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60 year old Nt’l Sports Media Ass’n lists its annual nominees; Winners selected by their peers

Voting process is transparent; National and state-by-state winners will be announced in January

There are broadcast awards and there are broadcast awards.

The Frick Award, presented each year by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, is likely the most cherished of the four sports. Fans welcome baseball announcers into their lives up to at least 162 times a year.

Because baseball games can often be lumbering, announcers undergo crucibles all summer. The good play-by-play voices entertain and share anecdotes. The bad ones are exposed.

Some, from my perspective, don’t merit being called play-by-players announcers anymore because analysts dominate. On network television, with every motion and movement of the game weighed like precious metals, play-by-play announcers are reduced to no more than hosts.  Calling play-by-players set-up voices might even be a stretch today. I doubt a Scully, Caray, Garagiola or a Jon Miller would be hired now in a traditional play-by-play role. The tightening restrictions are muzzling. 

It’s why baseball announcers define themselves locally. It’s where they earn their stripes and build bonds with fans, listeners and viewers. It’s why the Frick is the Pulitzer of play-by-play broadcasting.

Yes, Pro Football Hall’s Rozelle and the Basketball Hall’s Gowdy Awards are coveted, but not nearly as much as the Frick. Locally, baseball announcers are generally more popular than basketball voices. As for football, there are too few games to build relationships.

The administrators of the Rozelle and Gowdy awards are also their own worst enemies. The secrecy over how selections are determined dulls the honors of both awards. Who votes? Who selects the nominees? Lots of mysteries. Who’s on the ballot? What’s the timeline? When will the announcement of the winner be made? 

Lots of head scratching too. The Rozelle without Howard Cosell is the equivalent of a Hall without a Lombardi. The Gowdy without Musburger is a Basketball Hall without Jordan. At this point, both selection systems are blemished and clinically fractured.

Cosell pioneered prime time football and Musburger presided over the biggest platforms covering both the college and pro game. He did six NBA Finals and six NCAA Final Fours for CBS. Neither of the two giants has been recognized. Cosell hasn’t been honored by Pro Football and Brent hasn’t been by the Hoops Hall. To take it a step further, Brent should also get the Rozelle for fashioning the modern day NFL studio Show. It was he who popularized The NFL Today. But so be it.

It’s time for Canton and Springfield to expunge personal politics and biases. Cosell and Musburger weren’t in the business of cultivating friendships. So the Halls have been making them pay for it. Both entities should usher in an era of meritocracy. They have responsibilities to fans. You can almost say that both are quasi-governmental institutions and shouldn’t function indiscriminately. But they do.

The first step is duplicating what baseball does. The preponderance of voters should be the living winners. Who better appreciates the broadcast greats from the so-so than fellow practitioners themselves? On the basketball side in particular, I have a feeling that more so-so are about to get in at the expense of the greats. 

That brings us to the NSMA (National Sports Media Association) made up of broadcasters and writers, present and past. The selections, and there are well over one hundred each year, are determined by a vote of the members, broadcasters and writers! It’s the way to do it.

Being recognized by peers, is the ultimate honor. It’s special. There can hardly be a fairer and more honorable entry of admission. No nonsense, no calling in favors, no prejudices. Nothing. It’s about worthiness, commitment, contribution and excellence. It’s not clouded or baseless.

Awards require meritocracy. This NSMA’s statewide and national nominees are listed below. Votes are being submitted and will be announced in January. 

 

Last year’s national winners :

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTERS

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC, NBCSN, et al

Bob Ley, ESPN

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER

Peter King, NBCSports.com, Sports Illustrated, et al

Tony Kornheiser, Washington Post

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Doris Burke, ESPN/ABC

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN

 

2019 STATEWIDE NOMINEES

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER

J.D. Byars, Univ. of South Alabama Radio Network

Eli Gold, Crimson Tide Sports Network, Tuscaloosa

 

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER

Cecil Hurt, Tuscaloosa News, TideSports.com, Tuscaloosa

Matt Zenitz, AL.com, Birmingham

 

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER

Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks/FOX Sports Arizona, Phoenix

Dave Pasch, Arizona Cardinals Radio Network, Phoeix

 

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER

Doug Haller, The Athletic, Phoenix

Craig Morgan, The Athletic, Phoenix

Nick Piecoro, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

Caitlin Schmidt, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic, Phoenix

 

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Justin Acri, KABZ Radio, Little Rock

Chuck Barrett, Razorback Sports Network, Fayetteville

Josh Bertaccini, 103.7 The Buzz, U. of Cent. AR, Fayetteville

Phil Elson, Razorback Sports Network/ESPN Arkansas, Fayetteville

Steve Sullivan, KATV-TV, Little Rock

 

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Bob Holt, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Fayetteville

Andrew Hutchinson, Hawgbeat.com, Fayetteville

Jeremy Muck, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock

Tom Murphy Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Fayetteville

 

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER

Dave Flemming, KNBR Radio, San Francisco

Ken Korach, Oakland A’s/95.7 FM, Oakland

Patrick O’Neal, FOX Sports LA, Los Angeles

 

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco

 

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER

Ryan Harris, Altitude Sports Radio, Denver

Troy Renck, KMGH-TV, Denver

 

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER

Nick Groke, The Athletic, Denver

Ryan O’Halloran, Denver Post, Denver

 

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER

Rich Coppola, Fox 61, Hartford

Wayne Norman, WILI-AM/ESPN 99.7 FM, Hartford

 

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER

Dom Amore, The Courant, Hartford

Dave Borges, Hearst-CT, New Haven

Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, Hartford

 

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER

Bill Harman, U of Delaware Radio Network/WDSD, Wilmington

Scott Klatzkin, U of Delaware Radio Network/WDSD, Wilmington

 

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER

Brad Myers, The News Journal, Wilmington

Kevin Tresolini, The News Journal, Wilmington

 

DC SPORTSCASTER

Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington/Capitals, Washington

Dave Johnson, WTOP Radio/Wizards, Washington

Craig Laughlin, NBC Sports Washington/Capitals, Washington

John Walton, Capitals Radio Network, Washington

 

DC SPORTSWRITER

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post, Washington

Brittany Ghiroli, The Athletic, Washington

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post

 

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER

Gene Deckerhoff, Seminoles IMG Sports Network & TB Bucs Radio, Tallahassee/Tampa

Steve Goldstein, FOX /Sun Sports/Florida Panthers, Miami

Dave Wills, Tampa Bay Rays/WDAE Radio, Tampa

Joe Zagacki, Miami Hurricanes Radio Network, Miami

 

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER

Greg Cote, Miami Herald, Miami

Dave Hyde, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale

 

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER

Dave Archer, Falcons Radio Network, Atlanta

Andy Demetra, Georgia Tech Radio Network, Atlanta

Steve Holman, Atlanta Hawks Radio/92.9 The Game, Atlanta

Scott Howard, UGA Radio Network, Athens

Zach Klein, WSB-TV, Atlanta

 

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER

Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Steve Hummer , Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Ken Suguira, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

 

HAWAII SPORTSCASTER

Bobby Curran, ESPN 1420, Honolulu

Rob DeMello, KHON2, Honolulu

Kanoa Leahey, Spectrum Sports Hawaii, Mililani

 

HAWAII SPORTSWRITER

Rob Collias, Maui News, Wailuku

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu

 

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER

Bob Behler, Bronco Sports Properties/Learfield & KTIK Radio, Boise

Will Hall, KTVB-TV, Boise

Chris King, Vandals Radio Network, Moscow

 

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER

B.J. Rains, Idaho Press, Nampa

Rachel Roberts, Idaho Statesman, Boise

 

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER

Pat Foley, NBC Sports Chicago/Blackhawks, Chicago

Jeff Joniak, Bears Radio Network, Chicago

 

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER

Darnell Mayberry, The Athletic, Chicago

Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune, Chicago

 

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER

Mark Boyle, Pacers Radio – Pacers Radio Network, Indianapolis

Don Fischer, IU Sports Properties,Bloomington

 

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER

Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Zak Keefer, The Athletic, Indianapolis

Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

 

IOWA SPORTSCASTER

Gary Dolphin, Hawkeye Sports Network, Iowa City

Keith Murphy, WHO-TV, Des Moines

John Sears, WHO-TV, Des Moines

 

