James Lee "Jim" Brewer, II, president of Brewer Media, has died after a courageous fight against oral cancer. He was 56.
Born in Tell City, Ind., he was president of the Tell City High School class of 1979 where he was an award-winning swimmer. Before the radio business brought him to Chattanooga, he attended the University of Cincinnati.
When he was 28 years old, he became the general manager for WJTT FM - Power 94.
In 2003, WJTT ranked as one of the top five urban radio stations in the nation for converting ratings to revenue.
He served on the board of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and addressed the National Association of Broadcasters at the annual convention on Internet/Radio synergy.
In 2008, Brewer Media purchased the weekly newspaper known as The Pulse. In June 2009, the company launched 105.1 ESPN. Mr. Brewer was a fan of many sports and enjoyed broadcasting Lookouts baseball games on ESPN. Other stations include Groove 93.5, Big 95.3, and Easy 106.9.
Mr. Brewer chaired numerous charitable organizations over his career. In 2011 Brewer Media earned the accolade of Corporate Philanthropist of the Year. The Advertising Federation awarded him the Silver Medallion in 2012. There were many years when Brewer Media stations provided more than $1 million in media support for non-profits in Chattanooga and he and his family took pride that the stations are locally owned and operated.
A viewing will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Chattanooga. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with funeral services following at 1 pm. There will be a private burial service arranged by Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway.
He is survived by Sandra Brewer, his wife of 14 years; James L. and Vicki Brewer, his parents; and his children, Danielle Swindell (Tyler); Carly Brewer, and James L. Brewer, III. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Christina Phillips and Caitlyn Miller, grandchildren Paige and Brooke Swindell; his sisters, Kira (Warren) Headlee, Vija (Ron) Long; nieces Jessica (Marc) Arellano, and Jamie Rossman; two grand-nieces, one step-niece, two step-nephews, three step-grand-nephews; Crystelle Stringer, his mother-in-law, and Craig Stringer, his brother-in-law.
Memorial donations can be made to the Oral Cancer Foundation Chattanooga or The Partnership for Families, Children and Youth, specifically the Domestic Violence prevention program.