Bill Bolen retires from television

Bill Bolen, Janice Rogers and Rick Journey (WBRC photo)
Bill Bolen, Janice Rogers and Rick Journey (WBRC photo)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Veteran TV news anchor Bill Bolen retired from television Thursday, ending more than 40 years of work at FOX6 WBRC-TV.

Co-workers, friends and family celebrated Bolen and his career during Good Day Alabama on Thursday morning.  The staff showed video of Bolen through the years and recalled some of his favorite memories.  Gov. Bob Riley also called to congratulate Bolen on his success and proclaim Thursday as "Bill Bolen Day" in the state of Alabama, and Birmingham Mayor William Bell presented Bolen with a key to the city.

Click here to see photos of the day, before and after the show ended.

Bolen, 81, announced earlier this month his decision to retire from broadcasting. He began his broadcasting career in radio in 1947, then transitioned into TV in 1965 before joining WBRC in August of 1969. Over the past 40 years, Bolen has served as a reporter and anchor for the TV station.

In addition to his work at WBRC, Bolen has served on a number of community boards. In 1997, Bolen, a cancer survivor, received the American Cancer Society's Life Inspiration Award.