Vitale, Albom Newest NSSA Hall of Fame Electees; Patrick, King Win National Awards

Dick Vitale (ESPN Photo)

Dick Vitale (ESPN Photo)

Hall of Fame inductees Dick Vitale and Mitch Albom lead the list of winners of the 2012 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Awards, announced by executive director Dave Goren.  National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Patrick and National Sportswriter of the Year Peter King will join Vitale, Albom and 106 State Sportscaster and Sportswriter of the Year Awards.  They’ll be honored as part of the 54th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, NC, June 8-10, 2013.

After many years of coaching on the scholastic, collegiate and NBA levels, Vitale joined ESPN in December 1979.  He did their very first televised college basketball game, DePaul vs. Wisconsin.  Everyone knows him as “Dickie V” for his enthusiasm and passion for the game.  Vitale was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.  In addition to his television work, Vitale is also a fervent supporter of several charities.  His Dick Vitale Gala, held in Sarasota, Florida, has helped to raise more than $10 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Albom is a longtime sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, who has enjoyed crossover success as a best-selling author.  His books — Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day, Have A Little Faith and The Time Keeper — have sold more than 33 million copies.  Albom hosts his own radio show on WJR in Detroit and is an accomplished playwright, screenplay writer and musician.  He has also founded seven charities.  One of those —  A Hole in the Roof Foundation — operates the Have Faith Haiti Mission, which cares for Haiti’s impoverished and orphaned youth.  Albom previously won the NSSA National Sportswriter of the Year Award in 1998.

Patrick is one of the most versatile sportscasters working today.  Host of The Dan Patrick Show on radio (distributed on television through DirecTV Sports Networks), Patrick has also hosted several events on NBC TV and NBC Sports Network, including Football Night in America, the London Olympics and the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Patrick’s first network tv job was as a CNN Sports reporter and anchor.  He moved to ESPN in 1989 and paired with Keith Olberman on the network’s highly-successful sports news flagship, Sportscenter.  Patrick also won the NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year Award in 1999.

A former sports reporter at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Newsday, King is widely regarded as one of today’s most-respected NFL writers.  King joined Sports Illustrated in 1989 and has earned legendary status for his 8,000-plus word Monday Morning Quarterback posts on SI.com.  In addition to his SI work, King appears on NBC’s Football Night in America show during the NFL season.  He also won the NSSA National Sportswriter of the Year Award in 2010.

VOTING PROCESS

NSSA members in each state nominate up to three people for state and national awards from mid-October through mid-November.  The names of the top two vote-getters (plus ties) appear on the final ballot.  If a minimum of two candidates fail to earn a minimum number of nomination votes, that category requires a write-in vote on the final ballot.

Final ballot voting is conducted throughout the month of December.  In the event of ties, a tiebreaker vote is conducted.  If there is still a tie after the tiebreaker vote, that contest is declared a tie and the candidates are declared co-winners.

TICKETS

The 54th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend is open to the public.  Tickets will go on sale beginning on Monday, March 4th.  Please check nssafame.com for details.

 

Below is the complete list of winners (Number of times won in parentheses).

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER

Dick Vitale, ESPN

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER

Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press/Author

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dan Patrick, Dan Patrick Show/Football Night in America, Premiere Radio/NBC (2)

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Peter King, Sports Illustrated (2)

 

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jim Dunaway, CBS42/WJOX Radio, Birmingham (2)

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News/AL.com, Birmingham (4)

 

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dave Pasch, Arizona Cardinals/ESPN, Phoenix (1)

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Doug Haller, Arizona Republic, Phoenix (1)

 

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bo Mattingly, Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly, Fayetteville (1)

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bob Wisener, Hot Springs Sentinel-Record, Hot Springs (5)

 

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Greg Papa, Oakland Raiders/Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, San Francisco (3)

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose (1)

 

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Vic Lombardi, KCNC-TV, Denver (1)

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Klis, Denver Post, Denver (1)

 

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Rich Coppola, WTIC-TV, Hartford (8)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford (2)

 

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Scott Klatzkin, WDSD Radio, Wilmington (2)

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Andy Walter, Delaware State News, Dover (2)

 

DC SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Chick Hernandez, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Washington  (1)

DC SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Brian McNally, Washington Examiner, Washington  (1)

 

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Gene Deckerhoff, FSU/IMG Sports Net & Bucs Radio Net, Tallahassee/Tampa (14)

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando  (1)

 

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons/Georgia Tech Radio Networks, Atlanta (8)

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta (3)

 

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bob Behler, Boise State/Learfield Sports Network, Boise (3)

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman, Boise (4)

 

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dave Snell, Bradley Radio Network, Peoria (2)

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dave Reynolds, Peoria Journal Star, Peoria (3)

 

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Don Fischer, IU Radio Network/Learfield Sports, Bloomington (23)

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis (1)

 

IOWA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Chris Hassel, WHO-TV, Des Moines (1)

