'Whad'ya Know?' Announcer Jim Packard Dies
June 19, 2012 at 6:20 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of JIM PACKARD, the longtime WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO personality and announcer for PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL's "WHAD'YA KNOW?," who died MONDAY (6/18) after falling ill in NEW YORK following a taping of the show there on JUNE 9th, according to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL's DUANE DUDEK. PACKARD, who was 70, had reportedly suffered from cardiopulmonary disease and used an oxygen tank backstage while taping the show.
Before retiring from WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO in DECEMBER 2010, PACKARD produced LARRY MEILLER's show at the station. He joined WPR in 1981.
"We're all deeply saddened by the news," said WPR Director MIKE CRANE. "We loved JIM, and Jim returned that love to his colleagues and to listeners everywhere."
MEILLER said, "As a producer, he was adept at finding exactly the right guest for any topic. As an on-air host, his manner put guests at ease and his questions were alwaysspot on.... He had a wonderful sense of humor... I so enjoyed sharing an office with him. Most important he was a wonderful friend for me and many, many others. He will truly be missed."
"WHAD'YA KNOW?" host MICHAEL FELDMAN said, "JIM was my only successful long-term relationship. He was simply the best and irreplaceable."