Hey, whenever you can replace one Hall-of-Fame broadcaster with another, you’re in pretty good hands.
On Wednesday, Awful Announcing released their annual NHL Local TV Announcer Rankings. Lo and behold, the Kings’ trio of Bob Miller, Nick Nickson and Jim Fox finished atop the list at #1 as the league’s best broadcasters. On a scale of 0-4, 64.32% of the voters gave the Kings’ TV team an A-rating (4), their final ranking 3.26.
Via Awful Announcing:
“Miller and Fox have been among the best in the business for many years now. And as Miller recovered from heart surgery, Nickson went from radio to television and Kings telecasts didn’t skip a beat.”
The 2015-’16 season was Bob Miller’s 43rd season, Jim Fox’s 26th, and Nick Nickson’s 35th.
Both Miller (2000) and Nickson (2015) are in the Hockey Hall of Fame as recipients of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, which is given to members of the radio and television industry who make outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of ice hockey during their broadcasting career.
Nickson and Miller on Prime Ticket in November, 1985
All three of the Kings’ broadcasters have been inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Fall of Fame. Miller in February of 2002, Nickson in January of 2009, and Fox this past January.
Upon Miller undergoing heart bypass surgery in early February, Nickson filled in for the play-by-play duties. Miller attended Game 1 of the Kings’ Western Conference Quarterfinal series, delivering a message to fans: “The best thing I think is to target the start of next season for my return, so that’s what we’re going to do.” Look for Miller to be back alongside Jim Fox for the start of the 2016-’17 campaign.