10 Days Into Final Ballot Voting For 2012 NSSA Awards

Dick Vitale (left) is a 2012 NSSA Hall of Fame finalist, while 2011 NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Shulman (right) is a finalist for the 2012 Award. Both pictured with Pam and Bob Setzer at 53rd Annual NSSA Awards, June 2012.

As of mid-afternoon on December 12th, more than 300 ballots have been tabulated in final balloting for the 2012 NSSA Awards.

Final ballot voting began on Monday, December 3rd, when the ballot was emailed to all current NSSA members.

Because of a delay in the start of voting, the final ballot deadline is 11:59pm PT for email ballots.  Winners will be contacted and names of winners announced during the week of January 7, 2013.

Winners will be honored during the 54th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 8-10, in Salisbury, NC.

Below are the finalists, as voted by NSSA members and National Board members (provided the names of the Hall of Fame finalists).  Nomination balloting was conducted from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15 .

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER 

Dick Vitale, ESPN/ABC

Ken Squier, CBS Auto Racing

Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves TV

Woody Durham, Unv. of North Carolina Radio Network

John Ward, Univ. of Tennessee Radio Network

Chris Economaki, ABC Auto Racing

Chris Berman, ESPN

Milo Hamilton, Astros, Braves Radio

Al McCoy, Phoenix Suns Radio/TV

Dan Kelly, NHL on CBS, St. Louis Blues

 

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER

Art Spander, Oakland Tribune/The Sporting News

Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated, ESPN

Dick Weiss, Philadelphia Daily News/New York Daily News

Hal McCoy, Dayton Daily News

Joe Gilmartin, Phoenix Republic/Gazette

Sam Lacy, Baltimore Afro-American newspaper

Lesley Visser, Boston Globe/Sports Illustrated

Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press/Author

Wendell Smith, Pittsburgh Courier newspaper

Thomas Boswell, Washington Post

 

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER

Al Michaels, NBC

Bob Costas, NBC/MLB Network

Dan Patrick, NBC/”The Dan Patrick Show”

Dan Shulman, ESPN

Brad Nessler, ABC/ESPN/NFL Network

Jim Nantz, CBS

Joe Buck, Fox

Mike Tirico, ESPN/ABC

Mike Emrick, NBC

Kevin Harlan, CBS/TNT

 

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

Bob Ryan, Boston Globe

Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports

Pat Forde, Yahoo Sports

Joe Posnanski, Sports Illustrated/SportsonEarth.com

Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

Bill Simmons, ESPN.com/Grantland

Rick Reilly, ESPN.com

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

Mike Lopresti, USA Today

 

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER 

(Write-in vote)

 

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER 

(Write-in vote)

 

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER

Tom Tolbert, KNBR Radio, San Francisco

Greg Papa, Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, San Francisco

 

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER

Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

Mark Whicker, Orange County Register, Santa Ana

Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles

 

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER

Vic Lombardi, KCNC-TV, Denver

Gary Miller, KCNC-TV, Denver

 

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER

Mike Klis, Denver Post, Denver

David Ramsey, Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Springs

 

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER

Kevin Nathan, WVIT-TV, West Hartford

Rich Coppola, WTIC-TV, Hartford

 

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford

Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant, Hartford

Mike DiMauro, New London Day, New London

John Altavilla, Hartford Courant, Hartford

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSCASTER

Dan Hellie, WRC-TV, Washington

Chick Hernandez, Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic, Washington

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSWRITER

Brian McNally, Washington Examiner, Washington

Mike Wise, Washington Post, Washington

 

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER

Scott Klatzkin, WDSD Radio, Wilmington

John Sadak, WWTX-AM, Wilmington

 

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER

Andy Walter, Delaware State News, Dover

Martin Frank, News Journal, Wilmington

Kevin Tresolini, News Journal, Wilmington

 

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER

Gene Deckerhoff, Florida State/Tampa Bay Bucs Radio, Tampa/Tallahassee

Mick Hubert, U. of Florida Radio, Gainesville

Joe Rose, WQAM Radio, Miami

 

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER

Ira Schoffel, Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando

Dave Hyde, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale

Dan Le Batard, Miami Herald, Miami

 

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER

Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons/Georgia Tech Radio, Atlanta

Zach Klein, WSB-TV, Atlanta

 

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER

Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta

 

HAWAII SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

HAWAII SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

IOWA SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

IOWA SPORTSWRITER

John Bohenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register, Des Moines

 

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman, Boise

Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, Boise

 

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER

Don Fischer, Indiana Univ. Radio Network, Bloomington

Mike Knezevich, Regional Radio Sports Network, Mishawaka

Paul Condry, Regional Radio Sports Network, Mishawaka

 

