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King inducted into Ohio AP Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Former WVXU director James King honored for nearly 30 years of radio leadership

06/21/05

During James King's 29 years at Xavier University, WVXU has earned more honors and awards for excellence in programming and news than nearly every other public or commercial radio station in America. Now King can add another personal honor to his collection. To recognize his legacy and leadership, the Ohio Associated Press inducted King into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame on May 22.

King left his position as assistant professor of broadcasting at the University of Cincinnati in 1976 to man Xavier’s 10-watt campus radio station. Since then, he’s turned the tiny station once transmitted from a basement closet into a seven-station network operating in three states.

Listeners have long enjoyed King’s eclectic format choices, from informational programs such as “D-Day Revisited,” which won the Peabody Award in 1994, to financial tips to a number of musical genres.

After almost 30 years at Xavier, 74 fundraisers and countless hours spent transforming WVXU into a national station; King retired in 2004 and returned to the classroom to resume his academic and teaching career.

At Xavier’s commencement ceremony last month, King was presented with the Xavier leadership medallion for his outstanding contributions. In April of this year, King was also presented with the “Champion of Democracy” award by Kids Voting, International for his long-standing support of involving school aged youngsters in the voting process.

King was honored by the Associated Press along with Winston Hoehner, Jim Tichy, Johnny Walker and Leonard Will. Past hall-of-famers include Nick Clooney, Al Schottekotte and Tony Sands. The honorees are chosen for their outstanding ability, integrity and character, as well as having been in TV or radio news for at least 20 years as an Associated Press member.