June 24, 2019

KMEM Sports Director, Donnie Middleton, named to Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

With more than 3,000 high school sports radio broadcasts to his name, Scotland County’s Donnie Middleton was recently inducted into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Middleton is part of a eight-member class inducted into the MBCA Hall of Fame on April 22nd as part of a special awards luncheon which was held in Springfield. He is joined by fellow media representative Mike McClure and coaches Craig Engelbrecht, Preston Thomas, Dan Rolfes, Mike Elliott, Ryan Shaw and Craig Parrack.

Middleton is a 1965 graduate of Downing High School. He went on to graduate from the Career Academy School of Broadcasting in 1968 before serving his country in the United States Army from 1968-1970 in Vietnam.

The radio gig is a sideline for the local business man, who is co-owner of Memphis Lumber Company. In 1986, he began his career at KMEM Radio in Memphis, later becoming the Sports Director.

Over those 30+ years, Donnie was behind the microphone for an estimated 2,400 high school basketball games, more than 300 high school football games and countless softball and baseball contests, covering more than half a dozen area schools in the process.

As the voice of Schuyler County football and northeast Missouri basketball, Middleton is well recognized in the area. He also takes time to serve his community. He is the past District Governor of Lions International and served as Chairman of the Missouri Lions All-Star Football Committee for several years. Donnie is the former Mayor of Downing, Missouri while also holding several other leadership positions in the city and region.

Donnie kept the radio business in the family. His significant other, Jo Ann, often serves as his statistician and his son, Andrew Middleton, also broadcasts sports for KMEM. Donnie also has a stepdaughter, Shanna Forck, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

“I’m grateful for over thirty years of broadcasting and the many relationships I’ve formed with players, coaches, officials, and fans over the years,” said Middleton.