It’s with sadness we share that Arkansas native, dedicated Arkansas PBS Foundaion supporter and former Arkansas Travelers general manager Bill Valentine passed away April 27, 2015, at the age of 82.
Valentine will forever hold a place of honor in the halls of AETN for his dedicated work to help thousands of Arkansans view the best in educational programming. Mr. Valentine had served on the Arkansas PBS Foundaion Board since 2006 and was an on-air presence helping to raise funds for the Arkansas PBS Foundaion for more than 30 years. In recognition of his outstanding volunteer service to the station, Valentine was inducted into the AETN Volunteer Hall of Fame in 1998.
“Bill was a force of nature and a delight to work with and talk to. Being a baseball fan myself, we sat for hours as I listened to Bill weave wonderful tales about his life in baseball. We will miss him every day.” - Allen Weatherly, AETN executive director
Valentine, who grew up in Little Rock, is well known for his important role in Arkansas’s baseball history. The North Little Rock High School graduate became the youngest professional baseball umpire in history, was a Major League Baseball umpire for five years, and served as the Arkansas Travelers general manager for more than 30 years. Learn more about his larger-than-life career in his full obituary.
AETN will forever remember Bill Valentine for his incredible energy, his determined work and dedication to helping support educational outreach in Arkansas. He will be greatly missed.