Bob Miller (sports announcer)

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Bob Miller
Bob Miller-Kings.jpg
Bob Miller pictured in 2011
Born Robert James Miller
(1938-10-12) October 12, 1938 (age 76)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Sports commentary career
Team(s) Los Angeles Kings (1973–present)
Genre(s) play-by-play (television)
Sports ice hockey

Robert James "Bob" Miller (born October 12, 1938) is an American sportscaster, best known as the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings team of the National Hockey League on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket.[1] Miller has held that post with the team since 1973 and has been partnered with Jim Fox since 1990.[1]

Miller received his degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa.[1] While there, he began his broadcasting career, covering the school's football and basketball games.[2][1]

After his graduation in 1960,[1] Miller began working in television sports journalism in Wisconsin.[1] He later would add announcing duties for the football and hockey teams at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[3][1]

In 1972, Jiggs McDonald, the Kings' original play-by-play announcer,[1] left the team to join the expansion Atlanta Flames.[citation needed] Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke, who was also the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, put Lakers' announcer Francis "Chick" Hearn in charge of the search for McDonald's replacement.[citation needed] Miller sent tapes to Hearn and earned Hearn's recommendation for the position.[citation needed] However, Cooke decided to hire long-time San Francisco Bay Area announcer Roy Storey.[4][1]

When Storey left the team after one season, the Kings turned their attention back to Miller, who was then hired in 1973, and has been their play-by-play announcer ever since.[5] He has performed voice over and on-camera work for television shows and movies in scenes which included a hockey announcer.[1] Among his credits are an episode of Cheers and the films Rollerball, Miracle on Ice, The Mighty Ducks and D2: The Mighty Ducks.[1] Nationally, he has worked for ESPN and FOX. He also called some games for FX during the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.[citation needed]

Miller was honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame as the 2000 recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award,[6][7] and was inducted into the Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame,[8][1] into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame,[1] and into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.[9] The press box at Staples Center, the Kings' home arena, is named in his honor.[1]

He received the 2,319th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 2, 2006.[1] At the ceremony he noted, "My greatest fear is that I retire and the Kings win a Stanley Cup the next year."[5] Those fears would never come to be as on June 11, 2012, the Kings finally won the Stanley Cup.[7]

Due to the NHL's exclusive national broadcast contract with NBC that prevented local television announcers to call playoff games beyond the first round,[10] Miller and broadcast partner Jim Fox were not allowed to call the Kings' Stanley Cup Finals games on television.[10] But due to their overwhelming popularity among fans, Kings management had Miller and Fox record their call of the potential clinching games for later distribution.[10]

Miller's broadcast partners have included Dan Avey, Rich Marotta, current Kings radio voice Nick Nickson and Pete Weber, the voice of the Nashville Predators. Miller's current broadcast partner is former Los Angeles Kings player Jim Fox.[11]

Miller's first book, Tales From the Los Angeles Kings, was published in October 2006.[1][12]

Miller's second book, Tales From The Los Angeles Kings Locker Room: A Collection Of The Greatest Kings Stories Ever Told, was published in April 2013. [13]

In 2014, Miller was honored by the Big Ten Club as their Person of the Year.

Miller is married. His wife Judy and he have two children.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Los Angeles Kings 2011-12 Media Guide. Los Angeles Kings. p. 27. 
  2. ^ Gase, Thomas (2007-07-19). "King of the booth". The Acorn. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  3. ^ a b Stewart, Larry (1998-01-31). "From Cooke to the 'Mainstay' of the Kings (page 1)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  4. ^ Elliott, Helene (2000-11-14). "Voice of the Kings Gets Royal Treatment at Last; Hockey: Bob Miller receives media honor in Hall of Fame after years of being overshadowed in L.A.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  5. ^ a b Stewart, Larry (2006-10-03). "Miller Is Star of This Show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  6. ^ "Foster Hewitt Memorial Award Winners". Hockey Hall Of Fame. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  7. ^ a b Matsuda, Gann (2012-09-06). "Stanley Cup Win Allays LA Kings’ Hall of Fame Announcer Bob Miller’s Greatest Fear". FrozenRoyalty.net/Gann Matsuda. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  8. ^ Stewart, Larry (1998-01-31). "From Cooke to the 'Mainstay' of the Kings (page 2)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  9. ^ Stewart, Larry (2002-02-05). "Scully Receives Two Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  10. ^ a b c Elliott, Helene (2012-06-05). "Bob Miller, Jim Fox to record Stanley Cup call". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  11. ^ Elliott, Helene (2000-11-14). "Voice of the Kings Gets Royal Treatment at Last". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-02-25. 
  12. ^ Matsuda, Gann (2009-09-09). "Bob Miller: The Los Angeles Kings’ Greatest Ambassador". FrozenRoyalty.net/Gann Matsuda. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  13. ^ Matsuda, Gann (2013-04-24). "Hall of Fame Announcer Bob Miller Publishes New Book About LA Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Run – Book Signing Events". FrozenRoyalty.net/Gann Matsuda. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Richard Garneau
Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner
2000
Succeeded by
Mike Lange