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In Memory of Big Joe McDonnell

California has lost an icon. On Friday, March 13th, Joe McDonnell passed away at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 58, and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth.

We want to thank the personality that made so many of us laugh, and engaged us with his sharp and thought-provoking commentary. We grew up on sports, and Joe helped us understand, and think more about the process that goes behind games, teamwork and sportmanship. He gifted us with a deeper view of the teams we loved when no one else would. Thank you, Joe. We’re sure you’ll be making just as big of an impression in the next stage.

Please follow Joe’s facebook page to get more updates.

Funeral services are pending, but we will update once more information is out.

– Fans of Big Joe


Sports fans will no doubt know the name Joe McDonnell. For over four decades he was one of the most popular personalities on all of talk sport radios. No matter what the scoop was it was like he was right in there letting everyone know what the info was. As great as he was behind the mic however he was probably equally as well know for his size. Joe McDonnell was a very big man, but his voice was even bigger.

Joe McDonnell would get more and more popular he was right in the middle of the LA sports scene. It was like all the fans of the various LA teams be it Lakers or Kings could identify with this guy. But as his fame grew so did his body.

Then he decided that he was going to have bypass surgery and lost an incredibly 400 pounds from his over 700 pound frame. Sadly though for the better part of two years Joe McDonnell has not been on our airwaves. He still works in the industry where he works for KNX 1070 as the sports update man. This is really a waste of such a great talent, but it was almost like the industry could not get enough of him when he was unhealthy, and now he has his life back he can’t get back as the main man behind the mic.

Overall Joe McDonnell is one of the all time best when it comes to talking about sport. He was a mans man and a true fan favourite. Many fans no mater who is hosting whatever radio sports talk show will think that the current guy may be good, but he is no Joe McDonnell.

17 thoughts on “Joe McDonnell

  1. Reply kelly nelles Mar 13,2015 10:56 pm

    RIP “BIG” JOE!!

  2. Reply Rene Mar 13,2015 11:34 pm

    RIP big joe!

  3. Reply bill Mar 14,2015 2:50 am


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  5. Reply Theresa Gassler Mar 14,2015 6:45 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Joe’s passing. I knew him for many years from working at Walgreens. I always enjoyed getting to know him and talking sports with him. I will always remember him.

  6. Reply Ron Mar 14,2015 6:45 am

    LA sports will miss you, Joe. RIP

  7. Reply Anthony Callas Mar 16,2015 7:09 pm

    R.I.P. Joe…..You will be missed. My condolences to your family. I had the opportunity to meet Joe several times throughout the years and will always be grateful for the time he took to talk with me. He has been missed the last few years by not hosting his own show and now he will be missed but remembered for a long time to come by his fans and friends alike. Sad to hear the news of his passing. God Bless Joe McDonnell.

  8. Reply Lil Joe Mar 17,2015 3:12 am

    RIP Big Nasty Joe McDonnell,

    Thank you for the years of great sports talk radio and remembering those days listening to the radio with my Dad about Rams, Lakers, and Dodgers. Or you and Dougie get into it about a player or owner who is not doing the right thing for la fans…. Thank you again old friend and my condolences to your wife and family.

  9. Reply Don Savant Mar 17,2015 5:08 pm

    I am 52 and grew up listening to Joe in my 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s. It is shame he was not a host on one of the sports radio shows. He is one of the great sports talk hosts of all time. I will miss him. RIP Joe and God bless.

  10. Reply Arthur Leon Mar 17,2015 8:50 pm

    THE BIG NASTY RIP & will not be forgotten!

  11. Reply alex pando Mar 18,2015 1:49 am

    From a fellow BRUIN Fan

    Que en Paz Descanse.

  12. Reply NormV Mar 18,2015 7:46 am

    Joe was a big part of the LA sports talk seen for so many year’s this is a Major loss for the LA sports fans RIP..BIG JOE …you will never be forgotten.


  13. Reply Bridget Mar 19,2015 11:40 am

    I’ll never forget the ‘Good Times’ of LA Sports Talk radio on Sunday nights, and your brief tenure doing politics. You’ll never be forgotten, nor will those times.


  14. Reply Ed Mar 19,2015 10:10 pm

    Not only knowledgeable in sports but in all topics. R.I.P. You are missed.

  15. Reply Chris T Mar 20,2015 5:24 pm

    My stress relief from law school was listening to the Mcdonnll Douglas show. RIP Joe. You will be missed.

  16. Reply Gary Hoetker Mar 25,2015 1:53 am

    Big Joe was the quintessential talk show host. He knew sports frontward and backward and was as well prepared as anyone in the business. He also did it with class and without any hype which is unusual in today’s sports broadcasting. It’s an endearing quality and why many in the sports world held him in such high regard. I’ll miss him. RIP.

  17. Reply Paul M Mar 25,2015 5:03 pm

    Been a favorite of mine for many years, and your work with Dougie top notch. My wife and her friends said your great at Phil’s years ago. Last time I saw you was at Phil’s for Greg Harris get together in Oct. 2014. Rest in peace big man!

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