I’ve been a broadcaster in the area for more than four decades, starting at WABI/WBGW Radio and WABI-TV while still in high school. Through the years I’ve done news, sports, and even weather on various TV stations and worked at more radio stations than I can recall. For the last twenty years I’ve been the radio voice of University of Maine football and for the past five years, I’ve hosted Downtown, a talk show focusing on sports and entertainment. I’ve been lucky enough to win a number of awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters and the Associated Press but I’m especially proud to have been named Maine Sportscaster of the Year by my peers a record six times. My day job is teaching social studies at Brewer High School, where I’ve also been the drama director for over twenty years, and I’m one of the co-founders of the improvisational comedy team, The Focus Group. 

Rich Kimball

Rich Kimball

The Downtown blog will reflect the approach we take on our radio show. We treat sports as entertainment, try to steer clear of being fans and cheerleaders, and always remember that heroes are best found closer to home. We also have a love of movies, television, books, theater, and music, and will often talk with guests from those worlds and will share some of those conversations on the blog.

Maybe you haven’t heard our show. We won’t hold it against you, though we do think you’re missing out on the most unique three hours of radio you’ll find. What other Maine radio program features regular appearances from people like documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, actor John O’Hurley of Seinfeld, rock legend Eddie Money, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and M*A*S*H* star Mike Farrell? We talk with the biggest names in Maine sports, Boston icons like Bob Ryan, Steve Buckley, and Dan Shaughnessy, Monday Night Football’s Sean McDonough, ESPN’s Dan Shulman and Phil Steele, as well as Mitch Albom, Lesley Visser, Bob Costas, Rick Reilly, Frank Deford, and Rick Telander, and along the way have visited with actors Henry Winkler, Jeff Daniels, and Sean Astin, music legends Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Noel Paul Stookey, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Jimmy Webb, to name just a few. You can hear many of those conversations by visiting our website at:  DowntownWithRichKimball.com

Got an idea for a guest? Let us know and we’ll do everything we can. Have a question for an upcoming guest? Send it along and we may well ask them. You can also visit our Facebook page at Downtown with Rich Kimball and follow us on Twitter (@DowntownRichK).