About the Author
When he entered the Army, it was only a few months before he was sent to Japan with the occupation troops, and there he got assigned to an Armed Forces Radio Service outlet in the city of Kokura. It was while there, doing several DJ and live music shows, that he was assigned to write a weekly dramatizaton of the week's news, using the station's announcers as the actors.
Returning to civilian live in 1948, Jim teamed up with a college chum to write scripts for the CBS radio series Suspense and the Dick Powell Theatre. But his real interest still lay in announcing, and in 1949 he left Pasadena City College to take his first fulltime announce job at a local station. During this period he became engaged to Patricia Anne Soule, who had come to town from the University of Washington on an acting scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse. They were married in Seattle in 1950, and spent the next two years in Honolulu, where they did a morning show, Over The Coffee Cups With The Frenches, and Jim honed his interviewing skills on a series of audience shows.
Back in Seattle in 1952, Jim worked on the air at KING-AM and KING-TV with his own daily audience show, then to KIRO and KVI. It was at KVI that he began producing radio dramas on a weekly basis. Moving back to KIRO in 1980, he continued writing and directing dramas for a weekly series called KIRO Mystery Playhouse, and in in 1995, TransMedia, the syndicating company, began sending his radio plays around the country under the title of Imagination Theatre.
Jim has written and produced nearly 500 original shows, including the popular Harry Nile& and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, which are now broadcast on over 120 stations in the U.S. and Canada, and are also heard on the XM Satellite Radio system all over North America. Playing acting roles in some of Jim's dramas have been such stars as Patty Duke, Tom Smothers, Keenan Wynn, Roddy MacDowall, Ruta Lee, John Astin, Richard Sanders, and many, many others.