Never, ever shy in front of a microphone, Joe McDonnell would have delivered an acceptance speech worthy of a Richter scale measurement after waiting impatiently for years to get inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The annual awards luncheon happens Monday at the Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake. But curses — McDonnell, who died last March at the age of 58, won’t be afforded that opportunity to speak.
Receiving this recognition “was on the top of his bucket list,” said his wife, Elizabeth McDonnell.
“It was something he talked about for years. Joe often spoke about his Golden Mics being his greatest accomplishments, but getting a Hall of Fame induction would be the only thing that could compare to that.
“It was his greatest wish and I’m so grateful that it can happen for him.”
Former UCLA play-by-play man Chris Roberts will make McDonnell’s acceptance speech on his behalf, with Elizabeth McDonnell seated nearby at a table full of family and friends.
“I know he’s with us in spirit, and his smile is sooo very big,” she said. “His eyes are filled with joy and his heart is full knowing that other people think so highly of him.”
Along with the annual awards for best play-by-play, analysts, sports-talk hosts and sports news teams, the SCSB will also induct Kings TV analyst Jim Fox and KABC-Channel 7 sportscaster Rob Fukuzaki into its Hall, which began honoring local broadcasters in 1992, starting with Tom Harmon.
More on this column at this link.