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Date Posted: 02:26:34 01/15/16 Fri
Author: JM
Subject: RIP, Jim Horne

So sad to hear of the passing of James Robert Horne at 72.

He worked at KDKA radio as Jim Horne from 1967-72, often referring to himself as "The Little Round Devil." A native of Texas, he started in radio as a teenager and worked in Knoxville, TN immediately before joining KDKA in the spring of 1967.

He started on the all-night show when Terry McGovern went into the Army, then shifted to the evening show in early 1968. He later moved into the afternoon shift after Clark Race left, and spent the rest of his KDKA career there. He also hosted the Sunday morning show, which didn't follow the usual playlist, inheriting the spot after Terry McGovern left for San Francisco in 1969.

Jim finished at KDKA at the end of September, 1972, then headed to New York to start an acting career. He spent the rest of his life in NY, working on stage, in movies and TV, usually billed as J.R. Horne.

He did a lot of work off and on camera for David Letterman's CBS show. Jim was very generous in sharing his memories of his time in Pittsburgh. He was incredibly quick, always about three steps ahead of the KDKA audience. He did a Saturday night talk show for a while. Sample exchange:

Caller: "I was watching a show on Channel 53..."
Jim: "Ma'am, the TV only goes up to Channel 13."
Caller: "No, it's UHF."
Jim: "We're all adults here. No need to spell words."
Caller: "No, UHF, Ultra High Frequency."
Jim: "Oh, right. That's the TV only dogs can see."

So long, Jim. Thanks for the laughs.

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