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Bill Beck, The Elkhart Truth, Elkhart

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis

Matt Kopsea, Regional Radio Sports Network, Mishawaka

 

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Greg Rahe, KFFX Radio, Emporia

Gerald Wellbrock, KAYS-AM, Hays

Wyatt Thompson, Kansas State U. Radio Network, Manhattan

Matt Walters, KMAN Radio, Manhattan

 

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Bob Lutz, Wichita Eagle, Wichita

Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle, Wichita

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence

 

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER

Tom Leach, Big Blue Sports Network, Lexington

Paul Rogers, Louisville Cardinals Radio Network, Louisville

 

KENTUCKY SPORTWRITER

John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington

Larry Vaught, Danville Advocate Messenger, Danville

 

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER

Steve Schneider, WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge

Lyn Rollins, Cox Sports, New Orleans

 

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER

Glenn Guilbeau, Gannett Louisiana, Baton Rouge

Bob Tompkins, Alexandria Town Talk, Alexandria

Peter Finney, Times Picayune, New Orleans

 

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER

Mike Lynch, WCVB-TV, Boston

Don Orsillo, New England Sports Network, Boston

Jerry Remy, New England Sports Network, Boston

Dan Roche, WBZ-TV, Boston

 

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston

Chris Gasper, Boston Globe, Boston

Bob Ryan, Boston Globe, Boston

Pete Abraham, Boston Globe, Boston

 

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER

Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV, Baltimore

Pete Gilbert, WBAL-TV, Baltimore

Gerry Sandusky, WBAL-TV/WBAL Radio, Baltimore

Keith Mills, WBAL Radio, Baltimore

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER

Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore

 

MAINE SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

MAINE SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER

Dan Miller, Detroit Lions Radio Network/WJBK-TV, Detroit

Don Shane, WXYZ-TV, Detroit

 

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER

Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

John Lowe, Detroit Free Press, Detroit

 

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER

Phil Mackey, 1500 ESPN, Minneapolis

Patrick Reusse, 1500 ESPN, Minneapolis

Dave Schwartz, KARE 11 TV, Minneapolis

 

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER

Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Phil Miller, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Michael Russo, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

Lavelle E. Neal, III, Star Tribune, Minneapolis

John Shipley, Pioneer Press, St. Paul

 

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER

Frank Cusamano, KSDK-TV, St. Louis

Mike Kelly, Univ. of Missouri Radio Network, Columbia

John Covington, KLPW Radio, Washington

John Rooney, KMOX (St. Louis Cardinals Radio), St. Louis

Steve Savard, KMOV-TV, St. Louis

 

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER

Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis

Bill Battle, Washington Missourian, Washington

Bryan Burwell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis

Derrick Forsythe, Warren County Record, Warrenton

Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis

 

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER

Mike Zimmer, Billings Gazette, Billings

Greg Rachac, Billings Gazette, Billings

Bob Meseroll, Missoulian, Missoula

 

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

Gary Hahn, NC State Radio Network, Raleigh

David Jackson, Appalachian State Radio Network, Boone

Stan Cotten, Wake Forest Radio Network, Winston-Salem

Mick Mixon, Carolina Panthers Radio Network, Charlotte

Jeff Gravley, WRAL-TV, Raleigh

Chuck Kaiton, Carolina Hurricanes Radio Network, Raleigh

 

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Lenox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem

Ron Green, Jr., Charlotte Observer, Charlotte

Sammy Batten, Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville

 

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Dan Keating, KMAV/KMSR, Mayville

Jon Cole, KUMV-TV, Williston

Lee Timmerman, KFYR-TV, Bismarck

 

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

Greg DeVillers, Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks

Lou Babiarz, Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck

Jeff Kolpack, The Forum, Fargo

Steve Thomas, The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck

Cindy Peterson, The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck

 

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER

Greg Sharpe, Husker Sports Network, Lincoln

Kevin Kugler, KOZN Radio, Omaha

 

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER

Bob Lipman, WTPL Radio, Concord

Jim Jeannotte, UNH Sports Network. Durham

Ken Cail, Manchester Monarchs, Manchester

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER

Allen Lessels, Union Leader, Manchester

Al Pike, Fosters Daily Democrat, Dover

 

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER

Matt Harmon, Shore Sports Network, Bayville

Mike Gill, 97.3 ESPN, Atlantic City

Tom Williams, Prime Events, Ocean City

 

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER

David Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City

Brian Cunniff, The Leader, Wildwood

 

