“On to bigger and better things” is often the saying. But bigger doesn’t always mean better. Just ask Tim McKinney.
McKinney is currently the Sports Information Director for Triton College in River Grove, Ill. McKinney’s story begins and continues with Triton College. McKinney was a graduate of Proviso West High School in 1995 and it was here he decided that he wanted to work on the radio calling sports. Tim visited prospective colleges but quickly learned that it would be a couple of years before it would be his turn on the mic. It wasn’t until a power outage in his father’s home that he learned about Triton College.
Tim was at his father’s house when the power went out and he needed to fix his father’s clock. As Tim fixed the clock radio, the Triton College basketball game came over the airways. Tim listened and decided he would take a tour of the college. Seventeen years later, Tim McKinney is still a large part of the Triton College family.
While studying at Triton College, he traveled with the basketball team as a scorekeeper before earning his degree at Columbia College. He worked part-time as the play-by-play announcer for Triton College and community sports events on WRRG 88.9 FM, as well as freelancing for local newspapers. He was nominated four times in a three-year span by the March of Dimes for his work with the radio station and was recently inducted into the NJCCA Region 4 Hall of Fame.
While McKinney has had opportunities to move on from Triton College, the opportunities haven’t been the right fit. More importantly, you can tell the affinity he has for the college when he speaks about it. He’s found a home at the College and understands that’s just as important as a title or a salary.
The college also allows him to do other work. Tim has recently begun calling high school basketball games for High School Cube the Chicago Sun-Times’ free Internet prep streaming service. What started as a few games here and there turned into 34 broadcasts this season.
McKinney credits his preparation for his success. “Do the research,” he said. “Preparation is the most-important thing because you never know what’s going to happen.”
So while Tim hopes to continue to work with High School Cube, he will continue to work as the Sports Information Director at Triton College. Just visit any Triton College basketball game and you’ll be sure to find Tim working as the PA announcer.