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Jim Heavner inducted into Chapel Hill Hall Of Fame

by Charly Mann 

Jim Heavner more than any other person created the character and spirit of modern Chapel Hill through his relentless drive of promoting the town and elevating UNC football and basketball to national prominence through his conglomeration of media companies including WCHL, The Tar Heel Sports Network, and The Village Advocate.


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Dianne Smith      6:50 PM Sat 1/29/2011

Congratulations, Jim! I worked for Jim from 1974 to 1989 - managing the Tar Heel Sports Network for 11 or so of those years. Was Jim difficult to work for? Yes, because he expected everyone to give his or her best. He drove all of us crazy trying to please him, but would I trade the experience for anything else? No, not for a second. From Jim, I learned how to pay attention to details; the importance of always keeping the big picture in mind; the value of thinking big; the need to give clients more than they expected; the importance of teamwork; how to sell anything; the love of media; and so much more. In the late 1970's, Jim allowed a number of us to buy stock in his and Sandy's closely-held company. At that time, I did not understand what an extraordinary gift this was. Look around - that hasn't happened very often. When it was time to move on to go to law school, I cashed out. That stock gave me the freedom to realize a new ambition. Today I am a DC lawyer (but commuting from my home in Chapel Hill) - still using many of the skills Jim taught me, so thanks Jim!

Mary Harrison      4:30 PM Wed 1/19/2011

I hope the old Chapel Hill Museum can be used as the location for the Chapel Hill Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Mr. Heavner on his induction.

Tom Chambers      11:01 AM Tue 1/18/2011

I only know Jim Heavner from listening to him for years on the Tar Heel Sports network, and am thrilled to learn more about him. I wish he was still Woody Durham&#39;s partner.<br \><br \>

Nancy C.      9:35 AM Tue 1/18/2011

I have known Jim Heavner for decades, and had a husband who worked for him for a few years in the 1970s. He is certainly a complex human being, who I do not think I fully appreciated until I read your piece.

Robert Humphreys      10:58 PM Mon 1/17/2011

Thanks Charlie for another spot-on story from Chapel Hill but this time, thanks also for a long overdue recognition of Jim and his contributions to our community. Growing up and remaining in CH, I witnessed and experienced Jim&#39;s rise and have always respected him and his companies. As an advertiser, as a promoter of events, as a volunteer host of the morning show, as a community volunteer; I was always impressed with Jim&#39;s dedication to our town and his vision for it. Yes, during that rise, his companies were VERY successful and that personally rewarded him for his hard work; but thanks to his success Chapel Hill and UNC were also greatly rewarded. We became stronger, closer, more famous. We had a character and personality, a brand that Jim and his company not only promoted but helped create. Jim&#39;s attitude about our community was always to keep it positive and promote the hell out of it. &quot;I&#39;d rather be in Chapel Hill&quot;! Me, too! Thanks, Jim, I appreciate you.

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