|Address||500A Dalton Dr |
Colchester, Vermont , United States
|| May 19, 1958
|Died||August 23, 2018
Aug 27, 2018 12:43pm
|Info||Jim Condon lives on Dalton Drive in Colchester's Fort Ethan Allen with his wife, Ginny McGehee Condon, and their son, Thomas, a second-grade student at Union Memorial School. |
Jim was born May 19, 1958 in New London, Connecticut, the sixth child of Thomas and Mary Carolyn (Macdonald) Condon. Thomas Condon was a State Representative in Connecticut and later served more than 20 years as Probate Judge for New London County. Jim was interested in politics as a youngster, working at New London Democratic Headquarters in 1968 through 1972. Highlights there included getting to know Senators Thomas Dodd (Chris' dad) and Abe Ribicoff, Governor John Dempsey, and getting to meet Hubert Humphrey.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Connecticut in 1981 and worked as a newspaper reporter, substitute teacher and radio journalist. In 1984 his employer, Hall Communications, asked Jim to become News Director of radio stations WJOY and WQCR (now WOKO) in Burlington. It was at WJOY where Jim met his future wife, Ginny McGehee!
At WJOY, and later at WKDR, Jim managed news departments that won dozens of first place awards from the Associated Press for excellence in news coverage. Jim is past president of the Vermont Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Notable moments included being the first to broadcast the news about the Amtrak passenger train crash in 1984, the first to officially announce Madeline Kunin's victory over John Easton in the Vermont Governor's race, and the first to broadcast the news of the death of then-Governor Richard Snelling. Jim has won both newscaster and sportscaster of the year awards from the Associated Press.
Jim has been a featured speaker at the Vermont Association of Broadcasters Convention, St.Michael's College Journalism roundtables and the Vermont Emergency Management Conference. Between radio jobs, Jim also worked as press secretary for Jim Guest, Vermont's former Secretary of State. Guest is now president of Consumer's Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine.
Starting at the original WFAN in Mystic, Connecticut and continuing at WQCR and WKDR in Burlington, Jim also co-hosted "The Manno and Condon Show" every morning with longtime friend and business partner Louie Manno. Jim and Louie at one point were the longest running radio team in New England.
Four years ago, Jim, Louie and Pasquale Amedore completely renovated the old Izzo's Market/Merola's Market on Burlington's Pearl Street and have operated the Radio Deli and Grocery Store since then. The store is a popular community gathering place and a hotbed of political and sporting discussions!