Jim McKay

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Jim McKay
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James Kenneth McManus

(1921-09-24)September 24, 1921
DiedJune 7, 2008(2008-06-07) (aged 86)
OccupationSportscaster, sportswriter, actor
Years active1955–2000
Spouse(s)Margaret Dempsey (1948–2008); his death
ChildrenSean and Mary

James Kenneth McManus (September 24, 1921 – June 7, 2008), better known by his professional name of Jim McKay, was an American television sports journalist.

McKay is best known for hosting ABC's Wide World of Sports (1961–1998). He covered 12 Olympic Games. He earned respect for his memorable reporting on the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[1]

McKay covered a wide variety of special events, including horse races such as the Kentucky Derby, golf events such as the British Open, and the Indianapolis 500.[2]

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  1. Hiestand, Michael (June 8, 2008). "Jim McKay's wide world spanned eras". USA Today.
  2. Kelly, Jacques (October 16, 2009). "Margaret Dempsey McManus dies at 89". The Baltimore Sun.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Jim McKay, Olympics and ABC announcer, dies at age 86". ESPN. 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  4. TV Guide April 17-23, 1993. 1993. p. 61.
  5. Hall of Fame Archives & Honorees. Accessed 7 June 2008.
  6. Olympics 2008 Opening Ceremony Intro and Ending **Courtesy of NBC** at YouTube
  7. "NCAA Creates Scholarship in Honor of Jim McKay". TVWeek.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-10-08.