WRMJ's Jim Taylor Wins Top Sports Broadcasting Award

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

For a third year in a row, WRMJ News/Sports Director Jim Taylor has won the Illinois Broadcasters Association Best Sportscaster Award in the Small Market Radio Category. Taylor received the honor at the IBA Silver Dome Awards Banquet in Bloomington/Normal on June 15th. He also won the award in 2009 and 2010. Taylor is the host of "WRMJ's High School Sports Spotlight" and "WRMJ Sportsline" and also provides play-by-play of baseball, softball, basketball and football.

The IBA also recognized Taylor for his work with the Brandon Ballard Foundation as WRMJ received an award for Best Community Service Activity for covering and promoting "Brandon's Run" last November 21st.

The 19 year old Ballard, a 2008 Rockridge High School graduate, died of testicular cancer on November 29, 2008.

The foundation raises money for testicular cancer education and awareness and was also instrumental in passing 'Brandon's Law', which requires school physicals to include a testicular exam and health classes to include a section on cancer education. In addition, the foundation offers a $500 scholarship for a senior basketball player at Rockridge.

This year's "Brandon's Run" will be November 20th at Rockridge High School.