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After 41 Years in Radio, McHugh Ready for Retirement

Jim McHugh committed his career to one cluster of stations and one community

Jim McHugh, Adams Radio Group, WJWL
Jim McHugh at the mic, WJWL, 1982.

After 41 years in the radio industry, longtime radio executive Jim McHugh is set to retire.

Like many radio execs, he began his career on air before eventually moving into sales and management. “I never once considered another position outside of radio,” McHugh said. “This business has been very good to me and my family and I have enjoyed every moment of my career.”

McHugh, who started his radio career in 1980, has served the Delmarva Peninsula community his entire career. A year after starting at WIBF(FM), he joined WJWL(AM), which is now WUSX(FM). Over the years McHugh moved around — working at WOCQ(FM), WZBH(FM) and WGBG(FM) — meaning McHugh was able to work for the same group of radio stations his entire career. He first worked for Great Scott Broadcasting and then Adams Radio Group after WUSX became part of the Adams Radio Group in 2017. McHugh ended his career as a senior account executive with Adams Radio.

“Rarely these days do you find an exemplary employee like Jim McHugh,” said Ron Stone, president and CEO of Adams Radio Group. “Someone that loves radio and commits their entire career to not only radio, but one cluster of stations and one community.”

McHugh was instrumental in the transition from Great Scott to Adams Radio, Stone said, adding that his dedication and loyalty to the radio stations has been unmatched.

Jim McHugh, Adams Radio Group, WJWL
WJWL c. 1957