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Joseph Priestley McCarthy

broadcaster , talk show host

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.


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.


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.