For the last several months, in typical minor league baseball fashion, the Double-A Akron Aeros have been hosting a Media Madness nomination and voting contest online for fans to submit their favorites for a three-pack of media celebrity June bobblehead giveaways.
On Friday afternoon, the Aeros announced the first winner in the TV category: Jim Donovan. The long-time Browns broadcaster will be honored with the team’s bobblehead at their game on Saturday, June 8, at Canal Park in Akron.
Per the team’s Facebook page, the image to the left is what the bobblehead will look like. The first 1,000 fans at the stadium will receive the bobbleheads on Saturday. Donovan, who has been with WKYC-TV since 1985 and the Browns’ play-by-play voice since they returned in 1999, is scheduled to make a special appearance at the game.
A little-known fact that also was in the team’s press release: Donovan was reportedly the play-by-play announcer for one season for the Vermont Reds, a minor league franchise that existed from 1984-1987, that then eventually became the Canton-Akron Indians in 1989 and then the Akron Aeros in 1997.
The two other finalists in the TV category were WEWS-TV’s chief meteorologist Mark Johnson and WJW-TV’s news anchor Tracy McCool. Still to be unveiled are the Media Madness winners in the Radio and Print categories. Voting is still available online for those two bobbleheads, with the giveaway dates occurring on Saturday, June 22, and Saturday, June 29, respectively.