Jim Watkins, the general manager who piloted WHUR-FM Washington, DC (96.3) to ratings and revenue heights over three decades, will leave his GM post at the Howard University-owned urban AC to focus on his telecom company, Windy Oak Communications, effective Aug. 31. A replacement has not yet been named.
Watkins is credited with taking WHUR from a stand-alone station to a powerhouse network of six stations forming the Howard University Radio Network. The Washington Post sold the radio station to the university in 1971 for $1.00. Watkins has since pushed the station’s annual revenue above $12 million. “My decision to retire from Howard University has not been easy,” Watkins said. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for such a stellar employer for over half my lifetime. But now is the time for me to seek new challenges and opportunities.”