John M. Borders
1937 - 2016
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John M. Borders

"Johnny Dark"

Broadcaster, Entrepreneur, and one of a kind

October 11, 1937 - March 30, 2016

In the heart of John Borders has always burned a desire to rise to the top, to be the best radio broadcaster he could be, and above all to be a good Christian role model for his children and grandchildren.

From humble beginnings as an announcer at KBEC 1390 AM, the native of Waxahachie left his home town after high school to build his career in radio. John attended Baylor University on a basketball scholarship. He played basketball two years but found radio to be his passion at KBEC. He also worked on air and management in his radio gypsy days, working for top stations in Detroit, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Dallas (KLIF). He later went into sales management and bought his first station in 1973. Many will remember his on-air show as "Johnny Dark" on KLIF.

A few of John's accomplishments include: owned and operated 36 stations in Midwest and Southwest including two Dallas FM's; served on board National Association of Broadcasters; 2001 inducted into Texas Radio Hall of Fame; and 2001 chosen Radio Ink Magazine's "National Broadcaster of the Year." With God's help, John hired a great team and together they built the 25th largest radio company in the U.S. He sold the stations in 2000-2001.

John Mac Borders, 78, passed away on March 30, 2016, due to pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends whose lives had been so deeply impacted by his own. John Borders was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Waxahachie, Texas by Marvin and Ouida Borders. He is survived by his wife Pam of 34 years; sister Nancy Fagan (Dallas); and brothers Tommy (Dallas), Jamie and Joey (Waxahachie). He also has two sons, Greg Borders and Jeff Borders; grandchildren, Jessica, Janie, Grayson and Josh Borders.

Memorial service on April 2, 2016 at Highland Park United Methodist Church at 10:0 A.M., with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to:

The Baylor Athletic Director's Excellence Fund in Support of Men's Basketball

c/o Baylor University Gift Office

One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050


Night Owls (Respite For Parents With Special Needs)

Highland Park United Methodist Church

3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 2 to Apr. 9, 2016.
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May 5, 2018
I first met John at a charity basketball game in 1970 or so. I was an out-of-work DJ of sorts. The people at the Baptist Radio Commission had passed my aircheck to John. John called me and said meet me at the gym after the game. We talked for a few minutes and he offered me a job at KWXI-FM (KFJZ). He told me to use the air name Dan Clayton. I quickly moved to KFJZ/TSN news. With the re-start' John gave me, I was able to work fulltime in radio and complete degrees in business. I have always been grateful for John's help and advice over many years. I often wonder what direction I would have gone in had it not been for that chance meeting with John at that game. May he rest in peace.
Dan Rouse
June 24, 2016
I have good memories of John at Baylor and Waxahachie. Sorry to hear of his passing.
Olin Davis
June 23, 2016
Sorry to hear of his passing...good friend at Baylor and at Waco when it just got started...
Oscar Dupre
Oscar Dupre
April 6, 2016
Although I didn't know mr borders, I wanted to express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends.. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please know that your family will be in my prayers. (John 11:1-44)
April 5, 2016
I only spoke to John once or twice. He told me of his time in Pittsburgh at KQV, He enjoyed his year there and was very important during a transitionary period of the station. He told me that he wanted to go home because oh his love for Texas. A nice man who was very important to radio. It should not be forgotten that he was host to the nationally syndicated Power Line show for a number of years as well.
Jeff Roteman
April 5, 2016
Pam, my heart hurts for you. Know how close you & John were. It will get better. Please call if you need to talk.
Adera Soudek
April 5, 2016
To the family of John,
My deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May God comfort you during this difficult time. 2Corr 1:3,4

April 4, 2016
Sorry for the loss of a dear loved one. May you find comfort during this grieving moment. Psalm 105:4
April 4, 2016
Dear Nancy, Jamie & Judy, Joey and family:
I was so sorry to hear of John's passing....didn't know him well, but remembered him from times spent out at Marvin and Quida's with Nancy. So sorry for your loss and pray God's love and comfort will sustain you now and in the future. Much love in Christ, Cindy Sawyer/Stinson--Waxahachie, TX
Cindy Stinson
April 4, 2016
Although I didn't know mr border I wanted to express my sincerest condolences to the family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss.. Please know that your family will b in my prayers. (John 11:1-44)
April 3, 2016
Pam, we have fond memories of all the wonderful times we have spent together as friends traveling to many beautiful places around the globe. John was such a highly respected lovely gentleman making life enjoyable for everyone around him. We will miss his great wit and humor. Most important, he made everybody feel special and through his love of Christ helped bring us closer to God. We are blessed for the quality time we had with both of you and for becoming great friends along the journey. Now we will continue down life's path with you for a long time.
Love, Michael & Sandi Irvine
April 3, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Annie Horne
April 2, 2016

From one Baylor Bear to another, I am so thankful I had the opportunity to know you. The first time I met you in Pittsburg, I knew you were perfect for my cousin, Pam. I am so thankful that she had 34 years of marriage to you. Thank you for being part of the family.

