Monday, June 16, 2008

Jim McKay

Sadly it was reported recently that famous TV announcer Jim McKay passed away on June 7th at the age of 86. Although his legal name was Jim

McManus, he changed his on-air name after being tabbed to host an early TV show called The Real McKay…

For me, McKay is the first voice I recall giving me interest in motor racing, as I’ve previously commented towards hearing him call the Indy 500 way back in the early 1970’s for ABC’s Wide World of Sports before Indy was broadcasted live. You may recall that this was the show with the famous tag line’ “The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat,” which legendary producer Roone Arledge first scribbled on the back of an airplane napkin… As Wide World of Sports was originally intended to be a one-off summer television program, yet with Jim McKay at the helm and Chris Schenkel alongside, the show was a smashing success as McKay became synonymous with the Olympics and was the man to tell the world; “They’re ALL Gone!” during the 1972 Munich Olympics…

Jim McKay’s Wide World of Sports


  1. Rest In Peace Jim Mckay.
    Shout outs to Jim McKay. I grew up watching him on Wide World of Sports. As a Inner city kid I watched and learned about Indy, F1, Stock Car, and Grand Prix racing. My cousin and i would set up our AFX aurora slot car set with lots of curves turn off the lights and pretend we were racing in the 24 hours of LeMans. Mind you we had no Idea of where LeMans was but, we watched it all the time on Tv and wanted to go there. I learned a lot about racing and sports from Mr. McKay.

  2. Great comment!

    The slot car reference sure takes me back aways and although I had a Tyco Ford GT 40, I didn't know anything about Le Mans.