Iconic sports journalist Jim McKay honored with award, exhibit at Harford Community College

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:20:01 PM. 'The Wider World of Jim McKay,' an exhibit about the life of sportscaster Jim McKay, will open with a reception Thursday evening at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College.
The late Jim McKay’s career covering sports for television spanned the globe, just like his iconic introduction to ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” a program he hosted for many years, but no matter how far he roamed, he always wanted to get home to Maryland, their small horse farm in Monkton and his family, McKay’s son, Sean McManus, said. “Maryland meant the most to my dad,” McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, said. “He always went home to Maryland. McKay, who died in 2008 at age 86, was honored posthumously Friday evening with the Robert and Anne Heighe Excellence in Equestrian Journalism Award, presented by the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College. The Hays-Heighe House’s mission is to preserve the social and cultural history of Harford County through educational programs and exhibits. The journalism award recognizes excellence, quality of writing and longevity in the coverage of equestrian sports, according to museum director Carol Allen, who presented the award to McManus, his sister Mary Guba, and McKay’s three grandchildren during a program at the HCC Chesapeake Center attended by about 100 people. Prior winners of the award are the late Joseph Kelly, the late William Boniface and Pierre “Peb” Bollocq. The award is named in honor of Robert and Anne Heighe, whose Prospect Hill Farm thoroughbred breeding and racing farm occupied the HCC campus. Friday’s award reception was preceded by the opening of “The Wider World of Jim McKay: Celebrating His Life and His...Read more
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