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James B. Moore

James B. Moore

James B. Moore, formerly of Springfield and more recently Quincy, died Thursday, December 29, 2022, at Arcadia Care in Jacksonville. The son of Kenneth E. and Lillian Zappa Moore, he was born June 11, 1948, in Pontiac, Illinois, and spent his early years in Dwight before his family moved to Riverton, Illinois. Jim met lifelong friends and graduated from Riverton High School in 1966. He continued his education at Springfield College in Illinois.

Gifted with a "great set of pipes" and "vaccinated with a phonograph needle," Jim began his long and successful Springfield broadcasting career in high school as a remote board operator for WTAX Radio. His first on-air DJ position was at WCVS, then he became program director at WFMB. In 1979, he joined WDBR as program director and afternoon drive announcer. Jim had a great ear for hit music, designed clever promotions to engage listeners, and could dissect a radio ratings book like no one else.

After leaving WDBR in 1994, he opened Jim Moore Productions, a digital audio production studio. For many years, he produced and voiced "Drive Time," a monthly audio show for sales agents of the Franklin Life Insurance Company (later American General and AIG). Jim produced many radio commercials for political clients and was especially proud of the ads created for Jesse White's first campaign for Illinois Secretary of State.

Jim was one of the "four swell guys" who opened The Mansion Nightclub and Beer Garden in Riverton in 1984. He booked many national touring acts for the venue, including Pure Prairie League, Cheap Trick, Dicky Betts and Gregg Allman, BTO and Starship.

Jim possessed a curious mind and was a lifelong learner, with a particular interest in technology. He was also known to try things such as growing popcorn and cigar tobacco to prove it could be done in a different climate. He enjoyed many adventures camping, boating and fishing with the "canoe brothers" and liked to play golf. He crafted "sling shot golf" played with a putter and a set of rubber bands tied to a golf cart, once scoring a hole-in-one during an outing at The Oaks. He loved motorcycles, classic cars, watching boxing and cheering on the Fighting Illini basketball teams with his buddies.

Jim is survived by his longtime partner and creative collaborator Lisa Crocker of Quincy, his sister Kim and brother-in-law Jim Rusciolelli of Springfield, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles, and several cousins.

Cremation rites have been accorded under the direction of Duker and Haugh Funeral Home in Quincy. In lieu of formal services, please raise a glass and share a happy memory about the funny, fun-loving, kind and talented person who was Jimmy Moore.

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From:
Phil Voth
Rochester, IL
Comments:
On road trips, in the canoe, on the pontoon boat and especially around the campfire, there was never a more engaged, funnier or more entertaining guy than Hawk. A great friend for decades. His stories, antics and jokes had us out of our minds with laughter on countless occasions. We will be repeating his jokes and telling stories about the crazy things he did around the campfire forever. Truly one-of-a-kind, we will miss you Jim.
From:
Nick (Humpty Dombroski) Fanale
Riverton, IL
Comments:
James B, loose corn in shuck,Hawk
I will never forget all the good times we had especially after 6 a.m. mass
on Sunday mornings. You in your 57 Desota (pink & gray) and my 59
stupid baker lark. All the Mansion
meetings to book bands plus the rest of the BS. I hope you are in
heaven, cause I’m sure that’s where
I’m going someday and we’ll see
each other again. Hawk up
From:
E. DERON Viola
Riverton, IL
Comments:
Jim Moore: You Put Out Some Every Good Music To The People, R.I.P. , To The Moore Family , Sorry For Your Loss !
From:
Dove Bill
Richmond Hill, GA
Comments:
I wasn’t around Jim much these past few years but when we did get together, it was like we were 16 again. We took a trip to Mexico in 1966 with 6 or 7 of our graduating class. Thank God he was on the trip because he was the only one that listened in Rosie’s class and could speak Spanish to any degree. He talked to every little kid along the way to improve his language skills. He constantly wanted to learn something new. That was Jimmy and I’m going to miss him.
From:
Carolyn York
Springfield, IL
Comments:
What a great, great man with a fabulous set of pipes. Thank you, Lisa, for a heartfelt obit. XOXO
From:
Lee Wheeler
SHERMAN, IL
Comments:
I remember Jim from when he worked for my Dad at WFMB. I would walk down to the station after school and sit in the booth while he was doing his show. On occasion he would let me run the PSAs while he took a "pause for the cause". A great guy and fine broadcaster. RIP Jim.
From:
Ron Dickerson
Comments:
RIP Jim
From:
Leroy
Glenarm, IL
Comments:
OMGoodness, I am just sick over this news. Growing up under uncle Hawk's wing was the best. We first met back in the 70's at WFMB. Thank God our next gig together was at a place with a more conveniently placed bathroom! WDBR proved to be a format I preferred, with a great family to boot. Though it's been many years since, I've never felt a true connection to any co-workers since. Jimmy doled out love, laughs and Lord knows what else. Under his tutelage, I even learned the definition of relative humidity. I'll never forget the time he showed up with the boys, coolers full, to watch a boxing match at my tea-totalling parents' house, via their questionably legal satellite dish. The look on their faces? Priceless! RIP, my friend. 💔