Jim Donovan
Sports Director, WKYC Channel 3

Presentation Title: Cleveland Sports - Ups, Downs but Forever Committed

August 16, 2018
Luncheon sponsored by:

Luncheon Menu

BBQ chicken served with house made macaroni & cheese and steamed broccoli.

Vegetarian/Gluten Free Option: Grilled Vegetable Stack - marinated Eggplant, zucchini, squash and roasted red peppers grilled and layered over a roasted red pepper sauce.

about the speaker

Jim Donovan serves as sports director for the weekday 6 and 11 p.m. news on WKYC Channel 3. He joined Channel 3 in March of 1985 as weekend sports anchor. In June of 1999, Jim was named the voice of the Cleveland Browns. Donovan will do all the radio play-by-play announcing for the team.

Jim has done countless national and international events, including the '96 Summer Olympics for NBC/WKYC; in 1994, World Cup Soccer; in 1992, swimming and soccer competitions at the Olympics for NBC.

Since 1991, he's hosted PBS live national coverage of the Soap Box Derby. He has provided coverage of the CVS Cleveland Marathon for 13 years. In addition, he was play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports' NFL games from 1987 to 1997.

In 1995, Donovan won a local Emmy award for Best Sportscaster. In 1992, he received an Emmy for "Browns '92; The Next Step” and in 1990, for his report on Bob Golic's farewell to the Cleveland Browns. In 1988, he was named all-Ohio Best Sportscaster by the Cleveland Press Club.

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 as spokesperson for 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. He currently resides in Hinckley with his wife, Cheryl, and daughter Meghan.