Jimmy Carter's life can best be described as someone who's been sitting on the front row. From covering presidents to Hollywood stars and lots of things in between.
Since 1968, at age 15 when he started his on-the-job training at his hometown rock radio station, Carter has taken in firsthand knowledge of what it takes to make a successful radio and television show, from his first radio documentary on the Beatles in 1968 to his Emmy award-winning work as Executive Producer here at Channel 4.
Carter has worked as a street reporter covering civil rights, hurricanes and controversial politics in his home state of Alabama; as a UPI award-winning television news producer at NBC's Birmingham station; and as producer of "The Scene at Six" on WSM-TV, a winner of virtually every award given to a TV news department (including the coveted Dupont Columbia and Edward R. Murrow). As Executive Producer at CBS's Houston station, his work included coverage of everything from NASA to major airline crashes, to exciting Texas politics.
Jimmy Carter's Nashville credits include an Emmy for his public service TV work and multiple Emmy nominations for his news, children's, sports and public affairs specials. He was the recipient of an IRIS award for his special on the celebrated Iroquois Steeplechase. His affiliation with Barbara Mandrell Productions as a writer/producer brought about two of the highest rated specials in The Nashville Network's history.
Carter has been recognized by Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Entertainment and was honored by Who's Who Among America's Teachers, an honor only given to the top 5% of all teachers. He created a class called Electronic Media and The Music Business and has taught several other classes in the Mike Curb School of Music Business at Nashville's Belmont University and at campus sites in New York and Los Angeles. The top music executives, publishers, managers and performers all speak in Carter's classes and seminars.He has been able to work with some of the greatest names in the broadcast industry like WSM, NBC, ABC News and Sports, CBS Sports and Radio, TNN and the BBC/Scotland. He remains a contributor to E! True Hollywood Story, A&E Biography and TV Guide specials.
After high school, where he was named "Wittiest" is his senior class, Jimmy decided to attend Auburn University because the school was developing a campus radio station. From day one he was there physically naming and helping to build what was to become WEGL-FM. From there on the prime time early evening shift it was on to other radio jobs and a lucky gig with ABC TV Sports. Working as a runner, then graphics artist and general assistant, The Wide World of Sports ruined Jimmy forever. Once you go there you never want anything else but a life in broadcasting. He even got to work in the booth with Howard Cosell.
Reporting on TV or radio or both, Jimmy has never stopped talking. Meeting the stars has been part of the job all the way from his first star interview with Bob Hope to singing on stage with Peter Noone's Herman Hermits to meeting Elvis twice and eventually getting to take a bath at Graceland.