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Cleveland sports broadcaster Jim Donovan will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.
Donovan is longtime main sports anchor at WKYC-TV for the weekday 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news. You can also see Jim every weeknight as the main news anchor for Channel 3 News at 7 p.m.
Since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999, Jim has been the voice of the Cleveland Browns, handling all radio play-by-play duties for the team.
Jim also contributes to SportsTime Ohio with his local knowledge about the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers.
His career at Channel 3 started in March of 1985 as the weekend sports anchor. 2015 marks Jim’s 30th anniversary at WKYC-TV. Besides all of his dynamic local sports coverage in northeast Ohio, Jim’s career has also been defined working on national and international sporting events including:
1992 Summer Olympics: NBC play-by-play for Swimming, Water Polo and Soccer.
1996 Summer Olympics: NBC play-by-play for Water Polo and Soccer.
1994: ESPN play-by-play coverage for World Cup.
1987-1997: Play-by-play for the NFL on NBC.
2006-2008: Cleveland Indians television play-by-play announcer (20 games per season)
Donovan has also hosted live national coverage of the Soap Box Derby and Cleveland Marathon. He has won numerous awards including an Emmy for Best Sportscaster.
Before coming to Cleveland, he provided play-by-play basketball and hockey coverage for the Satellite News Channel in Burlington, VT. He also served for one season as play-by-play announcer for the Vermont Reds, a Cincinnati Reds minor league baseball team.
His career began as a sports director for WJON Radio in St. Cloud, MN. He also did play-by-play and sports anchoring at WVMT Radio and WEZF-TV.
Jim has served most recently as spokesperson for The Gathering Place and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He has also contributed to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio and has participated in events benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Foundations, American Lung Association and Arthritis Foundation.
A native of Boston, Jim is a graduate of Boston University. Jim and his wife Cheryl have a daughter Meghan.