Alan Pendleton, CEO of New World Radio Group, and some others brought to our attention the recent passing of their friend and colleague Jim Weitzman. Alan provided this obituary.
James M. (Jim) Weitzman died in his home on June 25, in Rockville, Md., due to complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), a progressive neurodegenerative condition. He was 68.
Jim was born on June 3, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Peter and Anne Weitzman. He was a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin Law School. He married Malka Blair in 1972. In 1975, the Weitzmans moved to Rockville, where Jim was a partner in the firm of Shrinsky, Weitzman and Eisen. The firm later merged with the Washington offices of Kaye Scholer. Jim retired from the firm after founding New World Radio Group. The radio stations reflected Jim’s love of international and multicultural programming, which has been the format of the broadcast group for 23 years.
Jim was a gifted communications attorney with a passion for radio engineering that proved invaluable to his many law clients and in the leadership of his radio stations.
Jim is survived by his wife Malka of 43 years, a son, Avi of Scranton, Pa., and a sister, Cheri Goldberg (David) of San Francisco, Calif., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Karie Silberman, a lifelong friend of Jim’s, who served as his primary caretaker during his illness.
Jim was buried in a private ceremony on June 28 in his family plot in Wisconsin. Friends in the Washington area are welcome to make a Shiva (condolence) visit to celebrate Jim’s life at home — 11417 Hounds Way,
Rockville, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 5– 8 p.m. from Monday through Thursday of this week and 10 a.m.–1 p.m. on Friday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to ALS Association DC/MD/VA Chapter.