James B. Thompson
02/05/1947 - 08/14/2022

James B. Thompson of Chatham, New Jersey passed away on August 14th, 2022 after a battle with cancer at the age of 75. Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 5th, 1947 to Mary and Francis Thompson. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, favorite uncle to many, Pop Pop to seven beautiful grandchildren, and a proud Vietnam veteran.

While known for his professional achievements in the Television and Radio industries, he will be better remembered for his kindness, generosity, integrity, energy, and his deep love of family. No one quite knew how to connect with people like Jim, and he always made everyone feel like the most important person in the room.

Jim had made his mark in the broadcasting industry in his role as President/CEO of Group W Radio, the second-largest radio company in the country during his leadership. Former stations include KYW-AM in Philadelphia. With Mike Craven, Jim was co-owner of Liberty Broadcasting, a nineteen-station radio group concentrated on the east coast. Jim began his broadcasting career as an account executive at KYW-3 in Philadelphia in 1971, where he rose to Vice President and General Manager.

Jim was named “Radio Executive of the Year” and “One of the Most Influential People in Radio” by Streamline Publishing’s Radio Ink magazine, where he also appeared on the cover numerous times.

Jim served in many charitable and hospitable organizations, most notably the Broadcasters Foundations of America, where he served as President from 2009 until his passing. He was greatly admired by his colleagues, and his guidance, counsel, and advice fostered many careers.

He was a passionate golfer, and always enjoyed a late afternoon tee time with his wife Cindy, walking 9 holes at Baltusrol.

Jim Thompson is survived by his loving wife Cindy, and five children; Meghan Cima, Shannon Gardiner and husband James, Katie McElwee and husband Thomas, Jimmy Thompson and wife Madison, and Molly Thompson. He leaves seven grandchildren, JR and Lily Cima, Maryrose and Quinn Gardner, and Keelin, Shannon, and Gus McElwee. He is also survived by his two older brothers, John Thompson and Thomas Thompson. Predeceased by his sister Marion, and brothers Francis, Joseph and William.

Funeral Home:
Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home
Visitation Hours:
His family welcomes all family and friends on Friday, August 19th from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
St. Rose of Lima RC Church, 50 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills
Memorial Gifts:
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the recently formed Jim Thompson Memorial Fund, which has been established by the Broadcasters Foundation in honor of Thompsons’ dedication and service to the broadcasting industry and to the Foundation’s charitable cause of providing financial aid to Radio and TV professionals in acute need. To make a donation to the Jim Thompson Memorial Fund, please go to: https://bfoa.app.neoncrm.com/forms/jimthompsonfund or send donation to Broadcasters Foundation of America, 125 W 55th St, New York, NY, 10019
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