James R. Lynagh, 79, extra in movies, radio announcer

December 30, 1997|By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF

James Robert Lynagh, a longtime radio announcer and movie extra who used the name Jim Lyons professionally, died of a heart attack Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson. He was 79.

Born and raised in Port Carbon, Pa., Mr. Lynagh was an Army sergeant in the Pacific Theater during World War II and fought in the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines.

After his discharge from the military, he became a disc jockey at a radio station in Reading, Pa., where he met Jean A. Thren, a secretary. They were married in 1948.

Mr. Lynagh also worked at radio stations in Harrisburg, Pa., and Philadelphia before moving to Baltimore in 1961. He was the evening weatherman for WBAL-AM radio and co-host of "The One O'Clock Show," an afternoon program on WBAL-TV, until the late 1960s.

He became an announcer for WLIF-FM in the late 1970s and moved to WITH-AM in 1985. He retired after a year at WITH to take care of a son, John R. Lynagh, who had a serious illness and died in 1992.

Mr. Lynagh also did commercials, was a spokesman for area A&P supermarkets, and was a model and actor, mostly as an extra in local movie productions. His biggest role was as a television newsman in John Waters' movie "Hairspray."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 200 Ware Ave. in Towson.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Joan Grumbach of Foster City, Calif.; two sons, Jim P. Lynagh of Towson and Joseph K. Lynagh of Fallston; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 12/30/97

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