“I have been planning to retire for years.” Said Hall, “For years I have had to work during the holidays, I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family. I just want to enjoy life. I have never made a P.T.A. meeting or high school football game. I plan to catch up.”
Bill Hall joined WSMV on February 1, 1974 as a staff announcer and weather reporter. In 1976 he became weekend News anchor and in 1977 moved into the chief weathercaster position.
The popularity Bill Hall has achieved as a broadcaster is beyond compare. Viewers have trusted Bill for his weather forecast, loved him for his personality, admired him as an outdoorsman, and known Bill to be a close personal friend of Snowbird. Snowbird is the popular mascot for the Channel 4 News system to announce school, church and business closing information during the winter months. Bill and Snowbird have appeared together for years in station promotions that have been hugely popular with the young and old alike. Bill Hall’s contribution to Channel 4 News and the Nashville community will not be forgotten. Bill has worked with the Cheatham County D.A.R.E. program and has served as the spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association’s annual Walk On The Wild Side Fundraiser.
Bill’s presence will be missed each day at WSMV-TV, but as Dan Miller reminds us “Bill Hall will not retire from being a part of our lives. He may stop coming in every day presenting the weather on TV, but he’ll be out there serving this community in the same important way he always has, simply by being Bill Hall. Whether it’s frightening weather or an uncomfortable event in our society; Bill has a knack for staying calm and keeping things in perspective. His friendship and loyalty to Nashville have been unflinching. That’s not going to change.”
Demetria Kalodimos remembers the first day she came to work at Channel 4 News. “Bill Hall was already celebrating 10 years at the station, and was arguably the biggest star in town. We have always marked that day, February 1st, as our own ‘shared holiday’. It will be bittersweet for me when February rolls around, not to see Bill in the hallway and exchange a little wink or a hug. He is as much an icon in Nashville as the Parthenon, the polar bears, the Batman Building, or the Ryman. I know he’ll be back for our special occasions…I’ll be counting on that. In the meantime, I know he’ll be perfecting his crop of Better Boy tomatoes and hot peppers. We love you Bill, and always will.”
Lisa Spencer, Chief Meteorologist, says, “People really trust his forecast. I’ve had viewers tell me, if Bill says it’s going to snow, it’s going to snow. He has had such an impact on Middle Tennessee; it’s such a treat to work with Bill Hall everyday. He is truly a living legend and a tough act to follow.”
“Bill Hall has confirmed for many of us the really important lessons in life, be kind, work hard and always remember the viewers are your neighbors.” said News Director Andrew Finlayson. “Bill Hall is simply one of the nicest people you will ever meet we will all miss seeing him each day.”
Bill and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for over thirty years; they were high school sweethearts and have three grown children. Bill is a life member of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, National Rifle Association, The National Conference and the NAACP. In 2005 Bill was recognized by the readers of the Nashville Scene as the best weathercaster in Nashville and is just one of the many awards he has received in his career.
“Channel 4 News has a rich history in Nashville and across Middle Tennessee.” Said Senior Vice President of the Meredith Broadcasting Group and WSMV General Manager Elden Hale Jr., “In so many ways Bill Hall is the heart of this station, his contributions to broadcasting and the community will not be forgotten."
Channel 4 News will have special coverage of Bill Hall’s distinguished broadcast career starting Monday, November 28th. Join Dan Miller and Demetria Kalodimos during Channel 4 News at Five and Six on Tuesday, November 29th and Wednesday, November 30th for stories that will tell you about the important weather events and the personal stories that have made Bill a part of Middle Tennessee for over 30 years. Bill will continue to appear on Channel 4 News in a series specials related to of his off camera loves, cooking and the outdoor life. Bill Hall will broadcast his last weather forecast Wednesday, November 30th during Channel 4 News at Six.
“I am extremely happy. I have a few health issues to take care of then I plan to get back to hunting and fishing.” Said Hall, “There are two things I am going to do on Wednesday night. I’m taking the calendars off the wall and I am backing over the alarm clock.”
If you would like to wish Bill Hall a happy retirement, you can go to wsmv.com and send him and e-mail.
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