IOWA SPORTSWRITER

Mark Emmert Des Moines Register, Des Moines

Travis Hines, Ames Tribune, Ames

Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Cedar Rapids

Chad Leistikow, Des Moines Register, Des Moines

 

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Mike Kennedy, Wichita State Radio Network, Wichita

Wyatt Thompson, K-State Sports Properties, Manhattan

 

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Rick Peterson, Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka

Mike Tait, Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence

 

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER

Matt Jones, Kentucky Sports Radio, Louisville

Tom Leach, UK Radio Network, Lexington

 

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER

Jon Hale, Courier-Journal, Louisville

Mark Story, Hearld-Leader, Lexington

Kyle Tucker, The Athletic, Lexington

 

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER

Ed Daniels, WGNO-TV, New Orleans

Jacques Doucet, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge

Fletcher Mackel, WDSU-TV, New Orleans

Doug Mouton, WWL-TV, New Orleans

Ken Trahan, 106.1 FM, New Orleans

 

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER

Jeff Duncan, The Athletic, New Orleans

Les East, Crescent City Sports, New Orleans

Scooter Hobbs, American-Press, Lake Charles

 

MAINE SPORTSCASTER

Dale Duff, The Ticket Bangor

Bill Green, WCSH-TV, Portland

Rich Kimball, U. of Maine Radio Network, Orono

 

MAINE SPORTSWRITER

Steve Craig, Portland Press Herald, Portland

Joe Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times

Travis Lazarczyk, Morning Sentinel, Kennebec

 

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER

Pete Gilbert, WBAL-TV/Radio, Baltimore

Scott Garceau, 105.7 the Fan, Baltimore

 

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER

Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Patrick Stoetzer, Carroll County Times, Westminster

 

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER

Joe Amorosino, WHDH-TV, Boston

Kyle Draper, NBC Sports Boston, Boston

Mike Gorman, NBC Sports Boston, Boston

Sean Grande, Celtics/98.5 The Sports Hub, Boston

Mike Lynch WCVB-TV, Boston

Dave O’Brien, NESN/Red Sox, Boston

Jerry Remy, NESN/Red Sox

Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, Boston

 

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER

Peter Abraham, Boston Globe, Boston

Kevin Dupont, Boston Globe, Boston

Chris Gasper, Boston Globe, Boston

Karen Guregian, Boston Herald, Boston

John Karalis, MassLive.com, Boston

Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston, Boston

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston

Gary Washburn, Boston Globe, Boston

 

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER

Dan Dickerson, Tigers Radio Network, Detroit

Jack Ebling, The Drive with jack Ebling, lansing

Jamie Edmonds, WDIV-TV, Detroit

Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV, Detroit

 

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News, Detroit

Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

 

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER

Mike Grimm, Gopher Sports Properties/Learfield, Minneapolis

Alan Horton, Timberwolves/WCCO-AM 830, Minneapolis

 

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER

Lavelle E. Neal III, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Michael Russo, The Athletic, Minneapolis

 

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER

Bart Gregory, SEC Network & MSU Radio Network/Learfield, Starkville

Neil price, MSU Radio Network, Starkville

Matt Wyatt, Matt Wyatt Media/TeleSouth, Tupelo

 

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER

Rick Cleveland, Mississippi Today, Jackson

Joel Coleman, Starkville Dialy News, Starkville

 

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER

Mike Kelly, Mizzou Sports Properties, Columbia

Ryan Lefebvre, FOX Sports KC/ Royals, Kansas City

 

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER

Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, Kansas City

Dave Natter,  Post Dispatch, St. Louis

 

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER

Riley Corcoran, Grizzly Sports Properties/Learfield, Missoula

Rocky Erickson, Rocky Erickson Sports, Billings

Mark Miller, KMXE Radio, Red Lodge

 

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER

Greg Rachac, 406MTSports.com, Bozeman

Bill Speltz, 406MTSports.com, Missoula

 

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER

Matt Lothrop, KETV-TV, Omaha

Greg Sharpe, Husker Radio Network, Lincoln

 

