R. Reese Fuller

Jim Olivier dies at 57

by R. Reese Fuller

Jim Olivier, a veteran broadcaster turned local businessman, died unexpectedly Sunday morning. He was 57 years old.

In 1970, Olivier began his career in broadcasting as a country music DJ at KXKW. Three years later, he took a job as the host of KLFY-TV's Passe Partout morning show, a post he held until retiring in 1995. He was also the host of the afternoon program Meet Your Neighbor. Olivier started Jim Olivier's Home Improvement Co., specializing in the insulation of windows and vinyl siding, in 1998 with his wife Anna.

Olivier's broadcast career coincided with a musical career that began in 1980. Olivier recorded five albums for the Swallow Records label in Ville Platte. A sixth release - a retrospective compilation titled Jim Olivier: The Essential Collection - was released last year.

Olivier was also an avid researcher of President John F. Kennedy and his assassination.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

(Image from Jim Olivier's Home Improvement Co.)