Veteran Broadcaster, Jim English, Died on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
(Obituary provided by WBAL in Baltimore, MD)
Veteran Broadcaster, Broadcasting Teacher Dies
Veteran Baltimore radio and television broadcaster, and broadcasting teacher Jim English has died.
English had worked as a disc jockey, news reporter, announcer and weatherman on radio and television, in a career that spanned from the 1950's through the 80's.
The Shamokin, Pennsylvania native started his career in Harrisburg, where he worked for ten years, first as a jazz disc jockey, then as a news reporter finally serving as the "Atlantic Weatherman" on WHP-TV, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg.
While in Harrisburg, he also hosted "The Bear's Den," a radio postgame show for the Hershey Bears hockey team.
English came to Baltimore in 1966, to take a job as a weatherman at WBAL-TV. He held that job for three years, then he became a staff announcer at the station, reading live station ID's, commercials and news bulletins during the broadcast day.
After the station eliminated the live announcer positions in 1973, English worked at a number of radio stations in Baltimore and briefly served as the weekend weatherman at WJZ-TV.
He later hosted Maryland Public Television's Aviation Weather.
From 1980 until 1995, English taught broadcasting at Towson University, where he was also station manager of the university's radio station.
His family says Jim English died Sunday at his home in Pikesville from complications respiratory disease. He was 79.
He is survived by his wife, brother, three children and six grandchildren.