Suns broadcasting legend Al McCoy is among the newest members of the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Well, just about…
McCoy, who couldn’t attend Sunday’s 2011 induction ceremony due to his commitments calling the Suns-Kings game, will be officially honored during a timeout in Tuesday’s contest between Phoenix and Utah. The Hall of Fame recognizes “those whose creative talents and insight have entertained and influenced not only those living in Arizona, but across the nation and around the world.”
Al joins this year’s newest inductee class, which includes Dick Van Dyke, Goose Creek Symphony, Lee Hazlewood, Tanya Tucker, Sam Moore and Official State Historian Marshall Trimble.
“Recognition by your peers is about the biggest thing you can have,” Trimble said. “Your first thought is, ‘Why me? I’ve been doing this for 40 years, so I guess I’ve outlived the competition.’
“Al and I both love the state, and we’ve both been here a long time. To some people, it’s been forever. Most of the people around today probably weren’t even born when we started our careers behind the microphone.”
First hitting the Valley airwaves at KRUX and KOOL radio, McCoy made the rounds calling the action for the Phoenix Giants (baseball) and Roadrunners (hockey) before taking the mic for the Suns.
Trimble added, “I remember thinking, ‘How does he know about all this stuff?’ I thought he was a disc jockey. Then he got to the Suns, and I was wondering, ‘How did he know so much basketball?’ I’m just amazed at his ability to step up and become one of the greatest announcers in the sport and one of the most respected.”
As for Al and his newest accolade…
“I sincerely want to thank the committee for the honor,” McCoy said. “It’s certainly high on my list of awards I’ve been fortunate to receive. It’s just nice of them to remember an old piano player.”
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