Retired WBTV sportscaster Jim Thacker died Dec. 15 of a stroke.

He was 64.

Thacker retired as the Charlotte television station’s sports director in January 1981.

In addition to his work for the station, Thacker worked as an announcer for Sun Belt basketball games, NCAA basketball tournament games, ESPN college football, ACC basketball for the Metrosports Network and golf tournaments.

He was part of the CBS announcing team for the Masters golf tournament for seven years. In the early 1980s, he provided commentary for British television on the PGA Championship.

He is survived by his wife, Pat.

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