|Courtesy Canton Repository/Stan Meyers|
I was raised on NBC news--my dad favored Tom Brokaw, and so I did too. And so that meant Channel 3 News as well. My main news interest, however, centered around sports, and I spent my time flipping between Jim Donovan, Casey Coleman, and Nev Chandler to see the same (often tortuous) sports news, night after night. And like many Clevelanders, I felt a great kinship with them. And not just them, but Chuck Galeti, Bob Stevens (I was legitimately excited when he got that job on some network called ESPN2), Gib Shanley, and more.
|Nev's voice will never be forgotten|
[Note: the column originally mistakenly omitted the fact that Casey Coleman was the original successor to Nev Chandler after his passing, as the Browns' play-by-play announcer]
Jim's goal, which I think can be extrapolated for every Clevelander for 2011:
...to come back, healthier than I am right now, and by the time I come back, the Indians hopefully will be back in the playoffs, we'll be watching the Browns play football, and I'll be calling the games, and the Cavaliers will be all rebuilt, and it will be all better."To echo Ramona Robinson, "hear hear"!
Good luck Jimmy, we'll miss you and hope to see you (and hear you) soon!
You can send Jim Donovan get well wishes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His video statement after the break.