ASU’s Gange wins Jim Nantz Sports Broadcasting Award

For the first time, an Arizona State University student is the winner of the Jim Nantz Award. Sundevils senior Scotty Gange takes the trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.

“Scotty’s been on our radar since his freshman year,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “Back then he was much more style than substance. Now, though, he’s found a terrific balance.”

Gange ranked 16th in last year’s voting. He earned honorable mention as a sophomore in 2018.

Ironically, Gange is a graduate of Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, CA – the same high school alma mater as Chelesnik.

Also earning honors are five 2020 STAA All-Americans:

  • Evan Hughes (Virginia Tech, Jr)
  • Jonah Karp (Syracuse, Sr)
  • Mary Kate Hamilton (Indiana, Sr)
  • Brendan Hartlove (Maryland, Jr)
  • Emmanuel Berbari (Fordham, Jr)

Karp is an All-American for the second straight year. Berbari’s inclusion is the first time since the initial All-America class of 2009 that Fordham is represented in the AA class.

This is also the first time students from Virginia Tech and Maryland have earned All-America honors.

The Jim Nantz Award has been presented annually since 2009 by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America as a way to encourage collegiate sportscasters to strive to achieve their best. The award is named in honor of the award winning CBS sports broadcaster.

View the complete Top 20 and Honorable Mentions

Judges for the 2020 Jim Nantz Award included Chelesnik and former Nantz winners Josh Appel, Adam Cavalier, Katie Emmer, Alex Faust, Kevin Fitzgerald, Eric Gallanty, Nate Gatter, Ross Lippman and Bill Spaulding.

STAA Aligns With The Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting

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When I hosted on ESPN Radio from 1999 through 2003, there was a rule that TV talent had to make occasional appearances on the radio network. One night, the door to my studio opened shortly after midnight. In shuffled Dan Patrick. It was the end of a long evening for him hosting SportsCenter yet he went out of his way to do a segment with me.

Now, Dan and I are connected again.

Two years ago, Dan started the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting in collaboration with Full Sail University. At STAA, we are proud to announce a relationship with the Dan Patrick School. We are offering STAA services to DPS students and making occasional virtual classroom visits to help prepare them for sports broadcasting success.
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Carter Wins 2019 Jim Nantz Award

Drew Carter, a senior at Syracuse University, is the winner of the 2019 Jim Nantz Award. The award is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.

It’s the fourth time in the 11-year history of the award, and the first time since 2015, that the trophy has been earned by a Syracuse student.
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Top 30 Sportscasters Under 30: 2018 Edition

In 2014, STAA compiled a list of the top 30 Sports Broadcasters in the U.S. under 30 years old. Ryan Ruocco was our No. 1 and continues to flourish.

In the ensuing years, we’ve been asked repeatedly to publish an updated list.

Finally, we have.
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STAA members showcased on network radio, TV

Last weekend was one of my more memorable sports TV weekends.

staa members on air

Friday night, I DVR’d Fox Sports West’s telecast of the Mission Viejo High School – San Clemente football game. I spent eight years in Mission Viejo and still enjoy following their powerhouse football program. Anyway, I turn on the game and STAA member Sam Farber is doing the play-by-play. Eventually, he tossed it to sideline reporter Courtney Sweet, another STAA member!
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Jon Chelesnik didn’t start STAA; this guy did

This week’s holiday got me thinking about someone for whom I’m grateful for his role with STAA.

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Before STAA, I was in a business partnership. My partner was a smart, enjoyable individual but his skill set didn’t fit the business model. Yet, his share of the profits was equal to mine.
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Top reasons to enter the STAA All-America Program

Applications for the 9th annual STAA All-America program open in March. If you’ve been on the fence about whether you should apply this year, I have 5 reasons why you absolutely should be submitting your demo for the Jim Nantz Award.

apply to STAA all-america program

1. Have your demo seen by the best

The Jim Nantz Award winner and All-Americans are selected by a panel of top sports broadcasters and industry professionals.

Previous judges include Tom Boman, Learfield Sports Broadcast Manager; Mark Boyle, Indiana Pacers; Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons & Georgia Tech University; Chris Ferris, VP-Broadcast Division IMG, Paul Keels, Cincinnati Reds & Ohio State University; Chuck Swirsky, Chicago Bulls; Mike Keith, Tennessee Titans; Bob Licht, New Orleans Hornets; Chuck Barrett, University of Arkansas; and Bill Roth, Virginia Tech University.
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Redesigning the STAA site and logo

Stronger, faster, better — words to describe what elite athletes work towards daily, or the motivation behind the new look STAA is sporting?

Hint: the correct answer is C) Both of the above.

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STAA has grown and evolved since our last redesign. Next year we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. We knew it was time refine the branding to better serve our members and readers.
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STAA members achieve the 800 milestone

This week at STAA, our members hit a super cool milestone of which we are very proud. A few days ago we published a story about Seth Harp accepting the PD/Afternoon Drive Host position at Sports Radio 930 in Jacksonville.

It was the 800th story we have published since 2007 about an STAA member getting a sports broadcasting job.

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800 success stories in eight years. It is fitting that No. 800 was Seth. He has been featured in six of those stories.
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