Commentator McKay presents award at Loyola Blakefield

Sun Staff

A senior at Loyola Blakefield was presented with the first James K. McManusAward for excellence in journalism or the literary arts at the school's annualawards ceremony yesterday at the campus in Towson.

McManus, better known as sports commentator Jim McKay, presented the awardto David Renie, 17, of Cockeysville. Renie received a $1,500 cash award, andhis name will be the first inscribed on a plaque to be displayed in Burk Hallat the Catholic high school.

Renie will attend the University of Maryland, College Park, where he hasreceived a full scholarship.

McKay, 80, who resides with his wife, Margaret, in Monkton, graduated fromLoyola Blakefield in 1939. He also graduated from Loyola College on NorthCharles Street.

The endowed award is the first at Loyola Blakefield to honor McKay for hiswork in journalism. McKay is helping to fund the award.

In 1968, McKay was the first sports announcer to win an Emmy and has sincewon 12 more. He also was the first to receive a Lifetime Achievement in SportsAward from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

McKay was the first host of ABC-TV's Wide World of Sports, and has coveredsuch major sporting events as the British Open golf tournament, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes and the Olympics. Most recently, hewas a commentator for NBC during the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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