IOWA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington (1)

 

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Matt Walters, KMAN Radio, Manhattan (1)

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence (1)

 

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Paul Rogers, Louisville Cardinals Radio Network, Louisville (4)

Tom Leach, Big Blue/IMG Sports Network, Lexington (5)

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington (4)

 

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Lyn Rollins, Cox Sports Television (CST), New Orleans (4)

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bob Tompkins, Town Talk, Alexandria (4)

 

MAINE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Rich Kimball, Black Bears Radio Network/Learfield Sports, Orono (5)

MAINE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Thomas, Portland Press Herald, Portland (1)

 

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV, Baltimore (3)

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore  (2)

 

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike Lynch, WCVB-TV, Needham (16)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston (11)

 

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Don Shane, WXYZ-TV, Detroit (1)

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

John Lowe, Detroit Free Press, Detroit (1)

 

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Phil Mackey, 1500 ESPN, Minneapolis (1)

Dave Schwartz, KARE 11 TV, Minneapolis (1)

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis (2)

 

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

John Cox, USM/IMG Sports Network, Hattiesburg (6)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Rick Cleveland, Clarion-Ledger/MS Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson (8)

 

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mike Kelly, Univ. of Missouri Radio Network, Columbia (1)

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis (2)

 

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Mick Holien, Montana Grizzlies Radio Network/Learfield Sports, Missoula (13)

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Bob Meseroll, Missoulian, Missoula (1)

 

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Kugler, Dial Global/Big Ten Network, Omaha (9)

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Sam McKewon, Omaha World Herald, Omaha (1)

 

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Russ Langer, Las Vegas 51s & UNLV/IMG Sports Network, Las Vegas (8)

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, NV (4)

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bob Lipman, WTPL Radio, Concord (3)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Al Pike, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover (1)

Allen Lessels, New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester (10)

 

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Matt Harmon, Shore Sports Network, Bayville (3)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City (3)

 

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Scott Galetti, New Mexico Lobos/Learfield Sports Network, Albuquerque (1)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Will Webber, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe (1)

 

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York (6)

Gary Cohen, SNY and Seton Hall Radio Network, New York (1)

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, New York (1)

Ian O’Connor, ESPNNewYork.com, New York (1)

 

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

David Jackson, Appalachian State/IMG Sports Network, Boone (2)

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Lenox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem (3)

 

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Lee Timmerman, KFYR-TV, Bismarck (4)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Steve Thomas, Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck (1)

 

OHIO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Paul Keels, WBNS/Ohio State Radio Network, Columbus (4)

OHIO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Hal McCoy, DaytonDailyNews.com/FoxSportsOhio.com, Dayton (13)

 

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bob Barry, Jr., KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City (6)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City (5)

 

OREGON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

John Strong, Portland Timbers/750 The Game, Portland (1)

OREGON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

John Canzano, The Oregonian, Portland (3)

 

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Derrick Gunn, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Philadelphia (1)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh (1)

 

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Steve Hyder, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket (6)

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Providence (1)

 

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Allen Smothers, Coastline Sports Media, Myrtle Beach (2)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston (5)

Terry Massey, GrandStrandSportsReport.com, Myrtle Beach (1)

 

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Tyler Merriam, Jackrabbit Sports Network, Brookings (1)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Roger Merriam, Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown (2)

 

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Pete Weber, Nashville Predators TV/Radio, Nashville (2)

Mike Keith, Tennessee Titans Radio Network, Nashville (10)

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean, Nashville (5)

 

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Brad Sham, Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, Dallas (11)

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Kirk Bohls, Austin American Statesman, Austin (2)

 

UTAH SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bill Riley, ESPN 700, Salt Lake City (1)

UTAH SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Brad Rock, The Deseret News, Salt Lake City (5)

 

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Jack Healey, NSN Sports, Burlington (20)

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Anna Grearson, Times-Argus, Barre/Montpelier (1)

 

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bill Roth, Virginia Tech Hokies/IMG Sports Network, Blacksburg (10)

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

David Teel, Newport News Daily Press, Newport News (6)

 

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Bob Rondeau, UW Huskies/IMG Sports Network, Seattle (10)

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times, Seattle (2)*

 

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington (3)

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Jack Bogaczyk, HerdZone.com/The Herd Insider, Huntington (3)

 

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Dennis Krause, Time Warner Cable Sports, Milwaukee (5)

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee (2)

Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee (6)

 

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR

Keith Kelley, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne (3)

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Eagle-Tribune, Cheyenne (3)

 

  • - Also won once in Kentucky.

 

 

For complete bios:

Dick Vitale (http://www.dickvitaleonline.com/about-dickie-v/dickie-v-biography.html)

Mitch Albom (http://mitchalbom.com/bio)

Dan Patrick (http://press.nbcsports.com/bios/dan-patrick.html)

Peter King (http://press.nbcsports.com/bios/peter-king.html)

 

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