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER

Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha

Parker Gabriel, Journal Star, Lincoln

 

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER

Kevin Bollinger, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

Amber Dixon, KSNV-TV, Las Vegas

Chris Maathuis, KLAS-TV, Las Vegas

 

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

Ron Kantowski, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

David Schoen, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER

Bob Lipman, Fisher Cats and UNH Radio Networks, Manchester, Durham

Justin McIsaac, UNH  Radio Network, Durham

Mike Murphy, UNH Radio Network, Durham

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER

Tim O’Sullivan, Concord Monitor, Concord

Mike Zhe, Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth

 

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER

Mike Frankel, Jersey Sports Zone, Trenton

Tom Williams, Prime Events, Ocean City

 

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER

Steve Politi, NJ Advanced Media, Newark

Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City

 

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER

DonTrell Moore, UNM Radio Network, Albuquerque

Jack Nixon, NM State Sports Properties, Las Cruces

Robert Portnoy, UNM Radio Network, Albuquerque

 

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER

Ken Sickenger, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque

Will Weber, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe

 

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER

Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York

Ian Eagle, Nets/YES Network, New York

 

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER

Rich Cimini, ESPN NY, New York

Tyler Kepner, New York Times, New York

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, New York

 

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

John Forslund, FOX Sports Carolinas/Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh

David Glenn, The David Glenn Show, Raleigh

 

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte

Luke DeCock, News & Observer, Raleigh

Ed Hardin, News & Record, Greensboro

Jourdan Rodrigue, The Athletic, Charlotte

 

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Brad Anderson, 103.9 The Truck, Casselton

Dom Izzo, WDAY-TV, Fargo

 

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

Jeff Kolpack, The Forum, Fargo

Tom Miller, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks

Brad Schlossman, The Forum, Fargo

 

OHIO SPORTSCASTER

Jim Day, FOX Sports Ohio/Reds, Cincinnati

Jim Donovan, Browns Radio Network, Cleveland

Dan Hoard, Bengals, UC Bearcats Radio Networks, Cincinnati

 

OHIO SPORTSWRITER

Paul Daugherty, Enquirer, Cincinnati

Paul Dehner, Jr., The Athletic, Cincinnati

Zach Meisel, The Athletic, Cleveland

Aaron Portzline, The Athletic, Columbus

 

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER

John Holcomb, KOTV-TV, Tulsa

Bruce Howard, Univ. of Tulsa Radio Network, Tulsa

Dave Hunziker, Oklahoma State Radio Network, Stillwater

Cayden McFarand, KJRH-TV, Tulsa

 

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER

Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Guerin Emig, Tulsa World, Tulsa

Bill Haisten, Tulsa World, Tulsa

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

 

OREGON SPORTSCASTER

John Canzano, 750 the Game, Portland

Nick Krupke, KPTV-TV, Portland

 

OREGON SPORTSWRITER

John Canzano,The Oregonian, Portland

Jason Quick, The Athletic, Portland

 

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER

John Clark, NBC 10/NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia

Scott Franzke, Phillies Radio Network, Philadelphia

 

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER

Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News, Philadelphia

Bob Ford, The Inquirer, Philadelphia

Matt Gelb, The Athletic, Philadelphia

Jim Salisbury, NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia

 

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER

Nick Coit, WLNE-TV, Providence

Ruthie Polinsky, WPRI-TV, Providence

 

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER

Brendan McGair, Pawtucket Times/Woonsocket Call, Pawtucket/Woonsocket

Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Providence

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

Scott Eisberg, WCIV-TV, Charleston

Brad Fralick, WYFF-TV, Greenville

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Lou Bezjak, The State, Columbia

Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier, Charleston

Manie Robinson, Greenville News, Greenville

Gene Sapakoff, Post and Courier, Charleston

 

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Scott Kooistra, KYNT Radio, Yankton

Tyler Merriam, SDSU Radio Network, Vermillion

John Thayer, KVTK/KVHT Radio, Vermillion-Yankton

 

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

Ryan Deal, Daily Republic, Mitchell

Jeremy Hoeck, Press & Dakotan, Yankton

 

