Jimmy Lee recently received the 2007 Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Award in recognition of the many contributions he has made to the organization and Georgia’s agricultural industry.
Lee has spent more than 50 years in broadcasting. He will have spent 26 of those years as a Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) employee when he retires, Aug. 31.
“Each year we recognize someone who has done something special for Georgia agriculture and Farm Bureau,” Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said. “It is a pleasure to present this award to someone who has dedicated more than half of his career to serving Georgia’s farmers by providing them with news they need and giving them a forum to tell the public their story.”
Duvall presented the award to Lee during the GFB Commodity Conference held in Macon.
A native of Perry, Lee began his broadcasting career in 1955 as an afternoon DJ for WRBN, Warner Robins. In 1962, Lee joined the staff of Macon’s WMAZ radio and television station and was named promotion director and farm director of WMAZ’s AM and FM stations in 1963. In 1967, he began producing Georgia Farm Monitor programs for Georgia Farm Bureau that were carried on 42 radio stations and WMAZ-TV.
In 1970, he joined the GFB staff as director of radio and television services. He left GFB in 1985 and founded Master Video Productions. From 1985-1997 he produced and hosted a weekly half-hour television program for the Georgia Peanut Commission and hosted a daily radio program for the Peanut Commission. He returned to GFB in 1997 as a commodity specialist and occasionally produced features for the Georgia Farm Monitor.
He was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lee and his wife, Iris, live in Macon. The couple has one son, Jamie, a daughter-in-law, Cheryl, and two grandchildren Breana and Colby. They are all members of Vineville North Baptist Church in Macon.
Founded in 1937, the Georgia Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general farm organization with almost 438,000 member families statewide.