Albert, Reilly Elected to NSSA Hall of Fame, Emrick, King Win National Awards

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly (ESPN Photo)

SALISBURY, NC (January 9, 2014) – Marv Albert and Rick Reilly have been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, executive director Dave Goren announced today. Albert, a longtime network play-by-play announcer, and Reilly, who spent the bulk of his career at Sports Illustrated before moving to ESPN, will be honored during the 55th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend, June 7-9 in Salisbury, NC.

 

NBC’s Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick has been elected 2013 National Sportscaster of the Year and Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King has won his third National Sportswriter of the Year Award in the last four years.

 

In addition, state sportscasters and sportswriters of the year have been elected by their peers in 48 states, plus the District of Columbia (list below).

 

Finalists for the award were nominated by NSSA members from mid-October to mid-November.  Final balloting took place during the month of December.

 

Marv Albert (Turner Sports Photo)

Marv Albert (Turner Sports Photo)

Albert began his career as a play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks, filling in for his mentor Marty Glickman for a game in January 1963. He then served as the full-time “voice of the Knicks” from 1967-2004. Albert has also called play-by-play for the New York Rangers, New York Giants and New Jersey Nets, in addition to his network play-by-jobs for NBC, CBS, Turner Sports, YES and Westwood One. Among his honors, Albert has won three Emmy Awards, six Cable ACE Awards and the Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is a 19-time winner of NSSA’s New York Sportscaster of the Year Award. Currently, Albert serves as a play-by-play announcer for NFL games on CBS and for NBA games on Turner Sports.

 

Reilly’s journalism path started at the Boulder (CO) Daily Camera, where he worked for two years, before moving to the Denver Post for two years and the Los Angeles Times for two more. In 1985, he moved to Sports Illustrated, where he spent almost 23 years, including the last 10 as the back-page columnist. Since 2007, Reilly has performed a number of roles for ESPN, including writing a front-page column for ESPN.com, hosting Homecoming with Rick Reilly and contributing human-interest stories for Monday Night Countdown. He is an 11-time NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year and has won numerous other awards, including the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. Author of ten books, Reilly also co-wrote the movie Leatherheads, parts of which were filmed in NSSA’s hometown of Salisbury, NC. And the charity that Reilly founded, Nothing But Nets, has raised more than $40 million to provide mosquito nets to hang over children in Africa, where malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses kill more than 3,000 children each day.

 

Mike 'Doc' Emrick (NBC Sports Photo)

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (NBC Sports Photo)

A veteran of 39 years of broadcasting professional hockey, Emrick wins his first National Sportscaster of the Year Award. He moved to NBC and NBC Sports Network full time in 2011, after spending the previous 18 seasons as the TV voice of the New Jersey Devils. A two-time Emmy Award winner for his play-by-play, Emrick was the first broadcaster inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame, and won the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame. Known as ‘Doc’, Emrick earned his PhD from Bowling Green State University. He will work his seventh Winter Olympics for NBC in the upcoming Sochi Games in Russia. But hockey is not Emrick’s only sport. He has also called water polo for NBC in the Summer Olympics. His play-by-play career began in 1973, calling games of International Hockey League’s Port Huron Flags.

 

Peter King

Peter King

King becomes the eighth sportswriter to win the National Award in back-to-back years (also won in 2010 and 2012), joining Red Smith, Jim Murray, Will Grimsley, Frank Deford, Peter Gammons, Reilly and Bob Ryan. The longtime pro football writer for Sports Illustrated used the success of his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com to start TheMMQB.com in 2012, a website devoted to the coverage of the National Football League. King’s SI career began in 1989 after stints at Newsday and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He also serves as a reporter for the Football Night in America studio show on NBC.

 

While there are 46 first-time winners among the state sportscasters and sportswriters of the year, there are seven who have won more than ten state awards, including Indiana University football and basketball play-by-play announcer Don Fischer, who has now won 24 Indiana Sportscaster of the Year Awards.

