For the first time, a student from the University of South Florida is the winner of the Jim Nantz Award. Senior Josh Appel earned the coveted trophy as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster for 2016.
The Jim Nantz Award, named in honor of the veteran CBS Sports broadcaster, is presented annually by Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA). This year’s trophy will be presented June 20th at the National Sports Media Association’s annual awards banquet in Salisbury, NC.
“I was so impressed by Josh’s work,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “The first I time I heard it I thought, ‘wow, this guy already sounds like he’s on a network.’”
Appel is just the third student from USF to rank on one of STAA’s annual Top 20 lists.
“The purpose of the Jim Nantz Award and All-America program is to encourage collegiate sports broadcasters to strive to achieve Jim’s professionalism and excellence,” Chelesnik says.
Judges for this season’s awards included Chelesnik, Chris Blair, Play-by-play Broadcaster at LSU; Tom Boman, Learfield’s VP of Broadcast Operations; Carson-Newman Play-by-Play Voice and inaugural Nantz Award winner Adam Cavalier, Alex Faust, 2011 Jim Nantz Award winner and Play-by-play Broadcaster at ESPNU; Brandon Gaudin, Play-by-play Broadcaster at Georgia Tech; Brian Sieman, Play-by-play Broadcaster for the Los Angeles Clippers; Bob Socci, Play-by-play Broadcaster, New England Patriots.
The page also includes a sample of Appel’s broadcasting work and a congratulatory video message to Appel from 2015 Nantz Winner Eric Gallanty, now the Assistant Director of Broadcasting for the Syracuse Chiefs (Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals).