TWC News Remembers Raleigh Sports Director Jim Connors – TWC News
Time Warner Cable News is mourning the loss of one of our own. It is with great sadness we report the passing of our Raleigh Sports Director, Jim Connors.
Connors passed away Saturday after a short and sudden illness at the age of 51.
He was the Sports Director in our Raleigh newsroom and co-host of Sports Night.
As a seasoned sportscaster, he has anchored sportscasts in Winston-Salem and New Bern as well as Bluefield, West Virginia, and Billings, Montana, before joining Time Warner Cable News in 2002. He was part of the team who helped us launch News 14 Carolina.
His accomplishments range from anchoring our coverage of Final Fours and U.S. Opens to reporting from the sidelines of the state high school football and basketball championships.
Accomplishments and accolades aside, Jim had a great sense of humor and was known as a bit of a prankster around the newsroom. A couple of his coworkers were on the receiving end of one particular prank after Jim’s Philadelphia Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys. Jim decorated Senior Media Editor Eric Jackson and News Anchor Anthony Austin’s desks accordingly (see: photo gallery).
We remember Jim Connors as a skilled and talented Sports Director, but also as a friend.
“Having worked every night with Jim, my heart aches for his family. Jim was the consummate pro, and it was an honor to work alongside him. Our product will not be the same without him, but his influence will never fade. I lost a colleague on Saturday, but more than that, I lost a friend. My heartfelt condolences to the Raleigh newsroom, but more so to Jim’s family,” Mike Solarte, Director, TWC Sports Charlotte
“I feel extremely fortunate to have had the privilege of working with Jim for more than eight years. I know firsthand how willing he was to help a colleague in need, no matter what the circumstances. In addition, he developed great relationships with those he covered, was never afraid to ask a tough question, and always had a knack for lightening the mood with a well-timed joke. This place will never be the same without him, but we honor Jim with the professionalism and diligence we display on a daily basis. As conscientious as he was about his work, he was even more passionate about his family. For those of you who don’t know, Jim leaves behind a wonderful wife and two marvelous teenage children. Please keep them in your prayers,” Ryan Welch, TWC Sports
“Very few people know this but Jimmy and his family live just about 5 miles down the road from me and from time to time he would randomly show up at my house with a six pack. He used to love sitting on my back screened in porch and we would finish the six pack and talk through all of life’s challenges. We would rarely even talk about work. He also used to have an uncanny ability to do it on days we had family or friends coming over shortly after which would lead to me in a sprint to get the kids and house ready for our guests once he headed home. We were never upset about it we just used to laugh he always randomly picked those days. So it is fitting that today I have family at my house and we are busy working in the yard. I would give anything to have Jimmy show up with a six pack to talk life. Just thought I would share a wonderful side of Jim from his personal life. Eagles/Cowboys weeks at work will never be the same. Rest in peace my friend,” Tim Boyum, Capital Tonight Anchor
“My prayers for Jim’s beautiful family and friends. He means so much to me and my family.
My father passed away in August. I came into his room at the hospice facility and a relative told me about a coworker that stopped by. She was gushing about this man who spent time talking to my dad as if he was awake and responsive, updating him on ECU football and praying with my dad. She said “That man thinks so much of you.” He never told me he was going to visit.
I thanked him every chance I got. He came to the funeral and used his warmth and charm to make so many of us feel better. The sports fans were thrilled and touched.” Jon Champion, TWC News Producer
“Jim’s office was right across from my desk. When he found out I was a Dallas Cowboys fan….I would come in on a regular basis to find all kinds of “decorations” on my desk. He was a Philadelphia Eagles fan and he always made sure I knew it. His death was sudden and unexpected. He was always extremely kind to me. My last conversation with him was in the parking lot about life and the future. I didn’t know that would be the last time I would talk to him. We will all miss him at Time Warner Cable News. Our prayers go out to the Connors family,” Anthony Austin, TWC News Anchor
“Jim was a great co-worker and consummate pro; however he was a trusted friend and got me through some rough patches in my own life. He was always there to check on me, lend an ear and a joke. With his jovial nature, love of sports & people he did develop great relationships with his viewers. I still have this picture (attached) I took when I visited a local sub/bagel shop off of Hwy40 & Hwy42. I had found that Jim had befriended the owner, and naturally they talked sports and when Jim found out the guy was a NY fan; he told him that if they won the World Series that year against Jim’s Phillies he’d wear their hat. The picture on the wall says the “rest of the story”. Jim spoke at a few schools and was worried that their DVD players may not work correctly when it came time for him to give his presentations, so a few years ago he had me take his DVD and put it onto the web so that he would be able to access it if needed. I leave you with this video as a tribute. My heartfelt condolences to the TWCN-NC family, and more importantly to Jim’s family,” Jack Horn, Creative Producer for TWC News
I personally will miss Jim walking past my desk every afternoon saying,”Hey Jersey” as he walked in and mutually ribbing each other for our choice of sports teams.
Funeral services have not been set.
In addition to his Time Warner Cable News Family, Jim leaves behind his wife, Kim, and two teenage children.