Sun coverage: Jim McKay

November 2, 2008

'His words were golden'

Jim McKay probably would have been a little embarrassed that an entire ballroom of people made such a fuss in his honor last night at the Hilton Baltimore.

October 31, 2008

McKay never outgrew state roots

Jim McKay saw so much of the world during his lengthy and legendary broadcasting career. His syrupy voice, endearing charm and calming presence always made viewers of ABC's Wide World of Sports feel at home, whether he was profiling cliff divers in Acapulco or ice boat racers in Wisconsin.

September 20, 2008

Maryland Million likely to bear McKay's name in '09

This year marks the first time the Maryland Million will be run without legendary broadcaster Jim McKay, the man who was raised in Baltimore and dreamed up the event that started in 1986.

June 11, 2008

Jim McKay: 1921-2008

'He was talking to me'

Giant of broadcasting remembered as a friend

June 10, 2008

Jim McKay's contributions to racing

For McKay, a stellar track record

Sportscaster had 'a direct effect on the industry'

10:04 AM EDT, June 10, 2008

Remembering Jim McKay

A roundup of recent national media coverage on the broadcasting icon's career

June 8, 2008

Jim McKay dies at 86

He was a Baltimore TV pioneer, 'the first real star sportscaster'

June 8, 2008

Dan Rodricks: Integrity an early McKay hallmark

Back at the dawn of Baltimore television, when the Sunpapers owned the first station here, a 25-year-old Evening Sun reporter named Jim McManus agreed to work in front of the camera for $65 a week. It was 1947. The station, WMAR-TV, had to fill hours upon hours with original programming. So its crews did remote telecasts, running from the races at Pimlico to supermarket openings to professional wrestling matches at the old Baltimore Coliseum.

June 8, 2008

Quotes about Jim McKay's legacy

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August 13, 2004

A terror retold

Broadcaster Jim McKay looks back at the Olympics that forever changed the Games

October 8, 2005

McKay was off to races in 1935

Everyone seems to believe Maryland Million Day came into existence because television sports broadcaster Jim McKay attended the first Breeders' Cup races in 1984 at Hollywood Park.

February 24, 2003

The face and voice of sports on TV

Jim McKay: My World in My Words, an HBO documentary on the life of the legendary sportscaster, is at its best when it gets personal, very personal - as in his relationship with his wife, Margaret.

May 17, 2002

Commentator McKay presents award at Loyola Blakefield

A senior at Loyola Blakefield was presented with the first James K. McManus Award for excellence in journalism or the literary arts at the school's annual awards ceremony yesterday at the campus in Towson.

January 30, 2002

`Mr. Olympics' comes off bench

No one could ever accuse Jim McKay of signing up for another Olympics because he's resume building. Or because he needs the paycheck.

January 11, 2001

NBC adds McKay for '02 Games

NBC Sports has gained an unlikely but familiar presence for its broadcast of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City: Jim McKay, the Baltimore-based commentator known best for leading a dozen Olympic broadcasts on ABC dating back four decades.

September 11, 2000

Olympics massacre destroyed a myth

There once was a time when we believed the best about the Olympics, when the notion of achieving peace and brotherhood through athletic competition, though quaint and naive on its face, was the guiding spirit behind why we watched the quadrennial global festival of sports.

May 21, 2000

As ABC comes to finish line, McKay's not looking back

ABC producer Curt Gowdy Jr.'s office in the main production trailer at Pimlico - barely larger than the closet on the other side of the door - was filled to bursting yesterday around noon, 4 1/2 hours before the telecast.

October 30, 1999

Winning streak of McKay seems all but endless

As you drive into Jim McKay's driveway off a narrow, winding road near Monkton and look at the horses in fields surrounded by white-painted board fences, you might wonder why he'd ever want to travel the wide world.

December 9, 1998

McKay, Ripken join quest to land the 2012 Olympics

ABC broadcaster Jim McKay joined Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. yesterday in supporting Washington and Baltimore's bid to play host to the 2012 Olympic Games by joining the regional organizing committee.

May 15, 1998

In his son, McKay has his biggest thrill

Jim McKay has a theory about parenting that explains why he became so emotional four months ago when his son, Sean McManus, brokered a landmark deal in their family's business, sports television.

February 10, 1998

Now a word from Mr. Olympics

"HI. IT'S Jim McKay."

November 6, 1997

A Good Sport Anniversary:

Jim McKay loves to tell stories. He's told stories about the wide world of sports for 50 years. Now he's telling his own.

November 2, 1997

50 years ago, Marylanders turned on TV Telecast:

Fifty years ago, as the clock ticked toward 3 p.m., a small band of men waited nervously for the moment when they would make history by airing the first television program in Baltimore.

October 20, 1996

McKay still has the spirit, legs of a colt

If you'd had an extra two bucks to wager last Saturday at the Maryland Million, you couldn't have gone wrong betting on Jim McKay. He just kept running.

May 18, 1996

McKay back in saddle race back to 'normal'

Just as ABC producer Curt Gowdy Jr. was being asked the other day what it was like to have Jim McKay back on this year's Preakness telecast, McKay strolled up.

April 26, 1996

True to form, 'Wide World' opts for people to tell a 35-year tale

ABC's "Wide World of Sports" has been, in the unforgettable words of Jim McKay, "spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports," but the truth is that the show has become the longest-running program in the network's history because, for all its far-flung travel, it is about simplicity.

September 15, 1995

It's the final edition for The Evening Sun

The Evening Sun publishes its final editions today, a victim of changing times and failing circulation.

September 15, 1995

Evening Sun alumni: Where they are now?

A characteristic of The Evening Sun has been the friendly practice of newsroom and editorial staffers and alumni to keep in touch and see one another over the years.

October 5, 1993



June 19, 1993

Shriver, McKay joining Angelos 6 join group hoping to buy Orioles

Tennis star Pam Shriver and veteran sportscaster Jim McKay are among six people to join a group of Maryland investors who are trying to buy the Orioles.

September 6, 1991

ONE IN MILLION: McKay, like his race, is something special

What Jim McKay has contributed to Maryland racing should be set in bronze so it can be recognized and preserved for perpetuity. No ulterior motive is involved. That's not his style. This is a man with a deep love for the game and a willingness to give abundantly, without compensation, of his intellect, imagination and abilities.

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