Bill had been news anchor in Montgomery, Alabama
and covered the civil rights movement there alongside Frank McGee.
When McGee was hired on at NBC News, McGee tried to persuade Henry
to come to New York with him but Bill didn't like the idea of
living in such a big city. He remained friends with McGee, who
became a television news legend.
Bill was brought to Channel 8 in 1962, when
the station decided to get serious about news and go head-on with
ratings leader WTVT. He was news director at WFLA-TV from 1962-1976.
During his tenure in that capacity, he anchored the 6 o'clock
news and sought to strengthen the role of minorities in the station's
In 1977, he became WFLA's Public Affairs Director
and moderated several weekly news talk shows. He also oversaw
and narrated special news documentaries. His reputation as a Tampa
journalist remained untarnished and he was held in esteem by everybody
in the news business.
He died at the age of 66 of a brain hemorrhage
just a few months after he retired in the mid 80's.