Founders & Directors Award Recipient
Jim Wesley was born in Atlanta and attended Georgia Tech. While attending Tech he worked at WGLS in Decatur hosting the morning and afternoon show and gathering, writing, and reporting news. In 1955 he was offered a position at WSB hosting “The Morning Merry Go-Round” and “Housewives Corner”. In 1958, Wesley left programming to become local sales manager, a position he held until he moved with Cox Radio first to Miami. and then Los Angeles. Jim returned to Atlanta to serves as Executive Vice President of Radio for Cox Broadcasting. In 1984, he resigned to form DKM Broadcasting based in Atlanta. When DKM was sold to Summit Communications, Wesley became its President and CEO, a position he held until that company was sold in 1995. That was the year he was the co-founder, President and CEO of Patterson Broadcasting based in Atlanta. Jim retired in 1998 when Patterson was sold. Wesley has been a member of the board of the Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Georgia, The Radio Advertising Bureau, and The National Association of Broadcasters. He was chair of the NAB Radio Code Board. The Southern Baptist Convention awarded Wesley their Abe Lincoln Award. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Protestant Radio and Television Center in Atlanta, a member of the Advisory Board for The Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech, and a guest lecturer on broadcasting and management at Georgia Tech and The University of Georgia. Several years ago, Jim and his wife Mary established the Wesley Center for New Media at Georgia Tech which supports positive change in media through developing technology. Jim and Mary reside in Atlanta.
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