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER

Dawn Davenport, 104.5 The Zone, SEC Network, Nashville

Joe Fisher, Vanderbilt Radio Network, Nashville

Jeff Hem, Sounds Radio Network, Nashville

Jonathan Hutton, 104.5 The Zone, Nashville

Kevin Ingram, 104.5 The Zone, Nashville

Mike Keith, Titans Radio Network, Nashville

Steve Selby, Redbirds Radio Network, Memphis

Pete Weber, Predators/102.5 The Game Radio Network, Nashville

John Wilkerson, WIVK/WNML Radio, Knoxville

 

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER

Mike Organ, The Tennessean, Nashville

Joe Rexrode, The Athletic Nashville

Teresa Walker, Associated Press, Nashville

 

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER

Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV, Dallas

John Morris, Baylor Radio Network, Waco

Eric Nadel, Rangers Radio Network, Dallas

Brad Sham, Cowboys Radio Network, Dallas

Craig Way, Longhorn IMG Sports Network, Austin

 

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, Austin

Jenny Dial Creech, Houston Chronicle, Houston

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Forth Worth

Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio

Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News, Dallas

Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Dallas

Levi Weaver, The Athletic, Dallas

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Lubbock

 

UTAH SPORTSCASTER

Craig Bolerjack, AT&T SportsNet/Jazz, Salt Lake City

Scott Garrard, 1280 The Zone, Salt Lake City

David James, KUTV-TV/KZNS Radio, Salt Lake City

 

UTAH SPORTSWRITER

Dirk Facer, Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Tony Jones, The Athletic, Salt Lake City

Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

Gordon Monson, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

 

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER

Jack Fitzsimmons, WCAX-TV, Burlington

Lauren Walsh, WFFF/WVNY-TV, Burlington

 

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER

Mike Beniash, Caledonian Record, St. Johnsbury

Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press, Burlington

 

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Mike Burnop, VT Radio Network, Blacksburg

Marc Davis, WWBT-TV, Richmond

Dave Koehn, Virginia Sports Properties (UVA), Charlottesville

Jon Laaser, VT Radio Network, Blacksburg

Wes McElroy, Fox Sports 910, Richmond

Travis Wells, WDBJ-TV, Roanoke

 

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

Mike Barber, Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond

Andy Bitter, The Athletic, Blacksburg

David Teel, The Daily Press, Newport News

 

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER

Brock Huard, ESPN 700, Seattle

Dave Sims, Mariners TV/ROOT Sports, Seattle

 

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER

Gregg Bell, The News Tribune, Tacoma

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times, Seattle

Larry Stone, Seattle Times, Seattle

 

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Steve Cotton, Thundering Herd IMG Sports Network

Mark Martin, WCHS/WVAH-TV, Charleston

Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington

 

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

Chuck McGill, Thundering Herd Illustrated/HerdZone.com, Huntington

Grant Traylor, Herald-Dispatch, Huntington

 

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER

Brian Anderson, Brewers/FOX Sports Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Matt Lepay, Badger Sports Properties/Learfield & FOX Sports Wisconsin, Madison

 

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER

Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

 

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER

Steve Core, KUGR, Green River

Keith Kelley, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne

Scott Mangold, KPOW Radio, Powell

Reece Monaco, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne

 

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER

Tyler Polosky, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne

Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper

 

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER

Mike Breen, ESPN/ABC

Joe Buck, FOX Sports

Ian Eagle, CBS Sports/Westwood One

Mike “Doc” Emrick, NBC Sports

Kevin Harlan, CBS Sports/Westwood One/Turner Sports

Al Michaels, NBC Sports

Jim Nantz, CBS Sports

Dan Patrick, The Dan Patrick Show

Tony Romo, CBS

Dan Shulman, ESPN

Mike Tirico, NBC Sports

Scott Van Pelt, ESPN

 

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER

Christine Brennan, USA Today

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

Peter King, NBCSports.com

Buster Olney, ESPN.com

Jeff Passan, ESPN.com

Ken Rosenthal , The Athletic

Jayson Stark, The Athletic

Wright Thompson, ESPN, The Magazine

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.com

 

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTERS

James Brown, CBS Sports

Joe Buck, FOX

Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves TV

Greg Gumbel, CBS, NBC

Dan Kelly, NHL on CBS, St. Louis Blues

Bill King, Oakland A’s/Raiders, SF Giants/Warriors

Cawood Ledford, Univ of Kentucky radio play-by-play

Tim McCarver, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX

Pam Oliver, FOX

Dan Patrick, ESPN, NBC Sports, The Dan Patrick Show

 

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITERS

Ira Berkow, New York Times, et. al.

