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winner-fitzgeraldThe top collegiate sports broadcasters in the country for 2015 will be announced Friday during a live webcast. You can watch STAA’s Jim Nantz Award and All-America program this Friday, May 8th at 4 pm Eastern, 1pm Pacific at this link:

“This year’s All-Americans include schools that have not yet been represented in our program’s history, dating back to 2009,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik.

Kevin Fitzgerald (pictured) from Syracuse was the 2014 Jim Nantz Award winner.

The STAA All-America program recognizes the most outstanding collegiate radio and TV sportscasters in the country and encourages collegiate sportscasters nationwide to strive to achieve their best. Each spring, the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sportscaster is presented the Jim Nantz Award, named in honor of the award winning CBS sports broadcaster.

Awards include the Jim Nantz Trophy, STAA membership services, and All-America certificates. The Nantz Award winner will also receive hotel accommodations and admission to all the activities of the 2015 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) awards weekend June 6th thru 8th in Salisbury, NC, culminating in the NSSA awards banquet where the Jim Nantz Trophy will be presented.

Click here to review the history of the Jim Nantz Award.

Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson bestowed the Sports Emmy Award he won Tuesday night for best studio host to the daughters of the late, longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.

Taelor and Sydni Scott were on hand at the 36th Sports Emmy Awards as their father was honored for his contributions to sports media earlier in the night.

“This belongs to Stuart Scott,” Johnson told the girls as he gave them his award. “This is your Emmy.”

Scott died on Jan. 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 49.

Scott was a champion for cancer research and devoted time and energy toward improving outcomes for African-Americans and other minorities with cancer. Scott was involved in a clinical trial himself.

Tuesday marked the third time Johnson — who overcame Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2006 — has won the Emmy for best studio host. He is the host of TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”

The New York event also saw former ESPN president and executive chairman George Bodenheimer honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award on a night in which the network claimed 11 Sports Emmys — tying its highest total ever.

“[Joining ESPN] was the opportunity of a lifetime, building something out of nothing,” Bodenheimer said while accepting the award. “For me and hundreds of others, it became more than a job; it was an extended family.”

Read more at ESPN where this story was originally published.

Emrick wins third Sports Emmy

May 6, 2015
Courtesy of the NHL

EmrickMike “Doc” Emrick of NBC/NBCSN was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play at the annual ceremony on Tuesday.

Emrick, the lead play-by-play voice for the “NHL on NBC,” also won last year and in 2011.

Emrick did television play-by-play for the New Jersey Devils for 21 seasons on the MSG Network, through the 2010-11 season. He was the voice of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1988-93.

Emrick received the Lester Patrick Award in 2004, and the Hockey Hall of Fame Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2008.

His win in 2011 was the first national Emmy for a hockey broadcaster.

Read more at the NHL where this story was originally published.

South Florida talk-show pioneer Hank Goldberg is back on the local airwaves with a regular, weekday show starting Monday on 640-AM from 3 to 6 p.m. What to expect? Well …

“I was having lunch at Joe’s (Stone Crab) last Tuesday with Dean Colson and Mike Abrams,” Goldberg said. “Dean, of course, is a University of Miami board of trustee and Mike is a major lobbyist. There was a former judge sitting at the next table who, like me, is a senior citizen.

“He’d been off the bench for years. Like me at ESPN, they decided it was time for him to get off the bench. He went back to practicing law just like I was starting up again. He said, ‘You’re going to love starting over.” That’s how I feel. I’m going to love it.”

On his first show, he’ll talk about picking the Kentucky Derby Superfecta that paid $630.

“The guy at ESPN didn’t do so hot,” he said of his replacement.

He’ll talk about the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

“I’m going to talk about how they did (CNN’s) Rachel Nichols a favor by revoking her credential. That fight was a stiff,” he said.

There’s Goldberg’s show in a few paragraphs: name-dropping, good storytelling, hard opinions and, of course, himself.

Goldberg has worked in local radio for more than 40 years, including stints at WQAM and WIOD.

Goldberg, also known as “The Hammer,” had a 20-year run at ESPN as an NFL reporter and horse racing analyst. But he was best known for making NFL predictions on “SportsCenter.”

Read more at the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel where this story was originally published.

Jerry RemyNESN will be missing one of its familiar voices in Red Sox broadcasts in the near future as color man Jerry Remy announced on Twitter that he would not be making the Sox’ upcoming road trip because he hasn’t been feeling well.

Remy has been absent from the booth the last few games while former Red Sox Dennis Eckersley and Steve Lyons have filled in alongside play-by-play man Don Orsillo. The Sox are scheduled to play in Toronto, Oakland and Seattle for a 10-game set beginning on Friday.

Remy had surgery to remove a cancerous area from his lung in November, 2008, and was treated for it again in 2013. While it remains unclear if Remy’s absence is related to his past experiences with cancer, he sent out a Tweet on April 30 that said he had a clean screening.

When he announced the cancer had returned in 2013, he said he was due to get regular six-month check-ups going forward. He’s been open with the public about his health issues from the start.

