Jim passed away Feb. 8, 2005

James D. "Jim" Tuverson Jr. 

He was born in Dayton, Ohio on June 14, 1937 to Jane and James D. Tuverson, Sr.


Published in the Los Angeles Times on 2/18/2005.

Doc 1959

James Dockray Tuverson Jr. passed away on the 8th of February at the age of 67. Nicknamed “Doc” by his fellow broadcasters at his alma mater, Ohio University. After graduation Jim started his almost 40 year career in professional broadcasting at WKAZ Radio in Charleston, West Virginia as a disc jockey and programming director.

 

His success led him to various high-profile positions including Executive Producer for WBZ Radio and Television (Westinghouse Broadcasting Co.) in Boston; Programming Director of WLS (ABC) Television in Chicago; and Executive Producer and Programming Director of KGO Television in San Francisco.


Jim knew and worked with an eclectic list of a thousand notables that included Gore Vidal, W. Clement Stone, Alfred Hitchcock, Phyllis Diller, Frank Zappa, Gregory Peck, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, The Monkee's, Timothy Leary and even the Beatles. While in college Jim was instrumental in teaching Phil Donohue how to do an interview, something they laughed about for many years after.

 

His crowning achievement was pioneering the satellite architecture that set a new precedent in broadcasting and was responsible for making the world renowned Live Aid Concert possible in 1985. He and his work were also instrumental to Farm Aid I and II, Comic Relief and other specials that followed in the shadow of the Live Aid Concert. In the last few years of his life he became fascinated with the communication possibilities of the internet and developed several high-profile web sites.

In addition to his communications career Jim was an accomplished singer and actor. Regardless of what he was doing for a living or what job he held at the time Jim was a born performer. He never failed to earn the leading role in every community theater production or musical he ever participated in.


with daughter Terri Tuverson Sinclair

In the grand traditions of Radio Broadcasting, Jim's unique on-air voice earned him the nickname of "The Voice" early in his career. To everyone who ever heard it, the silence of “The Voice” is now deafening.



Jim is survived by his wife Kim and son Brent, his children from a previous marriage, Jaime and James Tuverson and Terri Tuverson Sinclair, his mother Jane Smith Tuverson of Dayton, OH, his sister Leslie Perkins of Boulder, CO., six grandchildren, his sister-in-law Joyce of Mt. Juliet,TN., a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law, aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and many cousins. He was predeceased by his father James and his brother.



A memorial service was held at St. Monica's church in Santa Monica, California on February 23rd 2005 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers it was Jim's request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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