Harry Donahue inducted into Temple Basketball Ring of Honor

Ed Benkin
February 16, 2020 - 5:32 pm
Harry Donahue (left) with Villanova color commentator Whitey Rigsby, at the Temple-Villanova basketball game on Sunday, at the Liacouras Center

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Harry Donahue, the legendary voice of Temple University sports and longtime KYW Newsradio anchor, was honored by the university on Sunday with induction into their Ring of Honor.

Donahue had big dreams of playing in the Big 5 but soon found the broadcasting route was a better one to pursue. He began working with Temple in 1984, broadcasting Owls football games. In 2002, Donahue became the play-by-play voice of Temple men's basketball.

Donahue, who also served as an anchor at KYW Newsradio until his retirement in 2014, was inducted into the Temple Basketball Ring of Honor at halftime during the Temple-Villanova game. 

"Temple Basketball is the fifth-winningest program in college basketball history," Donahue said. "And you look up there at guys' names—humbling doesn't even begin to explain it. Herb Adderley, Paul Palmer, Reggie Wilkes, Steve Joachim, are you kidding me? I mean, these were icons when they played."

Harry Donahue inducted into the Temple Basketball Ring of Honor
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Donahue said there was a host of people to thank during his run.

"The players that I met, the coaches, of course," he recounted. "John Chaney, Fran Dunphy, Aaron McKie, and all the managers and all the fans. They make it happen."

Donahue added there was no better day to go into the Ring of Honor than on an afternoon when the Big 5 was on display.