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 has appeared in People, USA Today, Men's Book Chicago, CS (Chicago Social), HOUR Detroit (Michigan's largest city magazine), Subaru Drive, Black Enterprise, Electronic Media, The (Detroit) Metro Times, UAW-Ford 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. The latter helped him win the 2011 Robert Felter Memorial Award for education and outreach from The Renal Network, Inc.
He has written, ghostwritten, 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 edited three novels for award-winning mystery author Mike Brogan, and a screenplay 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 a passionate public speaker and advocate for proper usage of the English language (his "Wordgrouch" series), kidney disease prevention among minority communities, and organ donation. He is contributing writer for the "Live Now: Rethink Kidney Disease" website for the worldwide Baxter Pharmaceuticals firm. He served two years as the ESRD (End-Stage Renal Disease) patient representative for the State of Illinois, sits on the Board of Directors of national ESRD Network 10 for The Renal Network, and serves as secretary for a National Kidney Foundation of Illinois chapter. A professional wedding officiant (WhollyMatrimony4U) in his spare time, Jim lives outside Chicago in central Illinois with his wife Karen and teenage son Jordan, but can be seen almost any day rooting for a Michigan sports team. ANY Michigan sports team.