His show begins tonight. The official word:

Bob and Bill Klaus, owners of The Talk of Akron - WNIR - 100 FM, have selected

substitute talk show host, Jim Isabella, to succeed the late Tom Erickson who passed

away on November 3rd following a sudden illness that started on June 5th.

Jim has been a substitute talk show host for WNIR since July of 2010. He also has

extensive broadcast experience with a number of other Northeast Ohio radio stations and

in Northeast Ohio cable television. In addition, Jimís media career includes work in

newspapers, most recently at the Akron Beacon Journal and, before that, the Sun

Newspapers chain in the Cleveland area.

Jim was a friend of the late Howie Chizek, WNIRís legendary talk show host who passed

away suddenly on June 16th , and he enjoyed calling Howieís show on a regular basis.

During the past summer Jimís substitution role was greatly expanded as he helped the

station navigate the voids left by the sudden illness of Tom Erickson followed by the

sudden death of Howie Chizek. From that exposure WNIRís audience became much

more familiar with Jimís talents and the Klaus brothers received a significant amount of

positive feedback urging them to find a permanent full time position for Jim.

The Jim Isabella Show will be launched on Thursday November 29th. His program will

be broadcast Monday through Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. and on Saturdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

The show is an open- line format that is the only Live and Local general interest radio

program available to listeners in the Akron area and all of Northeast Ohio.