Oct 30, 2018
Bill Green specializes in telling rich stories of Maine's outdoors. Bill is Maine’s senior television reporter (more than 40 years) and one of its most popular as well.
In 1993, he became a full-time feature reporter having already established the weekly segments Green Outdoors and My Hometown. In 2016, his show Bill Green’s Maine won the Regional Emmy as Outstanding Magazine Program in New England.
A lifelong Mainer, Bill was born in Bangor (1953) and attended the University of Maine. He is an inductee into the Maine Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. He is a Registered Maine Guide, has served as Senior Warden at Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland and Assistant JV Baseball Coach at Greely High.
One interesting fact about Bill is back in the year 2000, he donated bone marrow to a 10-year old leukemia patient in Holly, Michigan who went on to graduate from college and is recently married.
Bill and his wife Pam reside in Cumberland. They have two grown children, Sam and Emily.
In this episode:
5:49 – How Bill Green’s television career got started by getting fired from McDonald’s
9:17 – Bill Green shares his first on-air experience
11:26 – Bill and Nancy share stories of their mutual friend and PR pro, Chip Carey, who handled Sugarloaf’s public relations
14:24 – Why Bill isn’t worried about having the most social media followers
15:08 – Bill explains how he used social media to follow news about Senator Susan Collins after the Brett Kavanaugh hearing
16:41 – Bill answers if social media could influence if the station does a news story
17:40 – Bill shares his 4th of July sturgeon story and explains the water-skiing squirrel genre type of story
25:53 - Why one Facebook Live video Nancy produced with Bill never aired
28:34 - The importance of journalistic ethics and the importance of presenting both sides of the story
30:25 – How and why the longtail of the web is driving traffic to the Kotzschmar Organ in Portland, Maine
32:06 - The decision Bill had to make during live shot while the national anthem was playing at the Dempsey Challenge
34:58 - Why Bill Green became a registered Maine Guide
38:03 – What type of Sugarloaf mountain video footage was important to Bill any why
39:38 – Hear what’s changing for media that cover the outdoors
41:44 - Bill’s career advice for the next generation
42:09 - Nancy and Bill reflect on the importance of networking and maintaining a Rolodex of contacts
“Find your job and do it well and go out and work your butt off.” – Bill Green, reporter, anchor and executive producer at NEWS CENTER Maine
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