WKYC Sports Anchor Jim Donovan to Return After Medical Leave

By Kevin Eck 

Jim Donovan, WKYC sports anchor and radio play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Browns, is returning to work this weekend after undergoing treatment for leukemia.

The Cleveland NBC station said Donovan will be back in the radio booth to call the Browns-Steelers game on Sunday, before resuming his anchor duties on Monday.

“I am back,” Jimmy announced in a video to fans on Thursday. “And I can’t wait. I have missed all of you so much. Thank you so much for all of your support.”


He was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2000. In 2011, he got a bone marrow transplant and has been closely monitoring his health since.

About a year and a half ago, he said he noticed something going on with his health. He announced he was going on medical leave after the Browns’ season opener in September.

Donovan has been working at WKYC since 1985. In addition to his work here in Cleveland, he called NFL games on NBC for 11 seasons and also handled play-by-play for several events during the network’s coverage of the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics.