"Bad Dog" remembered for generosity, sense of humor - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

"Bad Dog" remembered for generosity, sense of humor

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Solo in a somber studio Friday, Rock 103's Tim Spencer forged on through a difficult day.

"The city is abuzz with sadness and joy," Spencer said.

His friend, co-worker, and broadcasting partner, John 'Bad Dog' McCormack died Thursday night after a prolonged battle with cancer.  Friday, in tribute, Spencer filled the airwaves with old Bad Dog bits from his 20-plus years on the radio.

>>Click here to read Joe Birch's personal reflection on the life of Bad Dog<<

Off the air and around children, Bad Dog often turned into a harmless puppy - a soft side felt best at the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.  Friday, the mood there was equally sober.

"We're all a little down," said executive director Caron Byrd.

Over the past 20 years, Bad Dog helped raise more than $7 million to house St. Jude cancer patients and their families.

"He built a legacy of generosity, of commitment and passion," Byrd said.

But it wasn't just the money McCormack was known for.  He often spent time with children at the house, trying to brighten their days.

"He'd do anything to make the kids laugh," Byrd said.

Funeral arrangements for McCormack were announced late Friday afternoon. A public memorial service will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church on Walnut Grove, with a reception to follow at The Church of the Holy Communion also on Walnut Grove.

You can watch the public memorial service live on WMCTV.com.

A fund has been established at First Tennessee Bank. You can make donations to the "John McCormack Trust Fund."

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist. As the law stands, because they refuse to leave, Keith Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist while owner Keith Mills was on vacation.. As the law stands, because the renters refuse to leave, Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>
  • Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>
  • Restaurant's policy limits those with kids to one drink

    Restaurant's policy limits those with kids to one drink

    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:50:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:50:46 GMT

    A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

    More >>

    A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly