CLAREMONT, CA: Jim Hill, founder and chairman of News Broadcast Network (NBN), died this Independence Day at the age of 84, after a short illness.
The veteran journalist started NBN as a one-person venture
in 1968, when he was hired to provide radio coverage of the Miller High Life Open bowling tournament.
Before long, Hill led the company into the video-distribution arena, and later watched his company grow to more than 60 employees, with offices across the country.
Throughout the ?70s and ?80s, he also worked as a radio correspondent for CBS and ABC.
He has covered major sporting events for MLB, the NFL, NBA, PGA, and LPGA.
Hill began his career in journalism in 1939, working as a sports editor, police reporter, and copy editor on a weekly Chicago-area publication.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dolores, and his four sons, Michael, Robert, James Jr., and Thomas.