 

The three-day NSSA Awards Weekend will feature a welcome reception and dinner, issues forum, seminars, a golf tournament and tennis tournament, as well as the Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Information on the Weekend will be posted at nssafame.com as details are finalized.

2013 NSSA Award Winners

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER

Rod Bramblett, Auburn/IMG Sports Network, Auburn (3)

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER

Mark McCarter, Huntsville Times/AL.com, Huntsville (4)

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Bo Mattingly, Sports Talk With Bo, Fayetteville (2)

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Robbie Neiswanger, Arkansas News Bureau, Fayetteville (1)

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER

Matt McConnell, Phoenix Coyotes TV/Fox Sports Arizona, Phoenix (1)

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic, Phoenix (2)

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER

Ken Korach, Oakland A’s Radio/95.7 The Game, Oakland (1)*

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER

Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles (1)

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER

Drew Goodman, 104.3 The Fan, Colorado Rockies TV/ROOT Sports, Denver (10)

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER

Mike Klis, Denver Post, Denver (2)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER

Kevin Nathan, WVIT-TV, West Hartford (7)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford (3)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSCASTER

Tim Brant, WJLA-TV, Washington (1)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SPORTSWRITER

Mike Harris, Washington Times, Washington (1)

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER

Sean Greene, WDEL, Wilmington (1)

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER

Andy Walter, Delaware State News, Dover (3)

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER

Dewayne Staats, Tampa Bay Rays TV/Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports, St. Petersburg (1)

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER

Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg (1)

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER

Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons Radio/790 The Zone, Fox Sports Net, Atlanta (9)

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER

Steve Hummer, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta (5)

IOWA SPORTSCASTER

Gary Rima, UNI Radio Network/Learfield, Cedar Falls (2)

IOWA SPORTSWRITER

Steve Batterson, Quad City Times, Davenport (3)

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER

Bob Behler, Bronco Sports Properties/Learfield, Boise (4)

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman, Boise (5)

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER

John Wiedeman, Chicago Blackhawks Radio/WGN, Chicago (1)

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER

Bruce Miles, Daily Herald, Arlington Heights (1)

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER (Tie)

Don Fischer, Indiana Hoosier Sports Network/Learfield, Bloomington (24)

Mike Knezevich, Regional Radio Sports Network, Mishawaka (4)

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER

Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis (2)

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER

Wyatt Thompson, Kansas State Wildcat Sports Network/Learfield, Manhattan (2)

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence (2)

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER

Kent Taylor, WAVE-TV, Louisville (1)

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER

Jennie Rees, Courier-Journal, Louisville (2)

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER

Doug Mouton, WWL-TV, New Orleans (1)

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER

Les East, Advocate, Baton Rouge (1)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER

Dave Goucher, 98.5 The Sports Hub/Boston Bruins, Boston (1)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER

Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe, Boston (2)

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER

Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV, Baltimore (4)

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER (Tie)

Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore (1)

David Ginsburg, Associated Press, Baltimore (2)

MAINE SPORTSCASTER

Bob Lucy, Black Bear Sports Network/Learfield, Orono (1)

MAINE SPORTSCASTER

Pete Warner, Bangor Daily News, Bangor (8)

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER

Dan Miller, Detroit Lions Radio Network/WXYT, WJBK-TV, Detroit (1)

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER

Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, Detroit (1)

 MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER

Mike Grimm, Gopher Sports Network/Learfield, Minneapolis (3)

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER

Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, Minneapolis (1)

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER

Mike Kelly, Missouri Tiger Sports Network/Learfield, Columbia (2)

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER

Dave Matter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis (1)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER

Jim Ellis, Mississippi State Radio Network, Starkville (3)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER

Scott Walters, Columbus Commercial Dispatch, Columbus (1)

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER

Jason Walker, ESPN Radio, Helena (1)

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER

Mike Scherting, Billings Gazette, Billings (1)**

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER (Tie)

David Glenn, The David Glenn Show, Raleigh (1)

Jeff Charles, Pirate/IMG Sports Network, Greenville (2)

