Eddie Doucette to be awarded Curt Gowdy Media Award by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

This Saturday September 7, Eddie Doucette, the original voice of The Milwaukee Bucks, will be awarded the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at special ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts. The award is given to individuals whose longtime efforts have made a significant contribution to broadcasting.

Eddie served as the voice of the Bucks on radio and television for 16 memorable seasons, including the 1971 NBA Championship year. He was a catalyst in building a strong fan base in Milwaukee and Wisconsin for the l968 expansion team Bucks right into the '80's. His exciting style and nicknames for players and their favorite shots, plays and quirks, became addictive. Our fans still remember and treasure his contributions to the Bucks franchise. He was a frequent speaker in the off-season, and was a co-founder of the MACC Fund, which exists 36 years later and has raised awarded over $45 million in research grants to doctors and researchers who relentlessly pursue a cure for childhood cancer and blood disorders, while also developing new, effective and less painful forms of treatment through their research. Eddie, wife Karen, sons Bret and Cory are celebrating this special award as well.

Eddie not only served the Bucks for 16 seasons, but he did 20 years of baseball play by play, worked tirelessly in development and fundraising for the Naismith Memorial hall of Fame, and worked for CBS, NBA TV, NBA Radio Network, and the USA network while also calling play by play for NBA teams in Los Angeles, Denver, Indiana, and Portland.


Ted Davis

Ted Davis

Bucks Radio Voice

Heartfelt congratulations on going into the HALL OF FAME this weekend. You are iconic here in Milwaukee years after you left. That is hard to do. It was a pleasure to be able to do a broadcast with you last season. For me it was bucket list time. Hope you and your family will be able to soak it all in this weekend. I have also enjoyed getting to know you and value our friendship. Again congrats

Dennis Krause

Dennis Krause

Bucks Radio and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel host

Hope you enjoy the well-deserved honor of going into the Basketball Hall of Fame. As a young Bucks fan growing up in Hartford, you made the games come alive over the radio for me. You not only got me hooked on the NBA, but on broadcasting as well. I hope you know the strong and lasting contribution you have made to the Bucks and to the NBA. May this crowning achievement bring you justifiable pride in a remarkable career!

Junior Bridgeman

Junior Bridgeman

Former Bucks Forward/Guard

Congratulations Eddie, What a tremendous honor and recognition. It is one that is truly deserved. You brought the game of "Bucks" basketball to the many people of Wisconsin. You made it more than a basketball game, you made it an event with descriptions for players and facets of the game that live on today. Your work with the establishing of the MACC fund has brought the battle to defeat childhood cancer ever so close. I am honored to call you a friend. There is no doubt that you have truly lived a life "WELL DONE"

Wayne Embry

Wayne Embry

Former Bucks Center and General Manager

Congratulations to you for being named the recipient of the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media Award. You distinguished yourself as a play by play announcer and a humanitarian.

Marcio H. Malogolowkin

Marcio H. Malogolowkin, MD

Children's Hospital

I would like to congratulate you on being awarded the "Curt Gowdy" Media Award. As, I get more familiar with Milwaukee, the Bucks and the MACC Fund, I am impressed by your accomplishments and dedication. We are very proud of you and honored to be partners with the MACC Fund.

John M. Cary

John M. Cary

Executive Director, MACC Fund

Congratulations on this most deserved honor. Few people touched as many lives of the new Bucks fans in the early days than you. You captured their imagination through the magic of radio. The theater of the mind played to full houses every night with you at the mike. The trademark phrases and the passion will long be remembered. How many times have we heard the story of s child going to bed with the transistor radio under their pillow. What a blessing you have been to Bucks basketball.

Thanks as well to you and your beloved Karen for sharing the worst time in your young family's life to give life to the MACC Fund. The legacy of love which enveloped Brett as a little boy spread to children battling cancer everywhere through the magic of the MACC Fund which you and Jon started with the help of John Steinmiller and the Bucks. How wonderful that Brett will be sharing this weekend with you. I would guess that was a dream and an impassioned wish some 37 years ago. Think how many children have been able to share special moments thanks to the MACC Fund. If you and Karen didn't embrace the idea to help others like Brett, over $45 million of contributed Hope would not have been possible. Thank you.

So enjoy this weekend as you are surrounded by the greatness of the game which Dr. Naismith started. Think of the greatness which you and Jon and the Bucks started as well with the MACC Fund. Congratulations to you and the wonderful Karen and your great family.

BANGO!

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