(Jan. 4, 1925-Sept. 6, 1983). Born in Ohio County, Kentucky, James Osborne (Jim) Mclntyre launched his broadcast career in 1945 at WAVE in Louisville where he was a baseball announcer for the Louisville Colonels, a member of the American Association. 

McIntyre came to Indianapolis in 1956 when he joined WISH radio and television as a sports show host as well as a play-by-play radio announcer for the Indianapolis Indians baseball and Butler University basketball teams. He joined WFBM radio and television in 1960 and, during the next five years, anchored sports shows and did play-by-play radio for Purdue University football. He also covered the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and was a frequent contributor to CBS and ABC network sports shows.

Mclntyre’s goal was to become a major league baseball play-by-play man on the radio, which he achieved in 1966 when hired by the Cincinnati Reds. He broadcast for the Reds for five seasons including the 1970 World Series when the Reds lost to the Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 1.

When Mclntyre left the Reds in 1970, weary of all the travel, he returned to Indianapolis and, for a while, joined Wnde, the former WFBM radio station. He also announced Indianapolis Indians baseball in 1971 before leaving broadcasting in the early 1970s for a business career.

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