HOLLYWOOD, CA - Kings television announcer Bob Miller was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday morning. In a ceremony attended by many of Miller's family, friends and fans, the "Voice of the Kings" was presented the star by Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant.
Guest speakers at the ceremony included President and CEO of AEG Tim Leiweke, former Kings great Luc Robitaille and Miller's television partner Jim Fox.
"I'm honored by this and the honor is because this isn't only sports," Miller said. "Hollywood Boulevard is so famous worldwide, people come from all over the world to walk down here, to look at names. Because it's not just sports and it's so many facets of entertainment, it makes it really a special, special ceremony."
Miller's star, the 2,319 star presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, now sits on Hollywood Boulevard, on the same block as legendary entertainers Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin, Hannah Barbara, Milton Berle and B.B. King.
According to Fox, the star was a perfect way to honor his longtime partner.
"Bob has done his job at a high level for such a long time that this is just perfectly fitting that he is honored today," Fox said. "He carries over through so many generations of Kings hockey. Bob just does his job so well and I think the fans appreciate that because, through the ups and the downs, the one thing that stays level is Bob and the way he approaches his job."
Already a Hockey Hall-of-Famer, Miller will be heading into his 34th season with the Kings. The Chicago-native has broadcast over 2,600 Kings games, with the first 17 years simulcast on both TV and radio and the last 16 exclusively on television. Along with his numerous hockey related achievements, Miller also lent his voice to TV and film projects, such as "Cheers", "Rollerball" and "Miracle on Ice."
Regarding the location of Miller's star, the Kings announcer said he wanted to honor his old friend, former Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, by having the two stars as close as possible. Hearn was honored with his own star in 1986.
"They asked me where I would like it to be and I said I would like it to be as close to Chick Hearn as possible because he was instrumental in getting me this job," Miller said. "Chick recommended me twice for the job. In 1972, I didn't get it but the second time I did. He was a dear friend, a great broadcaster, a Hall-of-Famer and I wanted to be as close as possible. So they got me four stars away from Chick."