Denver sports community reacts to the passing of Irv Brown

Long-time Denver sports talk radio host Irv Brown passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 83.

Locally, several people who knew and worked with Brown took to social media to share their thoughts.

Brown’s career began at KHOW and spanned four decades, much of it with Joe Williams as part of the “Irv and Joe” show. Despite retiring in 2016, Brown continued to join Williams weekly on his radio show on Mile High Sports. Brown spent years coaching baseball, basketball and football at Arvada High School and officiated numerous NCAA Final Fours.

“I can safely say that without Irv Brown, there would be no Mile High Sports,” said Mile High Sports co-founder and Editor in Chief, Doug Ottewill. “He was one of the first people who agreed to be a part of our very first advisory board, and someone I could go to for anything – advice, introductions, or just words of encouragement.

“Early on, I’d lead a lot of conversations with ‘Irv Brown said to give you a call.’ That was all you ever needed to get in the door. That’s just the kind of guy Irv was – everyone loved him. I’m going to miss him.”

In 1997, Brown was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

“A Denver legend and Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inductee who covered the Broncos, and all sports, during an incredible four-decade career,” wrote Broncos Executive Vice President of Public and Community Relations Patrick Smyth on Twitter Sunday morning. “Irv was an all-time great in the sports landscape. There truly was nothing like ‘The Irv and Joe Show’ and he will be missed by many.”

 

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