‘Judge Judy’ announcer Jerry Bishop dies at 84

Jerry Bishop, the veteran radio individuality who was the off-digicam announcer for the courtroom television present “Judge Judy,” died Tuesday after a transient illness. He was 84.

Bishop’s dying was verified by his granddaughter Allison Rosenbloom, who claimed he endured from coronary heart problems and kidney failure.

Bishop, a resident of Bel-Air, experienced a occupation as a radio individuality in Los Angeles for three a long time. He acquired his start off in radio at Hartford, Conn., station WDRC and moved to the West Coastline in 1963, landing at KCBQ in San Diego. Two yrs later he moved to Los Angeles to sign up for KLAC.

Bishop joined KFI in 1969, when it was the best “middle of the road” format station in the Los Angeles current market. For the duration of his 5-year stint there, he co-hosted “Sports Cell phone,” a call-in program that preceded the station’s broadcasts of the Los Angeles Dodgers games. He later moved to KIIS, where he partnered with Tom Murphy to host the “Tom and Jerry Show” in 1979.

Bishop launched a successful voice-in excess of occupation in the mid-nineteen seventies, serving as announcer for the syndicated activity present “Cross-Wits” and the NBC range sequence “Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday.” He was heard on commercials for a number of nationwide makes and did on-air promos for ABC, NBC and the Disney Channel.

Bishop signed on to “Judge Judy” when it first launched 24 yrs ago and remained a familiar fixture in the course of its operate as the most-viewed present in daytime. Rosenbloom claimed he recorded his last voice-in excess of session for the program a number of months ago prior to he entered the hospital.

“Everybody cherished him,” Choose Judy Sheindlin claimed in a statement. “He experienced a golden coronary heart and generous spirit. I adored him and will overlook him.”

Choose Judith Sheindlin on “Judge Judy.”

(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Bishop was born Gerald Blume on Oct. 19, 1935, in Hartford. He earned a degree in broadcast journalism at Emerson College prior to he embarked on his radio occupation. He married Velma Joan Leventhal in 1956. She died in 2007.

Along with Allison Rosenbloom, Bishop is survived by his three daughters, Karen Rosenbloom, Michelle Carriker and Stephanie Blume, grandchildren Brandon Rosenbloom and Zachary Carriker, and a brother, Daniel Blume.

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