August 4, 2015

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Remembering Mr. Jim Dick

   Back in the mid-1880's I was priveledged to be hired as Sports Director of WIVK radio. My boss was Bobby Denton. But OUR boss was Jim Dick. We were a close bunch, but none of us called him "Jim", it was always Mr. Dick. He commanded respect from us, and we gave it right back.

  He knew radio, he knew the community too. He somehow had a knack for knowing talent. I'm not speaking of myself but of those he hired to make the station great. I worked there in what I consider their heyday on the morning drive alongside Jim Donovan, Steve Armistead, Claude( the cat) Tomlinson and in news it was and still is Channing Smith .  

 They  made the morning show the number one show in America, and I recall, it was the highest rated morning show in America! This was truly a testiment to Mr. Dick.

   I was proud to have worked there. I learned alot of lessons on how a business operates. They have a strong desire to win. I remember when other stations were taking shots at them, Mr. Dick  said let them talk, let them do their thing we don't need to mix it up, we're number one and they're not. It was and still is their philosophy to also take the lead, and not to follow.

  Names like "Your" Dave Young, Bob Thomas, Jean Ashe,Beecher Bailey, Tonya Stout Brown, Mike Hammond,Channing Smith, Dan Bell are just a few of those hired by Jim Dick . He was respected, loved and a man's man. Thanks for letting me share.

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  • by Pat Location: Knoxville on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    I agree about Mr. Dick but I hope you mean 1980"s if notI would like to know your secret for looking so good at your age.