Joe McDonnell : LA radio personality dies at age 58

Joe McDonnell : LA radio personality dies at age 58

Joe McDonnell, a Los Angeles sports radio broadcaster for three decades whose caustic comments won him the nickname “The Big Nasty,” has died. He was 58.

“Although Joe was opinionated and brutally honest in his coverage, I always felt he was knowledgeable and fair,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “He loved covering sports in our beloved city, and had a presence at every major sporting event.”

Lakers president Jeanie Buss recalled McDonnell being a regular for more than 35 years.

“Known for his quick wit and strong opinions, Joe’s love of and support of the Lakers has always been appreciated,” she said in a statement. “Over all these years, our players, coaches and staff have enjoyed working with and knowing Joe. He will be sorely missed.”

Some of McDonnell’s dealings with local figures were adversarial, but he still was well-liked by most people he covered. For instance, the Dodgers plan to cover a portion of McDonnell’s funeral costs.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who said he had known McDonnell since coming up to the Dodgers in 1980, learned of the news during Friday’s spring training game in Arizona. “Joe is a good friend,” Scioscia said. “He is going to be missed.”