Jimmy Crum

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Jimmy Crum, Columbus' "Dean of Sports," died Jan. 5, 2009 at age 80.

The local TV legend, who spent more than 40 years as a sportscaster for WCMH-TV (Channel 4), was born Oct. 21, 1928, as James W. Crum, but was known to everyone as "Jimmy."

Crum was known for his flashy sport coats and quick smile, and had covered dozens of local and national sports figures, including boxer James "Buster" Douglas, and such Ohio State football figures as Woody Hayes, Archie Griffin and Art Schlichter.

He also worked for a time as a TV voice for play-by-play of OSU men's basketball and hosted former Coach Fred Taylor's show.

Crum joined WCMH in 1949 and retired in 1994, working for many years as the TV station's sports director.

But despite Crum's many years on the TV screen, he was perhaps better known for his work as a philanthropist. In 1993, a Channel 4 spokesperson estimated that Crum had been responsible for raising more than $23 million for charity.

In 2004, Crum was awarded the Silver Circle Award by the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Television Academy, which is given to those who have excelled in broadcasting for at least 25 years. He was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Crum was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam, in 2005. He is survived by son James Crum and daughter Kelly Delaveris, a local jazz singer. Full story

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