Inducted in 2010
You could have called Jim King one of “the originals”. The year was 1963. WQAD TV signed on the air from it’s brand new studios atop Park 16th Street in Moline IL (a street that 36 years later would be renamed “Jim King Road”).
Channel 8’s “original” news team included Dick Richmond as news anchor, Barbara Douglass as “weather girl” and Jim King on sports – having arrived from KETV in Omaha where he was sports director and play-by-play announcer for Creighton basketball on television. Six months later, King would become news director starting a long and proud career becoming “the face” of WQADTV.
So many years of “telling it like it was” is part of what set Jim apart from his contemporaries. His honesty and compassion were obvious to viewers. His years of “On the Road” features took viewers to places and people “off the beaten path”. His last “On the Road” special turned out to be the night of his passing, January 2, 1999. One month later, Park 16 Street would be renamed “Jim King Road” by the City of Moline, IL.