Ray Didinger, Philadelphia

Mike Downey, LA Times, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Sun-Times & Daily News, The Sporting News, Sport Magazine

William Nack, Sports Illustrated

Bill Plaschke. Los Angeles Times

Claire Smith, Hartford Courant, NY Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, ESPN

Rick Telander, Sports Illustrated, Chicago Sun-Times

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, Newsday, Florida Today

Mike Wilbon, Washington Post

Dick Young, New York Daily News

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTERS

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC, NBCSN, et al

Bob Ley, ESPN

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITERS

Peter King, NBCSports.com, Sports Illustrated, et al

Tony Kornheiser, Washington Post

2018 NSMA NATIONAL WINNERS

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Doris Burke, ESPN/ABC (1)

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN (2)

Statewide winners:

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Lauren Sisler, AL.com/ESPN, Birmingham (2)

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Cecil Hurt, Tuscaloosa News, TideSports.com, Tuscaloosa (2)

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jeff Munn, ASU Women’s Basketball, Tempe (2)

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Nick Piecoro, Arizona Republic, Phoenix (1)

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Phil Elson, Razorback Sports Network/ESPN Arkansas Radio, Little Rock (3)

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Paul Boyd, NW Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Fayetteville (1)

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Ralph Lawler, Los Angeles Clippers TV/FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket, Los Angeles (1)

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco (3)

Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle (1)

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Vic Lombardi, Altitude TV/KSE Radio, Denver (2)

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Patrick Saunders, Denver Post, Denver (1)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Rich Coppola, WTIC-TV, Hartford (9)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford (5)

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Matt Janus, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Wilmington (3)

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Andy Walter, Delaware State News, Dover (4)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Steve Buckhantz, Wizards/NBC Sports Washington (1)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Barry Svrluga, Washington Post, Washington (3)

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Eric Reid, Miami Heat/FOX Sports Sun (2)

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg (2)

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Steve Holman Atlanta Hawks Radio Network, Atlanta (3)

Zach Klein, WSB-TV, Atlanta (1)

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta (10)

HAWAII SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kanoa Leahey, Spectrum Sports/ESPN 900, Honolulu (2)

HAWAII SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu (6)

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Paul J. Schneider, KBOI Radio, Boise (1)

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

B. J. Rains, Idaho Press, Nampa (2)

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Pat Hughes, Chicago Cubs Radio Network/670 The Score, Chicago (*9)

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago (1)

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Don Fischer, Indiana Hoosier Radio Network/Learfield (26)

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

**Terry Hutchens, CNHI Sports, Anderson (6)

IOWA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Keith Murphy, WHO-TV, Des Moines (4)

IOWA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register, Des Moines (1)

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Wyatt Thompson, K-State Radio Network/Learfield (4)

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence (3)

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Kent Spencer, WHAS-TV, Louisville (2)

Kent Taylor, WAVE-TV, Louisville (2)

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington (6)

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Ed Daniels, WGNO-TV, New Orleans (2)

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Brett Martel, The Associated Press, New Orleans (1)

Nick Underhill, The Advocate, New Orleans (1)

MAINE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jessica Gagne, WCSH-TV, Portland (1)

MAINE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Lowe, Portland Press-Herald, Portland (3)

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Johnny Holliday, Terrapin Sports Network/MASN, College Park (2)

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jamison Hensley, ESPN.com, Baltimore (1)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike Gorman, Celtics TV/NBCSports Boston, Boston (2)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston (13)

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV, Detroit (1)

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News, Detroit (1)

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mark Rosen, WCCO-TV, Minneapolis (2)

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic, Minneapolis (1)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Richard Cross , Supertalk Mississippi/Ole Miss Radio Network/SEC Network , Oxford (1)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Rick Cleveland, Syndicated Columnist, Jackson (11)

