|September 17, 2021|
Meet the Staff
Jim Ness, News Director/General Manager
Jim founded Inland Empire News Radio in 1992 and is the guiding force for our website. He's been a fixture on Inland Empire radio since following Route 66 from the Midwest to San Bernardino in 1964.
Jim's journalism career began at the tender age of 16 at a small Iowa radio station. Since then, he has directed news operations at several radio and TV stations and covered the Inland Empire for the Los Angeles Times for 8 years.
Along the way, Jim has collected 13 "Golden Mikes" and dozens of awards from the Associated Press, UPI and the Society of Professional Journalists, and is fully licensed by the Federal Communications Commission
Jim says his passion for journalism is rooted in learning from those he interviews and a desire to serve and inform. That's what gets him up at 3:30 every morning for a day that frequently covers more than 12 hours. That still leaves enough time for workouts at the gym, parking lot basketball, occasional body boarding at the "Silver Strand" and quality time with his family.
Myriam Grajales-Hall, Vice President
Myriam brings a wealth of journalistic experience and business knowledge to our operation.
She came aboard in 1993 in an advisory capacity and is instrumental in the day-to-day decision-making. Myriam is a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino. She has been honored by the society of Professional Journalists, Agricultural Communicators in Education (ACE) and the University of California.
Her broadcast career included production of the long running "Impacto" on Spanish-language radio KCAL.
When not on business trips and being her son's mom, Myriam enjoys bicycling, translating, cross-cultural sensitivity training and working with foreign students.
John Artal, Engineering
John Artal makes sure our radio broadcast equipment is in tiptop shape.
He's a 1975 graduate of San Bernardino Valley College and has achieved his full FCC licensing qualifications. John's career began as a 2-way radio technician that eventually took him into the broadcasting industry in 1980. His self-taught abilities put him in charge of engineering at six local radio stations.
When not plying his trade, John can be heard hamming it up as WB6MRS on the amateur radio airwaves.