J. Roy McCarthy appeared on WTMV, WAMV, KXOK and KMOX using his real name and airnames Roger Bell and Byron Scott. During the early days of his career, McCarthy also taught English literature at McBride and CBC High Schools, but he became a full-time broadcaster when he joined KMOX in the late ‘50s.
It is believed that McCarthy, under the name Roger Bell, was the host of the market’s first call-in show on KXOK in the late ‘50s.
He appeared on the first broadcast of KMOX’s “At Your Service” and served as a host of the program from its inception until 1969. He continued to do volunteer work in the local drama community during his entire broadcast career.