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FREEDOM SUMMIT 2001 SPEAKER - Jim and Melissa Sharpe


Jim and Melissa have the number-one rated morning radio show in the state of Arizona. Both Jim and Melissa are hard-core libertarians and proud of it. Almost everything dramatic in Jim and Melissa Sharpe’s marriage has happened in the hours before most people brush their teeth. They were married live on the air during morning drivetime. They had competing morning shows. They rode out Hurricane Andrew and the Northridge earthquake, and Jim found out he was going to be a father — again.

The Sharpes met in 1986 while working at co-owned Tucson stations. After announcing their engagement, their boss talked them into getting married on the air. The simulcast wedding was heard on their two stations during morning drive on October 16, 1987.

After stops in Dallas, New Orleans and Los Angeles, Melissa and Jim decided to head back to Jim’s home state of Arizona in 1996. Once again, the Sharpes found themselves on competing morning shows in Phoenix. That is until Newsradio 620 KTAR hatched a plan to put the show back together. In the weeks prior to the Sharpes taking over the Morning Show on KTAR 620, the Valley of the Sun was covered with 4′ x 8′ signs that stated “The Libertarians Are Coming — Double Edge Radio — Jim and Melissa Sharpe — KTAR 620 AM.”

You’ll find it hard to rattle the Sharpes. They were on the air through the devastating tornadoes of Hurricane Andrew in New Orleans and wildfires, mudslides and the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles broadcasting vital information to their audiences. Jim, however, was rendered speechless one morning when Melissa surprised him on the air with the news that he would be a father for the third time.

Jim grew up in northern Arizona where he graduated from Page High School and attended N.A.U. He enjoys hiking, camping and snapping pictures in the backcountry of Arizona. Melissa is a San Francisco native who moved to Arizona in 1983. She enjoys swimming, reading and going to the movies.


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