Hundreds of friends, family, co-workers, former players and most importantly listeners came out to Blake Street Tavern to bear witness to Irv’s final broadcast.
A who’s who of Colorado sports through the years made their way on to the airwaves to wish Irv success in his retirement.
Brown earned seven letters at North High School in Denver, where he starred in football, basketball and baseball. He played basketball and baseball at the University of Northern Colorado. After college, he coached football and baseball at Arvada High School in Arvada, Colorado, and he also coached baseball at the University of Colorado Boulder and Metro State College. From 1969 to 1977, Brown had a career as a basketball referee, officiating six Final Fours. Brown served as commissioner of the Colorado Athletic Conference in the early 1990s. In 2007 he was named the new commissioner of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League (MCLB).
Brown began his broadcasting career in the late 1970s on KHOW radio. For the past 25 years he has been on the air with Joe Williams, currently hosting the show The Fan. Brown and Williams later co-authored The Great Book of Denver Sports Lists.
He was also an analyst for the NBA on ESPN during the 1980s.
Brown was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.