Jim Packard (radio host)

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Jim Packard
BornAugust 15, 1942
DiedJune 18, 2012(2012-06-18) (aged 69)
New York City
Occupationradio announcer
Known forannouncing on Whad'Ya Know?
 
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Jim Packard
BornAugust 15, 1942
DiedJune 18, 2012(2012-06-18) (aged 69)
New York City
Occupationradio announcer
Known forannouncing on Whad'Ya Know?

Jim Packard (August 15, 1942 – June 18, 2012[1][2]) was a radio producer and host, best known for being part of Wisconsin Public Radio.[3] After working in commercial radio for 16 years at radio networks such as WGN,[4] he joined Wisconsin Public Radio, where he was often heard between shows and producing for Conversations with Larry Meiller.[5] Jim worked with Michael Feldman to produce Whad'Ya Know? and was often seen as the brains of the operation. He often wore a baseball cap with attached webcam, known by fans as "Jim Cam." On the show Jim read questions and honked a loud air horn.

In 2010, he retired from full-time work at Wisconsin Public Radio to focus on his cowboy poetry,[6] although he continued as the announcer for Whad'Ya Know until his death.[2] He married his wife in 1981. He called her Debbie.

He died on June 18, 2012, in New York City, from cardiopulmonary disease. His final performance was on the June 9, 2012, airing of Whad'Ya Know in New York.[1][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Duane Dudek (June 19, 2012). "WPR announcer Jim Packard dies at age 70". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Bill Novak (June 19, 2012). "Retired 'Whad'Ya Know?' announcer Jim Packard dies". The Capital Times. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "On the Loss of Our Friend and Colleague Jim Packard". WPR.org. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Show: Bios - Jim Packard". Whad'Ya Know. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ Susannah Michaels. "Get to Know a WPR Staffer!". WPR.org. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Doug Moe (November 11, 2010). "Jim Packard will retire from his eclectic career, but that doesn't mean he'll slow down". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 

External links[edit]

External media
Images
Jim Packard, 2004 WPR portrait
Michael Feldman, Jim Packard, another crewmember and the stage of Whad'Ya Know? at Monona Terrace
Video
A portion of the March 3, 2012, Whad'Ya Know? as seen from the Jim CaM on YouTube
A portion of the May 29, 2010, Whad'Ya Know? as shot by Michael Feldman, featuring Jim Packard's show introduction on YouTube