Jim "Brady" Felton
1946 - 2014
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Jim "Brady"



Jim "Brady" Felton, a.k.a., Jim Brady, Mark Richards, Scott Brady, Chuck Brady, (pick one already), legendary radio air personality, issued his RSVP to Rock and Roll Heaven on Thursday, June 5, 2014, after a five year battle with cancer. He was 67.

Jim Felton (real name) was born in Toledo, OH on August 21, 1946, to Edward and Eloise Felton. He graduated from Devilbiss High School. While still in high school, he saw Fred Mitchell, a longtime Toledo DJ doing a remote radio broadcast from a furniture store. Jim said, "you can make a living doing this?" Fred Mitchell responded, "yeah, you can do alright." From that point forward a radio broadcasting career was born.

In 1963, Jim Felton started working in radio at the former WTOL Radio, now WCWA, while still in high school. In January, 1967, he moved to Ft. Wayne, IN to work at WLYV as Program Director. But a year later, in January, 1968, found himself at CKLW, The Big-8 in Windsor, Ontario as Mark Richards. It was a time when powerhouse CLKW was the number one station not only in Windsor, but Detroit, Cleveland, and Toledo. While at CKLW, he had the chance to meet Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Dr. King still in the studio and getting ready to intro a James Brown song, he said on the air, "The REAL soul king is in the studio right now, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself" But the memory was bittersweet when a month later, Dr. King was shot and killed in Memphis.

Jim Felton returned to WCWA to work as the morning air personality and program director, but again his talents were called elsewhere. After a brief stint in Montreal, Jim Felton went to WKLO in Louisville, KY in 1971. Then came the big move to Toronto in 1973, where he was given the opportunity to do the morning show at 680 CFTR. It was what would be the signature moment in his career. His "Brady in the Morning" show helped take the station to number one in the market, and in the process, he became the most listened to radio air personality in Canada.

While at CFTR Toronto, he met Eric Idle of Monty Python fame who appeared on his show and later that same week met up again with Eric Idle and Beatle George Harrison while on a first-class flight to London. In 1977, he was invited to watch the Rolling Stones perform one of the band's legendary surprise club dates at the El Mocambo in downtown Toronto. Jim "Brady" Felton would spend the next 18 years in Canadian radio, working not only in Toronto, but Calgary and Winnipeg as well.

His career would also take him to Los Angeles and Dallas-Ft. Worth before returning to Toledo in 1996, where he worked at WRVF, WCWA, and WRQN. He retired from radio on June 30, 2008, from WRQN.

In his retirement, Jim remained active. He became a published author when he co-authored a novel, "Death on the Dial" about a radio murder. He sold real estate and he did freelance voice work which included radio commercials for The Maritime Academy of Toledo and voiced TV commercials for D. Michael Collins during his mayoral campaign in 2013.

He was also a regular at Sidelines on Laskey Rd. where he loved to meet friends and play trivia. His 17,261,100 trivia points is tops at Sidelines.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and his twin children, Stephanie and Edward. He is also survived by his former wives, Judy Felton and PatYancy-Felton.

Family and friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. on Monday, June 9, from 2 to 8 p.m. A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Ft. Meigs Cemetery. The family would like to express a special thank you to the nursing staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, especially nurses Tracy, Kathy, and Jenny. Contributions can be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the American Cancer Society.

Jim "Brady" Felton's final wish is that everyone see their doctor and get a check-up. Jim did not have his first colonoscopy until he was 62 years old. It was at that time his cancer was discovered. As he said in his final interview given to The Toledo Blade, "I probably could have saved a whole lot of trouble. People have got to wake up and do it. I'm as guilty as the next guy of not checking it out. Get out there and get checked."

Jim Brady Felton ended his shows with a line that came from a time when he was being potty-trained. His mother put him on the toilet and then there was an unexpected phone call. "I sat there for a pretty long time yelling, "come get me mother, I'm through." With that, Jim Brady Felton requested that his life end with that line, "Come get me mother, I'm through!" Hopefully she's still not on the phone.

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Published in The Blade on Jun. 8, 2014.
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September 18, 2020
Jim was one, of the finest, people, ever, withh whom I had the pleasure to work, in Calgary. I think of him, often and, fondly.
Don Crabbe
Coworker
February 22, 2019
It's been several years so this is likely way overdue but Jim and I worked at WCWA when I was working my way thru college at UT. Always great stories for an 18 year old kid. He an Frank Gilhooley formed many good memories of "Seaway Radio". I

Really brought back memories of his pic from that time. I worked that board many shifts as well.
Russ Kinner
January 7, 2018
"Big Jim" was my on air team mate and pal at CFTR Toronto in '79-'80, and then swapping notes with my friend until his passing. He's remembered fondly by all who knew him. Good dude who's missed.
Bill Gardner
January 9, 2017
I'm glad this guest book has been left permanently online.