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike Kelly, Missouri Tiger Radio Network, Columbia (6)

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis (1)

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Riley Corcoran, Grizzly Sports Properties/Learfield, Missoula (1)

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Greg Rachac, 406MTSports.com, Billings (4)

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Gary Sharp, KOZN 1620 the Zone, Omaha (1)

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tom Shatel, Omaha World-Herald, Omaha (4)

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Bolinger, KVVU-TV, Las Vegas (1)

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas (6)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Justin McIsaac, UNH Wildcats Sports Network/Learfield, Dover (1)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Whaley, Seacoast Media Group, Portsmouth (2)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Matt Loughlin, Devils/WFAN/The One Jersey Network, Newark (2)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Gregg Lerner, Shore Sports Network, Toms River (3)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jack Nixon, New Mexico State Radio Network/Learfield, Las Cruces (4)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jason Groves, Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces (2)

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Ian Eagle, Brooklyn Nets/YES Network/CBS Sports, New York City (4)

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Waters, Syracuse.com/Post-Standard, Syracuse (1)

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

John Forslund, Carolina Hurricanes TV/FOX Sports Carolinas, Raleigh (1)

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ed Hardin, News & Record, Greensboro (3)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jack Michaels, KFGO-AM, Fargo (1)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Chris Murphy, The Forum, Fargo (1)

OHIO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Marty Brennaman, Reds/700 WLW Radio Network, Cincinnati (***16)

OHIO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati (1)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Nathan Thompson, KOKI-TV, Tulsa (1)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Eric Bailey, Tulsa World, Tulsa (1)

OREGON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Calabro, Trail Blazers/NBC Sports NW, Portland (****1)

OREGON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune, Portland (6)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Marc Zumoff, 76ers/NBC Sports Philadelphia, Philadelphia (2)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Zach Berman, Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News, Philadelphia (1)

Matt Gelb, The Athletic, Philadelphia

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Nick Coit, WLNE-TV, Providence (2)

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

William Geoghegan, South County Independent, Wakefield (1)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Rick Henry, WIS-TV, Columbia (2)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Grace Raynor, Post & Courier, Charleston (2)

Manie Robinson, Greenville News, Greenville (1)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Al Decker, KDSJ Radio, Deadwood (3)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Deal, Daily Republic, Mitchell (2)

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Dawn Davenport, WGFX-FM, SEC Network, Nashville (1)

Pete Weber, Predators Radio Network (102.5 The Game), Nashville (6)

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Joe Rexrode, The Tennessean (*****2)

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mark Followill, Mavs/FOX Sports SW & FC Dallas/TXA21, Dallas (1)

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman, Austin (4)

Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News, Dallas (3)

UTAH SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

David James, KUTV-TV/KZNS Radio, Salt Lake City (2)

UTAH SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City (6)

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike McCune, WCAX-TV, Burlington (2)

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Alex Abrami, Burlington Free Press, Burlington (2)

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Allegretta, VT IMG Sports Network, Virginia (1)

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

David Teel, Daily Press, Newport News (12)

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dave Sims, Mariners/ROOT Sports, Seattle (1)

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Gregg Bell, The News Tribune, Tacoma (1)

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR (TIE)

Tony Caridi, Mountaineer IMG Sports Network, Morgantown (4)

Steve Cotton, Marshall IMG Sports Network, Huntington (12)

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Chuck McGill, Thundering Herd Illustrated/HerdZone, Huntington (7)

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Matt Lepay, Badgers Sports Network/Learfield & FOX Sports Wisconsin, Madison (9)

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee (2)

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Erick Pauley, Wind River Radio Network, Riverton (1)

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle/WyoSports.net, Cheyenne (4)

* – won Wisconsin Sportscaster of Year award 3 times

** – deceased

*** – won Virginia Sportscaster of Year award 4 times

**** – won Washington Sportscaster of Year award 9 times

***** – won Michigan Sportswriter of Year award 1 time

 

 

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David J. Halberstam
David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History.

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Amen–no Cosell in Canton or Musburger in Springfield? Sheesh. Of course, look at the decision faced by the Frick voters–every nominee is deserving, though, obviously, I think some more than others.