Remember Jim Wieder? The KGO-TV, KGO Radio, and ABC Radio News reporter won several awards during his thirty year career including the coveted Edward R. Murrow award for his live shots from the Iraqi war front. Jim also freelanced for ABC Television News in Los Angeles and filed his last story from the Malibu fires in 2008. After more than 25,000 interviews, his last was with Governor Aarrnold!
You "50" somethings listen up. Jim took his KGO buyout money to purchase Hayward ACE Hardware in 2005. Just last week the store was awarded the prestigious ACE Platinum award for superior customer service. Its an honor that 5,000 ACE outlets apply for- but only a small fraction get the nod. The store was also named a Hayward Small Business of the Year in 2011, and Jim ran the local Chamber of Commerce from several years. "Transitioning wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be," Jim says. "It was a hoot traveling the world on the company dime."
See, there is life after local TV News.
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