Former WHSV Employee Inducted into WV Broadcasting Hall of Fame

A former WHSV TV3 employee was honored last month when he was posthumously inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Robert Glen "Bob" Bolyard, a Grafton, West Virginia native, lived and worked in Harrisonburg for more than 15 years. He passed away in 1995 and was buried in Bridgewater, where his family still lives.

He was a member of the television station's Marketing Department and was instrumental in the creation of the WHSV Athlete of the Week - Scholarship Program.

Bolyard began his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Grafton in the late 1950s. At the same time, he was also working at a television station with a viewing audience in Fairmont, Clarksburg, Weston, Morgantown and Grafton that was owned by the same company.

He spent time as an announcer, a sportscaster, a dance party host, a news anchor, a station manager and vice president, and a commercial manager.

During his 37 years in broadcasting, Bolyard worked in four states. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.

The West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame is in Huntington at the state Radio and Technology Museum.

Boyland was one of 14 professionals inducted during the October 2 ceremony.

Other notables who have already been inducted include Don Knotts, Bob Denver and Peter Marshall.

All inductees are performers and business persons in the broadcast field that have associations with West Virginia.


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