BROADCAST PIONEER JIM McKAY DIES AT 86

 

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JIM McKAY

Television pioneer, Jim McKay, one of the most influential broadcasters in sports history, died today of natural causes. He was 86-years-old.

McKay was the host of ABC’s Wide World of Sports and the first sportscaster to win an Emmy Award. However, most Americans remember McKay for his Olympic coverage on ABC, particularly his reporting on the hostage crisis at the 1972 games in Munich. It was most of the country’s introduction to terrorism some 29 years before 9/11.

Arab terrorists captured a group of 11 Israeli athletes and held them hostage in the Olympic Village. McKay was on the air for 16 hours straight covering the event. All of the hostages were eventually killed. It was McKay who delivered the news of their deaths to a stunned world.

SHOT OF ARAB TERRORIST AT 72 MUNICH OLYMPICS

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2 Responses to “BROADCAST PIONEER JIM McKAY DIES AT 86”

  1. bobby Says:

    if you grew up on wide world of sports like i did, you remember seeing jim mckay every saturday bringing you everything from evel knievel to the harlem globetrotters. genius programming from a forgotten era of sports.

    mckay was a true legend and there is no modern-day comparison.

  2. topofthethread Says:

    He WAS the first sports anchor. Wide World of Sports. Olympics. You name it. Class act. He will be missed.

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