Jim Amato

Jim Amato :: @JimAmato01

Jim Amato is a lifelong resident of Western Pennsylvania. Born and raised in Clarion, he’s also a graduate of Clarion University. Media has been a part of him all his life. As a child, he was fascinated by movies and television, anything visual, and what went on behind the scenes to create what he saw. This interest led to a career in broadcasting, primarily radio. He was fortunate to be in radio for nearly 20 years in Clarion and Pittsburgh. Ten years ago, he got out of the business, but not by choice, and is now involved as a Program Coordinator for a Managed Care Provider here in Pittsburgh.

Some of his hobbies and pursuits outside of his big person job include music, reading, and pop culture, along with video and audio production. He currently voices promos and contributes production work for the MORE Network based out of Washington DC, whose programs include The Mike O’Meara Show and The Rob & Joe Show. He has also served as an associate producer and fill-in host for the MORE Network’s weekly recap show, O’MearaCast. Jim is also happily married to his wife Betsy, and they currently reside in Bridgeville.

As a young child, he first became interested in photography watching his uncle take pictures. He always seemed to have a camera with him when they’d get together. He would show him some of the finer points of taking pictures and what makes a good shot. Jim sometimes thinks of how his uncle would take a picture when he’s composing a shot himself. Some of his other favorite photographers include Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke White, Richard Avedon and Henry Diltz.

Jim’s photo is titled, “At the Ready,” and was taken at the spur of the moment. He had often passed the fire station on Washington Road and always wanted to get a picture of the trucks in the bay. He and his wife usually have date nights on Fridays, and one particular Friday they decided to stay in and order take out from Sesame Inn. As he was driving to get dinner, he stopped at the light in front of the station and grabbed his phone. Zooming in and getting the picture took a frantic couple of seconds while he had to keep his eye on the stoplight. The shot reminds him of the little warehouse his family had in Clarion, PA, and he can almost see his dad’s trucks parked there in his mind’s eye.

“First off, this is a great honor, and I’m thrilled to be a part of. My thanks to the judges and the folks at Captured::Pittsburgh who chose it. This is special because I get to share my love of photography and where I live with those who may not have seen it before. I take pictures to share, and am very pleased if someone appreciates or connects with it. I also look at this as a chance to connect with other amateur photographers in the area, and hopefully strike up some new friendships along the way.”

For starters, Jim would like to thank his Uncle Ted who was a big influence in not only photographer, but also in his humor and helping people. He would also like to thank Mr. Donald McCord, his history teacher at Clarion Area High School. He taught photography, and one of Jim’s biggest regrets was not taking his class. He is a dear friend, always ready with advice, and had some great tips about taking pictures. Jim thanks his parents, Jim and Susie, for all their support and love, but most of all, he would like to thank his wife Betsy, who has encouraged and supported him in ways she may never know. All of the success that I have experienced over the past eight years is because of her.