City of Jackson responds to death of radio station owner, former DJ, in boating accident

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A popular Jackson radio DJ who went on to own the radio station he worked at has died in a boating accident.

Jamie McKibbin was found Monday afternoon at the Clendening Lake in Ohio.

McKibbin, who went by the name “The Big Dog” during his DJ days on K-105.3 FM in Jackson, was on a hunting trip with a friend. McKibbin loved hunting and fishing.

The friend, whose name was not available, passed away, as well. Their boat has not been found. Weather may have played a role in their deaths.

Jackson and Hillsdale county radio station owner Jamie McKibbin – photo courtesy Michigan Association of Broadcasters

“And (to) just do great local radio…that’s what I’m excited to do here in Jackson.”

Jamie McKibbin, upon being promoted from DJ to General Manager in 2015.

McKibbin went on to buy the Jackson Radio Works (which also included stations NewsTalk 970 AM, 95.9 FM, and 101,9 FM) from his friend and mentor, Bruce Goldsen, in late 2019.

McKibbin named his company McKibbin Media Group and went to on to buy WCSR (92.1 FM and 99.5 FM) in Hillsdale.

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It was a fitting purchase for McKibbin, who was born in Hillsdale County and lived in Jackson County.

McKibbin, along with his co-workers, also took part in the men’s health campaign launched by WLNS-TV several years ago. He documented his beard growth as part of “No Shave November” and helped spread the word about important health issues.

McKibbin was also active in the industry, serving on the board of directors for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

The City of Jackson released the following statement on McKibbin’s passing:

“The City of Jackson is saddened to hear about the passing of Jamie McKibbin, a radio host at K-105.3 and owner of McKibbin Media Group. He was a big supporter of the City’s Recreation Department for over 20 years and helped make our Daddy/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son events extra special with his DJ skills. Our condolences go out to his family and friends during this time.”

He is survived by his wife Katina and his son Walker.

6 News sends its condolences to Jamie’s friends and family.

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