I am saddened to discover that my ♫ "Brady in The Morning" ♫ star has returned to the heavens.

You brightened my every morning, Jim. I'm going to go find Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout and have a drink in your honour.

My sympathy to your loved ones for their loss, and my thanks for their sharing.
Sooze Kuzyk
July 29, 2016
I just found out about Jim's passing.I used to listen to his morning show on CFTR Toronto when I drove to work in Pickering Ontario from 1975 until 1978.I remember him and Weather Fairy and his crowing rooster and when his show ended,he would say..."come get me mother I'm through". I have to say that Jim was the best dj back in the day.I am truly saddened about his passing and just reading about it.R.I.P Jim....you always made my morning drive to work something to look forward to.
John H
March 12, 2016
I can't believe Jim is gone. I was just remembering him and decided to search to see what I could find out about him these days. I'm so sorry to have found this. I have so many great memories of listening to him on CFTR in my youth. That can never be taken away.
Tim Scammell
June 1, 2015
Rest in peace my love,

Lasivia
Patty Yancy-felton
August 1, 2014
I got to know Jim when he worked at CFTR in Toronto. We would go for birthday lunches as our birthdays were both in August. Lost touch but reconnected several years ago. I will miss his e-mails and listening to his great radio voice. Jim, you are finally at peace. My prayers go out to your family.
Mary Onysko
July 15, 2014
Jim and I were best friends for many years. We worked together in Toledo at WTTO, and later worked at separate stations in Toronto. We shared many a pizza and beer.

There was never a better radio personality and friend than Jim Felton
Pat Bergin
June 9, 2014
Jim and I knew each other from Toronto and worked together in Calgary. He was one of the true gentlemen of radio. I never heard a bad word from him about anyone. I will truly treasure and miss our 40 year friendship. RIP old pal
Chuck Ingram Howard
June 9, 2014
I worked with Jim at WBAP and ABC Networks in Dallas. Sorry to hear of his passing. RIP my brother.
Randy Williams
June 8, 2014
Jim and I started grade school together...we lived a few blocks away from one another...sometimes we walked together...and then graduated high school...so many ago...always such a nice person..prayers go out to the family...
Sharon Fitzgerald
June 8, 2014
Never met big Jim, who sometimes called himself "your uncle Jimmy." Admired his hard working style and he was such an affable sounding fellow, perfect for radio. It was interesting learning we both were Devilbiss High School graduates. Lost track of Jim and, sadly, it took his obituary to track his career progress. He was an unforgettable radio personality and I know we would have enjoyed a solid friendship. God bless the Felton family.
Tuffy Reason
June 8, 2014
I have worked in radio for many years and in my travels I have met many wonderful people, none finer than Jim Brady. I had the pleasure to work with him for a dhort time in Toledo and he always had a kind word for me. When I was working in Las Vegas I always made it a point to tune him in and have a laugh and a smile or two. When I met him he was just as nice as he seemed on the radio and I was proud to call him friend. One of his favorite segments on his show was "the forgotten 45." The 45's are indeed forgotten but Jim Brady never will be. He touched so many of us in such positive ways. I know that he is happy up there in Rock and Roll heaven doing what he loved.
Jim Horton
June 8, 2014
Jim Felton at WCWA, about 1964
Jim was a swell guy who gave me my first look inside a radio station, WTOL, then WCWA. Here's a photo I took of Jim at the WCWA board, circa 1964.
Tom Schoen
June 8, 2014
Jim, I was across the street with Jay at the 1050 when you were on the air in TO. I am now in AZ and cherish the day when radio was what people like you and the rest of us made it. Great! Sorry to see you spin away to that control room in the sky but you know...Your voice and words will travel into space for all eternity. That's a fact. You are one of the great voices and are missed. You did't know me but I sure knew you.
May your journey be one full of light and love.
Mary Anne Lisney (formerly Carpentier/Pervin)
June 7, 2014
Had the pleasure of working with him for a number of years, great guy and a great broadcaster.
fred lefebvre
June 7, 2014
So sorry to learn of Jim's passing I graduated from DeVilbiss with him and enjoyed his radio presenceRest in peace Jim Debbie Farley Dow
Debbie Dow
June 7, 2014
I will miss him everyday. Love and prayers to you.
Deb Cook
June 7, 2014
Uncle Felty, Big Jim Brady, or whatever name we know him by, is a voice and personality that can never be replaced. We've lost another Toledo Broadcast Legend. R.I.P. Big Jim!
Ragtime Rick
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