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Jimmie Keyes – Engineering Staff

Born in the Dayton, Ohio area in 1965 (Yes, he’s a youngster); by 1975 Jimmie Keyes knew that the radio arts were going to impact his life. Bitten by the “radio bug” on a fishing trip with his Grandfather, Jimmie fell in love with radio at the young age of 10. His Grandfather brought along a couple walkie-talkie sets as entertainment. Playing with the little transceivers occupied a great deal of the weekend’s time. Jimmie got to take the little radios home. Thus, after giving one of the little radios to a friend in the neighborhood & many nights of fun communications between the friends; Jimmie soon became interested in radio as not only a pastime, but as an educational experience, as well. Soon after, the acquisition of a radio amateur license was at hand. Amateur radio (Ham Radio) then became a part of daily life for Jimmie Keys. The “radio arts” have been quite the adventure.

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After twenty years in the electrical trades, the decision was made to pursue radio in the professional arena. Missing the days of “Mom & Pops radio”- WSWO was the clearest choice for Jimmie to immerse his desires in Radio.

Playing musical instruments since the age of four years, beginning with accordion – yes, his Mother required all the children learn music – Jimmie is grateful beyond words that his Mother was of such persuasion in the arts. To this day, music performance has also played a major role with Jimmie’s life. He is said to appreciate all genre’ of music with his favorites being Swing Jazz and Rock – a – billy.

Working as a volunteer with WSWO is a high point with Mr. Keyes. He loves the educational aspects of the database of music offered with WSWO, working directly or indirectly with the public on a local level or higher, and is really digging the people at WSWO and the amazing way it “all comes together” !

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