J. P. McCarthy was the morning voice of WJR/Detroit for over thirty
years. McCarthys show was heard in 38 states and was rated
number one in Detroit each year he was on the air.
J. P. McCarthy was born on March 22, 1936, in New York City. During
his early years in radio, he gained experience at KFAR/Fairbanks
and WTAC/Flint, before joining WJR/ Detroit as a staff announcer
in 1956 and eventually morning man in 1958.
Except for a few years at KGO/San Francisco, McCarthy made WJR
his on-air home for the rest of his career. For a number of years,
he did both the morning and evening drive-time shows, then settled
into the morning slot, as well as a noon-time show.
McCarthys unique blend of news, information, sports, entertainment,
and interviews made him a legend in Detroit. Detroit Mayor Dennis
Archer once attributed McCarthys success to making people
feel at ease and genuinely caring about what they had to say.
In addition to his on-air excellence, McCarthy was also a civic
leader and a significant supporter of local charities.
J. P. McCarthy died on August 16, 1995.
J. P. McCarthy was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992, the
first local broadcaster to be inducted.
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