Jim Packard (radio host)

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Jim Packard
Born L. James Packard
August 15, 1942
Died June 18, 2012(2012-06-18) (aged 69)
New York City
Occupation radio announcer
Known for announcing on Whad'Ya Know?

L. James "Jim" Packard (August 15, 1942 – June 18, 2012[1][2]) was a radio producer and host, best known for being part of Wisconsin Public Radio.[3] After working in commercial radio for 16 years at radio networks such as WGN,[4] he joined Wisconsin Public Radio, where he was often heard between shows and producing for Conversations with Larry Meiller.[5] Jim worked with Michael Feldman to produce Whad'Ya Know? and was often seen as the brains of the operation. He often wore a baseball cap with attached webcam, known by fans as "Jim Cam." On the show Jim read questions and honked a loud air horn.

In 2010, he retired from full-time work at Wisconsin Public Radio to focus on his cowboy poetry,[6] although he continued as the announcer for Whad'Ya Know until his death.[2] He married his wife in 1981. He called her Debbie.

He died on June 18, 2012, in New York City, from cardiopulmonary disease. His final performance was on the June 9, 2012, airing of Whad'Ya Know in New York.[1][3] Packard was succeeded by Sara Nics in the fall of 2012.


  1. ^ a b Duane Dudek (June 19, 2012). "WPR announcer Jim Packard dies at age 70". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Bill Novak (June 19, 2012). "Retired 'Whad'Ya Know?' announcer Jim Packard dies". The Capital Times. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Remembering WPR's Jim Packard". WPR.org. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jim Packard, Announcer (1942 - June 18, 2012)". Whad'Ya Know. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Susannah Michaels. "Get to Know a WPR Staffer!". WPR.org. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Doug Moe (November 11, 2010). "Jim Packard will retire from his eclectic career, but that doesn't mean he'll slow down". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 

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External media
Jim Packard, 2004 WPR portrait
Michael Feldman, Jim Packard, another crewmember and the stage of Whad'Ya Know? at Monona Terrace
A portion of the March 3, 2012, Whad'Ya Know? as seen from the Jim CaM on YouTube
A portion of the May 29, 2010, Whad'Ya Know? as shot by Michael Feldman, featuring Jim Packard's show introduction on YouTube