James Bickers, a popular radio host and founding editor of Digital Signage Today and Retail Customer Experience, passed away on September 29, 2016, at the age of 45. The cause of death was not disclosed, but his colleagues and friends remembered him as a man with a strong love of family and a successful career in journalism and broadcasting. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Miles, Lucy, and Ellery.
A Passionate and Creative Journalist
James Bickers was born on June 23, 1971, and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in English and a minor in journalism. He joined Networld Media Group in 2006 as the founding editor of Digital Signage Today, a news site that covers the digital signage industry. He later launched Retail Customer Experience, a news site that focuses on the retail industry and customer engagement. He also contributed to other NMG publications, such as ATM Marketplace and Mobile Payments Today. He was known for his passion and creativity as a journalist, as well as his humor and knowledge of music and pop culture. He was an avid reader and writer, and had published several books, including a novel, a collection of short stories, and a history of the Louisville music scene.
A Charming and Enthusiastic Radio Host
James Bickers was also a radio host who greeted his audience each morning with the phrase, “Good morning, fellow babies!”. He worked for Louisville Public Media for nearly 20 years, hosting and producing various programs on 89.3 WFPL and 91.9 WFPK. He hosted the morning drive on WFPK for eight years, playing a mix of indie rock, folk, and soul music. He also hosted an afternoon jazz shift and the Down and Nerdy podcast, which explored geek culture and comic books. On WFPL, he hosted and produced On Second Thought, a long-running literary talk show that featured interviews with authors and book reviews. He was the local voice of NPR’s Morning Edition, delivering the news and weather updates. He was admired for his charm and enthusiasm as a radio host, as well as his intelligence and curiosity as an interviewer.
A Loving and Devoted Family Man
James Bickers was a loving and devoted husband and father, who cherished his family above all. He married Nancy Hodges in 1998, and they had three children, Miles, Lucy, and Ellery. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing games, watching movies, and going on trips. He was also a supportive and caring friend, who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. He was involved in his community, volunteering for various causes and organizations. He was a man of faith, who attended the Southeast Christian Church. He was a role model and an inspiration to many people, and he touched the lives of countless others with his spirit and generosity.
A Legacy of Excellence and Joy
James Bickers’ life was a testament to excellence and joy. He served his audience and his industry with honor and integrity, and he faced his challenges with courage and optimism. He also found love and happiness with his family and his friends, who stood by him through thick and thin. He left behind a legacy of professionalism and creativity, and a family that loved him dearly. He will always be remembered and honored as a talented and beloved radio host and editor.