Birmingham TV Luminary Bill Bolen Set to Retire

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

The Birmingham News

Bill Bolen Broadcasting veteran Bill Bolen, whose gentlemanly demeanor, re-assuring delivery and unfailing decency have made him one of Birmingham’s most beloved newscasters, is signing off after more than half a century on radio and TV here.

The 81-year-old Bolen plans to announce his retirement during the 6 o’clock hour of Monday morning’s “Good Day Alabama” show on WBRC-TV/Fox 6, where he has worked for the past 40 years of his career. His last day at the station will be Jan. 28.

“That’s been the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Bolen said Friday. “But my wife’s been on my back for two years, so I finally decided she’s always right and I better do it.”

The elder statesman of Birmingham TV newscasters, Bolen came to WBRC in 1969 More…