Jim Sharpe’s 25+ years in media has been a wild ride. He almost got blown up in Iraq; he’s interviewed a president and a Beatle; he’s broadcast from an Olympic Games; and he rode out a hurricane and an earthquake on the air. Jim has hosted morning shows in media markets as large as Los Angeles (11 million) and as small as Page, Arizona (8,000).
He’s been an AP Reporter of the Year, a political consultant and a public relations flak for small companies and major corporations. He has helped to develop public relations strategies for clients like Nestlé, Midwestern University, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Goldwater Institute and Meridian Bank. Jim also served as a consultant on several successful federal, statewide and local political campaigns – and a couple of losing ones too. But his first love is connecting with a radio audience – which he’s done most days of his life.
Jim started his radio career at the age of 16 in his hometown of Page, Arizona. After high school, Jim moved to Flagstaff to work on the radio and attend Northern Arizona University. He never got that political science degree, though – because a radio station in Spokane, Washington offered him an $18,000 a year job. “How could I pass up the big bucks and the big city lights?” Jim asks. That was the start of a lap of America for Jim. From Spokane, He went on to do radio in Albuquerque, Reno, Tucson, Phoenix, Omaha, Dallas, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
After spending years hosting a morning show in L.A., Jim came back to Arizona, where he has hosted two different number-one rated shows in Phoenix: Arizona’s Morning News on KTAR and Sharpe in the Morning on KFYI.
Jim is the host of America Continues heard Monday – Friday 6-9 PM ET on USA Radio Networks.