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. FA Profession

    Next Target for Lobbyists: SEC Best Interest Rule

    The same interest groups and lobbyists that worked to take down the fiduciary rule are now taking aim at the new SEC's proposed ...
  2. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Save for a Down Payment or Pay Off Student Loans?

    While student debt can be an obstacle to putting away money, student loans shouldn't be an obstacle to those who want to ...
  3. Laws & Regulations


    Libel is publishing a statement about someone in written form or via broadcast that is untrue and would harm the reputation ...
  4. Laws & Regulations


    Slander is the act of harming one person’s reputation by telling one or more other people something that is untrue about ...
  5. Laws & Regulations


    Defamation is any statement (written or spoken) that damages a person’s reputation.
  6. Budgeting & Savings

    I Make $50K a Year: How Much Rent Can I Afford?

    Before you go apartment hunting, spend some time calculating a price range that works for you. Here's how.
  7. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Saving Money vs. Borrowing for a Large Purchase

    Determine whether saving money or going into debt through the use of credit makes more sense for a large purchase. Find out ...
  8. Mutual Funds

    Interval Fund

    Interval funds are illiquid and offer to repurchase shares from investors from time to time but do not require investors ...
  9. Investing Strategy

    Great Society

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  10. College Costs

    A Penalty-Free Way to Get 529 Money Back

    If your child gets a scholarship, you can withdraw that amount from a 529 without paying a penalty, even if the money's not ...
  11. Budgeting & Savings

    5 Ways to Manage Wide Income Swings

    Managing wide income swings requires discipline and a five-step plan.
  12. Retirement Living

    The Frugal Senior's Guide to a Comfortable Retirement

    Living frugally in retirement can still be comfortable as long as you plan well and avoid being unduly cheap. It’s all a ...
  13. Retirement

    How to Manage the Timing and Sources of Income in Retirement

    Moving from a paycheck to multiple retirement income sources can be complicated. Understanding how to manage the two types ...
  14. Real Estate

    Measuring the Benefits of Home Ownership

    Home ownership comes with benefits and risks. Both must be considered before you sign on the dotted line.
  15. Retirement Savings

    Using Your IRA to Pay Off Credit Card Debt

    Cashing in an IRA to pay for outstanding credit card debt may not be the best solution however if it is the only solution ...
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