James “Butch” McAdams is a familiar name in the Washington, D.C for a multitude of reasons. Whether it’s his illustrious 29-year career as Head Basketball Coach at the Maret School or his voice on “In and Out of Sports”, you know McAdams name when you hear it. On June 10, 2017, McAdams was enshrined into the inaugural class of the District of Columbia State Athletic Association Hall of Fame along with the likes of NBA legend Elgin Baylor, Wanda Oates and Maurice “Maus” Collins.
Being a part of any inaugural class is epic because of the example for those who follow you; for McAdams, it means much more. ‘It means a lot to me and to the Maret School, it’s the most significant award I’ve ever received,’ McAdams said. ‘You do things because you’re supposed to do them, and when it’s the right thing you shouldn’t be rewarded. However, because of my love for D.C, this is very important to me,’ he continued.
McAdams formed a relationship with legendary Georgetown University Head Basketball Coach John Thompson, trailblazing avenues for youth in the area to become involved with the community through basketball. ‘Dr. Joe Carr and I started a Sunday Program at Maret where local kids would come for open gym. John Thompson and Georgetown players like Allen Iverson and Jerome Williams would meet up there at Maret and play ball. This paved the way for African-American boys and girls in Washington and exposing them to education that they weren’t aware of or could qualify for,’ McAdams explained.
Since 1992, McAdams has operated his own sports talk show on WOL-AM 1450 on the Radio One Network. The transition into radio was described as “rigged”, McAdams said. ‘I never had any training in radio, I was experienced in answering the questions but never asking them. Ms. Kathy Hughes wanted to change WOL-AM 1450 from music to talk radio,’ McAdams said. In and Out of Sports has been running for six years, featuring NBA prospect and DeMatha Alumnus Markelle Fultz, Marion Barry, John Thompson and much more. The purpose of the show is to allow figures in the D.C area to tell their story. Be sure to listen on Sunday’s from 11am-1pm on 95.9 FM and 1450AM.