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Talk radio had its own “McCarthy Era” and like his infamous namesake, his name was also Joe. But Joseph Priestley McCarthy went by the name J.P. and left a beloved legacy. J.P McCarthy had a rare career in that he worked at the same station for 39 years. But he also became an institution in Detroit radio and one of a handful of talk show hosts who would work in the same market his entire life and remain at the top of his game as the medium transitioned into the modern talk era.

J.P. McCarthy began at WJR, Detroit in 1956 as a staff announcer. Soon he was the morning host and stayed there until he died in 1995. He had a winsome delivery that oozed trustworthiness. He loved to interview people if they had an interesting story to tell and was one of the best at making that story interesting to the listener.

J.P. McCarthy was the epitome of the multi-talented host, he could interview, deliver a monologue, do a sportscast and tell a joke. He accomplished on the radio what Johnny Carson did on television.

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