For Jim Davis, it all started at a 1,000-watt radio station in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Davis got his radio start on June 19, 1960 at WNIA (now WECK). His first song was "Cathy's Clown" by the Everly Brothers and he made the minimum wage of 90 cents an hour. Davis went on to many of the leading Top 40 stations in North America, including CKLW, where he starred as Jim Edwards (and later Big Jim Edwards) from 1967 to 1970. His on-air resume also includes top stations like KHJ Los Angeles, WLS Chicago and WOR-FM New York. Davis later made his mark as a programmer in Detroit, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Dallas, and as a senior manager and owner in West Virginia and Florida.
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