“I always told the fans of New England that I would be honest them if things health-wise with me were not great,” Remy said in 2013. “I know the last couple of years I missed some games. Not because of this, but because of regular colds or bronchitis, whatever it might be. I always told the people that I would be totally honest with them and what I’ve gone through.”

Read more at the Boston Herald where this story was originally published.

Chris BermanESPN’s longtime broadcaster, versatile host and highlights maven Chris Berman will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame today, May 5, at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Berman joined ESPN in 1979 and has since become the face of the network. The quarterback for ESPN’s NFL coverage, he returns to the Windy City to accept this honor just days after covering his 35th consecutive NFL Draft.

“Chris has contributed so much to ESPN’s success in reaching sports fans for more than three decades,” said former ESPN president George Bodenheimer, who was inducted into Cable Hall of Fame in 2008. “It is only fitting that one of the most important figures in ESPN’s history is being inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.”

Co-Chairman Disney Media Networks and current ESPN President John Skipper added, “Fans love Boomer. He’s a special talent who brings sports to life for dads and daughters, mothers and sons, grandparents who remember when, and little leaguers who have big dreams for their futures. Chris has played a significant role in making our ESPN family what it is today, and along the way he helped build an entire industry.”

Host of the Emmy-nominated Sunday NFL Countdown, Berman also anchors MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN and serves as Master of Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and play-by-play announcer for the second game of the MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL opening week doubleheader. Before the football season returns this fall, he’ll host Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby for ESPN.

Read more at Broadway World where this story was originally published.

Charlie Batch and Chris Hoke will help broadcast their former team’s games this season on KDKA, the local CBS affiliate.

Batch was an 11-year Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback, mostly as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger, from 2002-12. He will be the color analyst for the Steelers’ four preseason games set to be broadcast locally on KDKA, replacing former Pittsburgh defensive tackle Edmund Nelson. Bob Pompeani will do play by play.

The former quarterback will also co-host regular season pregame shows on KDKA with Pompeani and be the Steelers Radio Network’s postgame co-host.

Hoke played his entire 11-year career with the Steelers from 2001-11, winning a pair of Super Bowls while compiling 52 tackles and two career sacks in 114 games.

Pittsburgh Steelers preseason schedule

Sunday Aug. 9 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8 p.m., NBC, Canton, Ohio

Friday Aug. 14 @ Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m. CBS (local)

Sunday Aug. 23 vs. Green Bay Packers, CBS (local)

Aug. 29 @ Buffalo Bills, 4 p.m., CBS (local)

Thursday Sept. 3 vs. Carolina Panthers CBS (local)

Read more at the Patriot-News where this story was originally published.

This month, we are counting down to David Letterman’s final show, which airs May 20.

It takes an army of people to get the Late Show on the air, including one who now works here at KCTV5.

Nathan Vickers is a news and sports reporter here, but five years ago, Nathan worked in a different studio, The Ed Sullivan Theater studio, where Letterman does his show.
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Dickey Broadcasting Company’s (WCNN-AM) Sports Radio 680 The Fan on 93.7FM is proud to announce the signing of a multi-year contract with Atlanta Track Club. The multi-year agreement is an event, marketing, sales and content based partnership making Sports Radio 680 The Fan, “The Official and Exclusive Radio Partner of Atlanta Track Club”, which includes multiple live broadcasts from Atlanta Track Club events like the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon, Braves Country 5K, Atlanta 10 Miler and Kilometer Kids Fun Runs, digital content at, and the creation of two new races per year.

680 The Fan’s Owner/President David Dickey commented, “Dickey Broadcasting Company is excited to team up with such a great Atlanta institution. Atlanta Track Club does a terrific job of executing incredible races, as well as helping to educate and promote the importance of running and healthy living. We look forward to partnering with the Club to create new, exciting races, as well as bringing even greater levels of media value and exposure to the existing races and the race-sponsorships.”

Atlanta Track Club Executive Director Rich Kenah added, “680 The Fan is a market leader and this partnership will help us tell our story to sports fans around the region. Running is endemic to every sport so whether we are talking about the importance of a fast 40 yard dash, how to train for your first marathon or about America’s largest running event, the AJC Peachtree Road Race, we will be sure to show people how getting faster or more fit is fun.”

Read more at the Atlanta Track Club where this story was originally published.

WALB weekend sports anchor dies

May 1, 2015
Courtesy of TV Spy

L.C. Chandler, weekend sports anchor and reporter for Albany, Georgia ABC and NBC affiliate WALB died Tuesday.

Chandler is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He joined the station in November 2014.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this tough time.

We are respecting the privacy of his family, but please feel welcome to leave your condolences in the comments.

From the Chandler family:

On behalf of the Chandler Family and friends we would like to thank each and everyone that was a part of L.C.’s time at WALB News. Whether it was people he interviewed, friends that loved him dearly, etc… He loved everyone the same and still does. Your words of encouragement will be greatly appreciated. Services are TBA.

Read more at TV Spy where this story was originally published.

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