With love,

Toni and Chris Mitchell

P. S. Michele still talks about the one-on-one basketball game at my dad's reception. Thank you for that memory. :)
April 2, 2016
Pam, Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family in this time of great loss. Wish we could have know Johnny; he sounds like a great guy, who we know was married to a sweet woman! May you good memories give you comfort. Love in Christ.
Dicky & Sherry (Pilgrim) Davis
April 2, 2016
My prayers and thoughts are with you, the family of John Mac. I was a classmate from elementary to high school. I would see John from time to time after high school and was always happy to visit with him. He was such a sincere person. Will miss him greatly., Travis Sharp
April 2, 2016
To Pam & Greg & Jeff, Johnny was a great brother in law
and friend. I had such great admiration for his wonderful
success and his love of Pam & Greg & Jeff & Lori & Gayla
& his grandchildren. May God bless all of you in Jesus'
Pat Day
April 1, 2016
John was a one of a kind guy. Great sense of humor. Loved Pam, loved his family and loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers go out to all of the Borders family. Much love, Dian and Dennis Dorsey
April 1, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray you will feel God's love and peace during this time.
Pam Stoker
April 1, 2016
Pam and family, you are in my heart and prayers during this difficult time.
Valerie Baggett
April 1, 2016
Jamie, and Judy Borders
I have had a long relationship with you and your beautiful family. In that time I grew to know how proud you are of John and his amazing accomplishments in radio and as a brother and a friend. I even remember him as the morning D.J.,"Johnny Dark" on KLIF and listening to his program while on my way to school each day.
My love and prayers are with you, Judy, Amy and Lauren and I know God is there with you all as you work toward accepting and understanding His will.
Dale Woods, Grapevine, Texas
April 1, 2016
To Pam & Greg & Jeff. Johnny was a great brother in law and
friend. I had great admiration for his wonderful success. And
for his love of Pam & Greg & Jeff & Lori & Gayla & his
grandchildren. May God bless all of you in Jesus' Name.
Pat Day
April 1, 2016
The friendship between my dad, Bob May, and "Borders" as we affectionately called him, was something wonderful to witness. They were friends over many years and many miles. My thoughts are with all the family, friends and colleagues of this outstanding, high-achieving, loving man.
Brookes May
April 1, 2016
I can't begin to understand your loss. I'm so very sorry and I wish I could be there for you. Know that I love you dearly and am embracing you in prayer.
Patti Fields
April 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times. Johnny was a good friend and an outstanding person in all ways.
James and Earlene Beauchamp (Friendswood,TX)
April 1, 2016
my friend and fellow broadcaster's place on earth can never be filled. He was truly one of a kind...
Chuck Dunaway
April 1, 2016
Jamie,Judy,and Family,Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Bill and Barbara Baty Waxahachie
April 1, 2016
John, I remember when we were classmates in school. I remember a picture that was lost. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Norma Day Martin
Norma Martin
April 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you Pam and the entire family.
Judy Davis
April 1, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Patty Spratt Drake
April 1, 2016
Thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Johnny was a fine example of a good Christian man and will be missed by many.
lindley stoker
April 1, 2016
Sorry we can't be there our prayers are with you. Sammy & Becky Higgins Fredericksburg Tx
Sammy & Becky Higgins
April 1, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jerry Hutchins
April 1, 2016
Jamie/Judy are in our thoughts and prayers !!
Bill Woody
April 1, 2016
John and my father, both sons of farmers, caught the "radio bug" and never wanted to do anything but be in the radio business. My dad owned the small town radio station where John grew up, and it was there John had his first DJ job. For all the years that followed, John never allowed his tremendous success to change his relationship with Dad. In fact, he always made it sound like he wouldn't have had such success had it not be for my father. But anyone who knew John was keenly aware that he was successful because of his own skills and talent. My thoughts are with Pam and all of John's family and close friends. John's professionalism elevated the overall reputation of being "in radio."
Jeanne Tuck Moseley
April 1, 2016
Johnny Mac was a creative person and will be missed by many people..Our prayers will be with the Border's family.
George Lawshe
March 31, 2016
Greg- I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cindy E. Gray
Cindy Gray
March 31, 2016
Wilburn Howell
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