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Jerry Bishop (1935–2020), longtime “Judge Judy” announcer

by Linnea Crowther

Jerry Bishop was the announcer for “Judge Judy” for 24 years, beginning with the show’s debut. He was also a Los Angeles radio personality and a voiceover artist.

An unmistakable voice

Bishop began working in Los Angeles radio in 1963. Over the years, he worked for KLAC, KFI, and KIIS-FM, where he cohosted the Tom and Jerry Show starting in 1979. He was a voiceover artist for commercials for Burger King, Coors, and Budweiser, as well as for ABC and NBC show promos. In 1996, when “Judge Judy” debuted, Bishop joined the show as its off-camera announcer. He remained with “Judge Judy” until just a few weeks before his death. Bishop was also a “Disney Channel” announcer for 15 years.

What people said about him

“Everybody loved him. He had a golden heart and generous spirit. I adored him and will miss him.” —Judge Judy Sheindlin


Full obituary: Los Angeles Times

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