William (Bill) Forrest Denney was born on December 28, 1931 in Paris, Illinois. He played baseball at Phoenix’s North High School and pitched in the minor leagues and the semi-pro Cotton Kings team from Casa Grande, AZ.
Bill worked for two decades at KPNX-TV Channel 12 and 10 years at KSAZ-TV, Channel 10, both in Phoenix. He was honored with Silver Circle Society Lifetime Membership in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1996. He won First Place in the Arizona Associated Press Awards for his “Olympic Dragnet” work in 1985. After retiring in 1998, he did some commercials and filled in as a play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Diamondback Baseball team.
Bill passed away following pancreatic cancer surgery, on August 28, 2000 at the age of 68. He was survived by his wife, Joan, his five children and his grandchildren. A public memorial was held for Bill at the Wells Fargo Arena on the campus of Arizona State University.