Local Sports Journal

Jim Moyes

Jim Moyes

Jim Moyes is one of the most well-known and respected media personalities in Muskegon-area history.

Moyes was well-known as the long-time owner of the Bear Lake Tavern in North Muskegon, but even better known for his trademark “Hello, sports fans” introduction he used throughout his 43 years as the radio voice of local high school sports.

In addition to those two passions, the one-of-a-kind Moyes spent most of his non-working hours contributing to the betterment of sports in the area.

Moyes co-founded the West Michigan Track Club, was the driving force behind the restoration of the North Muskegon baseball field, the PA announcer at city and conference track meets for 30 years and the emcee of the MASHF banquet and other sports banquets for years. Moyes, 72, and his wife, Mary Johnson Moyes, now live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Moyes will be inducted into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame as the 2013 honoree for the Distinguished Service Award. He will be honored along with Jim Goorman, Jack Sprague and the Holton girls volleyball team on Saturday night in a banquet at the Muskegon Country Club.