Jay Sims, a longtime radio announcer and television reporter whose voice was heard on “Your Hit Parade” and other radio shows of that era, died Aug. 8 of emphysema in an Escondido nursing center. He was 86.
Born in New York City, Sims graduated from the U. of Pittsburgh.
In the 1930s, he began his announcing career in the Army Signal Corps. while stationed at Scofield Barracks, Hawaii.
From 1945 to 1954, Sims became a fixture on Hearst Metrotone’s “News of the Day” as a world news commentator for over eight years.
He continued to freelance on radio and television as the announcer for various radio shows including “The Walter Winchell Show,” “Dennis James’ High Finance,” “Stop the Music” and “Your Hit Parade.”
Sims later worked as a reporter and news anchor in New York.
He continued to report and announce for ABC in Hollywood and New York, and in Miami he produced and reported for “The Stock Market Observer.”
Toward the end of his career, Sims served as a news director for KCBQ in San Diego, and in the mid-1980s he ended his career as news director for KHYE in Hemet.
He is survived by two daughters and a son.