CLEVELAND — Jim Mueller, a Cleveland sports media hit on WKYC and the Brown Broadcasting Network, has died.
Mueller’s successor, Jim Donovan, who is 3News’ sports director, confirmed his “Channel 3″ on air before the Browns’ preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The death of the first boss”. Mueller served as the team’s color commentator for about 20 years, working with legends such as Gibb Shanley, Neff Chandler and Doug Deacon.
“My condolences and all our condolences to Jim’s family — his son Kyle, his daughter Paige,” Donovan told the audience. “Great guy, someone who comes to this stadium a lot and has seen a lot of great games and great moments.”
Mueller played college football at the University of Florida before starting his broadcasting career in West Palm Beach, Louisville and Miami before moving to Cleveland as the athletic director for WJW 8. In 1975, he came to the Browns radio station and stayed there for most of the Kardiac Kids and Bernie Kosar eras for the next 20 years.
From 1983 to 1987, Mueller was WKYC’s leading sports host and established himself as one of the most trusted voices in the city’s media scene. He also called up select Cavaliers and Indians games, and even reported the tribe’s potential sale to future U.S. President Donald Trump (a deal that ultimately fell through).
In addition to working in Cleveland, Mueller spent 33 years at NASCAR as a public radio announcer at Michigan International Speedway before retiring in 2017, witnessing drivers from Richard Petty to Dale Enhartz Sr. and Dale Jr. . For over a decade, he also traveled to Florida to officiate at Daytona International Speedway, including the famous Daytona 500.