Jack Hobbs has retired after 40 years in broadcasting, including the past 33 at WLBT. His last day in the "Time Out Corner" was Friday, August 15.
Jack Hobbs was born Jackie Greene Hobbs in Shawneetown, Illinois. He grew up in Chicago and got his first taste of broadcasting while serving in Japan with the Air Force. He worked part-time for the Armed Forces Radio/Television Network.
Following his discharge in 1961, he returned to Chicago. Five years later he took a job with a radio station in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan, as an announcer and disc jockey and later as news director.
A year later he took a job with WMIS Radio in Natchez, Mississippi. Shortly thereafter, in the late 1960s, he moved to Jackson to work at WJTV-Channel 12 as a reporter. He later anchored the weekend news, then the 10:00 p.m. newscast. He was promoted to news director in 1972 and anchored the 6:00 p.m. newscast.
During his news career in Mississippi, Jack covered the civil rights movement, Hurricane Camille, and school desegregation -- among many other major stories.
In 1974, Jack left broadcasting to work for the federal government as a Public Affairs Specialist. He was later promoted to Chief of Advertising and Public Affairs for the Mississippi, Western Arkansas and Eastern Tennessee area.
But broadcasting came calling again in 1975, when Jack was hired part-time at WLBT to anchor the early-morning, 15-minute newscast. By 1998 that program had expanded to 90 minutes, and Jack took up residence in the "Time Out" corner.
(The Time Out corner got its name, by the way, from a little girl who was watching the re-formatted show and noticed Jack wasn't there at his usual time. She asked her mother, "Where's Mr. Jack? He's not on." When he did appear at a different news desk, she exclaimed to her mother, "Look, Mommy, there's Mr. Jack, but he's in a corner by himself. He must have done something wrong, and he's in time out!" The rest, as they say, is history.)
Jack lives in Madison, is retired from his federal job, and spends much of his time riding his motorcycle and working in his yard and spending time with his wife, Sherry, and his daughter Heather.
Jack has two other daughters -- Shelly, who lives in West Virginia, and Seana, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area. He has one granddaughter, Madison.
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