Jim Donovan (TV Broadcaster) Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Illness, Play-by-play, Salary, Net worth, Career

Who is Jim Donovan? – Biography

Jim Donovan is an American radio and television broadcaster who works as a sports director and news anchor for WKYC station 3 (NBC) in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been the radio face of the Cleveland Browns Radio Network since 1999.

How old is Jim Donovan? – Age

He was born as James Francis Donovan III on 17 July 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He turned 66 years in 2022.

Where did Jim Donovan go to school? – Education

After earning his degree from Boston University in 1978, he started working as a sports director for WJON radio in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Who is Jim Donovan married to? – Wife

Cheryl Donovan and Donovan are married. Together, the couple and their daughter Meghan Donovan reside in Hinckley, Ohio.

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Is Jimmy Donovan ill? – Illness

On 25 May 2011, Donovan announced on the 11 p.m. newscast that he will be taking a leave of absence to get a bone marrow transplant because he had been battling leukemia for ten years. On September 11, 2011, Donovan made a comeback to the Browns broadcast booth in time for the team’s season-opening game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The following night, he returned to his position as WKYC’s sports anchor and to his hosting duties on STO.

Dallas Gentry, a visitor from Wise, Virginia, who had donated Donovan’s bone marrow, was introduced to him on Thanksgiving evening in 2013. He acknowledged that his goal during his recuperation was to be back in the air for the Browns’ home opener in Cleveland. He did so three days after a melanoma that resulted from his compromised immune system and a third of one of his ears being removed was removed.

Jim Donovan Play-by-play

From Minnesota, he relocated to Vermont, where he provided play-by-play coverage of basketball and hockey games for the Satellite News Channel in Burlington, Vermont. He also worked as a play-by-play announcer and a sports anchor at WEZF-TV and WVMT radio. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for the Vermont Reds, a baseball team in the minor leagues that is connected to the Cincinnati Reds.

Is Jim Donovan still on Channel 3? – Career

After WKYC weeknight sports anchor Jim Graner passed away in 1976, the position of Channel 3’s sports director became something of a “revolving door,” with at least six successors (including Don Schroeder, Tom Ryther, Joe Pelligrino, Jim Mueller, and Wayland Boot) coming and going over the following ten years. Donovan, who had joined the station in 1985 as a weekend sports anchor, finally took over in 1986. He has continued in that role ever since.

In 2006, station 3 and SportsTime Ohio (now known as Bally Sports Great Lakes) bought the local television rights to the Cleveland Browns. In addition to his work on WKYC, Donovan hosts a variety of Browns-related programming on BSGL. Donovan provided play-by-play commentary for NBC Sports’ coverage of the NFL from 1987 through 1997. He also performed play-by-play duties for NBC for the Summer Olympics in 1992, 1996, and the Soccer World Cup in 1994.

Donovan was picked to serve as the Cleveland Browns’ radio play-by-play commentator when the team entered the NFL again in 1999. From 2006 to 2008, Donovan served as the Cleveland Indians’ play-by-play announcer when WKYC acquired the team’s local over-the-air television rights. On January 16, 2012, Donovan took on more responsibility at WKYC when he was named the anchor of Channel 3’s 7 p.m. show. He continues to serve as a sports anchor at 6 and 11 p.m.

Jim Donovan’s Salary

He receives an annual predicted salary of $290,000.

Jim Donovan’s Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be $3 Million.

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