AUBURN, Maine — The Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame recently inducted two members of the WLBZ 2/WCSH 6 NEWS CENTER team.
Susan Kimball and Bill Green were inducted Saturday, Sept. 10, into the Hall of Fame at a gala event at the Hilton Garden Inn. Bruce Biette, vice president and chief operating officer of Blueberry Broadcasting, also was honored and received the Broadcasting Achievement Award, previously known as the Broadcaster of the Year award.
Born and raised in Bangor, Green is a graduate of Bangor High School and the University of Maine in 1976. As a freshman at UMaine, he worked as a cameraman at WLBZ 2 on Eddie Driscoll’s “My Backyard” and “Dialing for Dollars.”
“The first night I worked, March 17, 1972, I was asked to stay late and run camera for the news. As they played the opening music, and the camera light came on, I thought, ‘I’m going to do this until I’m 65,’” Green recalled in a recent news release.
Green debuted as a sportscaster on WLBZ 2 in 1975. He moved to Portland in 1981 to anchor weekend sports statewide on WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2. Green expanded into feature reporting and developed an expertise in recreation and the outdoors. In 1993, Bill came off the anchor desk to produce longer-form material, including 10 documentaries on Maine’s environment under the banner “Color Me Green,” in addition to his weekly features, “Green Outdoors” and “My Hometown.”
In 2000, he launched an original series, “Bill Green’s Maine.” Airing Saturdays at 7 p.m., it is the most-watched show in its time period. He has explored and archived Maine life more than any other broadcaster.
Green was a bone marrow donor to a young Michigan girl. He is a Registered Maine Guide, and lives with his wife Pam in Cumberland. They have two adult children, Sam and Emily.
Susan Kimball was born in Maine and grew up in Connecticut. She graduated from Nasson College in Springvale, Conn., and received her law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Kimball worked for three years as a staff attorney with Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
She began her television career in 1982 at WAGM in Presque Isle. Three years later, she was hired at WCSH 6. She left for a brief stint at KSTP in Minneapolis, but quickly returned home to Maine, and NEWS CENTER. Kimball received the Harry Chapin Media Award for her series reporting on hunger in Maine.
In May 2010, after more than 25 years with the Maine Stations, Kimball departed from WCSH 6 and WLBZ 2. She continues to tell stories in her signature style for Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
The Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame was created in 1993 to honor those employees of Maine broadcasting stations who have made a significant contribution to their industry and the community. At that time, all prior Broadcaster of the Year honorees were inducted into the Hall of Fame.