Reporter, Anchor Desk
Reporter, Anchor Desk
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.
Jim Damron, N8TMW, is an ARRL Public Information Coordinator--WV Section; Member of Kanawha Amateur Radio Club and Net Manager of KARC Two Meter Net. Jim is a member and Net Control Operator of West Virginia Amateur Radio; Net Manager of Mountain State Emergency Net; Net Control Op for Hamtalk ARES/RACES Net; Member, W.Va. State Amateur Radio Council; Member, Tri County Ham Radio Club; Assistant EC of Kanawha County, WV; Official Emergency Station; President, Charleston WV Area Hamfest & Computer Show; Volunteer Examiner; Member of Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. Jim is a member Army MARS (call AAT3DQ). DXCC,CQDX,WAS and WAC Awards; Named "Kanawha Valley Amateur Radio Operator of the Year 2001". Named "West Virginia Outstanding Amateur of the Year 2000". Has operated an audio production business full time since 1990, after two and a half decades in radio broadcasting. Appears in radio and TV commercials, training videos, and film. Acting credits include the movie "Forrest Gump". Regular anchor on the weekly international ham radio "Newsline" program. Hobbies are walking, shooting, and ice skating.
Jim Hendershot, WA6VQP, has been involved in the radio & wireless industry for over 25 years. He is currently president of Radio Design Group, the RF and wireless design and consulting firm which he started several years ago. Jim has been involved in the design of several products in wireless communications, including cellular phones, pagers, and spread spectrum devices. His spread spectrum experience includes voice and data applications, using both frequency hopping and direct sequence systems. Inventions and patents by Mr. Hendershot include disguise antennas, wireless ranging methods, radio based assisted listening devices, and wireless freeway callbox systems. Among his major clients are Hewlett-Packard, Timex, Toshiba, Telefunken Microelectronics (Temic/Siliconix), Motorola, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Mitsubishi. Mr. Hendershot is a well-known figure in the RF and wireless industry, frequently speaking at seminars and conventions related to a variety of topics, including paging, cellular communications, wireless data, spread spectrum and others. Mr. Hendershot has been published several times in various journals, including Mobile Radio Technology, Communications Magazine, Personal Communciations Technology, QST, and other publications. He is an active amateur radio operator, as well as a member of the Radio Club of America and other professional organizations.