Longtime Denver radio host, commentator, coach and basketball official Irv Brown was a legend in the state of Colorado.
In honor of Brown and all he meant to so many, 104.3 The Fan celebrated “Irv Brown Day” yesterday – what would have been Brown’s 86th birthday – as a chance to remember one of the state’s all-time greats and look back on some of his best moments as part of the station.
“He was a world-class college basketball referee. He was a coach. He was a television announcer. He was a sports talk radio pioneer. He was a friend and mentor to hundreds,” said The Fan digital editor James Merilatt in a recent article published on Denver Fan.
Brown graduated from Denver’s North High School in 1953, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He played basketball and baseball for a year at Garden City Junior College in Kansas before returning back to Colorado where he attends Colorado State College, which is now the University of Northern Colorado.
Merilatt recalls what it meant to him growing up watching Brown call Nuggets games on TV with Al Albert.
“Another big night, Al,” Brown would tell his partner, indicating that Denver’s high-scoring forward was en route to posting big numbers for the Nuggets,” said Merilatt.
Brown later became the host of a sports-talk show on K-BIG, the first all-sports station in Denver where he was a long-time on-air partner with Joe Williams. Later, Brown began doing shows on Mile High Sports Radio – a station that Merilatt co-owned at the time.
“Seeing them come into the studio every day was always a “pinch me” moment for a kid from Denver,” said Merilatt.
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