Commentator McKay presents award at Loyola Blakefield

Cockeysville teen is first recipient of journalism, literary arts honor


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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