Kings Broadcasting History

A former minor league baseball umpire, Jim Minnick served alongside play-by-play announcer Bob Miller for two months as the Kings radio and television color commenatator at the beginning of the 1973-74 Kings season.

Minnick moved over from Thousand Oaks radio station KGOE and replaced color commentator Dan Avey on Sept. 25, 1973, when Avey was promoted to be Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke's administrative assistant. Before KGOE, Minnick was a play-by-play announcer for KLAV, WSUN and KNJO, covering football, baseball, basketball and hockey.

Before turning to broadcasting, Minnick was an umpire in the Mexican, Pioneer and California Leagues. He was the first American umpire in the Mexican Major Leagues and was accepted into the first Major League Umpire development school.

On Dec. 4, 1973, the Kings fired Minnick and announced that Avey would return to his former position as color commentator for radio and television coverage of the team.