Bill James

The MAB is sad to announce that former WJR-AM (Detroit) General Manager Bill James has passed away at the age of 85.

James began his career as an engineer for Ford Motor Company, and moving on to CPA giant Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche) where he was named a Partner. Bill was then recruited by Capital Cities Communications, where he was named General Manager at various media operations, including WJR, where he succeeded James Quello in 1969.  Later he created and grew Capital Cities’ very successful Cable Television Division, until it was sold to the Washington Post, following the purchase of ABC by Capital Cities.  He went on to start and operate his own cable television company, James Communications.  Bill served on the Board of Directors for AAA, and as Chairman of the Board of Beaumont Hospital.

James is survived by his wife of 63 years Jane (Mehrer); children Martha Quay (John), and William James (Babette); plus grandchildren and great grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills) to celebrate a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be sent to Beaumont Health Foundation in support of their Nursing Education and Training Fund, P.O. Box 5802, Troy, MI 48007.