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WHS Alumni Spotlight: Bryan Olinger (2004)

Posted on: October 22, 2021

Our WHS Alumni Spotlight is on Bryan Olinger, Class of 2004. While in high school, Bryan participated  in theater, newspaper, Power of the Pen, Wilmingtones, Cross Country, Swim Team, and Track.. Those experiences, along with the guidance and support of teachers like Mr. Haines (Theatre) and Mr. Coates (newspaper) helped him to stretch his creativity, pushed him to learn new things on his own, take responsibility, and gain the confidence to jump into new experiences. 


Working with friends and classmates to create something that impacted the community created some of his favorite memories. He shared that overall, his best memories were always associated with the staff members who put in all the extra time to provide opportunities for students to experience the creative arts - building WHS TV studio with Mr. Reed, Mrs. Stanforth and Mrs. Carr keeping the art and photography rooms open after school, Mr. Coates helping them publish their own school paper (on bundles of paper that he’s pretty sure Mr. Coates bought himself), Mrs. Grosse keeping the Cross Country program a place of fun, fitness, and friends, and singing in the community at the holidays under the guidance of Mr. Beck. Steven Haines was also an incredible influence on his life. Bryan shared that, “Mr. Haines helped so many of us learn how to think about ourselves and the young adults we wanted to be, as we learned how to temporarily act like someone else for the show.” 


After graduation he worked a season of his regular summer job at Chakeres Cinema 5, then attended college at Ohio University under their Scripps College of Media Arts & Studies Video Production and Radio program. Bryan is currently working as a full time director and producer for iHeartRadio, where he has been since 2013. He recently finished producing and directing a one hour concert special for the band Coldplay that streamed on TheCW and is currently putting the finishing touches on a concert special for a country band, Old Dominion.


When he isn’t working, Bryan enjoys adventuring with his wife and 4 yr old daughter, camping, going to concerts, and finding new family friendly places in L.A.  When he has time, he maintains and restores vintage motorcycles. 


When asked what advice he would give to current WHS students, Bryan said, “It’s okay to be enthusiastic about something. Love what makes you feel like the best you.” It sounds like Bryan is doing exactly that! We wish all the best for Bryan and his family!