Tacoma and Pierce County’s history of developing sports broadcasters is coming to life through an addition to the Tacoma Dome’s Shanaman Sports Museum. The Clay Huntington Broadcast Center will be unveiled June 4 three years after the death of its namesake.
The unveiling party is open to the public and will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Pacific Grill Events Center, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. The $20 per person cost includes a souvenir program and hors d’oeurves and advance reservations are required.
“Clay Huntington’s community contributions were enormous,” said Marc Blau, museum director. “It seemed appropriate to honor Clay, in particular, and our community’s other broadcasters in a special, highly visible manner. He was a local sports and civic icon.”
Blau and others collaborated with Huntington’s family to create the broadcasting center. During the past year they gathered information about the broadcasters and created biographical profiles. Radio and television broadcasts were located and will be posted on the center’s Web site (www.tacomasportsmuseum.com/clay.asp). The site can be accessed starting June 5.
The center’s development was enabled by a financial contribution from the Huntington family. “We thank Ron and Evie Huntington and their son, Nicholas; and Mike and Cheryl Franco and their daughter, Janelle. Their support has allowed us to recognize our broadcasters and ensure that their voices can be heard for years to come,” Blau said.
Clay Huntington, who died June 1, 2011, at the age of 89, devoted nearly 60 years to a career that began as a teenage Tacoma Times sportswriter and included broadcasting games for Tacoma’s Western International League Tigers; called high school, college and local professional hockey; founded or help found the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Shanaman Sports Museum and the local and state sports halls of fame. He even served seven years as an elected Pierce County commissioner.
Huntington owned two radio stations, both known as KLAY. The stations were committed to broadcasting local high school and college sports. The TAC annually presents the Clay Huntington Sports Communication Scholarship to a local high school senior.
On April 21, 2012 the city street connecting South 19th Street to the Cheney Stadium (home of the Tacoma Rainiers) parking lot was renamed Clay Huntington Way for his contributions in helping save the Tacoma Pacific Coast League franchise and to build Cheney Stadium and nearby Heidelberg Park.
Here is the list of broadcasters to be honored at the center: Dan Bartolovic, Rod Belcher, Thom Beuning, Bud Blair, Mike Blowers, Chuck Bolland, Ed Bowman, Dick Calvert, Ron Crowe, Mike Curto, Bill Doane, Bob Field, Adam Gordon, Jerry Geehan, Tom Glasgow, Mason Halligan, Dave Harshman, Don Hill, Jerry Howarth, Brock Huard, Damon Huard, Clay Huntington, Larry Huseby, John Jarstad, J Michael Kenyon, Carl Lambert, John Lynch, Doug McArthur, Scott Overbo, Don Poier, Art Popham, Ahmad Rashad, Bob Robertson, Keith Shipman and Steve Thomas.