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"The Phoenix Sound"
A History of Twang & Rockabilly Music in Arizona
By the age of 8 years old, Jim West knew what he was going to do for a living when he visited a radio station in Utica, NY that once employed a future radio and TV legend, Dick Clark, famous for years on American Bandstand.
Jim's dream to make radio his career started when he was just 18 years old and got a job which had him working part-time on radio and TV reporting news and sports and playing country records on a little station in South Dakota. Now, almost 40 years later, Jim looks back on his life and will tell you he loved every minute.
He learned 'radio' from the ground floor up as he settled into the nomadic life of his chosen career. He was a program director, music director, operations manager and on air talent at stations in Baltimore, Albuquerque, Indianapolis and Tucson. In Vail, Colorado he programmed a modern country & classic country format on a satellite radio network with nearly 100 nationwide affiliates. A highlight in his career was finally landing a job at the award-winning KNIX, Phoenix. The station was owned by Buck Owens and was well respected in the country music industry and dominated the Phoenix radio ratings for over a decade.
In the 90's while working for CBS radio-KMLE, Phoenix Jim was voted in as a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Country Music, the west coast organization that plans and produces the Annual ACM award show on national television each spring.
Along the way he became a finalist for Large Market Air Personality of the Year with the prestigious CMA (Country Music Association) based in Nashville, TN.
Jim's talent also lends itself to writing. He has written many freelance articles about music history for True West magazine, Route 66, AZ360, Pure Country and Phoenix magazine. In 2008, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Phoenix radio at the Phoenix Music Awards.
It was while he was a volunteer with the non-profit organization, AMEHOF, (Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame), in 2007, that he got the idea to document the early Phoenix and Arizona music scene, hence the book, "The Phoenix Sound, a History of Twang & Rockabilly Music in Arizona.
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