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Jim Graner

Jim Graner

Jim, a native of Akron, grew up in nearby Stow and graduated in 1937 from Stow High School. He attended Ohio Wesleyan, but left prior to graduation to serve in the US Army during World War II. After the war, Jim came back to Northeast Ohio and served as the ‘color’ guy for the Cleveland Browns from 1955-1960 with on-air partner Bill McColgan. Jim is best remembered for his time with the Browns alongside Gib Shanley from 1963-1974. In 1957, Jim also landed a gig as the weekend sports anchor at KYW-TV/WKYC and was fixture there till his premature passing in 1975 from a malignant brain tumor. While at KYW-TV, he worked with broadcasting legends Joe Finan, Dick Goddard and Wally Kinan and was known for his ‘dry wit’ and ‘unflappable’ personality. Jim was considered “dignified, low key…..the thinking fans broadcaster”. The ‘silver-haired’ and ‘gentleman’ sportscaster with ‘matinee idol looks’ also hosted his own summer series-Golf with the Pros. A highlight of his career was calling the Browns 1964 championship season and in his biography, Lou “The Toe’ Groza called Jim his favorite announcer.

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