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J.R. joined WTOB radio in Winston-Salem in 1969 as a newsman after working at radio stations in Salisbury and his native High Point. 

In 1973 he was hired as the Winston Salem Police Departmentís media relations representative. After transferring to the training division, he was among the first in North Carolina to use video as a training aid and implemented major crime scene video for the department in 1979. He also developed and taught a media relations course for police and city supervisory personnel.

In 1989, he transferred to the City Public Relations Department where he was responsible for the implementation and management of the Cityís television station on cable Channel 13. During his time there he produced several programs that won national awards and were shown on public television and the History Channel. He wrote a history of the Winston-Salem Police Department and a history of Winston-Salem City Government for use by staff. In November 2004, he retired from the City.

Throughout his 32 year career in government J.R. never strayed far from his radio roots. In 1981 he was hired part time to be the morning traffic reporter on WSJS .  It was supposed to only be a 6 month job. Within a year, traffic reporting had become an integral part of WSJS and for ten years he was the only airborne traffic reporter in the market. After his retirement from the City, J.R. came on full-time with the station after 26 years as a part-timer. In June of 2007 he began hosting The Triad Live and Local, and in December of 2009 was named morning show host. He is only the fourth permanent morning show host on WSJS in more than 45 years.

J.R. continues to be active in the community, having served as master of ceremonies at literally hundreds of public and private events including begin the voice of the Forsyth County United Way for the last 25 years.  He is currently a board member of Cancer Services and a former vice-president of the National Railroad Historical Society.

J.R. and his wife Janice live in what used to be rural Forsyth County. His hobbies are US and local history and a 500 ft garden railroad in his back yard.

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