Dallas radio personality and food festival founder Jim White dies

Dallas radio personality Jim White, who co-founded the Savor Dallas food festival as well as Restaurant Week, died June 4.

His wife Vicki Briley-White has confirmed that White died while in hospice care, after the couple were told he had cancer two months prior.

“It’s been a shockingly fast journey for us,” she said. “We barely realized he was sick, let alone that he left us.”

White, who had a melodious voice that could melt ice, was a longtime radio personality, serving as news anchor and talk show host for 1080 KRLD for a decade from 1995 to 2004.

He was probably Dallas’ first foodie as the host of “The KRLD Restaurant Show with Jim White,” a two-hour live talk show featuring celebrity chefs, cookbook authors, winemakers and restaurateurs around the world, earning a James Beard Foundation Nomination for “Best Food Radio Show”.

While at KRLD, he co-founded KRLD Restaurant Week, the annual fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank.

From 1995 to 1997, he served as a morning and afternoon newscaster and was honored by the Associated Press for “Best Texas Newscast”. His silver-tongued voice has become a signature for KRLD and has earned him numerous requests for voice-over and emcee gigs.

He was ahead of his time in his enthusiasm for the food and drink scene, producing and hosting videos featuring famous chefs, winemakers and wine and food destinations long before social media made a splash. such common coverage.

Inspired by the food festivals they had seen in other cities and using Briley-White’s experience as president of the annual Côtes du Cœur wine auction event, the couple founded Savor Dallas in 2005, paving the way for the idea of ​​a food festival in Dallas and drawing crowds of over 4,000 people.

White reminded in 2013, the launch of the event fortuitously coincided with the launch of Stella Artois Beer in the Dallas-Fort Worth market; they served the ice-cold beer on tap in a chalice, which attendees could take home for free.

The festival was eventually acquired by the Dallas Morning News in 2014, which left him sinking; his last year was 2018.

Always on the lookout for new media, White went on to found Wining & Dining with Jim White, a website and a podcast business where he interviewed top chefs and personalities from the wine and spirits world.

White was still a student at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1968 when he was recruited to work at the new Dallas television station, Channel 39. At the same time, he was working weekends with the legend of the radio Ron Chapman, pushing him to success. career in broadcasting before he could graduate from college.

In addition to Dallas, he had radio experience at news and talk stations in Chicago and San Francisco, as a reporter, weatherman, and host; in satellite radio; and as an actor and voice-over actor in commercials, corporate spokespersons, and films.

“He will be greatly missed by me and others,” Vicki said. “He was a kind, generous, principled and loving man who wanted everyone to succeed. He never held a grudge. A rare man indeed.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date in June at Wilshire Baptist Church.

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