Jim McCarthy was a pioneer in the radio and television industries in Pennsylvania. He was the official ring announcer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a boxing promoter and a radio and television sportscaster. McCarthy spent 55 years in broadcasting. In 1980, he marked his 50th anniversary and was honored by the City of Wilkes-Barre with a “Jim McCarthy Day”. That same year, he was honored at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., attended by President Jimmy Carter, President-Elect Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill. In 1985, McCarthy was inducted into the Wyoming Valley Boxing Hall of Fame and received the PIAA’s Nichols Award for his service to high school and college sports in Pennsylvania. He served as executive sports director at WILK radio in Wilkes-Barre from 1970 until 1985. He died March 20, 1985, at the age of 74.