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Jim Durham, The Long-Time Voice Of The NBA On ESPN Radio, Dies At 65
Published November 6, 2012
REMEMBERING A LEGEND: In Illinois, Mike Imrem writes Durham was “as natural at broadcasting sports as anyone who ever did games" in Chicago. Durham “respected the games he broadcast and enjoyed them and appreciated working them” (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 11/6). In Chicago, Joe Cowley notes Durham “called Bulls games during MICHAEL JORDAN's first seven seasons.” His “most memorable call might have been Jordan’s shot over CRAIG EHLO to defeat the Cavaliers in the 1989 playoffs” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/6). ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan said Durham “was one of the great radio broadcasters of our time.” MacMullan: “He wasn’t a guy that had big, bombastic declarations. He didn’t have gimmicky catchphrases. That’s not what Jim was about. He was consistent (and would) vividly describe the game for you. He was as an old throwback to one of those great old radio guys” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 11/5). ESPN.com’s Marc Stein wrote about some of the things he will remember from Durham, including “how he made the broadcasts of some really bad Mavericks teams in the '90s sound as important as the games he called for Michael Jordan's Bulls." He also will recall "how good" Durham and analyst DR. JACK RAMSAY were on ESPN Radio (ESPN.com, 11/5).