SARASOTA, Fla., Sept. 26, 2012 — Jim Ramsburg, author and Hall of Fame broadcaster, will be the keynote speaker Friday, Oct. 12, 11:30 a.m. at the Sara Bay Country Club, 7011 Willow St., Sarasota, for the initial meeting of the Broadcasters Club of Florida’s 2012-13 season. The charge for lunch and the program is $20.00 and can be paid at the door. Meetings are open to the general public. For reservations, contact Bob du Treil, 941-350-1530.
Ramsburg, who spent more than 50 years in the broadcasting industry, recently published an almanac of “Network Radio’s Golden Age, Network Radio Ratings, 1932-1953,” said du Treil, president of the Club. The book highlights the history of the radio industry and features notes and ratings on all the stars and programs in radio’s “golden years.”
In his presentation to the Broadcasters Club, Ramsburg will include antidotes and humorous audio clips from radio performers like Jack Benny, Fibber McGee and Molly, Amos and Andy, Lum and Abner and Milton Berle. du Treil said. Ramsburg will invite members of the audience to contribute some of their funniest experiences in broadcasting.
“It should be a very exciting and festive occasion,” said du Treil. “We are delighted that Jim Ramsburg will be joining us. We hope many broadcasters and their guests will attend the luncheon.”
The Broadcasters Club of Florida meets at 11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of every month, October through April, at the Sara Bay Country Club, 7011, Willow Street, Sarasota, just north of the Sarasota-Bradenton airport.
Jim Ramsburg began his major market radio career as a disc jockey at WLOL/Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1956 while attending the University of Minnesota School of Journalism. Later, he joined the powerful Station WDGY where he had a daily record show plus a nightly conservative leaning telephone talk show and acted as the station’s promotion director. Ramsburg’s experiences at WDGY led to programming posts at WPTR/Albany, Metromedia’s KMBC/Kansas City and KLAC/Los Angeles and back home again at Station KSTP in the Twin Cities.
After 20 years in radio, he changed course in 1976 and formed a broadcast oriented advertising agency in Minneapolis with his wife, Patty. “She ran the time-buying and office side of the business,” Ramsburg said, “while I ran the ‘Toy Department’ – sales, creative and production. It clicked and before long we had a client list of major retailers and co-op groups that major agencies envied. It was a great run of 20 years until we retired to our summer home in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, and bought our condo in Estero, Florida.”
Following 50 years in radio broadcasting and advertising, Ramsburg was honored by being named to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2006.
The Ramsburgs still commute between their two homes and Jim has been highly active in civic affairs in both communities. Five years ago he began lengthy research that led to his writing “Network Radio Ratings, 1932-1953,” which contains the only complete compilation of nightly, monthly and annual Crossley, Hooper and Nielsen rating averages ever published for the 21 years known as Network Radio’s Golden Age.
About the Broadcasters Club of Florida:
The Broadcasters Club was started in the Florida area several years ago as part of the national “Broadcast Pioneers” organization. The Club membership includes many nationally known on-air celebrities and executive personalities. The luncheon meetings not only include speeches by famous broadcasters, but panel discussions on news and current topics related to the broadcasting industry. The Club also presents recognition awards to outstanding broadcasters in the area and each year presents scholarship awards to communication students in conjunction with the State College of Florida Foundation.