The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, January 26, 2010.
As I am sure many of you know by now, this is Bill Bolen's last week at WBRC. He has graced our air for more than 40 years. Mr. Bolen is admired and loved by many. In fact, after he made the announcement of his retirement, on air, the well wishes and "we're going to miss you, Mr. Bill" laments began pouring in.
Bill Bolen is a respected journalist known for his integrity, his kindness and his generosity. When I first joined the staff in the fall of 2008, Mr. Bill was one of the first folks at the station to extend his hand and the offer of help for this newcomer. He is known to leave flowers and candy on the desks of his co-workers in an effort to brighten their day.
In the more than sixty years, Mr. Bolen has been on the air in Birmingham on both radio and television; he has watched the technological transformation of the broadcast industry. However, the main reason folks keep coming back to watch local news day after day is the same as it has always been. We watch those folks we trust and like. Trust is earned and built over time. Bill Bolen earned our trust.
In a time, when we may believe that chivalry is dead, we only have to look at the life of Mr. Bolen to know that's not so. He will be long remembered for his generous smile, his deep, warm voice, his sense of humor, his faith and its manifestation in his commitment to our community. We are really going to miss you Mr. B.
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