Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A veteran of more than 40 years in broadcasting, Jim McKay is much, much more than the "voice" of ABC's Wide World of Sports, as proven by this ambitious made-for-cable documentary. Born Jim McManus, McKay laboriously worked his way up the local-market mill to join ABC at a time when the perennial also-ran network was staking out its predominance in the realm of televised sports. The recipient of 12 Emmy awards, McKay is fully fleshed in contemporary interviews (both his own and those of his colleagues) and vintage film clips, none more poignantly powerful than those derived from his heartbreaking covering of the Munich massacre in 1972, and none more uplifting than his play-by-play description of the 1980 U.S. hockey team. In addition to celebrating his professional life, Jim McKay: My World in My Words is also a loving paean to McKay's wife, Margaret Dempsey McManus.