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Joseph Priestley McCarthy

Joseph Priestley McCarthy, American broadcaster, talk show host. Named Billboard's National Radio Personality of Year, 1965, 66, 70, 81, Bill Gavin's Best Non-Rock Radio Performer United States Today, 1971, Man of Year St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 1983, Humanitarian of Year March of Dimes, 1983, Man of Year Variety Clubs, 1983; recipient Lifeworker award Focus: Life, 1985.


  • McCarthy, Joseph Priestley was born on March 22, 1938 in New York City. Son of John Priestley and Martha (Barber) McCarthy.

  • Education

    • Student, DeLasalle Collegiate, Detroit. Bachelor, University Detroit. Doctor of Communication Arts (honorary), Center Michigan University, 1982.


    • Announcer, weatherman, host Station KFAR-Radio-television, Fairbanks, Alaska. Disc jockey Station WTAC, Flint, Michigan. Talk show host Station WJR, Detroit, since 1960, Station KGO, San Francisco, 1963-1965.

      Host television interview show Station WDIV-television, Detroit, 1978, Station WJBK-television, Detroit, 1982-1985. Board directors Beaumont Hospital, Michigan National Bank, Detroit. Board governors Golf Association Michigan.

      Commissioner Great Lakes Sports Commission, 1987.


    • Host Station AWRT's Five To Watch, 1963. Master of ceremonies numerous charity events.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Chairman American Cancer Society, 1975, J.P. McCarthy/Police Athletic League Golf Tournament, 1976-1981. Co-captain Police Athletic League Great Detroit Riverboat Race, since 1981. Trustee Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan, since 1982.

    Co-host Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, 1983, 84, 85.


    • Married Judith Ann Buttorf. Children: John, Susan, Diane, Kathleen, Kevin, Jamie.
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    Born March 22, 1938
    • 1982
      Center Michigan University
    • 1960
      talk show host Station WJR
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1963 - 1965
      talk show host Station WJR
      San Francisco, California, United States
    • 1978
      host television interview show Station WDIV-television
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1982 - 1985
      host television interview show Station WDIV-television
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
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