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Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby Mike Cleaver » Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:51 pm

Another friend from my early broadcast days has died.
Jim Elliott, an Engineer with Newcap, died of a heart attack this past Sunday.
He had been in the business for over 50 years.
Jim was born in Courtney, BC and moved to Red Deer where he went to school.
He started his long and varied broadcasting career at CKRD in the 50’s, initially as a library assistant while in school and later on air.
He moved to Lethbridge in the early 60’s and worked on air for both CHEC Radio and then moved across the street to CJOC.
It was in the 70’s that Jim made the move to Edmonton and worked the drive show for CFRN and CJCA.
Eventually, he moved into sales at CJCA and then over to ITV.
In the mid 80’s, Jim went to work for Shaw Radio (now Corus) and moved back to Lethbridge to manage CHEC Radio and CKTA Taber.
In the early 90’s he moved to Woodstock with Shaw and managed the Shaw station there.
In the late 90’s, Jim moved west again with the OK group and was in sales in Kelowna and Fort St. John.
It was in 2000 when he moved back to Edmonton and in 2004 joined Newcap in our engineering group.
Jim was also a pilot and spent many years flying around the country side.
His son Jamie is now a commercial pilot with Porter Air based out of Toronto.
Both Tracy and Kerry are in the broadcast industry.
Jim and I worked together both at CJOC and CJCA.
Our sincere condolences to the Elliott family.
Mike Cleaver Broadcast Services
Engineering, News, Voice work and Consulting
Vancouver, BC, Canada

54 years experience at some of Canada's Premier Broadcasting Stations
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Re: Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby jon » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:43 pm

I just received the same News. Mike is quoting from a NewCap Edmonton All Staff memo from GM Randy Lemay.

A lot of people have worked with Jim over his 50 year career. The first note I received was from a friend who worked with Jim at CJOC in the '60s.
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Postby jon » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:56 am

ELLIOTT, James "Jim"

It is with great sadness that the family of Jim announces his passing on February 17, 2013 at the age of 71 years.

He is survived by his loving children, Kerry (Kirstie) Elliott, Tracie (Devin) Gray, Jamie Elliott; grandchildren, Dylan and Anson Gray; numerous relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Jim's Life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Foster and McGarvey Funeral Home located at Connelly-McKinley Sherwood Park-Mill Woods Funeral Home, 4820 Meridian Street, Edmonton. (Meridian Street can only be accessed heading SOUTH on Hwy 216/Hwy 14 (Anthony Henday) the access is 1 km south of the Sherwood Park Freeway on Hwy. 216).

To send condolences, visit http://www.fostermcgarvey.com

Published in The Edmonton Journal on February 21, 2013
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Re: Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby TGray » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:51 pm

Thanks for posting this jon and Mike. He is an incredible man and an amazing Grandpa! We miss him but seeing posts like this helps to keep him alive in our memories. Big Jim hugs to both of you.

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Re: Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby jon » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:21 pm

Coincidentally, I just scanned Jim's funeral program a few days ago. Page 2 is watermarked with a great '70s picture of Jim that rivals any DJ pic of the era. The text also references his roles as the voice of Discount Jim's and his television experience playing J.P. Patches.

Click on the picture of Jim on this page to download the PDF of the four page program:
http://edmontonbroadcasters.com/ebc/col ... liott-jim/
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Re: Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby former tv guy » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:11 pm

I can find no reference to anyone other than Chris Wedes performing the character JP Patches.
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Re: Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby jon » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:35 pm

Found the answer in a Lethbridge magazine:

Campbell's Corner
Distinctive Voices
By Mark Campbell
Submitted to the Lethbridge Journal
Week of March 1, 2013

As I was growing up in Lethbridge and getting
ready for school we always had the radio on.
You’d hear a familiar voice and it was like that
person became part of your family. You felt like
you knew that person even though you didn’t
really. The voice was a comfort. The voice was
your source of information. The voice made you
laugh. For me, one of those distinctive voices
who was an integral part of my everyday life was
Jim Elliott. I remember him as the morning man
of 1220 CJOC in the late 60s. He was also the
voice of stock car racing when they had a paved
¼ mile track at the Exhibition. I can still hear
him saying, “It’s the main event folks.
Here they come, bumper to bumper, side by
side 2, 4, 6, 8. . . wow there’s 20 cars in this one.”
He was highly entertaining and made it fun to
go to the races on a Sunday night. Some of you
may also remember him playing a bum named
J.P. Patches on CJLH TV. It was a kiddies show.
I don’t remember a whole lot about it but for
some reason J.P. Patches is etched forever in
my mind. For me Jim Elliott was a superstar in
this town. He had moved away to Edmonton
for a period of time but returned to Lethbridge
to be the GM of what was then 1090 CHEC in
1987. I had been in radio for a number of years
and when my situation changed at LA FM, (I
got fired from the morning show - gee that
happens a lot) Jim called me. He wanted me to
be their morning guy. The man I considered
to be a legend and a hero actually called me. It
was one of the best days of my life. You often
hear stories of people meeting their heroes and
being disappointed. Jim didn’t disappoint. He
was larger than life and he made me feel good
about myself at a time when I was at a very low
point in my life. To me he was one of the really
good guys in the business. Jim passed away in
Edmonton on February 17 at the age of 71. That
voice is silenced, but I know he will never be
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Re: Jim Elliot has left us.

Postby Jelliott » Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:00 am

Hi everyone. Jim's son Jamie here. I recently looked up Discount Jim online and hit big. Someone in March posted not one, but four Discount Jim spots on YouTube. Thought that some of you would welcome to see him doing his thing again, I know I certainly miss the old guy. Here's a link to one of them, with the other three really easy to find. Hope you enjoy :)

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