Honoring Jim McKay Exhibit

An exhibit showcasing McKay's life, titled The Wider World of Jim McKay, will be on display in the Hays-Heighe House from November 10-January 12. Exhibit hours are Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.; Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and first Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, except at the opening on November 10. Visit https://www.harford.edu/hays-heighe-house for updated schedule information.

The Wider World of Jim McKay exhibit will chronicle McKay’s life from his Philadelphia childhood through his early journalism career and into his national and international work. His reporting on equestrian sports will be one of the highlights in addition to his international reporting. Guest curator of the exhibit, Maryanna Skowronski (Director, Historical Society of Harford County), is working closely with McKay’s family and friends, who are providing photos, memorabilia and stories of his personal life and of his career.

James McManus, better known to the public by his broadcast name, Jim McKay, was a transplanted Philadelphian who came to Maryland at the beginning of his high school career. He attended Baltimore’s Loyola High School and Loyola College before serving in the United States Navy during WWII. After leaving the service he returned to Baltimore where he began his journalism career.

His local beginnings prepared him for his move to New York where he worked in a variety of local and nationally broadcast programs before making his move to ABC's "Wide World of Sports" as the host of that iconic program.

McKay also served as the anchor host for the international broadcasts of 12 Olympic Games. His dignified coverage of the 1972 Munich Games and the massacre of the Israeli athletes would become a focal point of every biography and article written about him throughout his life.