Jim McKay dies at age 86
I have learned from ESPN that legendary sports announcer, Jim McKay, has died at the age of 86. A great host of the US broadcast of the Olympics and host of Wide World of Sports, he will be missed.
I had forgotten that he was a broadcaster of the Indianapolis 500 in the 1970s. I thought he was the host during those years and worked with Jackie Stewart.
He was a great host in bringing the pieces of the athletes in the Olympics and during Wide World of Sports. He brought much integrity to sports broadcast that is lacking these days.
His honors (source: WIkipedia):
- McKay has won numerous awards for journalism, including two Emmys and the George Polk Award just for his sports and news coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics.
- In 1988, McKay was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
- Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism recipient in 2002
He is probably best known for the Munich massacre coverage he provided during the 1972 Summer Olympics. After the botched rescue attempt, he came on the air with this statement:
“When I was a kid my father used to say our greatest hopes and our worst fears are seldom realized. Our worst fears have been realized tonight. They have now said there were eleven hostages; two were killed in their rooms yesterday morning, nine were killed at the airport tonight. They’re all gone.”
Sports Broadcaster Jim McKay discusses his coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics tragedy.
Search for “Archive of American Television Interview with Jim McKay for more segments or click on http://tvinterviewsarchive.blogspot.com for all interview links. Credits: Interviewer:Jerry Sandusky