Meet WIBW GM Jim Ogle
Long before he moved to Topeka to become General Manager of WIBW, Jim Ogle had a long-time tie to the television station, even though he had never lived in Kansas.
When he was a small child in the mid 60s, Ogle's grandfather (from Osawatomie) got him a seat as part of the children's chorus at an episode of "WIB The Clown Show." So Ogle came to Topeka in April 2006 to become the General Manager of the first television station he ever visited.
Ogle moved to WIBW after a dozen years as News Director at WKYT in Lexington, KY. Both are owned by Gray Television. It followed jobs for Ogle in Miami; High Point, North Carolina; Reno and Asheville, North Carolina. As News Director, Ogle was a long time member of the board of Radio Television News Directors Association (now RTDNA). He was also chapter president in Kentucky and Miami for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). Ogle received Peabody, DuPont Columbia and Murrow Awards for organizing WTVJ's coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
In Topeka, WIBW has four times won Kansas Broadcasters "Station of the Year" and was one of four finalists for the Editor & Publishers Best Website award. WIBW has more viewers than Topeka's other television stations combined. The WIBW web channels for desktop and mobile have the most users in Topeka.
Ogle has been deeply involved in civic life in Topeka and Kansas. He is Chair of Shawnee Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and its Foundation along with Complete Streets. He is the past Chair for Crime Stoppers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and he chaired the 2009 United Way campaign and the 2010 Key Club effort for the United Way of Greater Topeka. He is Vice Chair of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce for Leadership and Chair of the board of trustees for the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy. He is past President of Downtown Topeka, Inc. He is Treasurer of the Jayhawk Theatre restoration effort and vice chair of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
He was awarded the Chamber's Volunteer of the Year for 2010. He was also selected as Kansas Board Member of the year (2010) for all the Big Brother units in the state. The Rotary Club of Topeka honored him as Rotarian of the Year in 2010 and Distinguished Rotarian in 2012. Ogle has chaired the American Heart Association Heart Walk and the KCSL Red Stocking Breakfast and the first ever Gary Clarke Run For The Wild! to benefit the Friends of the Topeka Zoo.
He served as a member of the Kansas Commission on Emergency Planning and Response and now serves the statewide boards of Kansas Childrens Service League, Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, Junior Achievement, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and the KAB's Foundation. He is also a member of the board of Metro Topeka Transit.
Ogle was a Fellow with the Kansas Health Foundation and was a member of Leadership Kansas 2010 class.
The Community Resource Council honored WIBW with its first ever Business Excellence Award. The Topeka Chapter of the NAACP also honored WIBW for its community commitment. Ogle received the Communications and Journalism Award from the "Living The Dream" committee.
Ogle serves on a number of other boards including Metro YMCA, the Y's Heritage Club, the Red Cross, Arts Connect, Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods, Friends of the Mulvane, North Topeka Arts District, Savor Kansas, Friends of the Topeka Zoo, the Heavenly Vision Foundation and United Way of Greater Topeka. He was a member of the Topeka Public School's Budget Reduction Task Force, the Strategic Planning Committee and a six year member of the District Community Advisory Council. He serves on the district's Foundation Board of Directors. Ogle is also a member of Topeka's Bikeways Plan Public Advisory Steering Committee and Complete Streets Public Advisory Committee. He is on the Steering Committees of the Safest Capital City Coalition, the Capital District Project and Heartland Visioning.
Ogle has a 19-year-old son, Colin, who plays hockey and lives with his mom in Lexington, Kentucky where he attends the University of Kentucky. Ogle is a six-year billet parent for the Topeka Roadrunners.
Ogle is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Downtown Topeka Rotary Club and a life member of the NAACP.