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Bill Bolster honored

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A former member of the KWWL family is honored for excellence in the Cedar Valley, but his success can be measured around the world.

Former CNBC President William Bolster was recognized during the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber Legacy Luncheon.

He says it's his eastern Iowa background that got him where he is today.

He's credited as the King of Financial News by the New York Times, and he was given countless other accolades.

Former KWWL General Manager William Bolster said recognition by the Greater Valley Alliance and Chamber is the greatest honor.

"It's the most significant thing that's every happened to me. There's no question. To go home and be honored is a big deal. Whoever tells you any differently is misdirecting you," Bolster said.

After leaving KWWL, Bolster went on to other ventures, including building CNBC and even helping Matt Lauer and Al Roker, who thanked him.

"You've been a loyal friend, and throughout the time we've both known you, you've been a proud resident of Iowa and a loyal fan of that state. So, congratulations," Lauer said.

Bill recalls when the KWWL building was an old car dealership long before it was ever a television station, and says the current managers' choice to update the building and keep the station at Fourth and Franklin was the right one.

"I think it's the right thing to do. I think it's taken back so it will be historically relevant, and that people can know where they're from and what it's about," Bolster said.

Even though Bill and his wife are living in Fort Myers, Florida, he said he would love to move back to Waterloo.

He credits a majority of his success on everything he learned while growing up in the Cedar Valley.

This marks the second annual Legacy Luncheon where someone was recognized for their leadership and noteworthy influence in the Cedar Valley.

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