Friday, May 8, 2020

R.I.P.: Brent Boller, Former San Antonio Radio News Voice

Brent Boller
Brent Boller, a well-known former spokesman for Joint Base San Antonio and  KTSA on-air radio personality, died Monday after a long battle with cancer.

He was 63, according to The News-Express.

Gifted with a booming baritone voice, he had been in radio and public affairs for years in the Air Force. He left the service as a captain to join KTSA as a news anchor at the AM station before returning as a civilian to become a JBSA spokesman.

The Air Force’s 502nd Air Base Wing, in a statement, described Boller as “the public face and voice of Joint Base San Antonio for many years (who) earned the respect and admiration of everyone he worked with,” and said “his dedication had a lasting effect on the way JBSA interacts with our surrounding communities.”

Boller grew up in San Diego, Calif., joined the Air Force after graduating from high school in 1975 and spent the next 20 years as an enlistee and officer. He retired in 1996 as chief of public affairs for the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph AFB.

The next day, he started work as a news anchor and co-host at KTSA 550 AM, spending 13 years in that role before returning to the Air Force as a civilian to be the deputy director and interim director of public affairs at Joint Base San Antonio.

That career change might have lasted longer if not for the cancer diagnosis that transformed Boller’s life: The news prompted him to leave Joint Base San Antonio in 2014 and pursue his bucket list.

In 2015, Boller went back to broadcasting with a stint at Texas Public Radio as a backup host on news shows and interviewing candidates on election nights, according to the network.

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