1998 - Disc Jockey
Jim Michaels (VerHoef) began his radio career in Spencer, Iowa at KICD in 1950 at the age of 8 after being the March of Dimes Poster Child for Northwest Iowa. In 1961 he began at Radio in Des Moines using the name of Big Brother Bill Bailey.
In 1963 he became a KIOA "Good Guy" and remained with the station until 1969. After a short stint in Minneapolis Jim came back to work at KIOA FM 93.3.
Teens throughout Iowa could always depend on Jim playing the local records Iowa rock groups released. Such was the case in 1966 when Jim helped break "Peter Rabbit" nationally for Dee Jay & The Runaways.
In 1968, Jim set an all-time rating record for KIOA with a 68+% share of the listening audience tuning into his shows in a 12 station market. Still a record he shares with fellow Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bill Riley.
Jim received one of the radio industry's most prestigious awards by being named as one of Gavin’s Outstanding Radio Music Directors for the decade of 1960-1970.
Since leaving the radio business, Jim has worked in professional management for many nonprofit organizations.
Today, Jim and his wife Judi, of 43 years call Bixby, Oklahoma, home where he is Owner and CEO of Information Searches, Inc. Jim is still held in high regard as one of the best motivational speakers in the central and southwest U.S. and is widely sought after for his professional speaking skills.