S. Air Force