Tom Jaworski, known to Berkshire County radio listeners as Tom Jay during his more than 40 years as a newscaster, has died.
Jaworski’s step-daughter, Jodie McClay, said he suffered a heart attack at his home in Great Barrington last Thursday and died early Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield. He was 70.
Jaworksi worked for WSBS-AM in Great Barrington from 1967 until his retirement in 2008, serving in the positions of staff announcer, news director and chief engineer.
He also served for nearly a decade as president of the Massachusetts Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
“Tom was involved intimately with the Massachusetts Associated Press Broadcasters Association as president for many many years; We saw him at all the conferences and he was really an inspiration and showed you that small market could really work,” according to WATD Owner and General Manager Ed Perry. “He was really a jack of all trades; he knew how to write news and how to gather news, but most of all for me – he knew how to fix a transmitter and that wasn’t easy.”
Jaworski, who leaves his wife, Marilyn, two stepdaughters and three grandchildren, served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1966.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for Saturday at St. Peter’s Church in Great Barrington.