Comic actor Jay Thomas—who enjoyed a lengthy radio career, including a 10-year stretch at “Power 106” KPWR, Los Angeles—has died at 69 after a battle with cancer. Perhaps best known for his Emmy-winning role on “Murphy Brown,” and frequent radio-related “Late Show With David Letterman” appearances, Thomas most recently appeared in “Ray Donovan.”
Thomas also played Rhea Perlman’s husband, Eddie LeBec, on “Cheers.” His acting credits included roles in films such as “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “The Santa Clause 2” and “The Santa Clause 3.”
But Thomas’ impressive showbiz career began in radio. The Texas native started by calling high school and college sports games on radio. His early career included work at WAPE Jacksonville and stations in Charlotte before landing mornings in New York at the former “99X” WXLO. His New York radio work also included the original WXTU (92.3). But Thomas hit a radio high with a successful 10-year run in mornings at KPWR. He recently hosted a show on SiriusXM Radio.
It was arguably because of radio that Thomas was a regular guest on “Letterman,” until the late-night host’s 2015 retirement. For 16 years, Thomas made a “Letterman” visit around the holidays, competing with the host to knock a meatball off the top of a Christmas tree with a football, and then telling one of Letterman’s favorite stories—a true-life Thomas tale as a young disc jockey that involved a minor car accident and the squabble that followed—with a punchline involving Clayton Moore of “The Lone Ranger.”
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