For 25 years, Barre resident has talked home repairs on WHAM

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Jim Salmon, right, has been host of the Home Repair Clinic on WHAM since Dec. 15, 1988.

ROCHESTER – Jim Salmon will take your questions about any kind of malady afflicting your home – from moldy carpets, disintegrating roof shingles, soggy basements, you name it.

For 25 years he had led the Home Repair Clinic on WHAM 1180 with John Carr. Salmon lives in Barre and runs a home inspection business.

He invited me on the air for his show today to talk about the Orleans Hub and on-line news sites.

Salmon is on the radio every Saturday on WHAM from 6 to 10 a.m. and Sundays from 9 to 11 a.m. Doug Bower, a plumber in Albion, is on the second Sunday each month to talk plumbing issues with callers and also to provide some witty banter with Salmon.

Doug Bower, left, is a frequent guest on the radio show with Jim Salmon.

The two make a good team. They met at the Barre Deli and Bower has been a frequent guest on the show for about 15 years.

“Doug is really good at it,” Salmon said about Bower’s radio presence. “He’s in the trades.”

Salmon has many guests on the show who talk about home repair issues. One guest today, Tony Hettinger, discussed a LawnBott, a robot that mows a lawn.

“It’s always fun,” Salmon said about the show. “We make it entertaining first with home repair second.”