8 thoughts on “James White, public radio newscaster, dies at 60

  1. Um, I find it highly ironic that you posted a picture of the late James White behind the microphone at WTOP radio, where he was also an anchor, without ANY mention of his service at that station in the obit. He also anchored at WNEW-FM here in D.C. more recently. And he worked at a number of other broadcast news operations here in D.C.

    I expected better of Current .

    • Hi Max — I’m sorry you found the article lacking. Our obituaries are rarely exhaustive treatments of the subject’s full career, and White worked at a number of places. With our focus on public media, we chose to highlight his contributions to public radio. Thanks for your comment.

      • Mike, thanks for the prompt reply. So, you don’t find it unusual publishing a picture of James working at WTOP, and *not* mentioning it in your article? I understand that your obits may not be “exhaustive”, but at the very least, they could be at least an *accurate* accounting of the person’s life and career. And I would be happy to help gather info from some of James’ other colleagues & friends if you want to add *one* sentence reflecting his other career stops to this online version. Just let me know…

        • Regarding the photo, no, I don’t find that unusual. It’s likely that with other obituaries, we have also used photos of the subject in a particular setting and not necessarily alluded to or explained that setting in the obituary.

          Can an obituary be accurate and not list every job someone held? I believe so.

          • Mike, it sounds to me as if you’re not willing to go the extra mile to make the obit truly *accurate*. The item makes it look as if his entire career was spent in public broadcasting, with the majority of that time at WAMU. Which simply is not accurate. As I said, all you need is one sentence — two lines tops — to include the call letters of the other radio stations and news outlets where James White *also* worked. Yes, I know better than you likely give me credit for that Current’s mission is to report on public media. But many of us who have worked in public media have *also* had careers where we have also worked for commercial organizations. Those jobs are*just* as valid as any in public media. So I guess its more important for you to stick to your guns, and leave a *once* loyal reader frustrated and disappointed that you won’t make your story better, even when I offer to help you improve it, and provide a full and final accounting of a colleague’s career at the end of his life. So be it. Good day.

          • Mr. Cacas passed away today. He had an extensive career as an award-winning journalist, including a stint at WOSU Public Media. I pray his obit, which he merits, will be accurate. He had an impressive career, doing stellar work for numerous outlets, commercial and public. As you experienced, he was a stickler for accuracy and for working to the highest standard. Trust me, you never knew a finer newsman.

  2. I’m so sad that I have only learned of the death of my friend 3 years late. I knew him from his time at WAMU, when I was a student at Howard and listened to WAMU overnight. His broadcasts kept me company many a night while I worked on some deadline. We eventually became friends, but sadly, I had not seen him for several years before his death and I was unaware of his illness. I want to wish his friends and family belated condolences. He was a kind, funny, smart man, and I am sad that I won’t get a chance to catch up with him as we did periodically. The world is poorer without him in it.

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