Jim Probasco

Jim Probasco is a freelance writer and editor with more than 25 years’ experience writing for online, print, radio and television media. Currently, Jim writes business and finance related content for a variety of online and print outlets. Areas include personal finance, the stock market and profiles of industry leaders.

Jim was head writer for a series of Public Broadcasting Service television specials and staff comedy writer for the Marconi Award winning Gary Burbank Show on WLW radio. He continues to write radio short form comedy that airs on more than 200 stations nationwide.

As managing editor for The Activity Director’s Companion, Jim wrote and edited numerous articles used by activity professionals with seniors in nursing homes, hospitals, independent living facilities and drop-in centers. Jim has been a guest presenter and lecturer at the Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living Conference and several Resident Activity Professional Conferences in Ohio.

Jim is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Band and Orchestra and A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Music, as well as several other books in the field of music education. He has written numerous article in print and online about music.

Jim has served on the boards of a number of local nonprofits in the Dayton, Ohio area, including the Kettering Arts Commission, Dayton Philharmonic Education Advisory Committee and the University of Dayton Arts Series Board. He is currently president of the Kettering Education Foundation, which serves teachers and students in the Kettering (Ohio) City School District.

Jim volunteers as leader of Celebration Brass, a church-sponsored group for senior musicians. He has directed several adult and youth community and corporate sponsored bands in the past, including serving as director of the NCR Corporation Youth Concert Band for 20 years. Jim retired from public schools after 34 years as a music teacher and supervisor of music and fine arts. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education.

The Alliance for Education recognized Jim with an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1995. He was a member of the Ohio Music Education Association for 32 years, serving as both district Vice President and President. He was also a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference.

When he is not writing, Jim enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, fantasy football and playing his trombone. Spending time with his six grandchildren and traveling with his wife round out Jim’s life.

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  1. Income Tax

    Why Your Taxes Are Due on April 18 This Year

    Your taxes are always due April 15th. Except when they’re not.
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    The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance

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    Which Firms Are Sticking with Fiduciary Rule Changes Anyway?

    The Fiduciary Duty Rule is under scrutiny again and may be scrapped altogether, but that doesn't mean all financial firms ...
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    The Jobs with the Biggest Raises

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  15. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    How to Refinance a VA Loan: Step-by-Step Guide

    How do you refinance a VA loan? In some cases it’s much easier than with a conventional loan. We explain.
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