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER

Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York

Ron Darling, SNY, New York

Gary Cohen, SNY, New York

 

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, New York

Ian O’Connor, ESPN New York, New York

 

OHIO SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

OHIO SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER

Bob Barry, Jr., KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City

Brian Brinkley, KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City

 

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City

Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World, Tulsa

 

OREGON SPORTSCASTER

John Strong, Portland Timbers TV and 750-AM, Portland

Brian Wheeler, Trail Blazers Radio Network, Portland

Mike Parker, Oregon State University Radio Network, Corvalis

 

OREGON SPORTSWRITER

Jason Quick, The Oregonian, Portland

Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune, Portland

John Canzano, The Oregonian, Portland

 

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER

Derek Gunn, Comcast Sports Net, Philadelphia

Michael Barkann, Comcast Sports Net, Philadelphia

 

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER

Adam Bagni, WJAR-TV, Providence

Steve Hyder, Pawtucket Red Sox Radio, Pawtucket

 

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER

Brendan McGair, Pawtucket Times, Pawtucket

Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Providence

Scott Barrett, Newport Daily News, Newport

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

Rich Chrampanis, WPDE-TV, Florence/Myrtle Beach

Emerson Phillips, 107.5 The Game, Columbia

Allen Smothers, Coastline Sports Media, Myrtle Beach

Phil Kornblut, South Carolina Radio Network, Columbia

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Alan Blondin, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach

Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston

Ron Morris, The State, Columbia

Terry Massey, GrandStrandSportsReport.com, Myrtle Beach

 

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Rod Fisher, KGFX Radio, Pierre

Steve Morgan, KQRN Radio, Mitchell

Tyler Merriam, Jackrabbit Sports Network, Brookings

 

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

James Cimburek, Yankton Press and Dakotan, Yankton

Matt Zimmer, Argus Leader, Sioux Falls

Roger Merriam, Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown

 

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER

Mike Keith, Tennessee Titans Radio Network, Nashville

Pete Weber, Nashville Predators TV & Radio Network, Nashville

 

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER

David Climer, The Tennessean, Nashville

Mark Wiedmer, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga

Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean, Nashville

 

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER

Chuck Cooperstein, KESN-FM and Dallas Mavericks Radio Network, Dallas

Brad Sham, Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, Dallas

 

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER

Kirk Bohls, Austin American Statesman, Austin

Zachary Levine, Houston Chronicle, Houston

Randy Galloway, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth

Kevin Sherrington, Dallas Morning News, Dallas

 

UTAH SPORTSCASTER

Dana Greene, ABC 4, Salt Lake City

Bill Riley, ESPN 700, Salt Lake City

Gordon Monson, KZNS Radio, Salt Lake City

 

UTAH SPORTSCASTER

Brad Rock, Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Dirk Facer, Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City

 

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Bill Roth, Virginia Tech Radio Network, Blacksburg

Bob Black, Univ. of Richmond Radio Network, Richmond

 

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

David Teel, Newport News Daily Press, Newport News

Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times, Roanoke

Jerry Radcliffe, Daily Progress, Charlottesville

Aaron McFarling, Roanoke Times, Roanoke

Ed Miller, Virginian Pilot, Norfolk

 

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER

George Commo, Northeast Sports Network, Essex Junction

Jack Healey, Northeast Sports Network, Rutland

 

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER

Alex Abrami, Burlington Free Press, Burlington

Tom Haley, Rutland Herald, Rutland

Anna Grearson, Times-Argus, Barre/Montpelier

John Fantino, Burlington Free Press, Burlington

Chuck Clarino, Rutland Herald, Rutland

 

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER

(Write-in vote)

 

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER

(Write-in vote)

 

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER

Lance Allan, WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee

Matt LePay, U. of Wisconsin, Madison

Dennis Krause, Time Warner Cable/Packers Network, Milwaukee

 

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER

Bob McGinn, Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

Tom Mulhern, State Journal, Madison

Tom Haudricourt, Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee

Tom Oates, State Journal, Madison

 

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington

Mark Martin, WCHS-TV, Charleston

Steve Cotton, Marshall Univ. Radio Network, Huntington

Tony Caridi, Mountaineer Sports Network, Morgantown

 

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

Jack Bogaczyk, HerdZone.com/The Herd Insider, Charleston/Huntington

Chuck McGill, Daily Mail, Charleston

 

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER

Keith Kelley, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne

Reece Monaco, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne

Steve Core, The Radio Network, Green River

 

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER

Clint Robus, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne

Jack Nowlin, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper

Jeremiah Jonke, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne

Scott Nulph, WyoSports/Laramie Boomerang, Laramie

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