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Jim Dillon

Capturing the Moment
This is how you’ll likely see Jim Dillon at a WCTE event – peeking out from behind a camera.  He’s been taking candid shots for the station since 1999, donating hours of his time and extraordinary photographic skills. Whether it’s the excitement of the Great TV Auction, the action at the Live Green Tennessee 5K or the fun of Stations of Imagination, Jim is there, a smile on his face and his trusty Canon camera in hand.

So why does he do it?

“It’s important. WCTE is a real asset to the community,” said Jim. “It’s local and yet it promotes us well beyond the region. Everybody in the whole country knows what we do and how good we are thanks to our station.”

“WCTE is a great place full of genuine, hardworking, welcoming people. I enjoy being around them and appreciate what they do. From the Putnam County Fair to Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree, from TTU events to high school sports, they are always out there in the community.”

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Jim’s grandparents frequently came to the Cookeville area, spending as much time as they could here. Jim would often come down too. He loved the region and the people and always knew he would retire here.  In his early 30’s, he asked himself why he was waiting for retirement.  In 1992, he made the move.

His love of photography started when he was a kid and was given a little, green plastic camera. Even then he enjoyed capturing the moment, a memory that will never come around again.

“You don’t realize how much work there is to watch and photograph and get some great candid shots of people. The shot is not always where the action is happening – it is people’s reaction, capturing the emotion.”

Jim is a published photographer. His photos have appeared in the Dayton Daily News, the Journal Herald in Dayton, USA Volleyball magazine, Cookeville’s Herald-Citizen, Celebrations, TTU media, programs, websites just to name a few.  You will see him shooting at Tech sports events, for Habitat for Humanity and a number of other causes.

Yet he never takes a dime.

“I do it for me and not for someone else,” Jim said. “I can offer a service for people who can’t afford it. I enjoy seeing people’s reactions – they are genuinely grateful and appreciative.”

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