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Spero, Jim
Jim Spero of Phoenix Arizona passed away Tuesday June 13, 2017 at the the age of 88. Jim Spero is survived by his wife Gail Spero and surviving children Judith Spero and Christina Spero. Stepchildren Lisa Ameis and James Coleman his brother Richard Spero and Cousin Louis Spero. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Jim served in the US Army for 4 years. He was stationed in France and Germany . After leaving the Army Jim pursued a career in Broadcasting in Phoenix Arizona. He worked for several Radio Stations and his unique style of Broadcasting put him in a category all its own. Memorial services will be held at Best Funeral Services 501 East Dunlap Avenue Phoenix. Arizona 85020.The service will be at 12 noon on Thursday June 22.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun. 18, 2017.
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February 14, 2018
I grew up with Jim on my dads car radio on PHOENIX RADIO KUPD AM and KXIV ,he also had some stints at SF Radio stations , he was an exceptional personality. Who followed. In the valley of radio. Stars Steve Allen, Joe Pyne and Red Mclvane .
John Driscoll
August 30, 2017
In 1962, at the tender age of nine, I listened to Jim Spero, and Paul B. Mont [or was it Beaumont?] every morning on my clock radio. Needless to say, I was VERY mature for my age, and I got many of the jokes and innuendos heard on that great show. Jim and Paul on radio, along with Wallace and Ladmo on TV, made me the very cool cat that I am now. RIP, Jim. RIP. You are, and always will be one of my heroes.

David W. Gotch.
David Gotch
July 8, 2017
God bless Gail. Jim was a great guy. He got me into Radio in the 80's, & was a mentor.
Recently re-connected when we found we were near neighbors.
Barry Nulph
July 2, 2017
My condolences to the Family, Jim was an amazing man just amazing.
Anthony Salvatore Hall
June 29, 2017
Several times in my youth, I remember my dad coming home from work saying 'gotta hear what Jim Spero said today - so funny!'.
Don Tedrick
June 28, 2017
After time in the U.S.Army I arrived at ASU in 1963. I came across Jim Spero and his sidekick Paul B. Munt. They were the best in the business in spite of the fact that they did not play rock & roll music. You two were the reason many of us could keep it going. Thank you for what you added to our lives!
Dan Mullen
June 23, 2017
My husband, Bob Allingham was a director in the early days of Channel 12 and one of his favorite shows to work on was "Pars, Birdies, and Spero". Jim was pleasant to work with and will be missed.

Ginger Allingham
June 23, 2017
My heartfelt condolences go out to Gail, Mrs. Spero and the entire Spero family. May the Lord be with you in this time of loss.
I too am one of those many lucky recipients of Jim's "Airwaves" presence so many years ago. He was without a doubt the best in his craft. There's an "Early bird special", you are a "Special Early Bird". RIP Jim.
Dan Salazar
June 19, 2017
I will never forget Mr Jim Spero. When my husband was shipped to VietNam in 1967, we had been married for two weeks. I listened to KXIV every morning on my way to work. His jokes, the music he played and his way of making you feel as though he knew what you were going through well, that's what got me through that ugly war. My husband came back safe, but I will forever be thankful to Mr Spero. May he rest in peace.
Irene Morales
June 19, 2017
R.I.P. Jim Spero. You were such an important part of so many lives who respected your radio time with all of us.
Carole Lowe Beath
June 18, 2017
I never knew him but enjoyed listening to him on KXIV when I was in high school. I still remember some of his lines and was so disappointed when he left for San Diego.
Randy Vogel
June 18, 2017
Condolences to the Spero family in your loss. I remember listening to Jim in the early 1960s to early 70s. I remember him, I believe, on KPHO radio and TV, and KRUX Radio. Was a great broadcaster, very funny and he was a great DB.
Phyllis Jackson Boyse
Phyllis Boyse
June 18, 2017
I enjoyed your early morning show on KOY in the late '60s. Put me in a great mood in the mornings. Thanks. Rest in peace Jim.
Roy Cirincione
June 18, 2017
Mr. Spero played our favorite hit songs on the radio as DJ in 1960's Phoenix. Thank you for sharing that stellar personality with us , sir!
Merrill Sparks
June 18, 2017
I flew part time traffic for Sawyer Aviation and KXIV in the early 60s with Jim and Paul B Munt.....It was a kick and you never knew what Jim would say......It was the most entertaining drive time morning show and we were the only traffic report in the air!
Crazy Ed Chilleen
June 18, 2017
Thanks for the memories and your service.
June 18, 2017
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I met him in the early 80's at an AM radio station here in Phoenix, that I interned at as an ASU student. I remember him as being kind & helpful. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
C Kerr
June 18, 2017
Jim's quick sense of humor and distinctive voice placed him among the premier radio personalities of the Valley. There's nothing on today's airwaves like the good-natured and funny banter between Jim and newsman Paul B. Mundt. Rest in peace, Jim.

--- Andy Limber
Andy Limber
June 18, 2017
Andy Limber
June 18, 2017
Jim you were a great DJ in from the 1960s into the 80s. I liked the older big band era music that your stations broadcasted. Thanks for the momories
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