Jim McFarlin can claim a remarkable four-decade career as a professional journalist, columnist, author, critic, radio and television broadcaster, screenwriter and award-winning blogger. A regular contributor to publications across the Midwest and beyond, his work can be read in Men's Book Chicago, HOUR Detroit (Michigan's largest city magazine), The (Detroit) Metro Times, UAW Community, Wayne State, BLAC Detroit, Connections, dbusiness and Illinois Alumni.
Jim also maintains two blogs: Big Glowing Box, an outlet for the former Detroit News TV critic to continue his love of media and pop culture commentary; and JK – Just Kidneying, chronicling his life after Stage IV kidney failure and a successful 2011 organ transplant, which won the Robert Felter Memorial Award for education and outreach from The Renal Network, Inc.
He has written or edited a dozen books, ranging from an encyclopedic, 1,000-plus page guide to rhythm-and-blues music (Musichound R&B: The Essential Album Guide), to a biography of Detroit rock 'n' roll pioneer Mitch Ryder, to a how-to handbook for exotic dancers (The Exotic Entertainer's Bible). He has edited three novels for award-winning mystery author Mike Brogan; a screenplay that he co-wrote, The Brewster Project, was made into an independent film that won audience Best Picture prizes at festivals in New York and Los Angeles. He hosted his own Detroit radio program for several years and served three seasons as co-host, associate producer and resident critic for the popular syndicated movie-review TV series, Flix 'n' Pix.
A onetime standup comedian and substitute PA announcer for the Detroit Pistons, Jim today is an ardent public speaker and advocate for proper usage of the English language (his "Wordgrouch" series), kidney disease prevention and organ donation. He is a contributing writer for the "Live Now: Rethink Kidney Disease" website for the worldwide Baxter Pharmaceuticals firm. He is the ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) patient representative for the State of Illinois, sits on the Board of Directors for ESRD Networks 9/10 of NSI, Inc., and serves as secretary for a National Kidney Foundation of Illinois chapter. He lives outside Chicago with his wife, Karen, but can be seen almost any day rooting for a Michigan sports team. ANY Michigan sports team.