Tommy was bitten by the bug to be a radio disc jockey after meeting Dick Clark and dancing on American Bandstand as a part of his fourteenth birthday celebration. Music was always a big part of his life even before he saw Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show. This was when he began his legendary record collection of 45’s, LPs and CDs.
A native of New Jersey (with the exception of four years in the United States Air Force) Tommy has spent his entire life in the Delaware Valley. Tommy started his radio career at various radio stations in the southern New Jersy area. WMVB Millville, WRDR Hammonton, WJJZ Mount Holly, WCAM Camden and WMID Atlantic City.
Tommy also began to perform at various night clubs in the Philadelphia region. They included Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Grill in King of Prussia; there he hosted the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and was appointed by Dick Clark for the advisory board to the American Bandstand Regulars committee.
In October of 1982, Tommy started broadcasting on WSNI/WPGR in Philadelphia; Tommy has also worked on WIOQ in Philadelphia and New Jersey 101.5 FM in Trenton and he joined WOGL in 1990.
Through the years, Tommy has hosted shows with many stars including Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, The Drifters, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Beach Boys, The Temptations and many more.
A couple of his fondest memories of hosting shows was with three of Philadelphia’s favorite sons: “The Golden Boys of Bandstand” – Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell.
Recently, he was the host of Dick Clark’s 40th Anniversary of American Bandstand on the PBS television network with many of the original dancers and film clips.
Since 1993, Tommy has been the music director of WOGL-FM. In addition to his responsibilities on radio, for twelve years, he has been seen hosting music specials on QVC TV as the music authority for various music products. In 2010, Columbia/Sony Records Awarded Tommy with a Quadruple Platinum CD plaque to commemorate his sales on QVC.
Tommy received four nomoniations for “Achievement in Radio Awards” (A.I.R.) and is a five time nominee for “The Best Overnight Host” for the Tommy McCarthy Show. Plus, another for “Writer and Producer” for the Top 20 Countdown Show in 1997, and again in 2007, 2008 & 2009. He, also, spotlighted in the national publication “Philadelphia City of Music”.
In September of 2004, Tommy started another faze in his broadcasting career with a weekly internet radio and T.V. show on the QBC TV2 cable network in southern New Jersey. Every Saturday night from 7PM to 10PM, it’s a LIVE radio show on T.V. “The Tommy McCarthy Treasure Chest”.
Still adding more exciting projects to his schedule, as of December of 2005, Tommy now is the music director on the nationally syndicated “Ross Brittain Hit Machine” – a weekly four hour show with various features and new event covering the 1960’s and 1970’s.
With a full schedule at the radio station and T.V., Tommy still finds time to enjoy his many hobbies including boating on his 24′ Bayliner, named the “Li’l Rock N’ Roller,” and cruising with the top down in his red Corvette; he also enjoys collecting records and CD’s. There is hardly a song from the Rock N’ Roll era that Tommy doesn’t have in his collection.
Pictured left is Tommy with his lovely bride Joan on their wedding day of August 19, 2018.
“I have been blessed with a great career, good health and a wonderful family. Life has its moments.”