Longtime Seattle Sportscaster Bill O'Mara Dies
March 23, 2009 at 5:16 AM (PT)
Condolences to longtime SEATTLE-area sportscaster BILL O'MARA, who died SATURDAY in EDMONDS, WA at 92. O'MARA, known as the longtime voice of SEATTLE's popular hydroplane racing, was the oldest active sportscaster when he retired from BERRY ENTERTAINMENT Adult Standards KLKI-A/ANACORTES, WA in JULY, 2007; he spent most of his career at SEATTLE-area stations, including KING-TV, KTVQ (TV), KOL-A, KWYZ-A, and KFKF, and became well known for his broadcasting of the tragic 1951 Gold Cup hydroplane race in which a crash killed the driver and mechanic; he joined KLKI in 1985 at age 68.
In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted to support the HYDROPLANE AND RACEBOAT MUSEUM, 5917 S. 196th St., KENT, WA 98032.