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Response to Octafish (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 27, 2013, 09:31 AM

8. Speaking of Joe McCarthy, his relationship w/JP McCarthy was interesting

This also brings it back to confronting racism. Coleman Young was a fairly frequent guest on WJR (owned at the time by Cap Cities .. which is a whole separate story). More specifically the JP McCarthy morning show. While my recollection over the years was that these interviews would sometimes get testy, it seemed, for the most part, that they were cordial.

JP McCarthy was one of the smoothest and glib radio hosts I've ever heard and if I recall correctly set some records for being #1 in his market for consecutive weeks/months/years. Looking back on it now though the underlying tension between them seems to have reflected the growing rift between Detroit area business leaders (represented by JP McCarthy) and Coleman Young.

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