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James. D. “Dave” Chamberlain

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James. D. “Dave” Chamberlain

James D. Chamberlain, Dave, passed away in Scottsdale, AZ on April 30, 2012 at the age of 57. ? Dave was a magnetic personality and?a prominent figure in the Arizona radio community. ?His passion for radio began his career, reaching Phoenicians during their morning commute as anchor, producer and co-founder of Skyview Traffic in 1985. ?This would not be his only entrepreneurial venture, as his vision and love of radio brought him future success co-founding two additional companies: Arizona News Radio/California Headline News and Skyview Networks. ?He was seen as inseparable from his companies’ successes. Dave, an adventurous man, loved the water and counted sailing, scuba diving and sport fishing among his many interests. ?Other passions included motorcycling and riding dune buggies with his 11 year old son. ? Dave was a kind, compassionate man who was deeply loved and will be missed by many. ?He was a family man who was deeply devoted to his wife, Diana, and his son, Matthew. Dave is also survived by his mother, Jean, stepfather, Don, and two brothers, Brad and Gary.? A celebration of Dave’s life?will be held at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, located at 6500 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 at 10 am on Saturday May 5, 2012. ?Relatives and friends are encouraged to join the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s or Chances for Children.

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Condolence from Anonymous on May 2nd, 2012 12:00 am

Diana & Matthew, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Praying for strength, comfort and courage for both of you. Dave, our hearts are heavy and sad from losing a friend. You were a great person with a big heart and a joy to be around. Every time I think of you I can’t help but smile because the memories are of fun times with lots of laughter. We will miss you dearly. Rest in peace.

Condolence from Anonymous on May 3rd, 2012 12:00 am

I met Dave when he moved to Arizona from Cleveland Ohio in the late 70’s, through his friend that worked with me at FedEx. Dave was in his 20’s, a young visionary man with big dreams and driven by a tenacious work ethic. Dave was full of excitable rock n roll energy all lit up and on fire from his early radio days in Cleveland. He worked hard and he played hard. He was a charismatic fun guy that people wanted to hang out with. From day one in Arizona he started trying dozens of little business venture ideas knowing that one of them, any one of them, could be a success. While many of the guys were working a job, Dave was always working 3 jobs and trying to create an enterprise on the side. Dave sold records. He sold silk screened shirts out of the trunk. He sold concert tickets. He even sprayed bugs where they gave him a company car. Can you say road trip to Payson! But that’s another story. Dave’s passion was radio. I remember he took a late night on air shift with a Phoenix radio station for 3 months with no pay. The station had no ratings and was only playing taped music during the day. The station had recently been sold and before the new owners took possession of the radio station, the ratings book came out. Dave’s show had a 3 share. He was just playing Cleveland Rock N Roll. I remember when Dave took a marketing position for a small helicopter company. He convinced the boss that video was the new sales tool of the day and that they needed a state of the art video camera. Dave video-taped weddings on the weekends, Arabian horses at north Scottsdale horse ranches, and video-taped tourist attractions and restaurant segments for the resorts in room TV guides. There were marketing ideas to try and money to be made. Just so the camera was back in the office Monday morning before everybody came to work. Dave was so driven and constantly trying all sorts of marketing ideas. It’s no wonder that with his business partner they would build several successful radio networks over the past couple decades. I knew in the mid 80’s that whatever Dave was up to, it was going to be fun, successful and he was going places. I had the best time of my career working with Dave for almost 20 years. Dave possessed the ability that only a few people have relating with people, whether it’s in business or socially. He related with people through the sixth sense. This is undoubtedly is why he was so well liked because he connected with people. I have so many great memories of Dave. He was a friend, business partner, a good listener, an awesome advisor and a mentor. I owe Dave a great deal of gratitude. He truly affected my life. I’m blessed to have been part of starting two other companies and I often think of how it was working with Dave, is what gave me the encouragement me to go for it. To this day I still utilize skills, knowledge, strategies and experiences that I learned working with Dave. To Dave’s family, a couple of decades ago I had the honor to meet you. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only express to you that a wonderful characteristic about Dave is that as we all reflect at this time, many of us will feel the same gratitude I feel from knowing him. Dave enriched and affected the lives of so many people. Dave helped many people realize their own successes. That is part of Dave’s legacy. Brother Dave, may you rest in God’s peace. Douglas Brodman

Condolence from Anonymous on May 3rd, 2012 12:00 am

Was so sorry to hear of the loss of our cousin. We never met but Dave’s dad Jim and step-mom Marian were so proud of him and glowed when they spoke of him. We’ll keep you in our prayers.

Condolence from Anonymous on May 3rd, 2012 12:00 am

Diana, Matthew, your family and Ken, may god bless you during this difficult time. Rest in peace!

Condolence from Anonymous on May 3rd, 2012 12:00 am

Dave, I’ve never met you or your family but I just spoke with one of your close friends Michael Dunn. He says you two were quite the pair! I wish him luck this weekend at the services when speaking on your behalf and a speedy recovery for the rest of your family in their grief. All the best…

Condolence from Anonymous on May 4th, 2012 12:00 am

Our family is praying for all of you in this time. Only met Dave on a few occasions at Jim & Mom’s place. But it was always a pleasure.

Condolence from Anonymous on May 5th, 2012 12:00 am

Dear Diana and Matthew, Our hearts are heavy as we think of your wonderful family. Dave will be sorely missed by all. He was a good friend and loved his family so very much. So many great memories that put a smile on my face, I will never forget. Our love to you, Michael , Donna and Steven Dunn

Condolence from Anonymous on May 5th, 2012 12:00 am

Diana, It was always a great time to see Dave, I last saw him about three years ago when my brother came to town. He was always so warm and friendly – I have a great memory of him always wanting my mother’s Sunday “meat sauce” and she would always make him a batch when she was here – I hope they are meeting in heaven and he is enjoying it right now – God Bless you and Matthew in your time of loss. Kepp the good memories always – it is what keeps them alive in our hearts. Toni Ann

Condolence from Anonymous on May 5th, 2012 12:00 am

During the one short visit I had with Dave, and the dune buggy ride at night, it was very clear that he loved Diana and Matthew more than anything else in the world. My heart goes out to you during this very difficult time.

Condolence from Anonymous on May 5th, 2012 12:00 am

I am SO SORRY I could not be with you…. Dave will allways be in our hearts and guide us home to be with him again one day. I know God will bring us all through this heartbreak..You all will forever be a part of my heart & soul and always in my thoughts & prayers! Please know how much I love & miss you all !!! Love, Aunt Wendy

Condolence from Anonymous on May 6th, 2012 12:00 am

Diana and Matthew, Kay-Lynne and I wish we could have been there this weekend with you to celebrate Dave’s life and legacy, and to share our memories with all those who knew and loved this wonderful man. When I first moved to Phoenix in 1998 to join Metro, Dave was one of the first to warmly accept me into the “family”. And through those first challenging years at Source, he was a great inspiration to me as he frequenty gave me and others generous praise for our successes and what we were endeavoring to create. Although I hadn’t seen or talked to Dave in many years, I have never forgotten him and his durable spirit for life. I never will. Please know that our hearts are with you during this difficult time. Hopefully we will talk soon. With Love, Lou and Kay-Lynne and Louie and Charlie.

Condolence from Anonymous on May 23rd, 2012 12:00 am

Our prayes are with you and yours.

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