Monday, April 30, 2012

4/30 Pam McNeeley, Bob Miller, Hockey, The Kings!


 Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Miller is in his 39th season as the “Voice of the Kings” -- the first 17 years simulcast on TV and radio and the last 21 years as the exclusive television voice of the team -- and is again joined for the 22nd season by former Kings right winger Jim Fox for all Kings games on FS West.

 On November 13, 2000, Miller received the Foster Hewitt Award, as selected by the NHL Professional Broadcasters’ Association. This award, which recognizes those members of the radio and television industry who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game during their hockey broadcasting careers, is recognized by a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

 On October 2, 2006, Miller received a star on the famous Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. He also that year authored the book, Bob Miller’s Tales from the Los Angeles Kings. On February 4, 2002, Miller was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame, where he served as that organization’s president for three years. Miller has also been named the top television play-by-play announcer in Southern California seven times (including 2010), and in February of 2011 he was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1998, to commemorate his 25 years of loyal service to the organization, Miller was honored by having the STAPLES Center press box named after him and was presented with a “lifetime contract” by the club, and in 1997, Miller was named as one of the six inaugural members of the Kings Hall of Fame during the organization’s 30th Anniversary celebration. The National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters also named him the California Sportscaster of the Year in 1997 and 2002.

A native of Chicago, Miller, 73 (10/12/38), received his degree at the University of Iowa where he started his broadcasting career doing Hawkeye football and basketball games. Before joining the Kings, he worked professionally in radio and TV in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin, and was the voice of University of Wisconsin hockey, football and basketball. In 1992, Miller received the honor of being inducted into Wisconsin’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

Along with his duties for the Kings, Miller’s voice has accented numerous TV and film projects, including “Cheers,” “Rollerball,” “Miracle on Ice,” “The Mighty Ducks” and “The Mighty Ducks 2.”

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