Bill Bonds Confounded the Powerful, Connected With People

December 16, 2014

By Pat Batcheller

"It's like he took the news personally. He was connected to the news."

Author, historian, and journalist Tim Kiska on the death of Bill Bonds.

Bill Bonds once challenged then-Detroit Mayor Coleman Young to a fight during an on-air interview. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch stormed out of another interview after Bonds criticized Hatch and his colleagues for their conduct during Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

That confrontational style is one reason why people watched Bill Bonds. The long-time Channel 7 anchorman died on Saturday.

Tim Kiska teaches journalism at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has written books about Detroit television. He tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller that Bonds knew his viewers and easily connected with them. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.

Here is Bonds commenting on the death of John Lennon the day after he was shot and killed: