“James H. (Jim) Gibbs, Owner/Operator
James H. (Jim) Gibbs came to Texas from his native Ohio to begin his radio career at age 19. He knew early on that he wanted to own his own station, and he and business partner H.H. Callen built and signed on KIVY in Crockett Texas in 1949. Mr. Callen passed away not long after the station opened, and Jim purchased full ownership of the station. Jim and his wife Bettye operated KIVY as a community-
During his ownership of KIVY, Jim also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and as a news reporter/photographer at WFAA-
Jim and Bettye returned to Crockett to raise their family and operate KIVY as a local radio station. Not only did he provide local news, public service, and entertainment, Jim Gibbs was credited by many as having promoted life and business in Crockett and Houston County as much as anybody, through KIVY and other business ventures that helped make the county successful.
NOTE: Jim Gibbs passed away in 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettye and son Chuck. His daughter, Tammy Gibbs, lives in Crockett. He sold KIVY AM/FM in 2003 to Leon Hunt, who operates the stations today.”