John M. Borders
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
Published in Dallas Morning News from Apr. 2 to Apr. 9, 2016.