Jim Burnside, died Sunday, July 23,2023, at the McCall Hospice House after a brief illness.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, he is the son of the late Ben and Allyne Burnside. Jim graduated from Rushsylvania Local School in Logan County,OH, and Columbus Business University, OH.
Jim had an outstanding broadcast career in the Upstate of South Carolina. He brought the news/talk format to SC in 1988; hiring Rush Limbaugh and Mike Gallagher to headline WFBC-AM whose call letters were changed to WORD-AM where he also served as Program Director and Station Manager.
Jim also helped launch WROQ-FM, WGTK-FM and WRTH-FM serving as award winning commercial writer and producer. Before coming to Greenville in 1970, his announcing career included stations in his native Ohio-Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.
He spent his army career as a music program host in Nuremberg-Germany (AFN-Europe) and Vietnam (AFVN-Saigon). During the latter assignment, he hosted a radio show called “The Dawn Buster” but was better known by the hourly morning “opener– Gooooood Morning Vietnam”, a tradition shared by several hosts through the years including Adrian Cronauer, portrayed in the GMV film starring Robin Williams.
Jim is survived by sons, Kent Steven Burnside (Jeni) of Franklin,TN and Benjamin Richard Burnside (Leah) of Columbia,SC; six grandchildren; a sister, Judge Janet Burnside of Cleveland Heights,OH, and loyal companion, Joe Gavlick of Greenville.
A visitation will be held Thursday, July, 27, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel. Burial will be held in the Huntsville, OH.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name as he wished to South Carolina Educational Radio and Television, https://www.scetv.org/
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