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Al Schoenfield Media Award

1997 Jim McKay


For nearly 50 years, Jim McKay has been one of televisions outstanding commentators known for his coverage of sports and particularly the Olympic Games.  The recipient of 13 Emmy Awards, McKay has covered numerous events during his associations with CBS (CBS Sports Spectacular) and ABC (ABC Wide World of Sports).  These include 11 Olympic Games, Indy "500s", British Opens, Kentucky Derbys, Masters and PGA Golf Tournaments, World Cup Soccer and, of course, national and international swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo competitions.  He has been program host of "ABC's Wide World of Sports" since 1961, receiving a Peabody Award in 1989 and the Lowell Thomas Award from Capital Cities/ABC in 1990.  His sports coverage has given an enthusiastic boost to the aquatic sports disciplines.

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