Jim Packard, longtime announcer on pubradio's Whad'Ya Know?, died Monday (June 18) at a New York City hospital. He was 70.
Host Michael Feldman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Packard suffered from cardiopulmonary disease and that "his lung fuction had been decreasing visibly" for the past eight months.
The newspaper said Packard had been in New York for a live broadcast of the popular quiz show on June 9, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University. He entered the hospital on June 10. Feldman said Packard was "great" on the June 9 show, although "noticeably slower in his delivery."
Feldman said he would address Packard's death on Saturday's show. "I'll speak from my heart for a while," he said, "and do the show. Jim would tell you, the show is the thing."
Packard had retired from Wisconsin Public Radio in 2010. "We're all deeply saddened by the news," said WPR Director Mike Crane on a tribute page on the station's website. "We loved Jim, and Jim returned that love to his colleagues and to listeners everywhere."