Jim Davis - W2JKD
Jim Davis, W2JKD, a native of Buffalo, New York is currently Vice President, Clear Channel Broadcasting of Sarasota Florida. Davis is a second generation and life long broadcaster. Following in the footsteps of his mother who was a singer on WKBW/Buffalo, Davis began his career as an air personality in the Western New York area. He had a successful run at some of the nation's biggest radio stations; including WOR/FM/New York; KHJ/Los Angeles; CKLW/Detroit; WLS-AM/Chicago. While employed by RKO General Broadcasting, Davis was twice nominated for Billboard Magazine's "Major Market Air Personality Of The Year." Davis entered radio management in the early 1970's as Operations Manager of American Broadcasting Corporation's owned and operated Chicago outlet, WDAI-FM. During the next decade, Davis's programming career encompassed several major market management positions including WPEZ/Pittsburgh; WXYZ (ABC O&O)/Detroit; KLIF/Dallas and the flagship station of Gene Autry's Golden West Broadcasters, KMPC/Los Angeles. In 1981, Davis entered senior management by becoming Vice President/General Manager of Radio Station WVAF/Charleston, West Virginia. He served the National Radio Broadcasters Association as State Director; He was on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Broadcasters Association. Davis received a Federal Appointment as State Chairman of the Emergency Broadcast System. He functioned as President of the Kanawha Valley Amateur Radio Association. In 1982,Additionally, Davis served as coordinator and host of the annual March of Dimes telethons on WVAH TV-23/Charleston where he also hosted a Saturday night weekly broadcast of "The Movie Club." Next, Davis became a partner in radio station WNFI/Daytona Beach, Florida where he was VP/General Manager. Following the sale, Davis remained with the corporation, functioning as interim GM for WCOA/WJLQ/Pennsacola and WPAP/Panama City, both Florida. In 1988, Davis joined Regional Broadcasters of Michigan as General Manager of WGRD AM/FM in Grand Rapids, Michigan. WGRD was voted as "Station of the Year" by the Grand Rapids Radio Broadcasters Association. Davis served as Vice President of that organization during his last year in Grand Rapids. During this time, Davis was appointed by President Warren Potash to a blue ribbon panel of the Radio Advertising Bureau to serve on its New Business Development committee. In early 1991, Jim Davis was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of Radio Station WZVU (Oldies 107.1) in Monmouth/Ocean, New Jersey, the nations 44th radio market. Davis returned to Floida upon the sale of WZVU and became General Manager of WFKS in Daytona Beach, the same station he co-owned in the 1980's. For four years, Davis acted as Vice President/Market Manager of WSRQ,WSPB,WCTQ,WAMR,WDDV and WSRZ in Sarasota Florida for Clear Channel Communications. Currenly, he is Vice President and General Manager for Vero Beach Broadcasters, LLC which operates a cluster of four FM's (WGYL, WGNX and WOSN) and an AM (WTTB). Davis has authored a book entitled "The Sales Success Spectrum-A System Of Radio Sales" which is used as a teaching and training manual at the stations. In his spare time, Davis is a licensed Multi Engine Commercial Instrument rated pilot and owner/operator of a twin engine Aero Commander. As a Civil Air Patrol member he participates and has been trained as a Search & Rescue pilot, looking for downed aircraft survivors. He has been an amateur radio operator since age twelve holding an "EXTRA" class license - His call letters are W2JKD.. He received a "designated examinor" status from the American Radio Relay League in 1985.