Learn all the top 5 facts you need to learn about the American sportscaster Jon Miller.
With the Major League Baseball set to return in a few days, the play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Giants Jon Miller is ready to do his work from home. Obviously, he is going to miss the usual crowd, player interactions, and he may not even get to travel with the team on any road games, making the experience very new for the Hall of Fame sportscaster.
'We'll be totally isolated from the players,' Jon said in an interview with Sports Illustrated. 'We won't ever be around the players or the manager or the coaches or anybody in that group.' While the broadcaster went on to talk about the effects the new working conditions are significantly going to affect the job, it seems the best idea in order to carry out matches in the current situation.
Anyway, the veteran radio voice is not going to disappoint with his commentating by watching the game the same way as the fans at home. He's been in the industry since 1978, but many have very little knowledge of the personal and professional aspects of his life. Below, we compiled the top 5 facts you probably did not know about the 68-year-old play-by-play announcer, so you get to know him better.
Jon Miller-who underwent a significant weight loss in recent years-used to spend his childhood listening to Giants announcers Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons on the radio. Just like any other people in Hayward, California, where he was raised, Jon also grew up loving the San Francisco Giants and hating the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jon Miller used to spend his childhood listening to Giants announcers Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons on the radio.
Source: NBC Sports
Born on Hamilton Air Force Base, Jon Miller attended his first baseball game in 1962, in a 19–8 Giants' victory game over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Candlestick Park. Not only did he have the love for the game early on in his childhood years, but he also developed a passion for its broadcast from a young age. As a teenager, Miller played Strat-O-Matic and recorded his own play-by-play into a tape recorder, adding his own crowd noise, vendors, and commercials.
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Jon Miller graduated from Hayward High School in 1969 and went on to attend the College of San Mateo. At college, he took broadcasting classes and began his broadcasting career at the college's FM radio station (KCSM-FM) and UHF/PBS TV station (KCSM-TV), which reached much of the Bay Area.
Jon Miller began his broadcasting career at the College of San Mateo.
Source: The Mercury News
Jon did not complete his university education, however, but went on with his broadcasting career. At the age of 20, he joined KFTY-TV in Santa Rosa to work as their sports director. This was the beginning of his rise to success, but it was gradual at first.
In the 1970s, Jon Miller worked for brief periods, broadcasting for the California Golden Seals of the National Hockey League. He also announced for San Francisco Dons and Pacific Tigers men's college basketball from 1976 to 1980.
Jon Miller also had brief stints working for National Hockey League, NBA, and college basketball.
Jon Miller even got an opportunity to work part-time for the Golden State Warriors. He worked there from 1979 to 1982 and later went to do part-time again at Washington Bullets (1984–1985) of the NBA. He also did the announcing work for the original San Jose Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League.
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Jon Miller is currently married to his wife, Janine Allen. The couple married in 1987 and share a child together at present. Actually, Janine used to be Jon's childhood babysitter, looking after him and his three younger siblings. The two reunited in 1986, and since then, they have been together.
Jon Miller is currently married to his wife, Janine Allen.
Jon Miller's marriage to Janine is his second one, which is also the case for the wife herself. Janine also shares one daughter from her first marriage. As for Jon, he was involved in a seven-year marriage with Roberta Creeron in the 1970s. From the marriage, he has two daughters. One of Jon's daughters, Emilie Miller, is an actress who appeared in a 2014 episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.'
Jon Miller received numerous honors for his ESPN work, including six Cable ACE Award nominations (winning the award in 1991 and 1996) and several Emmy Award nominations. Soon, for his work, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1998.
Jon Miller received numerous honors for his ESPN work and several Hall of Fame.
Source: McCovey Chronicles
The Baseball Hall of Fame selected Jon Miller for its Ford C. Frick Award in 2010. In 2014 again, he got inducted into another Hall of Fame, this time by the National Radio Hall of Fame. Additionally, Miller was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2010, with Dan Odum, his broadcasting professor from the College of San Mateo, serving as his presenter.
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