VP/GM Jim Dabney
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JAMES R. DABNEY
BORN SHERIDAN, WYOMING
I grew up on a 15,000 acre Cattle Ranch in the heart of Wyoming.I began my broadcast career in September 1966 at age 16. My high school speech teacher Lois Sackman scheduled an interview for me at our local radio station. I was hired as an evening rock jock. It helped put me through Central Wyoming College with a major in broadcast.
I stayed with River Broadcasting, for 18 years leaving as General Sales Manager to be a partner in a new broadcast venture. That venture was WindRiver Communication, a 100,000 watt FM where I was a partner and VP/DOS from 1984 through August of 1989. We sold this company in 2001.
My wife and I decided to move to Pennsylvania in August of 1989 to be closer to her family. I accepted a position as Station Manager of WRSC-AM WQWK-FM and Lion Country Video, a cable company in State College, PA.
I met John Dame early in 1990 and he offered me a position as General Manager of WRAK-AM/WKSB-FM in Williamsport, PA where I have been since April 1, 1990, now owned by Clear Channel Communications since 1999.
I have been in Broadcasting from 1966 to present…43 years with no interruptions.I'm married to Lisa Smith Dabney, Pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, we have 4 children-Tara, Ryan, Colter, and Olivia.
I have a Black belt in Karate, enjoy Racquetball, photography, volleyball, fishing, hunting, singing, and church involvement.
WORK HISTORY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
2009 YMCA Board of Directors 3 years term
2009 PAB Board of Directors
2008 PAB Board of Directors
2008 United Way Distribution fund committee for 3 years
2006 Graduate of Clear Channel University for Managers
1994 Graduate of the Clear Channel’s Leadership Institute for Managers
1988 Dale Carnegie Course, Human Relations Award.
1986 Greenwood Development/Wilson Learning Systems. Managing Interpersonal Relationships/Social Behavior Styles.
1984 Part time Marketing Instructor Central Wyoming College
1982 817 Certified Radio Marketing Consultant in the nation and third certified in Wyoming.
1979 Graduate of the National Xerox Sales Training Course
1976 Part time Marketing instructor Central Wyoming College
1976 Graduate of Jim William’s National Radio School of Sales.
1968-72 Central Wyoming College, majoring in Radio/Television, with a minor in Education.
2005-07 PNC Board Coventant Central Presbyterian Church
2004 to Present Personnel Board of Covent Central Presbyterian Church
1997 Little League Baseball 50 Anniversary Board
1994--2001 Covenant Central Presbyterian Church Trustee for 7 years
1994--1996 Williamsport Board of Directors Chamber of Commerce 3 yrs
1991 to present Member Covenant Central Presbyterian Choir
1991 Williamsport Rotary International two years
WYOMING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
1989 Board of Directors, Riverton Depot Restoration Foundation.
1989 President of the Riverton Chamber of Commerce.
1988 Board of Directors, Riverton Chamber of Commerce.
1985 Appointed by the Mayor to represent Riverton, Wyoming on the State Board to investigate and develop a State Lottery and Gambling Bill.
1979-81 Hiring Board for the Music/Theater Department at Central Wyoming College.
1979--81 Scheduling Board for the Fine Arts Center at Central Wyoming College.
1980 Appointed by Mayor Soumas to direct a committee to research and put before the voters a 1% sales tax.
1973-80 Served seven years as aVolunteer Fireman and EMT, of the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department. Retired as Training Lieutenant and Educational Officer to the Riverton School System.
1977-80 Co-director of the county organization, Arts in Action. Helped raise $250,000 to be used as seed grant money to build a $5 million Fine Arts Center at Central Wyoming College.
1975 Organized an 80-voice community chorus. President of this chorus from 1975-82. The Chorus performed two major musicals and two concerts every year for 7 years.