Jack McCarthy (television)

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John Joseph McCarthy (August 13, 1914 - May 23, 1996) was an announcer and host at WPIX, Channel 11 in New York City. He is best known for hosting the broadcast of the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade for 41 years, and as "Cap'n Jack" for hosting WPIX's block of Popeye cartoons in the sixties and early seventies.[1]


McCarthy was born in Manhattan on August 13, 1914. He graduated Commerce High School in 1932.[1]

McCarthy joined the NBC Radio Network in 1933, first as a page and then as "The Network's youngest staff announcer". He later worked for WABC in New York as a sports and special-events radio broadcaster.[2]

During his career, McCarthy performed in Hollywood and in New York, doing film, radio, and TV. From 1963 to 1972, he was the beguiling Cap'n Jack on WPIX's children's cartoon show "Cap'n Jack and Popeye". "No script; I had a ball," said McCarthy. He depended on his abilities as a storyteller to entertain and inform his viewers. He retired in the 1970s but continued doing the St. Patrick's Day Parade shows until 1989.

He was the anchor of WPIX's coverage of St. Patrick's Day events. Channel 11's annual parade coverage grew out of WPIX's effort to test a new camera and microphone on St. Patrick's Day 1949.[1]

He died on May 23, 1996 from prostate cancer in Scarsdale, New York. He was 81, and is survived by his three daughters, two sons, and one grandchild.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Lawrence Van Gelder (May 26, 1996). "Jack McCarthy Is Dead at 81; TV's 'Mr. St. Patrick's Day'". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-10-26. Jack McCarthy, who mixed a bit of a brogue and a fount of Irish lore into the elixir that charmed thousands of television viewers in his 41 years as the anchor of WPIX's coverage of St. Patrick's Day events, died on Friday at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. He was 81. The cause was prostate cancer, his daughter Tara said. ... 
  2. ^ Dominguez, Robert. "McCarthy, St. Pat's Voice, Dies", New York Daily News, May 25, 1996

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