Congratulations to Townsquare Media radio legend Jim Sargent is this year's recipient of the Chenango County Chamber "Lifetime Achievement" award.  The award is a centerpiece of the "Soiree in the Park" in Norwich on September 14, sponsored by the Chenango County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with NBT Bank.  The Chamber's "Entrepreneur of the Year" award goes to Allen Lindenthaler.

Jim Sargent has been a popular and important part of Norwich radio for more than 25 years.  We congratulate Jim on this special (and much deserved) award.

Jim tells his story in his own words:

"An advertisement on one of the Norwich radio stations caught my ear some 25 years ago. It was for a part-time evening worker. I didn’t really know what he’d do or what training he needed. I had a degree from Syracuse University, had taught music for over a decade and knew that I loved to listen to the radio. The station’s general manager took the application and hired me on the spot. I started as a production assistant for commercials. I changed the music reels at night, a task was phased out with computers. I even had a live evening show on the Chenango County’s most powerful station, WKXZ."  Jim has been a vital station resource since he started and is now the Norwich news director, reporting on everything from Hillary Clinton’s visit in 1999 to the floods of 2006 and 2011."