Jim West grew up in Tucson, Arizona with a love of music. While in the Air Force, his love of music landed him a part-time job that ended in a radio broadcasting career which lasted nearly forty years
Working his way up to major markets such as Baltimore, Indianapolis and Phoenix, West honed his skills as an on-air DJ as well as Program and Operations Director of many radio and satellite radio networks nationwide.
One of the highlight’s of West’s career was spending eight years at KNIX-Phoenix, owned by major country music star, Buck Owens. West helped promote many recording artists, studied country and rockabilly music, and is a fan of a wide variety of music formats and genres.
Throughout his career, West continued to excel at his trade by being voted in to spend two years on the Board Of Directors of the Academy of Country Music in Los Angeles where he represented country radio while helping plan and execute the yearly ACM music awards on network television.
West was also nominated for Large Market Air Personality of the Year from the CMA (Country Music Association). In addition, West has written many articles on history and music, and has been published in a variety of magazines. He has also volunteered with the non-profit Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame where many of the early singers and players are honored today.
West felt that not much was written collectively about this very important era in local Arizona music, which was what prompted him to write "The Phoenix Sound."