Jim Bolen - 2009

Jim Bolen’s first St. Louis TV job was as a substitute in the Channel 4 sports department, but it was his appearance in 1958 was as a character on a local children’s show that launched his full-time career on the tube. His role as Cooky on Cooky and the Captain lasted for nine years. Later he anchored weather and sports segments for the station, and worked as a reporter and as news anchor for the noon news show. Bolen won an Emmy for Best Sportscaster in 1982 and was cited by the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association as best sports reporter in 1973 and best performer-host in 1986.