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Sammy Batten, Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville (3)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Craig Keating, KMAV/KMSR Radio, Mayville (1)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

Tom Mix The Forum, Fargo (1)

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER

Kevin Sjuts, KOLN/KGIN, Lincoln (1)

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER

Dirk Chatelain, Omaha World Herald, Omaha (2)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER

Bob Lipman, WTPL Radio/UNH Radio Network, Concord/Durham (4)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER

Allen Lessels, Union Leader, Manchester (11)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER (Tie)

Matt Harmon, Shore Sports Network, Toms River (4)

Tom Williams, Prime Events, Ocean City (5)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER (Tie)

Sam Carchidi, Inquirer, Cherry Hill (1)

Scott Stump, Shore Sports Network, Toms River (1)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER

Bob Brown, 101.7 The Team, Albuquerque (1)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER

Mark Smith, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque (1)***

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER

Russ Langer, UNLV/IMG Sports Network/LV 51s Baseball, Las Vegas (9)

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER

Todd Dewey, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas (1)

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER

Ian Eagle, YES Network, New York City (1)

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER

Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, New York (2)

OHIO SPORTSCASTER

Tom Hamilton, Indians Radio Network/WTAM, Cleveland (6)

OHIO SPORTSWRITER

Hal McCoy, Dayton Daily News & Fox Sports Ohio, Dayton (14)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER

Dave Hunziker, OSU Cowboys Sports Network/Learfield, Stillwater (1)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER

Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World, Tulsa (1)

OREGON SPORTSCASTER (Tie)

Craig Birnbach, KATU-TV, Portland (1)

Dwight Jaynes, Comcast Sports Northwest, Portland (1)****

OREGON SPORTSWRITER

John Canzano, The Oregonian, Portland (4)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER

Tom McCarthy, Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia, Philadelphia (1)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER

Jim Salisbury, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Philadelphia (1)

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER

Frank Carpano, WJAR-TV, Providence (13)

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER

Paul Kenyon, Providence Journal, Providence (1)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER

Jeff McCarragher, College of Charleston Sports Network, Charleston (1)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER

Josh Kendall, The State, Columbia (1)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER

Rod Fisher, KGFX Radio, Pierre (2)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER

James Cimburek, Yankton Press and Dakotan, Yankton (1)

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER (Tie)

Mike Keith, Tennessee Titans Radio Network, Nashville (11)

Joe Fisher, Vanderbilt/IMG Sports Network, Nashville (1)

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER

Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean, Nashville (6)

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER

Bill Brown, Astros TV Network, Houston (1)

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER

Randy Galloway, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Ft. Worth (5)

UTAH SPORTSCASTER

Dana Greene, ABC 4, Salt Lake City (2)

UTAH SPORTSWRITER

Dirk Facer, Deseret News, Salt Lake City (4)

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Bill Roth, Virginia Tech/IMG Sports Network, Blacksburg (11)

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

David Teel, Newport News Daily Press, Newport News (7)

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER

Mike McCune, WCAX-TV, Burlington (1)

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER

Anna Grearson, Times-Argus, Barre/Montpelier (2)

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER

Brock Huard, ESPN 710, Seattle (1)

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER

Larry Stone, Seattle Times, Seattle (2)

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER

Brian Anderson, Brewers TV Network, Milwaukee (1)

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER

Tom Silverstein, Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee (2)

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER

Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington (4)

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER

Chuck McGill, Daily Mail, Charleston (2)

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER

Reece Monaco, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne (4)

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER

Jack Nowlin, Casper Star-Tribune, Casper (2)

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER

Mike Emrick, NBC (1)

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER

Peter King, Sports Illustrated (3)

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER

Marv Albert, NY Knicks/Rangers, NBC, TNT, YES Network, CBS

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER

Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated, ESPN

* – also won in NV (2001)

** – also won in ND (1997)

*** – also won once as sportscaster (1984)

**** – also won 5 times as sportswriter (1975, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004)

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