Bill Welsh (April 25, 1911 – February 27, 2000) was a radio and television announcer.
Welsh's career in broadcasting began with a part-time job at radio station KFKA in Greely. Beginning as a disk jockey and announcer, he expanded his work into gathering news and giving evening newscasts. His coverage of the murder of a police sergeant caught the attention of executives at KFEL radio in Denver, and he went to work there next, staying at that station from 1935 to 1942.
Welsh's television debut came in the broadcast of a hockey game on KTLA in Los Angeles. His broadcasting of sporting events included the first telecast of a Rose Bowl Game, in addition to coverage of football games of southern California colleges and games of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference. Over the course of his career, he broadcast 49 Rose Parades.
In 1949, Welsh and fellow KTLA newsman Stan Chambers were on the air for 27.5 hours as they provided live coverage of attempts to rescue Kathy Fiscus, a child who had fallen down a well in San Marino.
In addition to his work as a broadcaster, Welsh was general manager of Allied Advertising Agency.
From 1980 to 1990, Welsh was president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. His obituary in the Los Angeles Times.called him "a key force" in obtaining the Los Angeles City Council's approval of a redevelopment plan in 1986. "It was Welsh", the article said, "who raised $150,000 in 1983 for a crucial feasibility study, and Welsh who called Mayor Tom Bradley and other community leaders together at a Brown Derby lunch to convince them that redevelopment could -- and should -- happen".
Welsh was married to Lucinda Pennington.
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Appeared as a radio newscaster (uncredited) in the 1951 classic.
- The Las Vegas Story (1952) "Mr. Martin"
- The Rose Bowl Story (1952) Played himself in the film.
- Just This Once (1952) uncredited.
- Savage Intruder (1970) as a TV announcer
- "(untitled brief)". Greeley Daily Tribune. Colorado, Greeley. August 9, 1935. p. 7. Retrieved October 16, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Former Local Man Rates Second Among Video Personalities of West". Greeley Daily Tribune. Colorado, Greeley. March 9, 1950. p. 5. Retrieved October 16, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Polevoi, Gail (June 4, 1985). "Bill Welsh Marks 50th Year in Broadcasting". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. Part VI - 9.
- Oliver, Myrna (February 29, 2000). "Pioneering Broadcaster Bill Welsh Dies". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. B 5. Retrieved October 16, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Football Announcer Speaks at Rotary". The Van Nuys News. California, Van Nuys. November 29, 1948. p. 20. Retrieved October 16, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Oliver, Myrna (29 February 2000). "Bill Welsh, TV Pioneer and Local Booster, Dies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
- "Bill Welsh". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.