WHUR GM Jim Watkins To Receive HU’s 2018 Capstone Distinguished Service Award

We’re ecstatic to announce WHUR General Manager Jim Watkins will be honored at Howard University’s Charter Day with the 2018 Capstone Distinguished Service Award.

The Capstone Distinguished Service Award is conferred upon university employees making sustained and extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Howard University. The Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the President of Howard University, approves the selection of the award recipient. This year’s recipient is Millard “Jim” Watkins III. Watkins is the general manager of WHUR, credited with building the station 47 years ago.

Watkins’ broadcast career began in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia more than 50 years ago. From 1980 until 1984, Watkins served as the director of Operations and Engineering for WHMM-TV and was appointed general manager of WHUR-FM in April 1985. In addition to his post at WHUR-FM, in September 1996, Watkins was assigned the position of interim general manager of Howard University Television, WHUT-TV (formerly WHMM-TV). He managed both WHUR and WHUT simultaneously until April 2002.

“Jim Watkins is truly a legend in the broadcast industry and the visionary behind WHUR and the Howard University Radio Network as we know it today. This honor is well-deserved and celebrates this incredible ‘gem’ that has humbly served and impacted so many through mentorship and his exemplary leadership,” said WHUR’s Deputy General Manager Sean Plater.

Radio Ink, a top radio-industry trade publication, named Watkins one of the BEST managers of 2017.

The awardees will be recognized during the 151st Charter Day Dinner and Dance on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

For more information, see here.


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