By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
JB Miller has seen his tour of duty travel from one radio station to another across the Tri-State area.
Miller was born in Ironton and is a 1979 graduate of Ironton High School and has lived in Boyd County for the last 4 years. His is the son of Robert and Joan Miller also of Ironton.
His wife’s name is Sandra and she is a chemist with KDMC.
In addition to his latest radio responsibility doing the morning drive shift on Big Buck Country 101.5 he is Manager of Huntington Area Habitat ReStore at 240 Third Ave in Huntington
His radio career began in 1977 while still in high school.
“I was unemployed from radio May 2012 to July 2013 when Mike Kirtner of Kindred Communications offered me the chance to return to the air at one of his great stations yet keep my career at Habitat. Now I work in the best of both worlds.
“There are some long days but they are oh, so rewarding.
“My Habitat for Humanity career began December of 2012 and I just love the people I work with and those I meet along the way.”
His career took a strange turn when circumstances changed.
“After nearly 37 years as a broadcaster my morning show was terminated in May of 2012, and I began looking for other outlets that I might be good at.
I applied, interviewed, and landed in December of 2012 as a Manager of Huntington Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
“In July of 2013 I accepted the morning show on Big Buck Country 101.5 (6-10a) and now work both jobs. Something I look forward to every day.
It was an easy decision for Miller to take on the new line of work – away from his long-time radio career.
“I loved the concept: take donations from retail and homeowners of things they no longer need and bring it into our store, sell at a discount and take all of that money to help build Habitat homes.
“A person simply calls our store to schedule a pick up and we arrive to haul it away for Free.
“We are the only ReStore between Chillicothe and Charleston, and offer pickups 5 days a week.
“We accept all items with the exception of clothing and draperies.
“We clear estates, businesses such as Wendy’s, Red Lobster, hotels, Bob Evans, traffic signals from cities that replace them, turf from Marshall Stadium, stadium seating from Huntington’s historic Memorial Field House. We also go to homes that need a little room, etc. The list of items is almost endless.
“Our store went from 3 days of pickups a week to 5 based on demand.
“We added a Facebook Page allowing viewers to see our daily donations and purchase them by phone with a major credit card during regular business hours.
“Buyers then have three days to pick up that item.
There is more involved such as taking all donated appliances and having them serviced and applying a warranty to assure they are working great.
“Those that are not repairable are scrapped with that money also going into our general fund.”
It’s a long day for Miller.
“I begin my day on the radio from 6 – 10 a.m. on Big Buck Country 101.5 owned by Kindred Communications.
“I have been a broadcaster nearly 40 years.
“Then I manage the day to day operation of our Habitat ReStore at 240 Third Ave in Huntington, posting our inventory onto Facebook and working with homeowners and businesses that want to donate.”
The future is defined for the gentle giant.
“My goals are simple: see that everyone knows we are here and can donate; working with big and small businesses to clear their facilities when needed; scheduling up to 12 pickups daily to assure our floors are full of merchandise; and always finding things that are completely out of the ordinary to sell such as Stop Lights, Hot Tubs, Stadium Astroturf, Bricks from a street, seats from a stadium, Arcade Machines etc.
“Then we move on to selling these items at a discount and using that money to build more Habitat homes right here in your communities.”
Miller knows he has had life-long support.
“My wife and parents are my number one fans and have always offered great advice that steered me in the right direction.
“I also learned from one of the best in my early days my brother Bob who is also a broadcaster and with his departure in 1979 to Oregon to continue his career I stepped in to fill his shoes so to speak with lots of advice along the way.
“For years I did local radio commercials for a local pharmacy owned by Fran Degideo who sits on the Habitat board and helped plant the seed that I would be good at my job at ReStore.
Both jobs offer Miller the ability to combine his personality with his professional pursuits.
“I’m a people person. I spent my life as a broadcaster raising money for worthwhile charities and I love being in the public and meeting old and new faces.”
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