James L Adams

February 22, 1930December 29, 2012

Born February 22, 1930 in Big Rapids, MI to Lynn C. and Edna (Reeverts) Adams, died December 29, 2012 at the age of 82. James lived in East Lansing, graduated from East Lansing High School in 1948 and Michigan State University in 1952. He proudly served his country in the Korean Conflict for the US Army. He served as Sports Director for WKAR Radio/TV from 1961-1993 and was known as the “Voice of the Spartans” for three decades. He broadcast nearly 2, 000 sporting events and was known for his meticulous research and game preparation that set a standard for sports broadcasting. He pioneered Michigan Sports Talk Radio and was recognized by the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame for his career achievements. He also hosted a unique Broadway Music radio program for nearly 40 years. Surviving are his sons Andrew James Adams, Michael (Rose-Ann) Adams; granddaughter Kailey and grandson Kyle James; nephew David (Caris) Dykema and niece Marianne (Tim) Dykema Griffin; nephew Peter Dykema; and sister Mary Jane (Alan) Dykema. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 4, 2013, 12:00 noon at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 3, 2012, 1-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to WKAR Radio, 404 Wilson Road, Communication Arts Bldg., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1212, in memory of James. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Kathy Gay Skelton

March 15, 2013

Jim and I were close friends back when I lived in East Lansing almost 20 years ago. He was the kindest, gentlest soul I've ever met. I've kept in touch with him through Christmas cards, letters and a call every 6 months or so. I'm so saddened to learn he is no longer with us. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

David Taylor

March 12, 2013

Worked literally back-to-back with him in a 20x20 office space in the WKAR Radio Quonset in 1962...what a blessing. I was a part-time student...he was a PRO.

In short, I agree with everything said here on this site. He was a sweet/classy guy.

Karen (Northrup) Kissinger

January 7, 2013

Mike - So sorry to hear about your dad.

January 6, 2013

I will always remember Jim for his contributions to MSU and for his friendly and understated demeanor. It was a pleasure to know him at WKAR and in the community. I often saw him walking...everywhere! He will be missed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Earle & Yvette Robinson

January 4, 2013

Andy & Mike,

Earle and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.

Earle & Jim worked together for many years at WKAR and recorded epic memories together. Earle has always spoken well of Jim and expressed the positive impact that Jim made upon his life and career.

As for myself, on any given day or at any given time, as I drove through MSU campus, I would often see Jim walking down Grand River Ave., or crossing a campus intersection, wearing his faithful green & white, carrying a sports magazine of sorts, cupped ever so gently in his hands... His stature, his stride, his poise and his humility, will forever be crafted in my thoughts. Jim was a walking textbook with a vat of information. He was always respectful, funny and very independent. May peace be with you & your families during this difficult time.


Dave Akerly

January 4, 2013

I remember well his kindness to me when I first came to cover MSU sports back in 1990. He had me on his talk show (w/Earle) and asked me questions about the Spartans under George and Jud--I mean, come on! I had a million questions for him! Here I was, the new guy, and he was treating me like a veteran. That was classy, and appreciated. Jim Adams was a true Spartan and a gentleman in every way.

Mary-Kathleen Gernant Blanchard

January 4, 2013

Dear Andy and Mike and family,
One of my fondest memories from childhood is of the evenings that your dad - our wonderful cousin Jim - would visit. My brother David has already mentioned these visits and he remembers more specifics than I do, but I wanted to add my thoughts. Jim was THE BEST storyteller. He would regale us with his stories. He was so much fun, always cheerful and smiling, so full of joy. A kinder, gentler man, I can't imagine. In my adult life, I would see him in the summers at the cottage. Judging from the comments here, Jim spread happiness all around him. We all loved him dearly. I am so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you Friday. All my best wishes, Mary-Kathleen

Donald Ross

January 3, 2013

I graduated from ELHS in 1961 and first met Jim Adams while playing football at MSU. I had much in common with Jim. His father, Lynn Adams was my shop teacher in middle school and was Athletic Director of our school, as my father had the same position at Lansing Everett High School. RIP Jim Adams, you were always a professional.

David Brown

January 3, 2013

One of the finest people I knew in the field of broadcasting. A pioneer at WKAR Radio and TB... Pleased and honored to have worked with Jim over the years. -David "Sparty" Brown

Bob Bao

January 3, 2013

Always looked forward to seeing Jim at the EAT Club and Sunday brunches. He was a true gentleman, one of the nicest human beings I've ever met. He was Mr. Positive and put MSU athletics in perspective. Will also miss his consummate knowledge of and passion for Broadway musicals. We have lost a great human being. My condolences to Jim's surviving family members.