Bert Bank, founder of Alabama Football Network, dies

Published 12:02 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Bert Bank, a World War II veteran who became a state legislator and founded the Alabama Football Network, has died.

Relatives said Bank died Monday night in Tuscaloosa at age 94. He had been admitted to a hospital over the weekend.

Bank survived the Bataan Death March in World War II. Then he was twice elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and once to the state Senate.

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Bank founded two radio stations in Tuscaloosa and started the Alabama Football Network to produce Crimson Tide football games. He remained producer emeritus until his death.

The family has not announced funeral arrangements.