Jefferson Kaye

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Jefferson Kaye
Born Martin Jeff Krimski
(1936-12-12)December 12, 1936
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died November 16, 2012(2012-11-16) (aged 75)
Binghamton, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Throat cancer
Other names Jeff Kaye
Occupation Radio, Television and film Announcer / Program Director
Years active 1950's - 2012 (his death)
Known for Narration work for numerous NFL Films programs


Martin Jeff Krimski, known by the stage names Jefferson Kaye and Jeff Kaye (December 12, 1936 – November 16, 2012) was an American radio, television and film announcer. Among his credits were announcing gigs at WHIM and WRIB in Providence, Rhode Island; WBZ in Boston, Massachusetts; WKBW and WBEN in Buffalo, New York; WPVI in Philadelphia; and NFL Films.

Kaye was born in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Morocco where he met his wife. [2]

Kaye began his radio career in Providence in the late 1950s, where Krimski became “Jeff Krimm,” then “JK the DJ” on WHIM (1110) and WRIB (1220-AM). By 1961, he had caught the attention of WBZ (AM-1030) station executives, who brought him on as part of the Westinghouse Broadcasting-owned station's transition from the middle-of-the-road "Live Five" to a more aggressive top-40 music programming format. [3]

As program director of WKBW, he produced the station's adaptation of The War of the Worlds.[4] For his work on NFL Films, Kaye won several Sports Emmy Awards. He also narrated the Chicago Bulls' first championship documentary, "Learning To Fly", as well as a history of DePauw University football, "A Tradition of Excellence."

Kaye died on November 16, 2012 of throat cancer at age 75 in Binghamton, New York.[1] [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Former WBZ DJ Jeff "Jefferson" Kaye has passed away". WBZ-TV. November 16, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Martin Krimski (Jeff Kaye) obituary". Binghamton (NY) Press and Sun-Bulletin. November 17–19, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Fybush, Scott (November 19, 2012). "Jeff Kaye, RIP – and Erie's new CHR]. NorthEast Radio Watch". Fybush.com. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Koshinski, Bob. "War of The Worlds". Retrieved 18 November 2012. 

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