Longtime WHOP newsman and retired News Director Jim Love looks on as Judge John Atkins honors him at a dinner Friday evening.
A dinner was held Friday evening to honor a figure well known to WHOP News listeners.
Current Saturday morning newsman and retired WHOP News Director Jim Love was honored at the War Memorial Building for forty years of service to the community through his broadcasting and other endeavors in the community, with many long-time friends taking the opportunity to thank him.
Among those was State Senator Joey Pendleton, who praised Love for his career and for always putting his personal opinions to the side to cover every story fairly during his long and celebrated tenure.
Retired Hopkinsville Police officer and former Hopkinsville Mayor Rich Liebe praised Love not only for his time as a broadcaster, but also for his years of working part time at the then Hopkinsville-Christian County EOC, where he spent many nights dispatching local first responders.
The surprise dinner was organized by retired Hopkinsville Police Chief Kenny Over and Circuit Judge John Atkins, with Atkins saying the final words and echoing the sentiments of the well over 100 people in attendance.
Never at a loss for words, Jim also spoke and thanked longtime and retired WHOP General Manager Roger Jeffers who hired him in 1972. Love thanked his family, friends and former co-workers who have made the man born in Elgin, Illinois a true son of Hopkinsville and all of western Kentucky by listening to him over the radio for so many years.